Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’ll be looking at some news and construction at both the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. We have something fizzy for you today and something Frozen! Keep reading.

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

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There are lots of little pavement projects happening on Main Street.

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Glow with the Show hats have arrived, and I still don’t understand the point of paying $25 for something you can’t see yourself while watching the nighttime entertainment.

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The area near the Dole Whip stand that was just refurbished is a really nice place to sit and relax amongst the hustle and bustle of the park.

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Tortuga Tavern was actually open for a few hours when I was there, which was a nice surprise.

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The Pirate Adventure game is really packing them in.

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Do these lighting fixtures ever go down? I swear they used to.

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The Br’er character statue is under refurbishment.

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This week’s Limited Time Magic celebrated Halloween at the Diamond Horseshoe, with musical performances as well as some comedy.

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There were snacks too!

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I feel like this was one of the best Limited Time Magic events yet. It really got a great reaction from guests, and I think is complete validation that the Diamond Horseshoe can be a place that is open year round for guests. They can easily do a holiday show in there, and then something else for the regular times of year. Having it closed is, in my opinion, a waste.

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Peter Pan and Village Haus still have walls up.

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The Friar’s Nook was actually open, and Teriyaki Chicken was an option. Pretty cool.

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At the Mine Train, we are seeing less and less yellow wire, and more of an accurate representation of what the finished product will look like. If you look closely, you can also see the beginnings of the cottages that will be out front.

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This building, which I thought would have been a small merchandise stand, has turned out to be DVC. Sad, really, seeing as they have a ton of these already in the parks.

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I believe these Storybook Circus costumes are new. Nice and colorful.

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Back to Mine Train.

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A beautiful day!

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The Main Street Vehicles were all out, which was nice to see.

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On the Monorail, carpet is just peeling off. No big deal.

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Here are some shots of the progress on the new bus loop for Magic Kingdom.

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Over to Epcot!

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Club Cool saw some changes to flavors this week.

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One is Pineapple Fanta, which can be purchased at your local Walmart.

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I liked this somewhat ride specific shirt in Mexico.

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The Stave Church and gift shop in Norway are closed now for Frozen installment.

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The perfume and cologne that was up front has moved all the way to the back.

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I don’t know if this was intentionally put here by Disney, but I really hope not. It is a Duffy Kidcot stick taped to a wall showing people that the men’s room is not the women’s room, and that it is around the corner.

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Mini Food and Wine!

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This new beer stand (at least I had never noticed it before) serves up some nice options.

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You never know what you’ll see at WDW!

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And to end, here is a shot of the exterior of the new Spice Road Table restaurant in Morocco.

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That wraps things up for this week’s column. What are your thoughts on all the happenings around the resort? Let us know in the comments!!

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