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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  • LoveStallion

    At least over at Club Cool they are offering Beverly, which is perhaps the worst soda of all time.

  • Klutch

    I’ve seen beer prices like that before. So where are the pole dancers that go with such beer prices? And where is the ATM that disperses dollar bills?

    • Amy VandenBoogert

      Yeah those beer prices are nuts. But it’s nice to have some better options for those who don’t like domestic beer (like me).

  • Big D

    Thanks for the update! Glad to see that the mine train actually looks like it might one day be done. And that was a great photo of Spaceship Earth with the blue sky and large clouds in the background!!!

  • poohmeg

    That show at the Diamond Horseshoe looks awesome – I hope you’re right and they keep doing stuff like that in the future! Pineapple Fanta sounds pretty good, too – I don’t shop at Walmart, so hopefully it will turn up at Kroger or CVS or something!

  • snidely whiplash

    Cory – do you know if they still have lit tiki torches in Adventureland at night? When we were there in September they didn’t. Not sure if it’s something that has gone away. Disneyland still lights theirs.

  • ChrisNJ

    Thanks for the great update. About the Glow with the Show ears – I think the same thing every time I see them being sold. It wouldn’t make Disney as much money, but it would be great to have a phone app that did the colors and more – people could hold them up or look at them. That I might pay a few dollars for.

  • Orlando71

    Im disappointed that its a dvc stand too but im very glad to see the 20,000 leagues under the sea tribute( the giant squid on top) for the attraction that used to occupy that spot. Mine train looks awesome. Great update!

  • Malin

    I visited Club Cool last month and a lot of the flavours had run out. This now makes sense and I look forward to returning and sampling the new flavours like Pineapple Fanta.

    Kind of a bit upset to see one of Disney’s most unique Shopping experiences being down scaled to make way for another Meet & Greet. I actually picked up some books on Norwegian Folk Lore and Ghost Stories during my last trip here. A lot of the merchandise locations at Disney sell the same generic merchandise. So sad to see Disney taking away space for one of the more unique locations.

  • QPerth

    Welcome back, thanks for the great update.

    Seeing that DVC stand in Fantasyland is a bit of a disapointment.

  • BradyNBradleysMom

    I live in Illinois. They sell Pineapple Fanta at CVS and Walgreens (those are drug stores here). I have also seen it in Jewel (our grocery store chain).

    It’s bizarre to see Pineapple Fanta put up there like it is a very special thing. It’s like if they had a “Try cherry Coke!” thing in Epcot. You can buy that at any store around here.

    • Malin

      Not all Guests that visit Epcot are American. The Pineapple Fanta is a completely new concept for this Brit.

  • solarnole

    If the Mine train was a time share it would be built and open already. The Grand Floridian DVC started construction after the Mine train and still finished before it.

  • SpectroMan

    There’s a lot of things that are supposed to seem “special” in Epcot that one can get anywhere. Twinings tea? Really? Werther’s caramel candies? Tostitos chips? Lindt chocolate? Pocky candy sticks? All available in anytown, USA.

  • kip0992

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

    10 bucks says someone at corporate pulls up this up and says “see, I told you they wouldn’t mind that carpet…”