Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we have an update from around the Magic Kingdom area, and have over 70 photos! Let’s get started!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

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Here are a few shots of the almost completed expansion of the bus terminal.

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Jingle Cruise has its own attraction poster.

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Flags were at half staff in honor of Diane Disney Miller this week.

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No better way to start a day than with Main Street Vehicles.

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Pluto was ready for the rain.

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Mickey’s Christmas Carol windows are now installed.

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Omnibus!

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The Main Street Ice Cream Parlor has decor up as well.

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In Adventureland, there is a very obvious scrim up for refurb work.

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I finally got to experience the Jingle Cruise this week.

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Decorations are mainly in the queue area and on the boats themselves.

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The ride experience itself is basically the same, with some holiday jokes thrown in by the skippers.

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Overall, it is a fun little addition, which I think would be welcome for the holidays every year. It probably doesn’t cost much, and it helps people get into the season.

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Moving to Frontierland, the Br’er character statue is back up near Splash Mountain, but it is still under walls.

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The Liberty Belle was parked over by Big Thunder Mountain for a bit for some promotional filming.

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These signs will soon look different, as Nikon is now the official camera of Walt Disney World.

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I love visiting in the morning. Empty park!

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Halloween and Christmas popcorn buckets for sale.

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Peter Pan is open after a refurbishment.

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Village Haus’ outdoor area is still closed.

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Time for a look at the ever growing Mine Train.

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At Be Our Guest, the holidays are in full swing as well as FastPass+ dining options.

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In Gaston’s village, the fountain wasn’t running this week.

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Near Mermaid, the new DVC kiosk opened up. I’m not a huge fan of these being littered throughout the parks, but at least with this one, there are some pretty cool details and things to look at.

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Back to Mine Train.

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Getting closer every week. I for one, am really ready for those walls to come down.

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That is going to wrap things up for this week. What do you all think about the changes for the Jingle Cruise? Thoughts on DVC kiosks being all over the parks? Let us know in the comments!

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