This week’s Dateline Disney World takes us to both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom! Let’s take a look and see what’s new and how the Christmas season is chiming in.

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

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With the Christmas parade taping being this weekend, the flagpole on Main Street USA is down, creating once a year photo opportunities.

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The stages are also set for the live performances.

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Back at the Village Haus, part of the walls came down to reveal a new entrance and new seating area.

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Some walls are still up, though.

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Over at the Mine Train, some trees have been planted, and it seems that more final details are starting to be installed.

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The walkway between Storybook Circus and New Fantasyland was closed this week.

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The Philharmonic was performing in Storybook.

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it’s a small world is currently closed.

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I’m happy to report that these signs are back outside the Haunted Mansion.

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And lastly from the Magic Kingdom, Mickey and Minnie now have their Santa hats on.

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Welcome to Epcot!

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This week, I caught two of the holiday storyteller performances.

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These experiences are nice and short, as well as classy and understated. They’re one of my favorite holiday offerings at WDW.

 

Well, that does it for this week. Make sure to let us know how you feel about what’s happening at WDW by leaving a comment below!

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  • Kimura

    I’ve always found the Christmas theming at MK to be more on the corny side in comparison to DL, which is always so tastefully done.

    On the other hand, Epcot is a different story. I love what they do there this time of year.

  • martinjbell1986

    Great update!

  • Fantastic update Cory. It’s great to see these photos of Main Street (with the rare opportunity to capture the shot without the flagpole).

    The Seven Dwarfs Mine Coaster is REALLY starting to look like progress is being made. After two years of everyone complaining, I think we are finally to the point where we can get excited about it.

    And thank you for the info on the holiday performances at Epcot. I’ve never seen them. Please share more in the coming weeks, looks wonderful.

  • danielz6

    I think 7 dwarves will be disappointing to most theme park fans who are comparing it to Potter, cars, mystic manor, all of these great new attractions. It’ll be a shame to have both new rides in new fantasyland being a disappointment. I may be wrong but that’s what my gut tells me.

    • CaptainAction

      Come on little coaster going on year three, say it with me, “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can be ready by mid 2014.”

  • michael darling

    I’d enjoy seeing more of these performances at Epcot. Never heard of them till now. The long bench seating in Fantasyland….I like it! Need more seating in that Land. And is that fountain at the Village Haus new? I don’t recall that either. It’d be nice if a portion of the Village looked like Geppeto’s workshop, with a Figero like DL, or something similar. Thanks for update……we can finally see the Dwarve’s cottage! Looking forward to THAT new icon more than anything.

  • Tielo

    I like the different versions of Christmas told in Epcot except for the German one, they stole the Dutch Sinterklaas (the undoubtedly to US folk political incorrect original version of the re-imagined version by Coca Cola that we see nowadays in the VS). They even stole black Peter, the helpers of Sinterklaas! We all know Disney doesn’t take (historical)accuracy seriously but this is just theft! 😉

    Reading from the header I actually thought there would be something new in MK and Epcot (like a ride) but nothing. Silly me thinking Disney is building a new attraction.

    • CaptainAction

      All of these photos except for the kid coaster in year 3 of construction and the really long bench, could be from any year between 1985 to today.
      Got to admit that when WDW leadership in 2013 sets their mind to it, they can build a really great new bench. Congrats guys, that is a great bench.
      Is it true that the bench will be on Fast Pass Plus Armband?

  • QPerth

    Great update Cory, that photo of the elder gentleman resting on the bench, in the 12 photo I think it is, is a really wonderful moment. Really captures that these Parks are for EVERYONE of any age. He’s there, dressed quite dapper, with his walking stick and backpack, having a quiet moment of rest, = brilliant.

  • tofubeast

    Lovely pics and report. Always appreciated. 🙂