It’s a big photo update from Walt Disney World for you this week. We hit three parks and have over 80 photos for you to enjoy. Let’s see what’s going on in the parks!

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

I was in the park early, so the vehicles were out.

Some coffee was needed.

Disney has put cutouts of the characters along the construction walls in the Hub. There’s an expansion project going on which will provide Fastpass+ parade, show and fireworks viewing.

Dapper Dans!

Work continues on the castle, and as you can see, what has been done so far is looking really nice.

Tomorrowland side of the Hub construction.

Time for some Mine Train shots.

Details.

The water from the Be Our Guest waterfall is now going under the bridge to the Mine Train.

Nice flower boxes at Columbia Harbor House.

The wider path in Liberty Square.

There was some filming going on at the recently reopened Splash Mountain.

The Magic Kingdom’s parking lot closed this week due to crowds, but during the first hour of operation, the park was empty.  The importance of getting to the park early on busy days folks!

Walls still up at the Tiki Room.

Nikon photo spot sign that isn’t just a sticker.

Part of Adventureland is out from tarps and looking clean.

But more tarps have gone up.

Is this planter new?

Heading to Epcot!

There was some filming for HGTV going on at Epcot.

There is some interesting and apparent test paint happening at Innoventions. Which, if any, of these colors do you like?

Hopefully they pick a color scheme soon, as it is pretty ugly. Off to the Studios!

Nice flowers in the park.

Star Wars Weekends is coming soon.

Disney has announced that there will be Star Wars character meals at the Sci-Fi, and that they will be $50 per person. I will not be attending.

I’ve been told a new pre show relating to Muppets Most Wanted is coming to this attraction.

Frozen promotion continues.

Maleficent is getting pushed hard as well.

The old tip board is now a FP+ kiosk and there is a small tip board right next to it.

iPhone cases are the major item for sale at this pin trading location.

Goodnight!

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  • Nola ron

    Great photos. Did they change the studio street. Thought it was New York and not San Francisco?

    • YidChef

      They have always had both

    • villagecreator

      They added the San Fran elements in 2004.

  • jcruise86

    Really great photos! THANK YOU! ! !

  • BradyNBradleysMom

    Oh how I hate that ugly hat at the Studios. I wish someone could prove it was made with hazardous materials or was harmful to an endangered bird or something. Then they would be forced to take it down.

    • Amen

    • ParkerMonroe

      There have been some rumors for the last few years that the Hat will eventually be moved outside of the park and along the roadway leading into the park (some even speculate motorists driving under the Hat). I’d say that’s a pretty cool idea – but I’m doubtful.

      Anyway, great pictures Cory. I find that Hollywood Studios has some of the worst sight lines of all the parks; so getting a good shot can be tricky. Well done!

      • BradyNBradleysMom

        Oh, ain’t nobody can take pictures like Cory Disbrow that’s for sure. He is a genius with the camera. Every shot he posts is more gorgeous than a postcard.

    • Tielo

      You are right BradyNBradleysMom, the hat is a ugly turd in a street that is insanely beautiful. The load stage that often blares popular music also doesn’t help. I would love to see it being move to say Disney Springs as a pin stand and have the street be filled with live entertainment from the era with jazz and some newsies for promotional sake.
      it would be the start (and an easy fix) for a much bigger makeover that is needed.

  • Awe_inspired

    On the Streets of Amercia, if you have the New York facade behind you, what used to be to the right? Wasn’t there another short street with another facade there when the park first opened?

    • ParkerMonroe

      If you’ve got the New York facade behind you (so you’re facing Lights, Motors, Action) then the Studio Tour building in on your right. When the park first opened no one was allowed to walk up and down New York Street because it was “supposed to be” an actual working set. Not sure how many TV shows and films actually used it though…

      The Tram Tour queue line started just inside what is now considered the Animation Courtyard (under that arch enterence to the right of the Chinese Theater).

      There was no facade down the San Francisco Street because the tram tour used to drive down that street.

      The Tram eventually dropped you off right outside the Water Effects tank. From there you went on a walking tour that went through a number of prop warehouses, sound stages, studios, and ended at the Walt Disney Theater (currently showing One Man’s Dream).

      We were there in June 1989. You think Animal Kingdom was a half-day park… you should’ve seen this place.

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  • Amy VandenBoogert

    The filming going on at Magic Kingdom this week was for the TV show “The Middle”. I guess it’s for the season finale from what I’ve read elsewhere.

    • tofubeast

      They were also filming Modern Family at the end of last week. My friend was there and captured some filming of the filming. So Disneyland, and now they are off to WDW.

  • Zorro825

    I’ve only been to Disney World twice and always during the slow time of year so please forgive this dumb question: What happens when the lots close at the Magic Kingdom? Where is the overflow lot there?

    • Country Bear

      This is just a guess, but I believe they send cars to Epcot’s parking lot first (I seem to recall that happening to us). You can then take the monorail or a bus to the Magic Kingdom. I wouldn’t be surprised if they also send cars to Animal Kingdom’s parking lot as there is likely a great deal of space available in that location. They probably bus people from there to the Magic Kingdom.

  • Skimbob

    Thanks for the update. The mine train is looking good. I know many people won’t agree with me but I think they did a really good job in that area of the park. It is well themed and well put together.

  • sixalex

    VERY NICE Photos!

    While I agree that The Hat is pretty poorly placed and unattractive in that location, I must say that the photo you took actually made me admire the lighting. Nice mood shot.

    The photo of the front of The Darkroom is beautiful as well.

    Many thanks!

  • buzzyfan

    To answer your question about the paint colors for innovations, I personally liked the purple one it looked pretty.