Hello, and welcome back to Dateline Disney World. We have lots construction updates and pretty Magic Kingdom pictures coming your way today.  Could the Mine Train open later this month? Take a look at the photos and let us know what you think.

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!

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There was some pavement work happening on Main Street.

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Work also continues on Cinderella Castle, and it is looking rather sharp.

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The moat is still drained.

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The Tomorrowland side is also drained.

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Wet paint in Frontierland.

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I say this all the time, but it holds even more true with FP+ happening. Getting to the park early is key.

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Literally a ghost town in the early morning.

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Speaking of that FP+, it is being tweaked a bit to now include the opportunity for more than 3 FP+, as long as you first use the 3 you planned first. That would mean, in my opinion, booking fireworks and late day parade viewings would be a bad idea for maximum touring.  Book your FPs as early in the day as possible so you can hopefully pick up additional Fastpasses in the afternoon and evening.

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Splash Mountain still has burlap covering the original FP sign.

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I took a spin on Thunder Mountain since the wait at 9:20am was only 5 minutes.

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Walls are still up in Adventureland near the Tiki Room and the various gift shops.

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FP+ army in Tomorrowland.

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Time for our weekly Mine Train coverage as the ride gets closer to its rumored late April soft opening.

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MagicBands are now on sale in the parks for day guests.

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Nice flowers out at the castle walls in New Fantasyland.

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The large crane is now gone from behind the castle.

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These boxes are up for the Hub project as well.

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That’s it for this week!

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How do you all feel about the current projects in the park? Let us know in the comments below!!

 

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