Welcome to our first Wednesday edition of Dateline Disney World! Thanks to everyone who is adjusting to the switch in schedule for this column. It means a lot to me to have your support.
For this week, we head again to the Magic Kingdom, since that’s where the most news is going on. Let’s take a look.
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!
Guests can currently meet the Easter Bunny right on Main Street.
The tarps are finally down on Main Street near the Confectionary. The buildings are looking sharp.
Over at the Hub project, there are large inflatable dams, to keep water out of the areas near the Plaza restaurant and Casey’s, as the rest of the moat has been completely refilled.
Some mulch has been put in place where the old Swan Boat landing was.
There is now a popcorn cart in this location close to the castle.
With the moat being refilled, the Cinderella Castle repainting has also wrapped up.
Here’s the castle from up close and personal.
And from the side.
In Fantasyland, it is awesome to see the trees growing in at the Village Haus. What a major change in that outdoor seating area, and in a good way. Shade is always needed in Fantasyland.
Time for our weekly roundup of Mine Train photos, which looks to be very close to soft openings.
And now some detail shots.
Some random New Fantasyland shots here.
Sad to see that Disney still hasn’t gotten rid of these ugly black tarps on the old Fastpass signs.
The Tangled area foliage is filling out rather nicely.
Magic Kingdom wildlife.
Tarps are still up at some Adventureland shops and the Tiki Room.
It was almost sunset when I visited, so to end this week, we have some pretty late afternoon shots of the park.
And we end at the front, right back where we started today.
What are your thoughts on the Castle paint job? The Hub work? When do you think we’ll be riding the Mine Train? Let us know in the comments below!
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