Welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at the Magic Kingdom a few weeks removed from the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. New Fantasyland may now be finished but construction walls and scrims can be found throughout the park with construction in the hub and refurbishments in Adventureland and Tomorrowland are ongoing. There’s plenty to see this week, so let’s go!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!
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Walls up near the Town Square Theater.
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Patriotic bunting is still up on Main Street, and probably will be there until 4th of July.
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There is a lot more dirt and sand in the area where the Hub is being remodeled.
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Heading over to Tomorrowland.
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Where something doesn’t look quite right.
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Yes, the Astro Orbitor and the PeopleMover are both down for refurbishment, and the Astro Orbitor is completely missing.
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These need to get cleaned up or removed to clear up some of the clutter near Space Mountain.
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PeopleMover cars just sitting there, not moving.
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An empty queue means the Mine Train was down.
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It was down for a good chunk of the day I visited, first due to technical difficulties, second due to firework smoke from the Castle stage show blowing into the attraction and setting off alarms.
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Scrims are up at it’s a small world.
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Ever since FP+ started, standby lines at Pirates tend to always be long.
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Some of the scrims are down at the Tiki Room, but others have gone up.
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On the other side of that plaza in Adventureland, scrims came down, and the area is looking really sharp and clean.
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Very nice.
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Wall boxes on the Adventureland side of the Hub.
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It appears that the walls are a tad bit lower near the Crystal Palace now, affording somewhat of a Cinderella Castle view.
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At this point in the day, the sky opened up, and signaled that it was time to go.
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That’s all we’ve got for you for this week. What are your thoughts on the happenings in the park? Make sure to let us know in the comments!!

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  • CaptainAction

    That is a really nice hub…

  • Ravjay12

    Great update! Have they done that before where they’ve taken the whole Astro-Orbiter off it’s platform to refurbish it? That’s pretty cool! Lot of work to do at the hub. When is it supposed to be finished? Park looks great otherwise.

  • thebear

    I didn’t notice the long standby lines at Pirates when I was there, may just be a problem during the day. Overall, the park looked good. On Expedition Everest they replaced the flags at the end of the 1st forward part of the track and the bird was back out again. Summit Plummit at Blizzard Beach still looks really bad. The “snow” on the roof is black and has been that way for a long time. Hopefully you can keep us updated on that. Thanks!

  • Cory Gross

    I’m a LITTLE disconcerted by all the scrims and refurbs when I only have 2.5 months to go before my own trip… *fingers crossed*

    • thebear

      I was there last week and they didn’t bother me too much. Still a lot of great places to take pictures.

  • TheBig2na

    What I wouldn’t give to be there.

  • Skimbob

    It looks good. I am sure the hub will be done by the time I come back in January.

  • MikeBlakesley

    The hub isn’t supposed to be completely done until spring 2015 I think — unless they have moved the date up some.

  • daveyjones

    “Patriotic bunting is still up on Main Street, and probably will be there until 4th of July.”

    really? at disneyland it’s up until labor day weekend.

  • CaptainAction

    What year were these photos taken?

  • AaroniusPolonius

    With 18 plus million visitors a year going to MK, I’m not getting on them about the hub. Obviously they need to expand it.

    I will get on them regarding the timing of the construction, however. It seems as if they are entering the thick of their tourist season right when they are entering the thick of their hub work, and that’s a pity.

    Ah, well. I don’t run the joint.

    The park looks really well maintained and quite beautiful, otherwise.

  • Awe_inspired

    Thanks!

  • gKaR

    enjoying another update many thanks 🙂