Hello, and welcome to [B]Dateline Disney World![/B] In this part of this week’s column, we’ll be talking about everything that didn’t happen in New Fantasyland this week. There were some [B]serious fireworks[/B], all of the scrims are down on [B]Main Street USA[/B], and we had a new addition at [B]Epcot[/B]. That said, let’s get started!!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

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[center][size=5][b]Mending Main Street[/b][/size]
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We can finally celebrate the fact that all the scrims are down on Main Street USA! We’ll start with the Chamber of Commerce.

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As expected, it looks absolutely gorgeous.

Moving on to the Chapeau.

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These building all look pristine!

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The details are all wonderful, as well.

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And we move down the street to the Main Street Bakery.

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Beautiful colors, everything looking brand new!

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Again, just as on the other buildings, the details look sparky and new.

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It’s really awesome to see these views again, completely unobstructed.

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This week saw the annual 4th of July festivities at Walt Disney World. On the 3rd, I was lucky enough to shoot the Magic Kindom show from the Polynesian beach. Here are some shots of it.

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It was a beautiful show to see, and there’s no better place to see it than the Poly beach.

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Welcome to Epcot!

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[center][size=5][b]Phineas and Ferb Takeover[/b][/size]
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The Agent P World Showcase overlay of the old Kim Possible attraction is now open.

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The fact that this is open is slightly old news, but this week, Disney placed Phineas and Ferb topiaries in the center of Future World.

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I know it isn’t my decision to make on these being here, but I think these are pretty ugly. A nice flower bed in this spot is enough during the non Flower and Garden season, but oh well.

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Moving on to the Studios!

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This 4th of July, I made the decision to shoot the fireworks shot at the Studios. The show was performed by Mulch, Sweat, and Shears, and was utterly fantastic. Disney really understands the concept of fireworks!

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I know it is an operational nightmare, but I really wish we could see fireworks at DHS more often than special events such as the 4th and New Year’s Eve. It really is awesome to see, and much more satisfying than Fantasmic.

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A great show, and a great way to celebrate our independence!

Well, that’s going to wrap it up for this part of this week’s Dateline. Have you ever been to Disney for the 4th of July? Let us know in the comments! And make sure to check out the other part of this week’s column that covers the New Fantasyland over at the Magic Kingdom!

FANTASYLAND CONSTRUCTION UPDATE HERE

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