Hello, and welcome to [B]Dateline Disney World![/B] where we will be taking a close look at the [B]New Fantasyland[/B] construction over at the [B]Magic Kingdom[/B]. Things are moving quickly and many projects now look compete on the exterior.
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!!
We’ll start today’s update all the way on the left, where the new Tangled meet and greet and restroom are being built.
This shot shows the progress on what is supposedly going to be Rapunzel’s tower.
Other construction in the area moving along.
At the Castle Wall, progress keeps on moving every week.
More work has been done on the arches in the wall.
You can see that there are now details going up on the second arch as well as the first.
The right side of the wall is playing catch up with the left still.
Detail pieces being put on the turrets.
The wall in between the Carrousel and the Castle Wall has been removed. This shot shows the space between the old and new Fantasylands.
And here is what the new area will look like when standing right near the Carrousel.
I thought they may have been doing something serious, since these walls were up for a long time. But, it seems to have been just a ground refurb.
At the Beauty and the Beast area, lots of work has been done at Maurice’s Cottage.
Most of the roofing is done. Here’s the view of Maurice’s from Storybook Circus.
The side of Gaston’s Tavern is now the same color as the front again, a darker shade of yellow.
Roofing looks to be wrapping up on this turret.
And Bonjour! Village Gifts looks about the same as it did last week.
At the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, there are some cross type supports going up.
Other brown supports are popping up at the lower levels of the project that barely make it over the walls.
At the Little Mermaid, rock work continues.
It’s hard to think that two weeks ago, this was just wire mesh, and now it fits right in and just needs to be painted!
Moving on to Storybook Forest…err Circus
Pretty cool to see both Dumbo spinners going at the same time!
Although, they really do need to close the left one down so they can fix the scraping issue that we reported on last week.
And lastly, a quick update on the Casey Jr. Soak ‘n’ Splash play area. It is still immensely popular.
I was talking to a friend while in the park the other day, and we were discussing this area. Sure, it isn’t the greatest thing to ever happen to the Magic Kingdom, but if you look at the families that are in there, it is a smash hit. The fence may be weird, and the scale may not be huge, but seeing the smiles on people’s faces kind of makes you realize that Disney did its job with this one, legal issues or not.
Well, that’s going to do it for this New Fantasyland update. Are you excited for the new Tangled area? Ready to finally walk through that Castle Wall this holiday season? Let us know in the comments!! And don’t forget to check out the other half of this week’s column, where we talk about the rest of the Walt Disney World Resort!
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