Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re touring the Magic Kingdom and getting ready for the holiday season. We’d also like to invite you to a very special event in Disney’s master-planned town of Celebration. Let’s go!

Walt Disney Birthplace Cocktail Reception – November 21st – Celebration, Florida

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You are cordially invited to join us for an exclusive evening with Disney Imagineer Bob Gurr on November 21st. This event will continue the campaign the save and preserve the historic The Walt Disney Birthplace! This special night will include special guests, Magic, Memories, and a rare opportunity to meet a true Disney Legend! There are an extremely limited number of tickets available for this private affair, and we will be offering some unique opportunities which will only be available at this event. Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind night, and meet a true Magic Maker!

WE CAN ONLY SAVE WALT’S LEGACY WITH YOUR HELP

We have already lost too many buildings that were an incredibly important part of Walt Disney’s history. And that is one of the reasons why it is essential that this landmark is restored to its original state, honoring and preserving the home for generations to come.

But, we can only do this with your help. Chicago’s harsh winter is rapidly approaching and if something isn’t done fast, the fragile home built in 1893 will suffer tremendous damage. Your attendance at the Celebration event will allow us to complete phase one restorations by Walt’s birthday on December 5th of this year!  RSVP today!

And if you can’t attend the event, but would still like to support the effort, you can join the cause on our StartSomeGood page HERE.

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom, where the Main Street Train Station is under refurbishment.
As of Monday, there was some sign of Halloween left. Not there as of Tuesday morning.
On Monday, there were still some traces of Halloween left. By Tuesday morning, they were all gone.
The holidays arrive at the Emporium!
The holidays have arrived at the Emporium!

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Hub progress - Tomorrowland side.
Slow progress on the central hub expansion. This is the Tomorrowland side of the project.

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Stage set for a Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.
Stage set for a Totally Tomorrowland Christmas.

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Wreaths and trees set up for Elsa to light the castle this week.
Wreaths and trees set up for Elsa to light the castle this week.

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The character statuettes are currently missing.
The character statuettes are currently missing.
I wonder if this is only temporary or if these will be relocated as part of the new Hub.
I wonder if this is only temporary or if these will be relocated as part of the new Hub.
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Onward to Adventureland . . .

 

Tarps up in Adventureland.
Tarps up in Adventureland.
I love the refurbishment work Disney has done in this land.
I love the refurbishment work Disney has done in this land.

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The Jungle Cruise reopens as the Jingle Cruise on Friday!
The Jungle Cruise reopens with the holiday Jingle Cruise overlay on Friday!

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Beautiful Big Thunder.
Beautiful Big Thunder.

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The Rivers of America boardwalk is all complete.
The Rivers of America boardwalk is all complete.

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Ominous.
Ominous.

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Walls still up here in Fantasyland.
Walls still up here in Fantasyland.

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We're hearing rumors about Be Our Guest serving breakfast in 2015.
We’re hearing rumors about Be Our Guest serving breakfast in 2015.

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WDW Railroad still down for refurbishment.
WDW Railroad still down for refurbishment.
There was a small fire on the Mine Train last week, but the ride is up and running this week.
There was a small fire on the Mine Train last week (ignited by fireworks embers), but the ride was up and running the same night.

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Hub progress on the Adventureland side.
Hub progress on the Adventureland side.

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As you can see, the flagpole on Main Street is relocated to City Hall for the holidays, leaving this beautiful photo until the Christmas tree moves in.
As you can see, the flagpole on Main Street is relocated to City Hall for the holidays, leaving this beautiful photo until the Christmas tree moves in.

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That’s all we’ve got for this week. I’m away on vacation next week, so we’ll see you in two weeks! Let us hear your comments below!

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