Hello, and welcome to [B]Dateline Disney World![/B] Today, we have a large [B]New Fantasyland[/B] update from the [B]Magic Kingdom[/B] with lots of work done at the [B]Castle Wall[/B] and the [B]Seven Dwarfs Mine Train[/B]. We’ll also take a look at a [B]new book[/B] available in the parks now. Let’s get started!

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom!

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Starting out like we always do, there was some movement over at the new Tangled/restroom area.

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Not much difference in the base for Rapunzel’s Tower.

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On the other side of the project, you can see more steelwork rising through the cracks in the construction walls.

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Heading over to the Castle Wall, this is where we see one of the biggest news stories of the week. They have topped off three of the spires!

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They look very, very nice.

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This one is still behind a scrim.

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Close ups!

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The wall is also seeing more and more detail go up every week, with pieces filling in the blanks where the initial detail pieces went up.

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The right side of the wall is quickly catching up to the left side, with lots of work being focused there this week.

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Arches all taped up so they don’t get any mortar or anything on them.

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Some more miscellaneous wall shots.

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Over at the Beauty and the Beast themed area, there was some rock work being done to hide the Be Our Guest show building all the way to the left.

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Gaston’s Tavern with a large amount of dirt a little ways in front of it.

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Bonjour! Village Gifts:

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The area in between these two shops is really coming along:

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The entrance pillars to the Be Our Guest restaurant are starting to look more complete.

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And again, I absolutely cannot help taking photos of the Beast’s castle with an ominous sky. It looks awesome!

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Steering over to the other big story this week, the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train saw lots of visible work.

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As you can see, they have started enclosing the main hill for the ride. It is becoming way more clear now that you will not be able to really see the Little Mermaid from this side of the hill once this project is done.

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They’ve also been enclosing lower level spots, and the “top” part of the hill.

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It’s very nice to see some significant movement here.

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Speaking of the Little Mermaid, here’s a view of it from over near the Carrousel.

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It’s still looking great.

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Details.

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It seems that they have done some paint work here, as this section is a much brighter white than it was last week.

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These pillars have also popped up on the right side of the attraction. No idea what they are, but I’m sure they serve a purpose. If anyone knows, feel free to leave a comment and let us know!

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Heading into Storybook Circus, there are some new lampposts and lights on the way in that are very nice.

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Also along the construction walls, these posters were replaced.

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They were replaced with some type of cardboard composite. They were all torn and ripped from kids pulling on them. So kudos to Disney for taking the time and replacing something as trivial as that.

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Over at Dumbo, the wall is finally down at the center of the attraction, and it revealed this photo opportunity.

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It’s nice, and fits well with the attraction.

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Here’s a close up of the mural that sits behind it.

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So as far as I can tell, Dumbo is completely finished now!

The third tent saw a little movement this week, but not a ton.

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Looks like a marquee is going to go on the front of this one.

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Some work was also done on the back of the tent.

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Over at Casey Jr., there is a refurbishment happening already.

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This seems odd, as this just opened not long ago at all. Perhaps it is a new effect going in, but judging by the type of wall they used, it means they need to fix something.

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There was some touch up work being done at the Haunted Mansion this week.

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Here’s a shot from the Hub that I liked. Not news, but nice to look at.

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I had seen some people online wondering if there would be a return of trees to Main Street where the Bakery refurbishment happened. When I looked this week, I noticed trees there. Didn’t remember if they were there right when the refurb first ended, but they are there now.

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And lastly, you can now find a new book in the gift shops here at Walt Disney World. It is called Poster Art of the Disney Parks (Introduction by Tony Baxter)
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I did not get the chance to purchase the book yet, but after flipping through the pages, I can tell this is one any Disney fan will want to have in their collection. The book is huge, as you can see it compared to standard DVD and Blu-Ray boxes in the above photos, but it is worth it to have all that real estate on the pages for the clear photos of the posters that have been used in the parks through the years.

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I cannot wait to purchase it, and really see it as a must own. It is a little steep in price at $40 in the parks, but you can preorder it at Amazon for only $25! You can check it out HERE
, and if you do, you’ll help support Dateline Disney World!

Well, that’s going to do it for this week’s Dateline. What are your thoughts on the almost finished parts of the Castle Wall? Happy to see that Dumbo is finally finished? Let us know in the comments!!

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  • Malin

    I’m not a fan of the spiral gates separating new Fantasyland from old Fantasyland. Disney World should be bringing the old side of the land up to the standard we are seeing from the new additions. And the Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast areas do look great in comparison.

  • tofubeast

    I love when you take pictures of Beast’s castle with the dark clouds present. You are so right, it makes a great shot. Nice seeing the walls coming closer to a completion and more visible progress with the Mine Train. I really can’t wait to see this all with my own eyes come December! Thanks again for your awesome weekly updates.

  • mratigan

    I can’t wait
    You make me more and more excited every day

  • Mickey777

    That book looks awesome. I’ve purchased 6 attraction posters at the parks the last few years for my basement. I’ll be picking up a copy this spring for sure.

    I wonder how those guys feel about doing construction work on “cartoony” theme park structures? Is it a pain to work with imagineers compared to your normal boss? It it easier or more difficult? Do they wish they were out in the park with thier families instead of working? etc…I often wonder. Someone should interview one of them.

    • Working with Disney and Imagineering is extremely difficult and crews are expected to meet exacting standards. Many construction companies and other vendors have stories about losing money on their Disney projects because of last minute changes, design issues, and Disney being unwilling to pay for more than the original agreed upon price. Disney is not an easy company to deal with.

  • RightTurnClyde

    The pillars to the right of LM are for the gate that will block the backstage access road that runs along the east side of the show building.

    • Cory Disbrow

      Is it safe to assume that this gate will be themed accordingly?

      • Timekeeper

        Yes, hopefully. (*Crosses Fingers*)

        Timekeeper

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  • Timekeeper

    Also, Great Update! I like the new additions coming along and I hope the warehouses, aka ride buildings, get covered very well with foliage and lots of props.

    Timekeeper

  • yoyoflamingo

    Can’t wait to see the progress in person in 2 weeks!

    And have the books preordered on Amazon for a while. Can’t wait to see it in person! (Trying not to be spoiled online!)

  • Mac Daddy

    Thanks for another great update, Cory! How you and Andy continue to find time to take and upload all of those shots every week is beyond me. Well done, Sir!

  • DisneyNuts

    I just found this Blog and was so excited — We are headed back next summer and seriously cannot wait! Your blog will help us be a little more patient and your Fantasyland updates will now be a part of my Friday routine! I am really looking forward to seeing all of these new updates in person. I think the only thing we will miss next summer will be the Mine Train as that is not supposed to open until 2014. Oh well. Another reasion to go back I suppose! Your photos are awesome by the way — my son and I loved the one of the Beast’s castle.