Yes, it’s that time again. Time to take a slow tour around the Magic Kingdom and see what’s new. It’s been a couple weeks since I last did an update, but then it’s summer, so in theory things don’t change that much. Turns out that’s not exactly true. We have a lot to cover today. First, if you haven’t seen the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train update, start here, then come back and continue on our tour.
Much more below the jump:
Here’s an updated look at the construction on New Fantasyland’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom. There is still a long way to go on one side, but when you turn around the back to where Prince Eric’s Village will be, it looks nearly finished. Current plans call for it to be open sometime in 2014, but it’s hard to tell if they’re on pace or not.
As before we have both video and photos of the area
Photos are below the jump:
Truth be told, it’s been too long since I made it back to Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Different than other Disney theme parks in that the theme of nature inspired the Imagineers to create one of the most beautiful theme parks anywhere. There are always myriad little changes making it difficult to remember when some of the more major changes were made.
I do my best in this latest photo update but first your moment of theme park zen, a mother and son White Rhinoceros play on Kilimanjaro Safari
Earlier this week we shared our visits to Starbucks and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction in New Fantasyland. But there are more changes happening all the time at the Magic Kingdom. Here are a few I captured:
It’s been a long time since I managed to make it to Disney’s Animal Kingdom for a walk-about. A shame because it’s my favorite park. Not for the rides or parades, there are better elsewhere on property, but for the beauty of nature. I love how Disney Imagineers built their own story about nature while still allowing plenty of room for the real version to flourish. How the two layers interact with each other adds a lot to my enjoyment of the park.
So without further ado, here are some of the new, or new to me, things I spotted on my walk this weekend:
It’s been a while since we’ve had a chance to take a long stroll around the Magic Kingdom and snap some photos. Most of New Fantasyland may already be open, but there is a lot of work going on at the Mine Train and elsewhere in the park. There still have been no official opening dates for the Princess Fairytale Hall or the Mine Train. We’re hearing that the princess meet and greet has been pushed back. I hope that means they’re adding some upgrades.
Starting outside you can see that horizontal construction has begun on the new bus loop for the Magic Kingdom.
Larger buses will eventually be entering and exiting here. More buses should translate to easier connections to other Disney parks and the new Disney Springs
It’s time to take a look at the progress made on the next major expansion of Fantasyland – The Tangled Toilets. Since we last checked in, they’ve added many more details from the films, some trees, benches, and mist fans for that cooling effect while you wait. In fact it’s beginning to look like the Fantasyland equivalent of a highway rest area.
Come below the jump as we look over the wall at a much needed improvement to the guest flow and restroom availability in this corner of the Magic Kingdom.
The Magic Kingdom is getting all the attention now with the New Fantasyland soft-openings and Disney’s Animal Kingdom is lined up for the next major expansion with the addition of Avatar-land to the park. The next park due for a major announcement is Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the rumor is that something big is, in fact, coming. I snuck out for a tour of the park on a windy afternoon (thanks Sandy) and found out that there is plenty of change occurring already, even without an official announcement.