Jose Castillo’s 1/7-1/10/09 WDW Photo Report

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Jose Castillo is now back home and he has many more photos from his trip to share with us:

On his first day at the Resort, the Christmas Lights were still up at Epcot.

Main Street is essentially back to its original state.

Dream Along With Mickey is currently not being performed as the Castle Forecourt Stage is under refurbishment.

These Year of a Million Dreams banners were still up as of the 8th.

The new paint on Tinker Bell’s Fairy Treasures looks great!

A small refurb going on over at the bathrooms outside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe.

Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration stage construction. Sure does take up a lot of space!

The on-going removal of the Galaxy Palace Theater.

The Disney Fairies have invaded the Toontown Hall of Fame.

The meet ‘n greet area has been renamed the Fairy Tale Pavilion, as it now only features the Princesses and Fairies.

Splash Mountain is currently closed for refurbishment.

Construction on the Golden Oak Outpost food stand that replaced the old McDonalds Fry Cart.

Construction outside The Hall of Presidents.

Here are a few shots from the nighttime spectacular, SpectroMagic.

I love that the parade still features the original Walt Disney World logo.

It’s flash, don’t worry, nothing is wrong with the float!

Moving over to Hollywood Studios… A new American Idol Experience store has opened up outside the upcoming attraction.

There are some great shirts here!

Our own Tom Corless modeling this shirt.

An awesome, unannounced pin.

Presumably the awards that will be given out in the show.

American Idol Experience cast members in the locked up waiting area.

Apparently this water-made Sorcerer Mickey is made every day outside The American Idol Experience.

Characters from Bolt inside The Magic of Disney Animation.

The only preview art (at the moment) for The Princess and the Frog.

It looks like they still have animators of some kind inside The Magic of Disney Animation.

Bolt is FULLY AWESOME!

Now for a few shots of Block Party Bash.

The sort of new Block Party Bash logo.

Our very own Matt Paul.

The back of The American Idol Experience building.

The ticket areas at all of the parks now have this What Will You Celebrate? banner with an icon representing the park that your at. This one is obviously for Epcot.

The neat graphic that is shown on Spaceship Earth while Judi Dench is “building your future”.

Tom and Jose’s future choice.

The Earth becomes Spaceship Earth.

The area in Innoventions where you’ll pick up your Kimunicator for the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure.

The IBM Think Place is now open.

A picture is taken of yourself jumping, running, and celebrating, and then it puts you into a Mario style game that you can play.

A map of World Showcase that will be used for the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure.

The Recruitment Center for the Kim Possible World Showcase Adventure.

Ever increasing construction on Bay Lake Tower.

Finally, let’s move back over to the Magic Kingdom for Jose’s last day at the Resort… Space Mountain closes in April for a huge refurbishment.

Refurbishment to the old Skyway building which is for the upcoming Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration show.

What a rare sight; An almost deserted Fantasyland!

Adam Roth of WDWCelebrations in the waiting room for the Country Bear Jamboree, which according to Jose doesn’t sound that much better after its “big” refurbishment.

Ah… Shameless self promotion! You gotta love it.

The Trolley Show was once again being held on the Omnibus.

A random guest let Jose take a picture of the new Birthday Fun Card.

Now for a few pictures of the Disney Dreams Come True Parade, which still does not feature the Mickey Mouse float. It’s scheduled to make a comeback on January 23rd, along with some other new features.

While Mickey’s float is not in the parade, the Broomsticks lead off the Castle float.

The new “Celebrate Today!” banner on the Castle float.

And we’ll end off Jose’s gigantic photo report with one of the first “Celebrate Today!” banners that managed to make it into the Resort.

For more of Jose’s great pictures from his trip, be sure to check out his Flickr page.

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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