Tom Corless’ 1/15-1/18/11 WDW Photo Report

I was visiting Walt Disney World for the premiere of PIXAR Pals: Countdown to Fun and “Let the Memories Begin” last week and managed to find some time to take some newsworthy photos, so let’s take a look at what’s new around the parks:

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We begin at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Gnomio & Juliet was going to be a Disney movie, now it’s just a Disney promoted movie…

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Bambi is coming to Blu-ray

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Disney Junior billboards are already up at Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage!

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Playhouse Disney closes for the conversion on January 30th

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Some of the Hall of Fame busts are missing for some reason

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PIXAR Pals is not listed as a parade… that statement took new meaning later in the day…

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I would have taken more photos, but I dropped my camera in disbelief

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Moving over to Epcot, MouseGear has a window display for the Walt Disney World 40th anniversary merchandise

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A lot of work going on in Future World central, but more on that later

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The redesign of MouseGear is just about complete

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New Epcot “toothpick holders”

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The movement of the merchandise really opens the store up, very reminiscent of the Centorium

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Animation Vinylmation… or is it Vinylmation Animation series… I’m confused… so go to the Vinylmation Station website

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We’d love to know what the ten on this shirt stands for… trust me, we tried everything!

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40th Anniversary merchandise out in full force

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“toothpick holder”

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Playing cards

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The last little piece of store is being worked on now

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New Mickey and friends skateboarding action figures

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The checkered concrete placed in 1999 is being ripped up, and most likely the remaining Millennium props from the area with it

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More concrete marked for removal

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Let the Memories begin… with napkins…

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Just like Space Mountain, Test Track now places text over your photo preview

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The big red planet at Mission:Space is getting dirty

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Maybe they need the AXE detailer… (someone got the joke)

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Moving briefly to the Magic Kingdom, rumors have El Pirata Y El Perico becoming a Pirates restaurant after the exterior refurbishment is complete

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We’ll just have to wait and see if “Tortuga Tavern” ever happens…

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Splash Mountain is under refurbishment

Thanks for reading!