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

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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…

Bambi is coming to Blu-ray

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

Playhouse Disney closes for the conversion on January 30th

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

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

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

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

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

The redesign of MouseGear is just about complete

New Epcot “toothpick holders”

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

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

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

40th Anniversary merchandise out in full force

“toothpick holder”

Playing cards

The last little piece of store is being worked on now

New Mickey and friends skateboarding action figures

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

More concrete marked for removal

Let the Memories begin… with napkins…

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

The big red planet at Mission:Space is getting dirty

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

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

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

Splash Mountain is under refurbishment

Thanks for reading!

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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.
Contact Tom at [email protected]

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