Taylor Martina’s 4/15/11 WDW Photo Report

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WDWNT Reporter Taylor Martina visited the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Downtown Disney on Friday and has a number of newsworthy photos from his trip to share with us:

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it’s finally exciting to watch Fantasyland progress, as we can now see details beginning to emerge!

Construction workers moving around the Storybook Circus site

Beast’s Castle looks nice during a cloudy day

A lot of work underneath on the “Be Our Guest” restaurant still to be done

The rock-work on “Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid” should be up soon

Scaffolding going up, means that we will soon see Prince Eric’s castle emerge over the steel frame!

The structure for “Enchanted Tales with Belle” has been done for a while, now the rock-work is going up

Most of the “Be Our Guest” Restaurant is closed in now


The rock-work next to Maurice’s Cottage is taking shape

The walls blocking views out of Cinderella’s Royal Table are still up

Work has still not begun on the Fantasyland Skyway Station, rumored to be up for demolition


A pretty cool pin that has an element that can spin to be a DVD or an identity disc

Remember Flight to the Moon? Neither do we…

Until August 16th as of right now…

Funny that you can find one of those at the Tiki Room…

These tarps continue to block our view of the restoration efforts

Tortuga Tavern always seems to have something new to show off

In case you can’t find it…

A new sign outside paying homage to the opening year: 1973

Taylor went to meet Angelica from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides just outside of the ride

Based on early reports, expect her to be removed eventually for the same reason you can’t see Jack Sparrow anymore. But this time it’s worse… it’s men…

The Adventureland Bridge appears to be completed now

The temporary bridge is closed

As previously reported, the Hall of Champions on Main Street is officially gone

The walls on the Confectionary have opened up a bit

Lots of columns!

That’s right, you stay in that corner!

A look at the front reveals a new blue and white color scheme for the Confectionary, and the grey bricks to the right side are now in various shades

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This photo from 9/3/10 shows the old green and white scheme and the matching tone bricks

It’s neck and neck…

The banners have returned to Town Square Theater

All of the tarps are finally down, and the building looks great!

Wait times were pretty reasonable

Mickey in his Magician outfit, which we hope to see someday…

A look down Main Street

Vinylmation Park Series #6 is out and about as most stores

Vinylmation Celebrations out as well

Graduation Duffy now available

A fairly new Walt hat that would probably be cool in other colors

“Find a dream inside of you…”


Goofy hasn’t moved West to Frontierland yet, he’s standing by the closed restrooms in Caribbean Plaza

Welcome to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

That’s not welcoming at all…

Rumors have this attraction closing forever on May 20th, when Star Tours opens

Speaking of Star Tours, both of the giant billboards outside of the attraction have been removed since this was taken

There’s the culprit!!!

See kids, this is why you wash behind your ears…


I want a DHS sandbag!!! (Look closely)

Walls still surround the entrance

Yes, Star Tours is in 3-D. No, you do not have to bring glasses from near-by attractions…

Tatooine Traders re-opens on Monday, April 18th

Oooooooo, the mystery!

Lightning McQueen has left for his Cars 2 makeover, leaving Mater all alone

Phineas and Ferb move in May 16th!

Going to be a busy and loud area now…

TRON pressed pennies are now available in the backlot

Maybe you should put that billboard near an attraction…

Wow, it was a good day to be in the parks!

A high school band marched through the Studios, providing the best parade seen all day!

All of the scaffolding is down from the repainting of the Tower of Terror

Looks great? It looks like an abandoned hotel still, so I would say job well done…

The Hollywood Studios figure welcomes Park #6 to his home

Moving to Downtown Disney, work continues on the remodeled LEGO Imagination Center


LittleMissMatched has moved to the Marketplace

People at Pleasure Island???

Harley Davidson is still operating on Pleasure Island while they await their new location on the West Side

The bulldozer is coming…

Harley Davidson’s new location is the former home of Mickey’s Groove and LittleMissMatched on the West Side next to the AMC 24

Muppets Series #2 at D Street

D Street was celebrating its 1 year anniversary by having guests sign this poster that will be hung in the store

We are immortalized on a poster!!! I’m so proud…

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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May Smith

Haha, thanks for the marching band comment. I was in a marching band that marched at the Magic Kingdom 4/16; we were in DHS on the 15th and I saw the marching band you pictured. I love how Disney supports music programs with Magic Music Days. It combines my love for music and Disney!
I was also very pleased by the wait time for Midway Mania.