Josh Siegel’s 8/4/11 Magic Kingdom Photo Report

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WDWNT Reporter Josh Siegel returns to the job with a HUGE Magic Kingdom photo report, covering the Fantasyland Expansion, Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, Tinker Bell’s Magical Nook, and more, so let’s take a look:

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Good morning Magic Kingdom

The Fire Station still closed to become the central hub for the Magic Kingdom interactive quests

Main Street slowly fills with guests

The small signs on the Omnibus were replaced with signs for Main Street locations rather than Magic Kingdom lands

The Main Street Trolley show now has a stop on the Railroad Station

Some filming going on

Magic Kingdom VP Phil Holmes on hand

On to Fantasyland!

Still no visible progress on Enchanted Tales with Belle

Bonjour! Village Gifts and the castle wall towards the back of the Beauty and the Beast realm are coming along nicely

We can catch a glimpse of Gaston’s Tavern in the back

Another building has risen, we’re not sure which Village establishment this is

Beast’s Castle

Work continues on Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

Prince Eric’s castle is looking good

The rock-work on the facade looks nearly complete

Back to Beauty and the Beast

The mountain grows taller

The Enchanted Grove is open while the facade is worked on

These construction walls and scrims just get better and better

Back to Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid, the edge of the cliff is being built

The Casey Jr. Roundhouse and the Fantasyland Train Station are coming along nicely

Storybook Circus construction

You can see the awning of the actual queue leading to one of the Dumbo rides

Some dirt moving near the entrance to Storybook Circus

The Balzac vendor in Tomorrowland has been repurposed

It now sells light-up toys

Let’s take a ride on the Peoplemover and look into Fantasyland

The Dumbo building

Big Top Souvenirs across the way

Little Mermaid construction

More Dumbo

The back path from Tomorrowland is still there

Let’s head into Adventureland

Seems someone forgot to hide the wires on the new bridge

Ariel and Eric greeting guests outside the Adventureland Veranda

The Veranda has now become Tinkerbell’s Magical Nook

The walls were decorated with some pictures

Inside the new meet and greet area

At least there is some use for this space now

The meet and greet is very nicely themed as well

The Tiki Room exit blocked off

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room opens August 15th

The original 1971 sign was replaced with this new one

The Under New Management sign is gone, and this new sign is in it’s place

Walls still up in the pre-show area

Tortuga Tavern closed sign

The Adventureland/Frontierland passage is still behind tarps

Pecos Bill’s remains behind walls

Apparently, the Mississippi is next to Liberty Tree Tavern…

The Shootin’ Arcade is still closed

The Skyway station hasn’t changed much

Back to Fantasyland, no progress on the Castle Walls

All of the planters have been removed, the area looks very different

A huge crane out in Storybook Circus

Walls continue to close-in on Dumbo

Goodbye Magic Kingdom!

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