Joe Hogarty’s 3/21/13 Magic Kingdom Photo Report

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Today we welcome WDWNT Reporter Joe Hogarty to the team with his very first photo report! Joe visited the Magic Kingdom to catch Splash Mountain now that it has reopened from refurbishment, but he also got some pictures of progress on the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train and A Pirate’s Adventure to share with us, so let’s take a look:

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The scariest opening photo of any report ever…

Don’t worry, it’s just a prop for “A Pirate’s Adventure”

Make sure to brush your teeth kids

Jack’s compass

Letter from Sparrow

We suspect this bird (similar to the one from World Showcase Adventure) will talk to guests… is it Cotton’s parrot?

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Something yet to be installed?

This large shell just recently appeared

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Splash Mountain just re-opened from refurbishment and it looks fantastic!

The clothes look brand new

Every animatronic is working flawlessly

Some shrubbery was added around Brer Fox

Oooooo, new lighting…

The store is pretty much unchanged

The blue shirt is new

Otherwise, a lot of the same merchandise

Work continues on Princess Fairytale Hall in Fantasyland

Work also continues on the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train

The track is almost done!

This side hasn’t changed much

The other side has made some major progress

It looks like this side is finally going to be covered soon

Some new steel near Storybook Circus

The backside is starting to look like a mountain

Triton’s Treasures is also coming along nicely

Chimneys now up on the shop which may open before the Summer

I see a mountain…

It’s nice to finally see rock work

Thanks for your first report Joe!

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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jb
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jb

What is the story with the ufo in the 8th picture of the mine train constr.?

Tommy
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Tommy

That is so obviously a glare from the sun it's ridiculous… 100% not a UFO

CHRIS
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CHRIS

Nice pictures, look forward to more reports.

CJ
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CJ

I noticed the UFO object too. Otherwise, great pictures!

JH
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JH

I can neither confirm or deny the presence of a ufo over New Fantasyland.

Karen Pica Smith
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Karen Pica Smith

Great pictures!

LeeAnn
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LeeAnn

When is the mine train scheduled to be completed?

jb
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jb

you have a real grasp for the obvious and none for humor!!!!

Andrew Caravella
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Andrew Caravella

Great pictures. Can't wait to get down there this summer to check it all out with the fam. So we are not alone in the universe. I don't know if whether or not its a UFO but the was another meteor spotted over the east cost this morning. Definitely a lot extraterrestrial activity as of late.

Denise Jones
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Denise Jones

Great detailed pictures! I can't wait to go see all that in person. Thank you!

Patrick Hackett
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Patrick Hackett

More details of the UFO in the Photo Report on Around The Hub.

Denise
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Denise

When is princess fairytale hall opening?

Selina Jimenez
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Selina Jimenez

People, people. Obviously it was a weather balloon : D haha! loved the pictures, I am so thrilled with the refurb on splash mountain. I can't wait to go back and see the dwarves mountain finished!

Kevin
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Kevin

A glare? It looks dark and solid. I don't believe it's an alien spaceship, but it's not a glare.