Dirk Wallen’s 6/27/13 WDW Photo Report

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WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited Animal Kingdom, the Villas at the Grand Floridian, and Epcot earlier today and took some great photos to share with us, so let’s take a look:

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Starting at Animal Kingdom, Kodak signage is gone from the Camera Center

With FastPass+ currently testing, It’s Tough to be a Bug once again has a FastPass queue

There are still some construction walls up under the Tree of Life, meaning they are still installing nets under it

Wow, they’ve caught plenty of stuff…

Over at Camp Minnie-Mickey, this theater is still just stroller parking

Since it isn’t closing in this location just yet, they are using FastPass+ at Festival of the Lion King

Pocahontas has moved into one of the greeting trails at Camp Minnie-Mickey

Chip and Dale have moved into another

Work continues on the new Festival of the Lion King theater in Africa

Still not much to see

Work is wrapping up on the FastPass+ queue at Finding Nemo: The Musical

The signage is now up

Leaving Animal Kingdom, work continues on the Villas at the Grand Floridian

I’m not crazy about the plain white sides, but I’ll hold my judgement until the building is finished

Scaffolding is down on the water side and it looks fantastic

Work continues on the new bus loop at the Magic Kingdom

More turnstile conversions happening at Epcot

The middle section that is typically the exit is walled-off

Some touch-point entrances are going to be here soon

In other news, they are still patching up the landscaping from the Flower and Garden Festival

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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.
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  • Those gable ends of the Villas at Grand Floridian do look truly awful! It's very unlike Disney to get something like that wrong, and I can't work out the reason.

    Golden rule of architecture is to make the very best out of your main elevations such as this.

    It's almost as if they wanted to 'dumb down' the villas deliberately to keep the Grand Floridian's prestige in place?

    Why too would they deliberately block the room guests from the best views of the Seven Seas Lagoon?

    Not impressed, sorry Disney but we can see those blank boring white walls getting some treatment one day soon!

  • Hi.Great Pictures, but I think that you may need to clean the lens? If not, you have a problem with your camera?

  • Thank you so much, all of you, for the great PHOTO Reports – I so enjoy them as I count the day till I arrive back at WDW – Oh, 116 days and counting.

  • What a strange comment! Photos look great to me. Some of these pictures are clearly taken from the Monorail, so maybe you're seeing a window glare, or a smudge on the window, or maybe you haven't taken into account that the vehicle is moving – although I'm stumped to see any problems myself…! Very clear on my monitor. Maybe it's your monitor? Any which way, I'm happy to see any photos of the place. Try to be encouraging, eh? It's not a 'photographic' website :)

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