Dirk Wallen’s 7/10-12/13 WDW Photo Report

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WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Epcot last week and has a number of newsworthy photos to share with us, so let’s take a look:

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Work continues on the Villas at the Grand Floridian as we approach the opening in October

Things are still a bit of a mess right now

Moving to the Magic Kingdom, the post for the Hall of Champions sign is walled

Cinderella’s fountain is still roped off from guests… we think some Brazilian tourists tried to bathe in it…

Still nothing to see over at Princess Fairytale Hall

FastPass+ has been testing a lot at the Magic Kingdom

A look at the Seven Dwarfs’ Mine Train construction

A look at the backside along with Triton’s Treasures

This portion where the track makes a wide turn and dives underground looks exciting!

Moving over to Animal Kingdom, work continues on the new Festival of the Lion King theater

The walls now have some themed signage

You can see the crane from various places in Africa

On Kilimanjaro Safaris, the Addax are still in place…

But they are still trying to re-introduce the Zebras

So the Zebras may make a full-time return soon… or not

Work has been completed on the FastPass+ queue at Finding Nemo: the Musical

Heading over to Epcot, another round of turnstile conversions has begun

FountainView is still preparing to be the next Starbucks location in the fall

Walls are still up around what should have been a new food cart months ago…

The FastPAss+ signage is up and running at Journey Into Imagination with Figment

Signs also went up at the Seas with Nemo and Friends

Work continues on Spice Road Table in Morocco

We can see construction going vertical now

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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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  • Racist comment. Brazilian fan leaving the site. Tip: check the audience in Google Analytics.

        • Hi There. I think, people, no matter their born country, misbehave all the time. Americans, Canadians, Italians, whatever, are not a great example of behave either. I had problems once waiting to get in Candlelight Processional, when an american drunk guy just cut of the line. The Disney Cast Members didn't do nothing and I was totally disappointed with Disney and, above all, with people (not americans, brazilians, canadians… PEOPLE). Of course, I put the guy behind us, and the only family in front of us (the first ones to get into the theater that night). The lady of this family (she was with two girls) said to me: "thank you for stand up for us.". Than, chatting, I told her that we were from Brazil, and she rushed to tell me: "I'm embarrassed for this guy behavior, and I want you to know that not all americans are like this one." Laughing I comforted her: "I know! I've always have been very well treated here in US, and I know that are good and bad people all over the world." Well, what I mean is: bad behavior doesn't have color, nationality, gender, unfortunately, it's like a plague growing world wide. So, intolerance born in this type of comment "brazilians (or italians, or whatever) were bathing in the fountain…". When it could be more generalist, and, this way, don't cause more intolerance in this sick world. Yeah, I'm aware about the brazilian bad behavior, and, as that gentle lady told me, I'm telling you now: "we are not all like this people." Unfortunately, the brazilian economy grew faster then the education. I apologize for this people, and, hope, we can build a world less intolerant with races, and TOTALLY intolerant with bad behavior, once again, no matter what.



          • Nothing wrong with the comment, if a Brazilian bathed in the fountain you were only stating a fact. Too many people feel comments are racist, but people should watch their behavior if they don't want to be called out for it.

  • FastPAss+ at Journey Into Imagination with Figment is really sad and a testament this whole thing is a scam. The ride is so awful it doesn't deserve to have a line at all.

  • You just made me a very happy man on many counts…

    Epcot Starbucks on the way (btw, any idea of a date, or what they're considering "fall"?)

    Return of the Zebras…

    More Spice Road updates…

    Thanks for the update!

  • Love these photo reports, thank you!! I love seeing the changes happening at WDW, and your photos bring it so alive. Why was the Hall of Champion sign walled? Those Addax are really beautiful! And I'm excited for the Epcot Starbucks, a new restaurant in Morocco, and especially the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train … I hope it's a similar experience to Big Thunder Mountain :)

  • Woohoo! This is an incredible photographic report (can you tell I'm a first timer to the site?)! I plan on returning with MUCH more regularity. I feel like I just visited the parks, so thanks for the awesome photos (and hilarious commentary too)!

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