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

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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Rich O.
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Rich O.

Thank You, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Tom Tohill (@TomTohi
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Tom Tohill (@TomTohi

Fastpass+ at Journey into Imagination? because hardly ever a wait is to much for some people…..

John Jensen
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John Jensen

Fair… enough…

bomvivanBruno
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bomvivanBruno

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

Don
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Don

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.

Rick
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Rick

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!

Betty Mercier
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Betty Mercier

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 :)

Bill
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Bill

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)!