Joe Hogarty’s 2/20/14 WDW Photo Report (Mine Train, AVATAR, & More)

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WDWNT Reporter Joe Hogarty visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Magic Kingdom on Thursday and has a number of newsworthy photos to share with us, so let’s take a look:

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Starting at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Some work still taking place on the paths around the Tree of Life

Nothing much to see over at the AVATAR site

It will hard to track construction unless we try from above… ;)

Another look at the walls around the Tree of Life paths

This could be related to the work needing to be done to the tree for the nighttime offerings, or it could be general rehab

Work continues on the new Festival of the Lion King Theater

Walls still up near the Africa stroller parking

Moving over to the Magic Kingdom, work continues on the steps of City Hall

The Castle is still getting some touch-ups

Time for the obligatory Seven Dwarfs Mine Train construction photos

The waterfall has been running non-stop

It looks great

The refurbishment of Splash Mountain continues

Don’t expect much different when it reopens except some scenes that have been freshened up

It will be Splashing again soon!

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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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Dan Heaton
Dan Heaton

Great update. I'm just glad they're doing even maintenance work on Splash Mountain. They seem to have fallen behind in keeping that up to date over the years. The Mine Train is really coming together. I'm going in January 2015, so it will be great to check it out at that point.

Ryan Mesure
Ryan Mesure

I was there is time last year and Splash was closed, going again in a week closed again. Is it falling apart that bad?


They close Splash every year in January, usually till March. I guess that’s the best time to clean it up, no one really wants to get wet in the cold weather. It’s gotta have some yearly check up, the constant moving water has some effect on the appearance I’m sure. When I rode in October, there weren’t any issues.