Dirk Wallen’s 9/8/14 Magic King Photo Report (& Polynesian Village!)

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

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I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to replace the canopy over the boat dock in the summer…

Halloween party is in full swing already, and the park is decorated for autumn

The furthest edge of the Chapeau façade is being reworked as the corridor behind the building is expected to become a regularly used path every day during parades and fireworks

The re-imagining of the hub at the Magic Kingdom continues

Sweet potato nuggets at Golden Oak are delicious… if it’s actually open

Work continues on the queue at Peter Pan’s Flight

The Seven Dwarfs Mine store is still behind walls

The Astro Orbiter is slowly being put back together and will reopen later this month

The elevator shaft is completely orange

Work continues on the DVC wing and additions at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort

Guests walking from the TTC will have to take a different path

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Some signs around the resort have the new name and logo

A look at the current progress on the bungalows

Work has begun on the pool area as well

The outdoor Dole Whip service window, Pineapple Lenai opened last week, offering dole whip in a Tiki Room souvenir bowl!

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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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I kind of wondered the same thing when I saw the first picture – who thought about changing the canopy of the boat launch in the summer in Florida?!? I definitely felt January or February would have been a better time to do that change :-) I still can’t believe all the renovations going on, it almost feels like there are only 2 seasons to WDW – hot weather and construction, much like Chicago and its construction and snow! So what is going on with the overpass work to Downtown Disney, sorry Disney Springs. Thanks for the picture update. I… Read more »


Hi, do you know when the work in the hub at the MK is going to be finish?
It is been a while now


Are those dole whip souvenir tiki bowls a permanent or limited time thing? I would like five please!