Dirk Wallen’s 3/20/15 WDW Photo Report (Polynesian Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Disney Springs, ETC.)

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WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen was all over the Walt Disney World Resort this week and has a ton of newsworthy photos to share with us, so let’s take a look at what’s new and exciting:


Starting at the Polynesian, the right side of the entrance is out from behind walls and looking good


The pool area is nearing completion also



Moving to the Magic Kingdom, work on the center of the hub is picking up speed


New planters await railings


The old Rose Garden is now being demolished as part of the hub expansion



The final remnants of the Plaza Swan Boats are being erased


Moving over to the Studios, walls are up around the former site of the Sorcerer’s Hat, at least through late-April



Strange to see this sight again, but if Echo Lake is demolished, it won’t be a sight for long


Over at Epcot, work continues on the mysterious “colorful” new Innoventions exhibit




Meanwhile, there is no visible progress on the Frozen attraction


Moving to Disney Springs, the Marketplace Co-Op has these Adventurer’s Club signs back in stock


These photos were taken just before the first pedestrian bridge was installed yesterday




The Town Center will rise upon this site over the next 12-14 months


One large structure is already rising


The small park area in front of Planet Hollywood and the Orange Garage entrance is nearing completion


New planters being installed outside Harley Davidson


No visible progress on STK Orlando, the supposed replacement for the BET Soundstage


The Hangar restaurant is now completely sealed, but still no announcement from Disney


The new Margarita Bar and pier in the Marketplace is coming along nicely



The BOATHOUSE, as seen from the Village Causeway


Still to early to tell, but this looks like one fo the facades that will hide the second parking garage from view


A lot of work still to be done on Morimoto Asia


Meanwhile, flags have gone up outside of the BOATHOUSE, leading us to believe it is nearing completion


Work on the dock is wrapping up



Another look at the Hangar Restaurant, whatever it might be…

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  • I have a question do you know if Disney is going to have a monorail themed to the new Avengers movie Coming out on May 1st of this if there is one this year again can you get pictures of it? Do you also know if Disney is going to do a Star Wars the force awakeens monorail this year in the fall closer to when the moive comes out if there is one this year in the fall I hope that you get a picture of it this year.

  • It’s so disappointing that there is so much construction going on at once. My family and I take yearly trips to WDW, but we will be skipping this year because there is just too much going on. The worst is Downtown Disney which currently is completely unworthy of visiting with all the walls up.

    I’ve been going to WDW since I was 5 years old and am a Disney Super Fan. Walt Disney World has always prided themselves on not revealing what is behind the curtain, but in its current state it looks, to be blunt, extremely ugly. The magic is missing with all of this going on. I hate to say it, but I’m pretty down on all the “upgrades” since all they seem to be upgrading is the price and sacrificing the quality. I’m hoping all these changes changes to come do not fall in line with this trend.

  • Jeff S. . .
    Don’t be discouraged. . . go to Universal. I am a long time Disney fan. I totally love the place. With that said, I now love Universal just as much. Look into a stay at Royal Pacific. It is one of the most amazing properties in all of Orlando. Many times I’ve gotten in at 180 to 230 per night. It is a magical Hawaiian themed get away and YOU GET TO CUT THE LINES at most of the rides. . . Don’t be sad Jeff. It may be out of your comfort zone but DO IT. . .

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