Tom Corless’s 9/4/15 WDW Photo Report (Rivers of Light, AVATAR, Star Wars Launch Bay, Food & Wine, Magic Kingdom, Etc.)

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I managed to visit all 4 of the Walt Disney World theme parks within the last week, so let’s see what’s new and exciting around the Vacation Kingdom of the World in our latest photo report:

The large columns in MouseGear are being refurbished

Cool light-up Oogie Boogie for sale

This great Pirates of the Caribbean coaster set was just released. It comes in a resin treasure chest.

Some new t-shirts have been released recently

There’s now a Winnie the Pooh MagicBand

There are also now Magic Sliders featuring theme park attractions



There’s now a hard plastic iPhone 6 version of this case

A Maleficent hoodie…

With horns

The MyMagic+ credit card readers across property have been replaced with new versions featuring a flatter Mickey icon and a credit card chip reader on the side


The monorail is open, but there are construction walls all over at the TTC

Moving over to the Magic Kingdom, work continues on the Skipper Canteen restaurant in Adventureland

A rather large expansion of the building taking place

The facade of the Country Bear Jamboree is being fixed up

A look at what will be the entrance to the Skipper Canteen in Adventureland


New monitors for the safety pre-show at Space Moutain are being installed throughout the loading area


No time was wasted in removing the Walt Disney World Speedway

This land will be used as part of changes to the entrance of the Magic Kingdom toll plaza

Over at Hollywood Studios, you’ll find this new Han Solo shirt

There’s also now a ladies’ section in Tatooine Traders

The Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost is now selling some of the displaced art from the Animation Gallery

They are also carrying Adventureland merchandise

Work continues to convert the Magic of Disney Animation into Star Wars Launch Bay

With the entrance now moved, the old entrance to Disney Junior is looking odd

More and more props are vanishing from One Man’s Dream as it is rumored to close. The temple head from Jungle Cruise is now gone too

Moving on to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The new building on Discovery Island is nearing completion

The repainting of the existing buildings continues

Work continues on the new nighttime spectacular Rivers of Light

AVATAR construction as seen from the top of Everest

A rock formation to hide projectors for Rivers of Light is now in place



Lots of work happening on Kilimanjaro Safaris as they prepare for the new nighttime version debuting in the spring of 2016


Work continues on the hyena area





The Addax have been moved out of the former Zebra Glen area

The Scimatar-Horned Oryx now fill the finale scene


Pizzafari is currently closed for refurbishment

Lots of work and repainting around Discovery Island right now


Another look at Rivers of Light construction


Just one owl post remains with the original color scheme


AVATAR construction as seen from the park entrance


Spotted this new shirt at MouseGear

Booths have started going up for the Food and Wine Festival starting on the 25th