PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 8/19/16 (Tomorrowland Repaint, More Rocks, Wilderness Lodge Cabins, ETC.)

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In our latest photo report, we travel to the Magic Kingdom and the surrounding resort area to see the latest progress on the Tomorrowland repainting, the continuing rock installation at WDW beaches, and the Disney Vacation Club cabin additions at Wildenress Lodge.

Cinderella Castle Crane Returns

Cinderella Castle Crane
Cinderella Castle Crane

The crane is back at Cinderella Castle for the installation of the Dreamlights for the holiday season (yes, it is still August).

Cinderella Castle Crane
Cinderella Castle Crane
Cinderella Castle Crane
Cinderella Castle Crane

Tomorrowland Repainting

Tomorrowland Entrance Repainting
Tomorrowland Entrance Repainting

The repainting of the Tomorrowland entrance is now visible on the front side, as a grey/silver soat has been started at the bottom of the rocks by the water.

Tomorrowland Entrance Repainting
Tomorrowland Entrance Repainting

Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment

Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment
Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is closed until November for what we expect to be the installation of the new finale scene, similar to that found at Disneyland Park.

Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment
Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment
Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment
Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment
Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment
Big Thunder Mountain Refurbishment

This and That

Alligator and Snake warning sign in the Magic Kingdom
Alligator and Snake warning sign in the Magic Kingdom

Spotted this sign by Big Thunder Mountain, in the designated smoking section.

Sofia the First ear hat
Sofia the First ear hat

There is now a Sofia the First ear hat on sale in the parks.

Sofia the First ear hat
Sofia the First ear hat
New Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise
New Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise

More Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise featuring the Fab 5 continues to be released.

New Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise
New Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise
New Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise
New Pirates of the Caribbean merchandise

The line is geared towards children, so there are plastic placemats available.

Magic Kingdom Rainy Day Character Cavalcade

Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade

When “Move It! Shake It! Dance and Play It!” is cancelled for inclement weather, it also get the Magic Kingdom rainy Day Character Cavalcade treatment. This replacement offering drives up and down Main Street in this case, at least giving guests a look at their favorite characters. It also has a really catch soundtrack, which you can hear below in an older recording of the parade we have:

Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade
Rainy Day Character Cavalcade

Contemporary Resort

Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort

In traveling to Trail’s End at Fort Wildnerness, we decided to take a boat, which provided some spectacular views.

Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort

This is one of my favorite pictures I’ve ever taken at Walt Disney World…

Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort

What are all these bags backstage at the Contemporary? ROCKS. HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS OF ROCKS.

Disney's Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Contemporary Resort

These rocks will soon line the shoreline behind the resort, similar to the beaches at the Polynesian and Grand Floridian.

Wilderness Lodge DVC/Fort Wilderness

Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC

Work continues on the Disney Vacation Club cabin additions at Wilderness Lodge.

Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC

Many of the cabins are going vertical now.

Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC

The shoreline at Fort Wilderness received the rock treatment as well.

Wilderness Lodge DVC
Wilderness Lodge DVC
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Trail’s End moonshine

We end on alcohol once again, this time with some of the fantastic moonshine drinks available at Trail’s End and Crockett’s Tavern.

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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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