PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 11/8/16 (Big Thunder Refurbishment, Christmas Decorations, Space Mountain, ETC.)

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In our latest photo report, the Magic Kingdom’s mountain range is getting spruced up and more and more holiday decorations are covering the park. Let’s jump right in, shall we?

Space Mountain

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Scaffolding is up around Space Mountain as cosmetic changes continue in Tomorrowland.

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom

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Decorating at the Magic Kingdom wasn’t quite finished in our last photo report, but every last wreath and tree is up now:

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The Magic Kingdom times guide is now separated by land.

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The Christmas tree on Main Street U.S.A. was installed.

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The wreaths on the Main Street facades are up as well.

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Christmas in Fantasyland

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Belle’s village has been decorated for the season as well.

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Some new Beauty and the Beast art for sale in Bonjour Village Gifts, in both giclee and print form.

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Rollin’ on the Rivers of America

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It can be unmercifully hot aboard the Liberty Square Riverboat during the summer months, but I often find myself aboard once the weather cools down at this time of year. Also, it offers a great view of the ongoing work on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

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Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is set to reopen on November 18th.

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The questions continue as to if we will be getting the explosive finale scene already featured at Disneyland.

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New nighttime lighting has been installed on the mountain as part of the ongoing refurbishment:

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Facade work on the Haunted Mansion continues as well.

This and That

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Guests still can’t seem to understand signage…

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The Enchanted Tiki Room issue #1 is finally available in Adventureland. It is not a park exclusive cover, but it is a variant cover from the normal issues available elsewhere.

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Decorations are now up on the back of Cinderella Castle.

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I don’t often take artsy pictures, but Storybook Circus is so photogenic at night.

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As always, the Magic Kingdom is beautiful in the evening, but it takes on a special glow during the holiday season.

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The newly remodeled Uptown Jewelers is decorated for Christmas quite nicely.

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The Christmas cups are now available at most counter service eateries.

GOOOOOAAAALLLLLLLLL!

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Mickey Mouse Major League Soccer pins are now for sale at the parks, including Orlando’s own Orlando City team.

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New limited release MagicBands for sale include Christmas and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror designs.

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A seat cushion is now being sold at the parks, perfect for parade and nighttime show viewing according to the tags.

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A new Little Green Men castle photo holder for sale.

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Of course, Star wars couldn’t get left out…

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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 couldn’t help but notice (probably not the only one) that “Celebrate The Magic” was still listed on the MK map. Are they just slowly easing “Once Upon A Time” by complementing it with CTM or did Disney just mistakingly print it on there?

  • Thanks for the update! nice pictures…
    Are special hours for Quick Service gone? I can’t see QS closing times anymore, this used to be on the bottom 1/3 of a page, it was handy for knowing when Harbor House or Pecos or Pinocchio closed for example (Cosmic Ray’s is always park opening to park close but not so the other QS, they vary).

  • You are right, there is something about Disney at night during Christmas holiday. It goes 10 steps further in awesomeness.

  • Why are the decorations on the castle and the tree, as well as other areas of the Magic Kingdom so dull. There should be more of the vibrant red and green colors as well as the orange and blue.