PHOTO REPORT: The Magic Kingdom 1/27/17 (More Tomorrowland Makeover, MARVEL, Waffle Fries, Remembering Kingdom Cabanas, ETC.)

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Our latest photo report brings us back to the Magic Kingdom to see the ever-changing Tomorrowland, new merchandise items, and more, so let’s dive right on in…

IT WAS CROWDED

Luckily we had parked at the Contemporary and had a private security line to enter, because every other line in front of the park was overwhelmed. Every weekend in January has been fairly busy thus far.

This disaster was the Will Call line. They estimated that some guests waited 90-120 minutes.

The new security screening area wasn’t helping as it was colliding with the line.

Refurb Street U.S.A.

The tarps on the Train Station are finally themed.

The exterior refurbishment on the Emporium continues as well.

Yes, we’re open!

This and That

Waffle fries are back at the Golden Oak Outpost.

Tortuga Tavern was open and selling Turkey Legs and Hot Dog combos.

It was easily the worst smell combination on this or any planet.

The Adventureland food carts no longer have Cheeseburger Egg Rolls, but now sell churros.


I knew our server at Skipper Canteen hated us when the stains on the menus were real and not “themed”…

That’s real food. We had terrible service on top of this, which was a first for me in my many trips to Skipper Canteen.

These signs were added to Magic Kingdom restaurants when they added alcohol.

No, these people don’t think that a nighttime parade is coming, they are just electing to wait for fireworks while sitting on the curb.

The Future of Drinking

Work continues on what we suspect will be the Joffrey’s coffee location at the Magic Kingdom.


A peek over the walls show a foundation in place.

The Cool Ship and Cool Scanner are closed for refurbishment.

Looks like more Tomorrowland TLC to me.

This new Lightning McQueen animated glow headband is for sale around the parks for $16.

The ticket sales location in the Tomorrowland Light and Power Co. is gone, but the sign remains.

New Disney Boutique hoodies for sale.

The 45th Anniversary Sale

The 45th anniversary annual pass holder pin is finally back in stock.

Meanwhile, a few of the ladies shirts have decreased in price by $4-5 each.

Star Wars Tsum Tsum pins now for sale.

Remembering the Kingdom Cabanas

The Kingdom Cabanas will be closing on February 17th, so how about a little tour to remember them?

I’ll miss the appearance that I’m living in a abandoned alleyway…

Be sure to check for these signs when they go to Theme Park Connection! ;)

What a Bunch of Dumbos

Even though it was one of the busiest Saturdays I could recall, the Dumbo playground and one spinner were closed. The wait time was an hour, but it could have been far less and the kids could have been entertained. Who decides on such things?

Two new “big figs” or “medium figs”, depending who you are, are available at Art of Disney locations featuring Toy Story and Beauty and the Beast secondary characters.

What dod you do when you max out your score so quickly?

Write a blog post about housekeeping changes on your phone, of course!

Cosmic Ray’s is still running along with the single menu at all bays approach on most days.

Some heavy work is going on just outside of the restaurant, but is not affecting the interior seating really.

The Fantasyland repaving project continues slab by slab.

Disney apparently gave up on variant issues of Tiki Room very quickly, now the regular issues are on sale in Adventureland.

The Orange Bird and I decided to enjoy a Dole Whip in the Tiki Room.

The VHS notebooks can still be found if you look hard enough.

Painting on Space Mountain continues.

MagicBandits are becoming more three dimensional, as you can see here.

Nearby at the Contemporary, we found some new MARVEL MagicBandits, which can’t be sold in a Disney theme park of course.

There was also a new Star Wars set.

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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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