PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 2/21/19 (Presidents’ Day, Merchandise Restock, Tomorrowland Changes, ETC.)

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It’s a beautiful day at the Magic Kingdom! It may be February, but that doesn’t make any difference in Florida. Let’s see what’s going on today.

First thing’s first: the crane is gone! The holidays lights are officially packed away until November. About a week early this year, in my experience.

Presidents’ Day

It happened to be Presidents’ Day today, so what choice do I have other than to visit the Hall of Presidents?

Honestly, my favorite part of the show is the lobby. It has portraits and personal effects of various US Presidents. All the objects you see in here currently have been here since the show reopened in late 2017.

They have some of the busts on display that were sculpted for the figures you see in the show. Disney Legend Blaine Gibson personally sculpted 42 of those. You would also recognize his work on the “Partners” statue in front of Cinderella Castle.

You can also see such important artifacts as… Gerald Ford’s ski boots. It’s like stepping into the Oval Office.

Whenever I’m near the Hall of Presidents, I always try to take in a show of “Great Moments in American History” with The Muppets. It’s fun and educational.

Tomorrowland Updates

Work continues on the Tomorrowland Speedway track adjustment. As they continue to move dirt around, you can start to make out the path that the new track will take.

If you’ve ever wondered what kind of fantastic future technology is under the hood of the Speedway vehicles…well, there you go.

Bay 3 of Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe is still closed for re-flooring. A good portion of the toppings bar is affected by this.

They moved one of the smaller stations over in between Bays 1 and 2 during the interim.

Ignore all of Stitch’s cousins.

Here’s a fun activity. Let’s play “spot the changes” from the Tomorrowland mural in Merchant of Venus. Many things have changed or gone missing since this was put up.

The phone booth is gone. That’s the most recent change. Several other things have changed as well. There’s a Joffrey’s stand––that went in mid-2017. Obviously the trees and planters have had some changes over the years, too.

The rocket gift shop has been gone for a hot minute now. The street lights have changed as well. Still on full display here is the old Galaxy Palace Theater, which has been gone now for almost 10 years.

I’m sure more changes are coming for Tomorrowland in the near future. You can re-live “New” Tomorrowland as it was in 1994 in our article right here.

New Merchandise

The American Adventure mystery pin boxes are back in stock. I found these in Frontierland.

Also finally back in stock are the Winnie the Pooh plush from “Christopher Robin”. Well, they were. By the time I got to them, only Tigger and Eeyore were left. Reports from park guests have shown that these, for now, continue to get re-stocked.

The “it’s a small world” Tsum Tsum set is finally where it belongs: Magic Kingdom. However, I found these in Big Top Souvenirs, and still not anywhere close to the attraction itself.

If you’re in the mood to learn everything there is about Mickey Mouse, they have this book at the Main Street Cinema. It’s $200, and I think you’d need a pretty strong coffee table to hold it.

Railroad Construction

Quick update on the Walt Disney World Railroad construction. A Cast Member informed me that they are actually planning on replacing 95% of the track. Since the train can’t run during construction for TRON, they’re taking this as an opportunity to replace the whole thing.

Also, the Roger Broggie will be the train in the station for the remainder of the refurbishment. The Lilly Belle was here in December, but has since gone back to the round house.

If you ask nicely, they might just let you ring the bell.

Just outside the park, work continues on the berm. It’s still a mystery project as of now, but it might involve the railroad track at some point.

That’s all for today! Check back daily for more photo reports from Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort, and more!

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Henry Taylor

Henry has been a Disney fan essentially since birth, and enjoys all things theme park related. He lives in Orlando, FL with his wife and pet dog.