PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 7/17/19 (Astro Orbiter, TRON Construction, Water Stations, ETC.)
Another day at the Most Magical Place on Earth, and somehow, it never really gets old, does it? Come along for another walk around the Magic Kingdom!
The Astro Orbiter remains closed for its sixth consecutive day. It’s unusual for attractions to spend multiple days down for maintenance without it being announced ahead of time, but with Astro Orbiter and Primeval Whirl over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World currently has two attractions closed for prolonged periods of time for unscheduled maintenance.
Stopping in the Main Street Bakery Starbucks location, I was checking to see if they had the new ornament in the “Been There” series (it was sold out this day), but I did stumble across this one lone Epcot mug from the old “You Are Here” series. Mugs are my favorite thing to collect, and I never picked up this Epcot one, so I almost bought this to take home with me.
Checking in on the TRON Lightcycle Run coaster construction from the PeopleMover, and it seems like the vertical progress has still slowed for the time being. A lot of this coaster will eventually be enclosed by a show building though, so I will enjoy this view every day that I can get it.
Another advantage to a ride on the PeopleMover is the view of the Tomorrowland bridge, which is still unfortunately missing its entrance sign. We’re keeping an eye on this area for the installation of a new marquee, and if you check the Magic Kingdom map on My Disney Experience, you might get a peek at the possible new design?
I did one more check in on the TRON construction from the Barnstormer queue. TRON is scheduled to open in 2021, so they’ve still got quite a while to finish this project up, but that just means its going to sit there teasing us for at least another year and a half.
While all the scrim has come down around the old Castle Couture location, the construction wall is still up for some work for this entrance into the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique location.
Columbia Harbour House has jumped on the trend of a few other quick service locations in putting out a separate water station. I love that the Quick Service restaurants have started doing this. It keeps the lines short for people actually ordering food, and makes it easier for the guests that are just stopping in for a water in the hot, humid summer days. A hydrated guest is a happier guest, and so is a guest that gets to wait in a shorter queue, so this is a win/win situation for every body, and I hope to see these water stations continue.
Stopping in to the pathway widening project by Cinderella Castle, and progress is moving along. There’s a new brick pattern all along the new wall now, and most of the pavement has been ripped up on the old pathway, making way for them to pave the new path.
I can’t wait to get this shortcut back, and that little alcove in the pathway gives me hope for the return of some of the iron benches.
That’s all for my walk around Magic Kingdom! And keep checking WDWNT for all the latest updates on these projects!