PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 8/1/19 (New Security Screening Tent, Arrival Construction, TRON Updates, and More!)
It’s another day at the Magic Kingdom, and we’re back again to check out what’s happening at the Most Magical Place on Earth!
First thing’s first. Out front by the security and bag check area near the bus loop, a new, more permanent security tent has been erected. If you saw our posts about the construction happening in this area last week, this is what we suspected was coming. For now the tent remains empty, but expect to see security moved back to this area soon, while the existing security tent is taken down.
Once in the park, I headed for Tomorrowland, and I’m getting used to to this area without an entrance marquee. It provides another nice, unobstructed view of Cinderella Castle that’s worth enjoying for now, but I don’t think I’ll be mad about it once the new entrance sign is installed.
Checking in on the TRON Lightcycle Power Run construction from the PeopleMover, the dirt pile by the Speedway track is so large now, its hard to tell if it’s still growing or not. I’m actually really curious where all of this ends up going.
It doesn’t look like too much noticeable visual progress is happening on TRON right now, maybe just a few more of the structural beams around the tallest part of the track to the right of the photo.
You can catch a peek at this construction from all over the park, it really towers above a lot of the sight lines.
In Storybook Circus, the Wait Time sign was not working at Dumbo the Flying Elephant, which left the poor Cast Member at the Standby Entrance just yelling out the wait time every few minutes. In case you were wondering, it was at 15 minutes the entire time I was within earshot.
In Sir Mickey’s, the new portrait studio we showed you a few days ago now has a fancy new sign and an official name, the Royal Portrait Studio.
Over at The Haunted Mansion, the queue is still missing a few of its awnings.
When I briefly got in the queue to take these photos today, I did notice that with the awnings that are currently gone, the sun isn’t actually affecting too many Guests for very long stretches of time in the queue. I’m still excited to see the return of all of the awnings, though. The summer afternoon showers would still be a problem.
The pathway widening project by Cinderella Castle is getting some more progress. There’s dirt being added to the area closest to Sleepy Hollow, working to get the pathway leveled out and ready for paving.
There’s also more work to the brick work being down on the side of the wall of the pathway. In the photo above, they’re putting horizontal scoring marks in to the portion of the wall, to make that brick pattern start to appear. In the photo below, they’ve almost finished the rockwork that extends from the current Liberty Square bridge.
Out front of Magic Kingdom, the former bag check area has been enclosed in scrims and its being prepared to be torn down and removed like the one on the opposite side was recently. This is another phase of the “Arrival Experience Enhancements” coming to the entrance area to Magic Kingdom, which will hopefully make getting to and from Magic Kingdom a much more magical and stress-free experience.
The pathway to the smaller boat dock has been blocked off and closed, with only the central boat dock remaining open for now, and the newly installed scrim extends all the way up the pathway of the Resort Monorail queue line.
That’s all for my day around Magic Kingdom today! Keep checking WDWNT for all of the latest updates to these projects, and we’ll see ya real soon!