PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 1/30/20 (Fantasyland Station Train Exhibit, “it’s a small world” Queue Walls, Pink Peony Ear Headbands, and More)
Welcome to another exciting day at the Magic Kingdom! There are some new developments and continuing updates to share from the park, so let’s dive right in.
The first thing we noticed when walking into the park is that there’s no longer a train parked at Main Street Station! We filled our readers in on the details of when and where the train would be moving to a few days ago, and you can read the full story here. We’ll also cover the new location of the train later in this post, so keep reading!
City Hall, one of the first buildings you encounter after passing under the train station, is still fully covered in scrim during its exterior refurbishment.
Even the drivers commuting on Main Street occasionally have to deal with traffic jams!
As you may have noticed, it’s an overcast day here in Orlando. On the bright side, fireworks are able to have even more of a visual impact as their glow illuminates Cinderella Castle.
These Pink Peony Ears, which were first spotted at Walt Disney World only a couple days ago, can now also be found at Curtain Call Collectibles next door to the Town Square Theater. They certainly bring some color to a cloudy day!
This kids fuzzy tie-dye backpack, available at Disney Clothiers on Main Street, also adds a pop of color when the sun refuses to come out. If you enjoy this style as much as we do, check out our photos of the full collection.
Over in Tomorrowland, TRON Lightcycle Run continues with steady construction progress being made.
From Storybook Circus, we see additional exterior panels going up on the main show building.
Speaking of Storybook Circus, Fantasyland Station (which can be found inside the Storybook Circus area) is the new location of the Walt Disney World Railroad Train Exhibit!
The Walt Disney World Railroad has been out of operation for about 14 months as TRON Lightcycle Run construction blocks the track in Tomorrowland. Other repairs to the railroad track are being done throughout the park during this downtime.
The trains themselves are being refreshed as well, and each one is making a trip to the train’s manufacturer in Philadelphia for refurbishments. Currently, two of the four trains are there in Pennsylvania, and another will soon be on its way north. The fourth train is currently on display for guests.
Despite the train not making its usual loop around the Magic Kingdom, a conductor is on hand for photos and to answer guest questions. You can read our full story on the newly relocated train exhibit by clicking here.
The relocation of the train to Fantasyland Station gave us the unique opportunity to spot this bright yellow train which was carrying cargo of its own. The “Disney Bus Transportation” sticker on it makes it even more interesting!
We were able to catch the marching band performing some of our favorite Disney tunes in front of Big Top Souvenirs in Storybook Circus.
This trumpeter, marching at the tail end of the band as it was on its way to Big Top, turned around to surprise some guests who were following along. He jokingly reminded them that he “has eyes in the front of his head!”
Further along in Fantasyland, part of the “it’s a small world” queue has been walled off for refurbishment.
While the walls do not yet completely enclose this portion of the queue, that could change at any time. Check out our full story for more details and additional photos, including changes to the attraction’s entrance.
Meanwhile, just outside of Fantasyland, Peter Pan was roaming around with a young guest in tow. They stopped on the recently-expanded pathway between Fantasyland and Liberty Square, alongside Cinderella Castle, to discuss the ducks in the water below.
Inside Liberty Square, some new pavement was roped off to prevent foot traffic. Sections of pavement are being replaced one-by-one since the Liberty Square Market seating area was completely overhauled.
In Frontierland, the Splash Mountain refurbishment continues at a fast pace around various parts of the attraction.
Since our last full photo report only two days ago, the remainder of the barn’s roof tiles have been removed.
At the lower level, workers are tending to both mechanical and fixed elements of the attraction. The sound of one worker’s jackhammer can be clearly heard, and doesn’t fit in well with the land’s atmosphere.
Outside of the park, construction work continues on the pathway between the Contemporary Resort and the Magic Kingdom. A small structure has been erected which may become a security checkpoint for guests opting to walk to the park.
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