PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 2/9/20 (PeopleMover Ramp Construction, Big Top Souvenirs Reopens, Popular Attraction Downtime, and More)
A great big “hello!” to everyone from the Magic Kingdom on a beautiful winter day. Things may have started out a bit chilly, but we’re bringing you lots of sunshine — along with all of the attraction, merchandise and construction updates from the park.
Where else would a visit to the Magic Kingdom begin but at Main Street U.S.A.? Despite how it may appear in the photo, crowd sizes were somewhat manageable. Main Street U.S.A. is the primary thoroughfare and results in some very crowded areas regardless of how busy the park is.
City Hall, one of the first buildings you encounter when entering the park, is still covered in scaffolding and scrim. We’re really looking forward to seeing the refurbished building, and it will hopefully be revealed soon.
At Uptown Jewelers, the new Dooney & Bourke World of Pixar bag collection has made an appearance. The collection, which was just released, was first spotted in Walt Disney World at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
This retro Walt Disney World hat, which makes a decidedly different statement from the Dooney & Bourke bags, can be found at Disney Clothiers. On a sunny day like today, a hat is a good idea. Never underestimate the Florida sun, no matter the temperature!
Tomorrowland has a bunch of activity going on today from a construction and enhancement perspective. Here, the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover is undergoing some refurbishments, apparently to its walkway.
Guests going both to and from the attraction must share what is normally the ‘down’ ramp. Because of this, it does not move at all, so guests must hike their way up or down under their own power.
In addition to the ramp work, the refreshing of posts supporting the PeopleMover’s roof continues. The posts closest to Cinderella Castle have finally been revealed after being covered in scrim for quite a while. The new posts have a clean look and white color, hearkening back to an earlier time in Tomorrowland history.
Most of the posts are not yet finished and are in varying stages of refurbishment. Many, like the ones pictured here, appear to only need a coat of paint in order to be complete.
Rounding out our Tomorrowland updates is the biggest project of them all: TRON Lightcycle Run.
The project continues to push forward, and this mound of earth has continued to grow.
The two sides of the show building facing Tomorrowland and Fantasyland have had most of their wall panels attached. The areas that are still exposed are most likely left that way out of necessity for the construction process.
The other two sides of the building, however, do not have any of their walls covered yet. Understandably, Disney may want to cover up the sides facing the park first in order to disrupt the aesthetic of the adjacent lands as little as possible.
Over in Storybook Circus, Big Top Souvenirs reopened after a short unplanned refurbishment. Read our story about the temporary closure for details on what lead to the store being closed; believe it or not, it wasn’t because of the reported fire that occurred in December.
The store features some new gray carpet. Sadly, it’s a bit more generic than the unique patterned carpet that was previously there.
Nearby, this box appeared on the walkway next to Gaston’s Tavern.
We’re not quite sure what’s going on inside it, but we’ll be keeping an eye on it for future updates.
Filed under “walls we absolutely know what they’re for,” these walls are still up behind Cinderella Castle to guard the crane which is used to remove the holiday decorations from the castle. This project should be wrapped up soon, and the walkway from Fantasyland to Tomorrowland will reopen.
it’s a small world still has a lot of its queue enclosed in walls as the refurbishment continues within.
Rounding out Fantasyland today is Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which had some downtime this morning. It did reopen later in the day, thankfully. As of 4 p.m., the wait is up to 180 minutes. So guests don’t seem to have been dissuaded from trying to ride this signature attraction.
Speaking of downtime, the Haunted Mansion also experienced some technical difficulties resulting in a temporary closure. What can you expect with 999 ghosts running around, though? The popular attraction was open when we checked back on it later in the day.
Not everything is experiencing “unplanned downtime” today, as the Frontierland tip board that was not operating for multiple days is now serving up wait times to guests.
Splash Mountain’s winter refurbishment continues, with the barn still receiving a lot of attention. The attraction is slated to reopen on February 28, 2020.
In Liberty Square, Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe has a full assortment of ornaments from the new Ink & Paint collection. The collection contains a wide variety of different merchandise, so head on over to our extensive post with photos and descriptions of the new items.
We finished our time inside the park by watching a performance of the Main Street Trolley Show. As you may notice, however, the show is without its namesake trolley, and the dancers instead performed around a classic fire truck.
Just outside of the Magic Kingdom, construction work to the entrance area continues. It still looks like this project has a ways to go before completion, but the finished product should result in a beautiful and functional lead-in to the park.
Just west of the park entrance, the walkway that will allow guests to access Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa on foot is also progressing at a steady pace. Unlike a lot of walkways, this one is a little more complicated with the inclusion of a swinging bridge over the waterway that is used by the floats of the Electrical Water Pageant.
Finally, back at the Transportation and Ticket Center, work is coming along nicely around the tram pickup station. It looks like concrete may soon be poured.
On the opposite side of the monorail track, the areas around Mickey’s Gift Station are also progressing nicely. These areas have been closed off for a couple of weeks, resulting in guests exiting the TTC to be redirected to an exit towards the center of the ticket booths.
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