PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 11/21/20 (Bonjour! Village Gifts Reopens, Haunted Mansion Oven Mitt, Pirates of the Caribbean Sign Refurbishment, and More)
Welcome to the Magic Kingdom on a busy, and gloomy, November day. We’re a mere five days from Thanksgiving Day, and both the crowds and weather are reflective of the season. Despite the overcast and rainy conditions, we had many great character interactions and really embraced the Christmas festivities — let’s head in and see what the park holds.
Starting off with the monorail ride in, we take our first (of several) looks at the progress on the construction of TRON Lightcycle / Run. Nearly all of the exterior has been covered in paneling, save for a small section facing into Tomorrowland which hasn’t yet received the top layer of its shell.
Continuing with TRON from within the park, assembly of the illuminated canopy over the exterior track has continued at a steady pace. While this view from Storybook Circus doesn’t look particularly impressive, the structure shows much more progress from other angles.
Elsewhere in Tomorrowland, supports for the perennially-closed PeopleMover continue to be painted to match the updated (or retro, depending on your perspective) white color scheme. Two more pairs of supports have received their first coat of paint, with only one pair still retaining the steel color of the last quarter-century.
Continuing with construction work elsewhere in the park, the exterior refurbishment of “it’s a small world” continues behind colorful scrim, with mostly roof work being visible.
A final, smaller project — refreshing of the Pirates of the Caribbean sign — has begun, but should be completed in short order. The large black sail has been replaced, but has yet to receive the lettering representing the attraction.
While the above projects represent some closed, or yet-to-open, attractions, we do have one small addition to the Magic Kingdom lineup today with the reopening of Bonjour! Village Gifts. While the small shop offers only a limited selection of items, any amenities returning to the parks are always welcomed.
Speaking of the Haunted Mansion, let’s talk lines — lines which have reached some of their longest lengths since the park reopened. The Haunted Mansion lines looped most of Liberty Square and doubled-back on itself at one point today.
A bit less dire, the queue for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad stretched along the walkway back into the heart of Frontierland.
Last, but certainly not least, old Kris Kringle himself would float down Main Street as one of the key seasonal offerings in the park.
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