PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 12/23/20 (New Plexiglass Barrier In Peter Pan’s Flight Queue, New 2021 and “Up” MaDe Items, Menu Shakeups, And More)
Hello from a beautiful day here at the Magic Kingdom! We started out our day here a little later than usual after attending the soft opening of Gideon’s Bakehouse in Disney Springs. Have you tried their cookies yet? We think they’re delicious! Enough about cookies for now, we found plenty of sweet treats at the Magic Kingdom. Let’s get started!
When we entered the park, we noticed right away that the scrim covering the Main Street Station has had painted scrim added to the inside now as well.
A little further down Main Street, USA, we found the refurbishment of the Main Street Fashion & Apparel marquee to be finished. Last week this portion of the marquee was covered in painted scrim, but that has been removed, revealing the newly repainted surface underneath.
Across the walkway at Peter Pan’s Flight, a second plexiglass barrier has been installed in the queue. This is the first we’ve seen to have decorations or theming attached to it.
While additional progress hasn’t been made on the track installation near the Fantasyland Station, we did get a closer look today behind the station itself. We saw addition track pieces staged and ready to be installed, and we also saw workers present in the construction site.
Though not technically construction, we did find an update to theming in the Rapunzel’s restroom area. These hanging baskets have been missing since the parks reopened in the summer, but they have now returned. We love the color they bring to this area!
Two-way speakers have been added to plexiglass barriers around the park, making it easier for guests and Cast Members to hear one another in otherwise difficult situations. We hope to see these appear in other parks soon.
The walkway along the Rivers of America has been power washed, and looks bright and clean now.
Across the expanse of the drained Rivers of America, wire framework has been installed in front of Harper’s Mill for what we are assuming will be future rock work.
With construction updates out of the way, we turned our attention to other updates and new merchandise around the parks. In The Emporium, we found a new mobile register station being set up.
We also found a new display case at The Confectionery displaying the case line offerings of the day.
We found some fun merchandise today. First, we found this “Home” mug featuring Cinderella Castle at The Emporium for $19.99.
Even though the official launch of the collection isn’t technically until December 28th, we found some Disney Dog and Disney Cat merchandise at The Emporium today. We love the water bottles! For more pictures and information, check out our article here.
Across the street at Uptown Jewelers, the full Pandora Star Wars collection has arrive, and is being watched over by Grogu. This collection is not a Disney Parks exclusive, but it’s nice that you can get it in the parks now.
We found a few stragglers from the Minnie Mouse: The Main Attraction Collection still available at Sir Mickeys. Both the ears and the pin set from the December Nighttime Fireworks & Castle Finale edition were available for purchase today.
We found this impressive pvc diorama of Darth Vader at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co for $54.99.
We found a new addition to the Disney Ray Bans available at the parks today. This new style retails for $217 for adults and $114 for youth, but Ray Ban is currently running a promotion on polarized lenses, which makes this style $30 off.
We found several new 2021 designs in the MaDe kiosk in Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. We found one MagicBand, which starts at $24.99.
We also found two 2021 phone cases, which start at $29.99.
Completing the set, we found two 2021 magnets, which start at $14.99.
We also found a whole host of phone cases featuring characters from “Up”, including everyone’s favorite bird, Kevin. The first of these cases featuring the collage of characters is a Specialty case, and therefore starts at $34.99.
With this many options, there’s something for everyone!
We even found magnets to match the phone cases. Now you can show off your love of “Up” in style!
After doing all that shopping, we were ready to grab a snack. We noticed two menu shake ups in the park today, the first of which was at The Lunching Pad. The Pepper Jack Stuffed Pretzel has been removed from the Mobile Order menu, and when we asked a Cast Member about them, we were told they were no longer available, and would not be returning. We’re sad to see this favorite snack gone! We hope it’s not gone for good.
We noticed while we were there that the physical menu board has been updated to include the Cream Cheese Pretzel. Both that and the Jalapeño Pretzel are currently available at The Lunching Pad.
The menu at Sleepy Hollow Refreshments has been significantly simplified, with only three options now, plus the standard fountain beverages. Prior to this simplification, once the arrival of the “Fa La La La Funnel Cake” occurred, the menu consisted of only funnel cake and smaller snacks and beverages. Now, other entree options have returned, but at the cost of things like coffee and lemonade slushes.
We stopped in at Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe on the way out of the park and almost thought this sign was wrong for a moment before remembering that time has flown and we’re only two days away from Christmas. We can’t think of any better way to spend those two days than at the most magical place on earth!
We had a great time at the Magic Kingdom today, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Have a magical day!