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PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 1/10/21 (PeopleMover Testing, Space Mountain Reopens, New Marvel Loungefly Bag, and More)

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Welcome to the Magic Kingdom! It’s the coldest day of the year — so far — here in Orlando, making this Kingdom feel a bit more like Arendelle than Florida. Nevertheless, the winter chill is the perfect accent for what is likely to be the end of the holiday season at Walt Disney World. On that note, let’s see what’s going on in the park — and get a final look at the decorations.


We must have arrived slightly ahead of schedule today, as a couple monorail’s worth of guests were held at the exit of the station for a few minutes prior to being allowed to proceed to the entrance gates.


Once inside, the usual mad dash occurred, though with a bit more outerwear than usual, as guests were bundled up for the chilly morning.


Just off of Main Street, we found this new Marvel Loungefly backpack as everyone else sped, presumably, towards Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Unlike other recent Loungefly additions which focused on a single character, such as the Black Widow design, this bag is strictly Marvel branded.


Elsewhere on Main Street, a new selection of themed aprons debuted. Designs include Cinderella Castle, The Three Caballeros, and more. The collection also includes hand towels with both matching and unique designs.


For the first couple hours of the day, Splash Mountain had yet to open due to technical issues. The attraction did open later in the morning, and we doubt many people were disappointed at not being able to ride earlier when it was 45 degrees out.


That delayed opening was in contrast to Space Mountain’s complete failure to open at all yesterday. Thankfully, the Tomorrowland staple operated as usual today, opening to guests first thing in the morning.


Another bit of good news from Tomorrowland is that the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover was testing for several hours throughout the day, a welcome sight in the land.

Check out the video above for a taste of the PeopleMover in action.


Rounding out our time in Tomorrowland, we got a good look at the progress of TRON Lightcycle Run’s construction. Work on the illuminated canopy continues, and the structure is continuing to progress closer and closer to the main show building. For additional pictures and details on the current state of the project, check out our most recent TRON Lightcycle Run update.


In Fantasyland, Bonjour! Village Gifts did not open during the day, indicating that the small shop which reopened just before Thanksgiving will go dark once again now that we are past holiday attendance levels.


Never fear, though, as Beast’s Castle is still on hand for all of your Beauty and the Beast ambiance needs.


Today was the final day of operation for Liberty Square Market before its scheduled refurbishment beginning on January 11th.


Also ‘closed for business’ are the windows which housed the Muppets over the holidays, further reducing the offerings in the land with Columbia Harbor House, Liberty Square Market, and Liberty Square Riverboat all shuttered.


Speaking of the Riverboat, work continues on the refurbishment of both the Rivers of America as well as Tom Sawyer Island. Harper’s Mill has been undergoing significant work as most of its exterior wood has been replaced.


We’re now roughly seven weeks in on this “refurbishment” of the Pirates of the Caribbean sail sign. Presumably it will eventually have a logo for the attraction added, however it’s been quite a wait for that to happen.


With the announced closure of the Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, guests are lining up at the “Magic Portals” more than usual for their last chance to track down villains.


While heading back towards Main Street to round out our day, we caught the Royal Princess Processional moving through the park.


Back near the entrance, A Goofy Cavalcade also moved through, adding some energy to the afternoon.


The Christmas decorations throughout the park will likely start to comes down in the very near future as we approach the half way point in January. While it’s always disappointing to see them go, we appreciate that Disney didn’t skimp out on them as they did for Halloween. It’ll also make the anticipation of their return for the next holiday season that much more exciting.


Finally, from outside the park, we take a look at the Main Street Station of the Walt Disney World Railroad. The station is currently being refurbished as part of a multi-year overhaul of the railroad, thanks in part to the construction of TRON Lightcycle Run impeding on the existing track.

Thank you for joining us on this cold winter day in the Magic Kingdom! Were you able to see the park decked out for Christmas? Are you disappointed that the holiday decorations will soon be coming down? Let us know in the comments!

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Erick Arevalo
Erick Arevalo
8 months ago

When can Splash Mountain be changed to Western River Expedition?