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PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 3/31/21 (Painting Progresses on Cinderella Castle, New Friar’s Nook Menu, New MaDe Items, and More)

Hello from another hot day at the Magic Kingdom! Cooler temperatures are coming, but they aren’t here just yet. In the meantime, we slathered on some sunscreen and took a look at what might be new here for us to show you. Let’s get started!

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It was a busy day for construction updates in the Magic Kingdom. Starting in and around Cinderella Castle, the Cinderella Castle Stage saw some progress overnight last night. Additional metal bars and white slats were added to the left side of the stage.

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A large turret bunting was added to the East side of the Castle. This is the front-most turret of the Castle, making the 50th Anniversary decor now very visible from Main Street, USA. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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While the turrets have been painted for some time now, the two peaked roofs of Cinderella Castle have been languishing unfinished, until today. The top-most roof was repainted last night, bringing its original chevron pattern back to life. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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The rooftops of the shops immediately behind the Castle also saw some progress, although they were not completed and were left a bit patchy.

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They’ve even started on the roof of Sir Mickey’s, painting one single turret roof recently.

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One of the missing vignettes on Prince Charming’s Regal Carousel has returned from refurbishment and is looking quite lovely in its new brilliant gold leaf.

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The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover’s reopening date has been pushed back yet again. Most recently due to open in just a few days on April 3, it is now pushed back to May 2021.

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While we have seen very few people up on the loading platform since the parks reopened, we recently saw a few Cast Members we didn’t recognize spending some time near the controls for the Peoplemover, potentially signaling the beginning of Cast Member retraining in preparation for reopening. Here’s hoping May will be the magical reopening month! Check out our article chronicling the history of the attraction’s closure.

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The seemingly never-ending rash of fresh concrete pop-up spots blocked off from guests was only slightly different today than it was the last time we saw it. We’re not sure what we’ll do with ourselves when we’re out of pavement work to tell you about, but luckily we have a long time before we need to figure that out.

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Several of the circus train cars in Casey Jr. Splash ‘n’ Soak Station were repainted recently, bringing a new glow to these already lovely pieces.

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After a long period of inactivity, work has started again on the Walt Disney World Railroad near Fantasyland Station. Additional railroad ties and track have been brought in, and excavation has been done. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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Agrabah Bazaar was closed once again today. We suspect that having it open as standing tables and stroller parking was either to improve traffic flow in this congested area during the busy week of Spring Break, or a test for future use. Either way, we will be keeping an eye on this location.

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While passing by Friar’s Nook, we noticed new menu boards were being installed.

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We even got this rare look at a much older menu board hidden underneath previous menus. For more pictures and information about this blast from the past, check out our article here.

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We tried both new Loaded Hot Dogs on the new menu at Friar’s Nook, and we are fans of both! For more pictures and information, including our full review, check out our article here.

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While checking Mobile Order options today, we noticed that Tiramisu has returned to Pinocchio Village Haus as a dessert option.

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In merchandise news, we found two new additions to the EPCOT World Showcase Pavilion Open Edition pin series. We found a third pin for the France Pavilion and a second pin for the Mexico Pavilion. We found these pins at The Emporium and both retail for $9.99 each.

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Next, we found this pet Spirit Jersey featuring a “101 Dalmatians” puppy and spots. This Jersey was also available at The Emporium for $36.99.

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We found three new utility keychains, making it easier to interact with things like door handles and push buttons while remaining touch-free. Three new prints, including Disney Villains, Stitch, and Mickey Mouse, are now available, and now come packaged in plastic. We found these keychains at Plaza del Sol Caribe for $12.99 each.

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We found two new batches of themed designs in the MaDe kiosk in Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. The first design was this one, featuring Olaf from “Once Upon A Snowman”, which was available on a MagicBand and a phone case.

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Next, we found several designs for the popular Disney+ Original Series WandaVision, including this Sword phone case and magnet.

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There was also a classic WandaVision logo phone case and magnet.

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Most MaDe items are customizable. MagicBands start at $24.99, phone cases start at $29.99, and magnets start at $14.99.

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At The Emporium, we found a new section devoted to “Nightmare Before Christmas”. While nothing was new here, it was nice to see this merchandise displayed so nicely here.

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We had a great day at the Magic Kingdom today, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Have a magical day!

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