PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 4/10/21 (On-Ride Photos Get Watermarks, Weighted Peoplemover Testing, Refurbishment Projects All Around, and More)
Greetings from Walt Disney World on another Spring Break weekend! We’re at the Magic Kingdom today, checking up on a variety of projects ahead of the resort’s 50th anniversary. There’s a lot going on inside — and in the case of one project, outside — the park as we are less than six months away from the start of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration.”
Other railings, which look like the one pictured above, remain in place at the moment.
Naturally, the first project we take a look at inside the park is Cinderella Castle, which is midway through its transformation ahead of its golden anniversary. Ribbon-like wrappings have been added to additional turrets as the week progressed.
At the same time, work is happening around the castle, and one such example is the missing lamp post just outside of the gates to Cinderella Castle.
Another one of the nearly dozen construction, refurbishment, or reimagining projects we’re looking at today is Cinderella Castle’s stage. The stage has been completely dismantled over recent weeks, and is now in the latter stages of assembly, possibly being completed before the end of the month.
In Tomorrowland, testing of the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover continues, and today we noticed a few cars carrying weighted bags around to simulate the weight of guests. The refurbishment of the attraction was recently extended into May, with an actual reopening date being a mystery.
Outside of the Tangled restrooms in Fantasyland, updating of paint, pennants, and other elements has been taking place since March but seems to have fallen into a lull with seemingly little progress happening for a couple of weeks.
While not currently undergoing any kind of work (although it was scheduled to begin in May of 2020), Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is always a welcome sight — especially early in the day. Inevitably this will be another project on the long list of work, but probably not until 2022 at the earliest.
How do you feel about the park being in such a state of constant rework ahead of the 50th anniversary? Would you be satisfied with a visit to Magic Kingdom right now? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!