PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 4/21/21 (Railing Painting Begins at Cinderella Castle, Barnstormer Queue Refurbishment Begins, New LE “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” MagicBand, and More)

Hello from a lovely day here at the Magic Kingdom! After yesterday’s storms, we were happy to get back into the parks with drier weather. We found some fun things to show you today, so let’s get started!


While no new progress was made on Cinderella Castle itself or on Cinderella Castle Stage, we did notice that most of the West or left side railings leading up to the Castle were painted with a fresh coat of bronze paint last night. The top railing was originally brown, with the ironwork underneath bronze, however it appears that they may be moving to an all-one-color look for now.


It’s a common sight now to see the Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover running now throughout the day, generally without the attraction audio playing. Today we saw two Cast Members and two repairmen on the load platform while it was running.


The rocket on top of Cool Ship has finally gotten a coat of red paint, making the “Thirst Rangers” lettering barely visible. We look forward to seeing this structure restored to it’s full glory.


More painting was done on the left-wing of Dumbo the Flying Elephant last night, with the blue awning completed and one side of the yellow roof done.


The awnings covering the extended queue for The Barnstormer have almost all been replaced with brightly colored, fresh new canvases. Several props in the queue have been repainted as well. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.


The temporary support structure underneath the illuminated canopy of TRON Lightcycle / Run is being removed piece by piece, and today we got to watch a smaller I-beam be lifted away from the structure. It’s been really interesting watching this structure progress to this point.


We found some work being done to the remaining stone work in Fantasyland in between “it’s a small world” and Peter Pan’s Flight. It looks like this was just a patch job, so this stone work will remain in place.


It seems that the former Trader Sams platform, which was enlarged recently, has had it’s topography changed significantly. Where before it was relatively flat with a few bumps underneath, it is now very uneven under the tarp. We’ll be watching this area closely for further developments.


We found the walkway to the East or right of Cinderella Castle was closed today for filming of “American Idol”. We saw filming happening throughout the park today. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.


Three new quick service restaurants have been added to Mobile Order in the Magic Kingdom, allowing guests to order ahead of time on the MyDisneyExperience mobile app and therefore hopefully waiting in line for less time. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.


We found a few new pieces of merchandise today, starting with this chibi Marvel characters youth shirt, which is available at The Emporium for $19.99.


Next, we found this Mickey and Minnie comic clutch wallet with shoulder strap that matches the purse that we found at EPCOT yesterday. This clutch is available at The Emporium for $29.99.


We also found this amazing Han Solo trapped in carbonite phone case at The Emporium for $34.99. It is currently only available for iPhone XS and XS Max.


Our favorite find of the day was this Limited Edition “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” MagicBand. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.


After checking out the new merchandise, we hopped on the Monorail to Disney’s Contemporary Resort and found that the system has changed at the beverage station at the Contempo Cafe, along with select other similar locations across property. Guests can now fill their own cups, after sanitizing their hands. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.


At the Polynesian Village Resort, one end cap of this framing for the monorail station has been installed.


Also the new construction walls that we saw being erected on Monday have been completed, and now surround the large felled tree and the sidewalk surrounding this area. For more pictures and information on all of the construction at the Polynesian Village Resort, check out our article here.


Before we headed home for the day, we popped over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a quick drink, but found that the menu had changed at Sunshine Day Bar. The familiar Blackberry Moonshine Lemonade, Cherry Blossom, and Southern Fizz were missing, and had been replaced with a Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri and Draft Beer. We were told, however, that when the bartender is available, which they weren’t at the time that we were there, there is still a full bar, and those guests wishing to order from the old menu still can. When the bartender isn’t available, unfortunately the only drink options are what is on the menu or what is available canned.


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

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