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PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom & Disney’s Animal Kingdom 5/19/21 (MagicBand Prices Increase, New Villains Magnets & Phone Cases Arrive, Cheetah Mocha Mousse Brookie, and More)

Hello from a warm but beautiful day at Walt Disney World! We started our day at the Magic Kingdom to see what new things we could find there, and to check on the various ongoing construction projects. Let’s get started!

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We found pavement work being done very close to the entrance in Town Square, just outside of The Emporium.

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We also found the pavement scored for removal directly in front of the former Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom portal attached to The Emporium. We’ll be watching this area closely as this work develops.

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Pavement work has been ongoing in Tomorrowland with new patches of concrete and more scored concrete marked for removal every day.

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We also noticed that the gear pavement from the new sections of concrete all the way back to the bridge to the Hub has been marked in a grid pattern with blue chalk paint.

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The bunting has returned to the left wing of the Dumbo the Flying Elephant. The left side of the center building remains to be decorated.

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The clown car at Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station has had it’s trim primed yellow on one side.

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The other side has already had it’s first coat of bronze.

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The majority of the supports have been removed from underneath the illuminated canopy of TRON Lightcycle / Run, with just a token piece remaining close to the show building.

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We got a good look at the track installation progress at the Fantasyland Station, and found the end of the track to be level with the load platform for the train.

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Despite having been refurbished recently, Gaston’s Fountain seems to have sprung a leak at the base of the statue in the rock work.

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With the new mask policy in effect, we are seeing changes unfold slowly across Walt Disney World. Today we noticed that the display of face masks for sale had been condensed from two wall displays down to one. 2021 dated merchandise took the place of the second wall of face masks.

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While entry and exit signage remains in place across the majority of the Magic Kingdom, we did see it removed at Splashdown Photos. Both doors are still open but all signage directing guests which door is an entrance or exit has been removed. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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We found some exciting new merchandise to share with you, starting with this preview of the “Alice In Wonderland” collection from Kate Spade, available on Friday, May 21, 2021.

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Next, we found this adorable PopSocket featuring Orange Bird, which would make the perfect Spring accessory for your phone. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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We found two new open edition MagicBands today, one featuring “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and one featuring Stitch from “Lilo & Stitch”. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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While checking out these new designs, we noticed that the prices of MagicBands had increased overnight by $5 per level. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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Next we headed to Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe, where we found a newly-arrived display of this year’s Americana collection.

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While we’ve already seen a lot of these pieces, we did find a few new ones. This tie dye shirt retails for $36.99.

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This sweatshirt features Mickey Mouse and retails for $59.99.

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There was also this youth shirt, which matches an adult version and is available for $19.99.

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Lastly, this styled youth shirt was available for $29.99.

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We found a lot of new things at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co, starting with these MagicBand designs, available in the MaDe kiosk. These MagicBands are customizable and start at $24.99.

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While not available in the MaDe kiosk, we found a collection of Villains items available pre-made, starting with these magnets, which retail for $14.99 each. This art first appeared last year as stickers.

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Lastly, we found these 3D phone cases, available for iPhone 6S, 7, 8, XR, 11, 12, and 12 Pro. These cases retail for $34.99 each.

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After finishing up at the Magic Kingdom, we took a tour around the Monorail Resorts to see what was new.

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At Disney’s Contemporary Resort, we found scrim fabric had been added to all but the top two levels of the other way inside the building. All the balconies have been covered in this fabric, including the balconies on either side of the elevator.

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At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, we saw that the roof had been put on to the walkway leading from the Great Ceremonial House to the Monorail line. While there is still a lot of work to be done to complete this station, this is a big visual step in this project.

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While there, this PatcheD set caught our eye at The Boutiki for $19.99.

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After that, we headed out, but noticed that Cast Members had been busy at the Transportation and Ticket Center during the day breaking down the tents that had housed the temperature check stations. For more pictures and information, check out our article here.

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When we arrived at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, we found that a large portion of Pandora was blocked off from guest foot traffic as the pavement was repainted with additional glow-in-the-dark details.

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We found Terra Treats had reopened, which we have not seen available since before the COVID-19 closure.

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Our favorite find was this Stitch Spirt Jersey, available at Discovery Trading Co for $69.99.

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We also got to try a brand new treat available at Creature Comforts, the Cheetah Mocha Mousse Brookie. For more pictures and information, including our full review, check out our article here.

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We had a wonderful time at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and at Walt Disney World, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Have a magical day!

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