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PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 7/20/21 (Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin Closed for Refurbishment, New Hunchback of Notre Dame Dooney & Bourke Bags Debut, S.E.A. References Removed From Some Jungle Cruise Props, and More)

Hello and welcome to a magical morning at Walt Disney World! Get ready to follow us around Magic Kingdom and more as we see what is in store for us today. Let’s jump in!

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If you’re a Hunchback of Notre Dame fan, then the perfect bag for you is now “Out There!” This morning we found 3 brand new Dooney & Bourke Bags featuring some of our favorite characters from this beloved film. These can all be found at Uptown Jewelers.

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While taking a stroll around Main Street, U.S.A., we found the addition of a few brand new signs, including one advertising Head-Wear and Embroidery at Box Office Gifts and one showcasing a delicious caramel apple with the title of Sweets & Treats displayed.

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Speaking of signs, take a look at the one recently added to The Hub, where we just found out that the “Partners” statue would be receiving “routine care in preparation for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary.”

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As we got ready to hop aboard The Jungle Cruise, we found that some props that used to display a S.E.A. (Society of Explorers and Adventurers) logo had now been replaced with writing that states, “Hightower Industries” and “Fragile.” Although it no longer bears the S.E.A. name, the character that these boxes reference, Harrison Hightower, is still very much connected to the rest of our explorers and adventurers.

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Be Our Guest continues to see refurbishment as we grow closer to the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration.

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We had to stop and say hello to our favorite Neverland fairy, Tinker Bell!

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Take a look as construction continues on TRON Lightcycle / Run. Although this attraction does not currently have an opening date, we can’t wait to take a ride when it does eventually open!

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Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin has now officially closed for refurbishment. But if you’re a fan of this galactic attraction, there is no need to worry, as it is planned to reopen on July 23rd.

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We hopped on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover to find that, along with the Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin overlooking window display being blocked out, the salon makeover in progress area was dimly lit and barely visible as well.

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Also, while on the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover, we were sad to see that barely any of the 1994 Tomorrowland “Gear Floor” remains. This iconic flooring has been replaced by generic pavement throughout the rest of Tomorrowland.

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We made sure to say Aloha to Stitch before heading out of Magic Kingdom.

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We stopped by Disney’s Contemporary Resort to take a look at all of the refurbishment currently happening there.

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Next, we ventured over to Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. This resort has recently seen some major progress, such as the debut of the new Moana-inspired guest rooms, reopening of Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, and near completion of the Porte-Cochère.

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Although much has been reopened recently, construction still continues throughout the area.

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That brings us to the end of our day! We hope you had as great of a time following us around as we had being there. Which refurbishment project are you most excited to see debut at Walt Disney World? Leave us a comment letting us know! We’ll “see ya real soon!”

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Mr. Spelling
Mr. Spelling
12 days ago

Love your updates, keep up the good work, but please look up the definition of “iconic.” As much a I love the theme parks, and Tomorrowland in particular, the pavement (which needed replacing) certainly was hardly that.

Tom Corless
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12 days ago
Reply to  Mr. Spelling

I think the gear pavement was an important part of that Tomorrowland.