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PHOTO REPORT: Magic Kingdom 8/19/21 (Face Coverings Not Required on Outdoor Attractions, Railroad Station Fully Uncovered, Jungle Cruise Changes, and More)

Hello and welcome to a magical morning at Walt Disney World! Today we ventured through Magic Kingdom, where there were definitely lots of surprises in store! Join us as we travel through the park and resorts and discover them together. Let’s jump in!

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We were pleasantly surprised this morning to find that all of the large scrim that previously surrounded Main Street Train Station had been completely removed! The station look as beautiful as ever, and currently only has a few planters blocking a partial view of the bottom of the station.

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Take a look at the back of the station, which still has very few areas containing small amounts of scrim throughout. The rest of the area still looks beautiful and we are happy to see it return. The station and railroad are unfortunately still unavailable to guests at this time.

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As of today, guests and cast members are no longer required to wear facial coverings on outdoor attractions and queues. Take a look as guests go maskless on attractions like Jungle Cruise, The Magic Carpets of Aladdin, and The Liberty Square Riverboat.

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Some partially outdoor attractions, such as Splash Mountain, still require face coverings to be worn throughout the ride. However, we saw many guests not adhering to that rule this morning.

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Over on Main Street U.S.A. we found some boo-tiful new Halloween merchandise at Emporium! This delicious smelling pumpkin spice candle is now available for $19.99. These adorable Gummi Candies, which come in a Minnie Mouse themed pumpkin container, are just $8.99.

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We trekked over to Jungle Cruise, where we found tons of updates had happened overnight! The first one we noticed was that the Jungle Cruise sign had received a new look…again! We saw this sign updated not too long ago in July, but it seems to have been changed once more. The sign now bears a natural looking wood color with the words “Jungle Cruise” painted in dark red lettering.

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Once inside the queue, we found that The Lotus Tours sign has returned. It now displays “Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd” atop of it. We also found the addition of a brand new Amazonian River Fantasy sign!

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We found that some skulls had been added near the new “Venus fly trap” portion of the queue.

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Do you “sea” what we “sea?” Today we noticed that the SEA, which stands for Society of Explorers and Adventurers, logo on the bag worn by Dr. Kon Chunosuke in the “trapped safari” scene has been changed from a dark red to a more beige color.

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The biggest change to the attraction today had to be the addition of a golden snake statue looming over a red glowing orb inside of the temple. This serpent replaces the Cambodian Monkey Statue that used to sit in it’s place.

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Refurbishment continues along at Splash Mountain, where today we see the addition of even more scaffolding. But don’t worry, you can still have a Zip-a-dee-doo-dah day as the attraction is still fully open to guests!

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Take a look as the Frontierland Boardwalk replacement gallops along.

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“A smile means friendship to everyone” over at it’s a small world, which is why the large smiling clocktower has always been an iconic piece of this attraction. Very recently the clocktower and surrounding areas have begun to be painted with bright, beautiful colors. The area somehow looks even more friendly now!

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Be Our Guest Restaurant is still under refurbishment in preparation for The Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration. We continue to see snow decor added to the mountaintops surrounding the castle area.

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Over at Storybook Circus, we were happy to see that multiple banners throughout the area have gotten a much needed refurbishment! The circus themed decor now stands out to guests with its vibrant colors and unique designs.

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We noticed that Pete’s Silly Sideshow, which is not available to guests at this time, has started to see some painting and cosmetic work to the exterior of the building.

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Take a look at Magic Kingdom’s upcoming attraction, TRON Lightcycle / Run! Although it currently does not have an opening date, we can’t wait to hop on board when it finally debuts!

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We boarded the Monorail and headed towards Disney’s Contemporary Resort, which is currently seeing a major refurbishment throughout. Take a look at all of the work happening around the exterior of the building.

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Today we got a better look at the water play area near the feature pool, which is currently under construction.

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The Ballroom of the Americas, which was previously covered with black drapes, is once again open to guests. It doesn’t seem that the area has been completely finished though, as we caught a glimpse of some work happening in one of the rooms located in the area.

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Certain areas on the second floor are still covered with black drapes.

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Inside Fantasia Gifts, we found this brand new youth T-shirt dawning the phrase “I believe in fairy tales” featured next to an image of Cinderella Castle and the Walt Disney World Logo. It is currently available for $19.99

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Over at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, we got a glimpse at all of the construction currently happening at the resort’s Monorail Station.

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We got an even closer look at the area by taking a trip around The Resort Monorail Line.

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We decided to pop over to Disney’s Pop Century Resort!

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Take a look at some of the iconic decor of this groovy resort!

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We had recently heard that some painting had been going on throughout the area. While we didn’t happen to see any ongoing work, we did find that the large Tramp statue, which can be found in the 1950’s, seemed to have recently been touched up.

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Miss Lady, who is located right across from Tramp, did not seem to have been given the same cosmetic treatment. This is evident by the fact that the barrel she rests upon looks a slightly different color than her mates. She was still looking lovely as always though!

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We finished up our day by heading over to The Transportation and Ticket Center, where we found lots of painting progress had been made. Take a look at the recently painted booths throughout the area.

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The progress didn’t stop at just the booths, as you can now see that the “Magic Kingdom” displayed on the Ferryboat and Monorail signs are each at various stages of being touched up. The letters have begun to be painted blue to match the color scheme continuing through the area.

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We boarded the Richard F. Irvine Ferry Boat and got a good look at the ongoing refurbishment onboard the vessel.

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That just about brings us to the end of our day! We definitely saw lots of updates throughout Walt Disney World today. What area are you most excited to see fully refurbished in preparation for the 50th? Leave us a comment below letting us know! Have a great day and we’ll “See ya real soon!”

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