Magic Kingdom

As it was previously mentioned, the Magic Kingdom was a mess of construction walls throughout many areas of the park.  Throw in the fact that Mickey's ToonTown Fair was recently closed to make way for the new version of Fantasyland, and the amount of walking room alone in the park has substantially decreased.  This park is not going to be very fun when it gets packed during the summer and holidays.

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The new Let the Memories Begin! decorations were on display, and it looked fairly nice.  The slogan does seem a little bit cheesy though.  Perhaps Disney will do a better job with the next celebration when the new Fantasyland begins to open in later 2012.

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A new attraction poster for Space Mountain was on display under the Main Street railroad station.  Yes, the Florida version of the roller coaster finally has music during ride, and, yes, it's pretty good.  It's not as great as the other versions of the coaster, but it's not bad.  Hopefully a future upgrade will finally have on-board audio and not just a bunch of speakers scattered along the track.

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Construction, construction, and more construction in the Magic Kingdom!  Grrrr.  Hopefully the walls will be down before the Easter crowds start arriving near the end of April.  The bridge (not pictured) from Main Street USA to Adventureland was also closed for refurbishment.

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The Haunted Mansion was still in the process of being updated.  On Saturday, the ending with the hitchhiking ghosts (audio animatronics and mirror effect) was working as it always did.  On the following Wednesday the scene with the animatronics was covered and instead had animation of the ghosts seeking a ride, and the mirror section was covered and had animations of the ghosts flying up and down the hallway.  I can't wait to see how Disney is enhancing the ending of the ride!

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Tomorrowland Speedway was seeing longer than normal wait times during the day.  The reasoning was simple.  Two of the four tracks were closed in preparation of editing part of the layout and making a little more room for the expansion of Fantasyland.

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"it's a small world" has changed its loading station, now having guests stay in line down the old exit ramp.  Exciting.

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A popcorn cart resembling something out of Beauty and the Beast was spotted along a construction wall in Fantasyland.

And speaking of Fantasyland construction walls . . .

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

For those of us who haven't visited the Magic Kingdom in a while, it's quite obvious that the Winnie the Pooh ride finally has a themed entrance.  In addition to moving the tree across the street from the old Pooh's Playful Spot, the line also has a new playground themed to the Hundred Acre Woods home to Pooh and his friends.

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Most of the playground was open, but not Tigger's part.  Rabbit's garden has a few fun activities for the kiddies (and lots of gophers), and Eeyore's Gloomy Place looks sadder than ever.  Don't be mislead by the tug-of-war with a gopher!  The critter is MUCH stronger than it looks!  Pull hard and don't give up on the varmint!

It appears that the new outer line queue and playground is actually the first part of the new Fantasyland to be complete and open to the public.  It looks significantly better than before and fits in with the new theming coming to that part of the land.  I can't wait to see what opens next!