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Magic Kingdom
Walt Disney World
Orlando, FL

 

 

 

----    THE LATEST BUZZ    ----
    (6/10/15) Hub Construction Update (MORE...)
    (4/22/15) Hub Construction Update (MORE...)
    (4/1/15) Magic Kingdom Construction Updates (MORE...)
    (3/26/15) Construction Report (MORE...)

Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Pirates of the Caribbean - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 25, 2015
Liberty Tree Tavern - July 6 through Nov. 19
Liberty Square Riverboat - Aug. 4 through Aug. 10
WDW Railroad - Sept. 28 through Nov. 5

 

Park News - (4/1/15) OrlandoParkNews is back at the Magic Kingdom once again with a look all around the park at the latest construction projects and ongoing refurbishments.
    (3/26/15) The latest construction pictures from all around the Magic Kingdom have been posted to OrlandoParkNews this week.
    (3/18/15) Walt Disney World has confirmed that the popular Be Our Guest restaurant in Fantasyland will start opening for Breakfast from 8am to 10am from March 20th through June 18th as a test. Follow the link to see a few pictures of the fancy breakfast items that await you, though I’ve been warned that you can also expect some high prices for these breakfast items as well that will put the cost of this experience in line with that of the character breakfast buffets elsewhere on property. I’ve also been told that advanced reservations are already being accepted on the Disney app and website.
    (3/5/15) Orlando Weekly is now backing up our January rumor that indicated a length rehab for Pirates was on the way... with dates this time that are sure to anger summer vacationers. According to the report Pirates of the Caribbean may be closed from May 11 all the way to Sept. 25.
    (1/21/15) Screamscape sources have confirmed to us that Disney is planning a major refurbishment to the Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. According to one source, the scope of the work included the complete replacement of the concrete and rock-work along the slides of the flume, as well as a major refurbishment to the pirate ship. Lots of other items are also planned to be address, as with any water attraction, it is a never ending battle to deal with rust and water damage issues throughout the attraction.
    Other sources were also very forthcoming that the ride has not been the same since they replaced the boat fleet with the current crop, which are lighter and make use of more plastic materials. The work on the flume itself may be to deal with the various issued caused by the new boats.
    These issues including them getting stuck along the course until they are bumped free by the next boat behind them, or have to be pushed by a cast member. How they ride through the flume sections differently has also been documented before, as the back row tends to get far wetter than it ever did before during the splashdown, leading them to close off the last row quite often. And finally, there is some internal speculation that the legal department may also have a hand in this, due to the accident where a guest lost a finger a few months ago while sitting in the back row and had his hand outside the boat, so some kind of new barrier or way to force guests to keep their hands inside may also be in the works.
    In other news, you may have noticed a new lengthy rehab is also planned for the Liberty Tree Tavern that will see the restaurant closed for almost 5 months (July 6 to Nov. 20). I'm told that the focus of the work here isn't on the restaurant itself, but rather a complete redesign of the kitchen area that will transform it into a new multi-use kitchen area that will service not only the Liberty Tree Tavern, but an all new restaurant concept planned to open in the old Verandah space at the entrance to Adventureland. This is apparently the main reason why Tinker Bell was moved out of the building and sent to her new Main Street digs.
    While the concept may still be a bit fluid, the overall concept from what I understand is that it will be themed to tie into the Jungle Cruise theme. In short... imagine a crazy Adventureland themed restaurant staffed by the Jungle Cruise Captains as a way to pay the bills when they are in-between jobs, and to expand their bad comedy into the realm of the culinary arts.

 

icon_STOPNow Through 2015 - Central Plaza Hub Expansion - Under Construction - (6/10/15) It's been awhile since I've seen an update showing off the progress of the Hub remodel at the Magic Kingdom, but OrlandoParkNews has a good one this week, including the addition of the new themed castle spire structures out front.
    (4/22/15) OrlandoParksNews is back in the Magic Kingdom this week to show off the latest construction progress on the Hub area of the park as Summer is quickly approaching.
    (2/28/15) Disney shows off their own photos of the new Viewing Areas for Parades and Fireworks at the hub of the Magic Kingdom this week. The FastPass+ viewing area has also now moved from the Rose Garden Fireworks Viewing Area to the Main Street Plaza Gardens (near The Crystal Palace) as of yesterday.
    (2/24/15) OrlandoParksNews takes a peek at the Hub construction area, which now has artifical turf installed as the "lawn" areas in the West FastPass+ Viewing Area. This looks "interesting" to me... if not a bit out of place. Something about the artifical turf just strikes me as looking a bit too wrong, especially where there is so much natural greenery in the area, so it just looks weird I think.
    (9/19/14) OrlandoParksNews checks out the state of construction around The Hub area at the Magic Kingdom this week, as well as construction work to build a new ‘side street’ along the backside of Main Street, running towards the entrance to Tomorrowland that will be used during peak times when the main paths are packed to the gills for parades and such.
    (2/28/14)MK_HUB_Future2015 The Magic Kingdom has announced a new enhancement plan for the park’s Central Plaza (hub) area between the end of Main Street and the Castle that will see new pathways added, sculpted gardens, expanded restaurant seating areas at Casey’s Corner and The Plaza and a new special viewing area for fireworks and castle performance viewing. The work has already begun, but it wont be entirely finished until 2015. Watch the Fly-Over video below to see how the area will look, but some of the changes may be subtle at first.
    The major changes to appear will be the addition of a new outer circle ring walkway around the hub, which is very needed as the outer circle around the hub can be nearly impossible to navigate when there is a major fireworks show or parade about to take place. The lower end of the hub, where it connects to Main Street will also be widened and expanded, adding new pathways back that can also serve as additional viewing areas for fireworks. Meanwhile the meandering pathway between the Hub and Tomorrowland that used to go out to the old Swan Boat dock structure appears as if it will be removed entirely, and likely the home to this new sculptured garden they mention. I’ve included a screen capture of the new version of Central Plaza for you to compare to the current Google Maps aerial view of the park.

 

2015 - New Adventureland Restaurant / Skipper's Cantina - Planning - (3/25/15) According to a report at WDWNT the new Jungle Cruise Skipper themed restaurant concept I told you about awhile back will be called Skipper's Cantina.
    (2/12/15) ParkScope uncovered a new permit filing for the Magic Kingdom that matches up perfectly with the rumor we had heard about a new Jungle Cruise themed restaurant coming to Adventureland in the Verandah site now that Tinker Bell has moved to Main Street.
    (1/21/15) You may have noticed a new lengthy rehab is planned for the Liberty Tree Tavern that will see the restaurant closed for almost 5 months (July 6 to Nov. 20, 2015). I'm told that the focus of the work here isn't on the restaurant itself, but rather a complete redesign of the kitchen area that will transform it into a new multi-use kitchen area that will service not only the Liberty Tree Tavern, but an all new restaurant concept planned to open in the old Verandah space at the entrance to Adventureland. This is apparently the main reason why Tinker Bell was moved out of the building and sent to her new Main Street digs.
    While the concept may still be a bit fluid, the overall concept from what I understand is that it will be themed to tie into the Jungle Cruise theme. In short... imagine a crazy Adventureland themed restaurant staffed by the Jungle Cruise Captains as a way to pay the bills when they are in-between jobs, and to expand their bad comedy into the realm of the culinary arts.
 

 

2021 - 50th Anniversary Celebration - Rumor - (7/4/12) While this seems a little far fetched at this point, we know Disney does often keep a decade long masterplan in the filing cabinet to help plan the future of the Disney parks. This puts a very special event in focus for the long-range planners to start thinking about: the 50th Birthday of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World in 2021.
    Much like the big Millennium celebration, 100 Years of Magic and such, rumor has it that Disney may be planning another mega 16 to 18 month long celebration for the Orlando resort. In the past celebrations Disney has been known to roll out major new attractions at the parks, big new parades, night time spectaculars and often even adding a towering new icon structures or two. (Anyone up for another giant pink Castle Cake?)
    While it’s really far too early to know for sure what Disney may be dreaming up at this point, one new addition in particular for the Magic Kingdom does seem to seem to be a no brainer. It just wouldn’t be a 50th Birthday celebration without having a new fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom.  (I’m having a vision of a Castle Cake again… with 50 giant candles shooting fireworks into the sky.)  Time to wait and see I guess.

 

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Track Record

Magic Kingdom
Orlando, Florida
Walt Disney Theme Parks

Abbreviation: MK
Opened: October 1st, 1971
www.disneyworld.com

Tickets: as of 2/23/15
Adults (10+): $99.00
Adults Magic Kingdom: $105
Child (3-9): $91.00
Child Magic Kingdom $99
Discounts for Multi-Day Tickets
Parking: $17.00

The park is open Year Round

Newest Attractions:
2014 - Seven Dwarfs Mine Train

2013 - A Pirate’s Adventure
Princess Fairytale Hall

2012 - Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, Storybook Circus, New Fantasyland

2011 - Haunted Mansion Queue & Finale Update and  Enchanted Tiki Room

2010 - Electrical Parade Returns, Space Mt Audio

2009 - New Hall of Presidents,
Space Mountain Renovation

2007 - Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, Haunted Mansion Rehab

2006 - Pirates of the Caribbean Revision / Movie Tie-In

2005 - It’s A Small World Rehab (Complete overhaul), Pooh’s Playful Spot

2004 - Stitch’s Great Escape

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