Disney World’s 50th Anniversary may have kicked off earlier this month, but there are still quite a few big projects going on around the parks and resorts to look forward to!
From two new roller coasters to the EPCOT Transformation to removing things that have been in the park for a long time, there’s a lot of construction to keep track of. And, that’s why we’re bringing you a look at it all!
Last week, Mickey’s PhilharMagic closed in Magic Kingdom to undergo a refurbishment that includes adding a brand new scene inspired by Pixar’s Coco to the show. We had also noticed that the sign was getting some TLC in the meantime and this week the tarp that once covered “Mickey’s PhilharMagic” was removed to reveal…well…nothing really.
We’ve seen Disney remove signage from attractions a few times this year for refurbishment, so it will likely be back by the time the attraction reopens on November 11th.
TRON: Lightcycle Run
We also took a ride on the PeopleMover to check in on the construction progress at TRON: LightCycle Run in Tomorrowland and, from high up above, the outdoor portion of the ride still looks like an active construction site. There’s lots of orange fencing, machinery, and dirt.
Disney still hasn’t revealed an opening date (or even timeline) for the new roller coaster, but we’re keeping an eye out for updates so stay tuned!
EPCOT’s new fireworks show, Harmonious, debuted for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary on October 1st and has been showing every night since. But, it looks like its premiere didn’t mark the end of some construction work, as we noticed some cranes out in World Showcase Lagoon near the large circular centerpiece this week.
The show has not been interrupted by any construction, so Disney is likely just making sure that everything is in working order for their brand new show.
Over by the exit of Test Track, we spotted some new construction scrim up by the exit of the shop that all guests exit through…
…and the FastPass+ kiosks that once were outside of the ride are no longer there.
As a reminder, FastPass+ has been replaced with two new paid services — Disney Genie+ and Individual Attraction Selection — and all of the purchases and reservations for access to “skip the line” through new Lightning Lanes (aka the old FastPass lanes) can be made through the My Disney Experience app.
Earlier this month, EPCOT’s new “neighborhoods” debuted, turning Future World into three distinct areas — World Nature (which includes The Land and Journey Into Imagination With Figment), World Celebration (which is in the center and includes Spaceship Earth), and World Discovery (which includes Test Track, Mission: SPACE, and Space 220). World Celebration remains mostly closed currently, but we were able to get a birds-eye view of the construction on our ride over on the monorail.
This area will one day include new attractions like Journey of Water — Inspired by MOANA and a new statue of Walt Disney at what will be called “Dreamer’s Point.” But, for now, it’s an active construction site with a new gaping hole in one area.
And, while we were up in the monorail, we noticed that the construction walls that were once up between World Celebration and World Showcase had been removed to reveal that Disney had taken out the splash pad that was once here.
The transformation of World Celebration is another project that doesn’t have an end date just yet.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Sunset & Hollywood Boulevard
At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the FastPass+ kiosks were removed from the corner of Sunset and Hollywood Boulevard.
The area may be clear of the machines now, but there are still some remnants of the kiosks for now — just look at the paint and the flooring!
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
…that’s really all that’s left of it as the majority of the track has been completely demolished.
Well, that’s a wrap on this week’s construction update! We’re always looking out for new construction walls, scaffolding, and big unveilings, so be sure to stay tuned to DFB for the latest!
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What Disney World construction project are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!