We were able to spend the weekend at Disney. We stayed on-property and since it was Extra Magic Hours at Disney's Hollywood Studios on Saturday morning, we took advantage of the extra time in the park.
'Let the Memories Begin' banners were up near the main gates:
Work on the Tower of Terror exterior is still be done:
One of the things I love most about Extra Magic Hours is that's it's not overly crowded yet and you can wander a bit. It had been a while since we had been nto the Tower of Terror courtyard and store so it was nice to wander around and see some details that I'd never seen before.
We went over to the Animation Courtyard to look around. I had never seen the sketches of the princesses above the costumes- I love this kind of detail!
I heard a lot of families talking about seeing the new Disney Junior show once the park opened for the day.
It had been at least five years since my brother had seen the Voyage of the Little Mermaid show so we decided to catch the first show (pun intended). I had seen it a couple of years ago but missed the detail of the trident lighting up!
One Man's Dream is one of my favorite attractions. I was hoping the back section might be finished but the walls still say 'coming soon.'
I'm a Star Wars fan so I knew I had to see what was going on around Star Tours. The area where the speederbike photo-op was/is is currently behind a very large wall:
Behind the Jedi Training Academy is a character meet-and-greet location:
[Star Wars side note: In the lobby of Mama Melrose's, there is a picture of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker). It's near the bathrooms. Also, in the dining room, there is an Italian version of The Empire Strikes Back movie poster.]
My brother and I rode Rock 'n Roller Coaster and noticed that they have put up these gates at the exit area of the ride:
I wandered through the watch shop and noticed an animator drawing Jedi Stitch:
Friends from Chicago were in town and we met them at Epcot after lunch. On our way to meet up with them, we noticed this flamingo. It made us smile:
Our friends' son was absolutely enchanted with the train village at the Germany pavilion. I'm so glad he was- the village was hosting its own Flower & Garden Festival and I hadn't noticed it when I was there previously:
The Lightning McQueen topiary was out at the World Showcase entrance:
For dinner, we decided to go to the Animal Kingdom Rainforest Cafe. On the way in, we noticed they had two lines:
The 'extreme supermoon' was visible Saturday night. My mom got a kick out of me leaving the room every 15 minutes to see if it was visible yet.
I went out to the parking lot around 7 AM to see if I could still see the supermoon. I definitely could! It was a great view:
Magic Kingdom opened at 8 AM Sunday morning so I wandered around to see what was new or had changed.
City Hall is still being worked on:
The walls were down around Exposition Hall- the new sign says Town Square Theater. The doors are very ornate. The far right side of the building is open for PhotoPass viewing and camera accessories. Otherwise, the windows are still covered.
The exterior of Tony's is being worked on:
The Confectionery is also being worked on:
There is a wall up on the right side of the castle (if you're facing the back of the castle):
The exterior of Cinderella's Royal Table is still being worked on:
The tops of some of the buildings behind the Fantasyland walls are now visible over the walls:
The walls around the construction area had been moved back so there was a lot more room to walk around.
A solid wall has gone up between the Tomorrowland Speedway and ToonTown:
The Tomorrowland Speedway was back to four lanes:
Only Minnie remains on the ToonTown sign:
I went to the Haunted Mansion to see if the new queue line was being tested. I knew it was a long shot since it was around 9 AM when I got there. It was not being tested but I could see a good bit of it.
Entrance to the new queue:
This is clearly visible above the shrubs:
The walls around the queue line are down and have been replaced with thick green screens:
The walls around the Adventureland bridge were down. The new bridge is flat- there is not a hill anymore. The bridge they had set up for guests to use is also still there:
After I had finished my Magic Kingdom 'walk', Mom and I went over to Downtown Disney. The AMC Theater now has automated ticket machines outside the theater.
Walls were up where one of the Pleasure Island clubs used to be. A sign showed the concept art for the store going in its place.
The Lego Store is being worked on. Temporarily, they have a tent set up near Once Upon a Toy.
At World of Disney, they have a new section of D-Tech merchandise. It's got mouse pads, laptop bags, iPad and iPhone cases and other assorted 'tech' goodies.
The Winnie the Pooh and friends photo-op has been moved to the Guest Relations area since Pooh Corner has closed.
The temporary Lego Store is in a big yellow tent between Once Upon a Toy and Earl of Sandwich. It was very busy inside... and very yellow because of the tent!
Outside of the tent, they had a little display set up for Flower & Garden at Epcot.
Pooh Corner, unfortunately, has closed.
Goofy's Candy Company has started letting guests their own treat.
That's all for this update. Have a MAGICAL day!! :)
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