On April 21, we went to Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney. A lot of changes had been made in since we were at Disney World the last time.
These banners had been added to Town Square Theater:
The scrims on the Confectionery had been partially rolled up and it's looking great! Easter displays were in the windows.
The back of the castle is still being worked on:
Through the trees, we were able to see the exterior work of Beast's castle. I was very excited. :)
My brother and I rode Dumbo and got a look at what's going on in the expansion area.
More progress has been made on the 'wall' in Storybook Circus:
I had heard that Beast's castle was visible from the Astro Orbiter. I had never ridden the Astro Orbiter so I figured now was a good time to do so. It was a gorgeous view from the platform!
We went back to the Haunted Mansion and finally got to see the new interactive queue. Click here to see the image gallery of the queue. Disney really did a great job with it.
When you first enter the interactive queue, there is a set of busts of a family. Beginning with Uncle Jacob (middle bust), read the epitaphs to figure out who killed who.
The bride's engagement ring is in the pavement. It's been thrown to the ground like it was trash (<--- hint for where to find it).
Be sure to touch the cat on the Decomposing Composer's Crypt.
The Hitchhiking Ghosts' effects were back. The video is a little dark but it should give you the general idea of what goes on. We liked the new effect and heard other guests saying they did too.
We made our way over to Pirates of the Caribbean and some 'On Stranger Tides' pictures can been seen near the ride's exit:
We noticed there is a new sign out at Tortuga Tavern with Angelica, the new character from 'On Stranger Tides', on it:
Angelica was greeting guests just over the Adventureland bridge:
The temporary bridge to Adventureland had been removed:
Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny were greeting guests near City Hall. This area had been under scrims the last time I was there so I was glad to see it was open.
We went in Curtain Call Collectibles (in Town Square Theater) to have a look around. The Mary Poppins dress being sewn together was new:
The work on the porch for Tony's has been completed:
After lunch, we went to Downtown Disney. The renovated Lego Store is open and the displays on the exterior of the store are awesome.
The interior of the Lego Store was more spacious but had less displays than they used to.
The temporary tent for the Lego Store is still up near Once Upon a Toy but it is closed:
Marketplace Fun Finds is now open. It's not entirely a discount shop- there are some items there that have been discounted/deals but there are some current merchandise items there that are under $10, under $20, etc. It's more of a bargain store. It's all well marked.
LittleMissMatched is now in its new location:
The Pooh and friends photo-op has been moved back to its original spot:
Outside Pin Traders, chalk artists were drawing Simba and Nala:
The Harley Davidson store is still open in its spot on Pleasure Island:
Harley Davidson will be moving to LittleMissMatched's old location on the West Side this summer:
The walls were down around the exterior of the AMC Theatre's Dine-In area but it doesn't open until May.
The Times Guides have a coupon for 25% off dining at select locations attached to them:
The Times Guides also have information on how to receive real-time updates while you're at the parks. I signed up for the text messages at 11 AM this morning and my first update didn't come in until 7:30 PM.
That's it for this update. Have a great day! :)
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