Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom Area Changes

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Contributing photographer Jason of disneygeek.com sends us these photos. In early December I wrapped up my 2015 Disney Parks World Tour back where it all began for me at Walt Disney World. During 2015 I was able to visit all 11 Disney theme parks in Anaheim, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Orlando. It had been a year since my last trip to WDW and as I walked around I looked for changes as I always tend to do. I have put together a series of posts for AllEars.net of some of the changes that stuck out to me as I roamed the parks, resorts and Disney Springs. As always if you want to see my full picture & video sets and read my thoughts & observations visit my site disneygeek.com.

This post takes a look around the Magic Kingdom and some of the Magic Kingdom Resort projects.

The big change at the Magic Kingdom since last December is the completion of the hub expansion. Here is a view through one of the viewing areas toward the Castle.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

The viewing areas a used as FastPass+ for Wishes each evening. During the day they are open to sit in.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

One of the new walkways looking toward Main Street from Adventureland. Notice anything missing? There are no benches or places to sit, nor is there any shade really.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Another view of the Castle from the walkway leading to Adventureland.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

On the Tomorrowland (east) side the rose walk and old swan boat dock have been removed and a forest put in their place. It does make for a nice picture of the Castle in the woods but I miss the walkway.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Four new turrets have been added too. Here you can see them lit up for the evening. They house equipment for the Castle stage.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Up closer to the Castle work continues on the walkways. The west (left) ramp was open but temporary railings. The other side was walled off still.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

In Adventureland the Skipper Canteen opened during my trip. I did not eat there but did take a quick look around.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

The outside waiting area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

The inside waiting area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

The first dining room, viewed from the waiting area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Across the Seven Seas lagoon the lobby of the Polynesian Village Resort has been completed (it was behind curtains last December).

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Work is underway at the Oasis Pool (the quiet pool near the DVC section of the resort)

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

The Disney Vacation Club Bungalows are available now too.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

At the Wilderness Lodge there is construction going on for Disney Vacation Club expansion. Here is a look along Bay Lake at the blocked off area.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

The other side of the hotel between the existing DVC rooms and Bay Lake is being cleared.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

From the Monorail you can see the path cleared along the lake to the lodge.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Last note there are some new buses in the fleet now. They feature larger text.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

As well as a destination on the back of the bus.

Jason @ disneygeek.com image from December 2015

Hope you enjoyed this highlight tour of some of the changes I noticed in the Magic Kingdom area since my last trip in 2014. For additional photos and details from this trip you can check out the full picture sets I posted on my site, http://disneygeek.com Also be sure to follow me on twitter @disneygeekcom for pictures from the parks.

Jason is a guest contributor from disneygeek.com sharing pictures, thoughts and observations from his Disney travels with a west coast focus. He has been posting Disney-related content to his site since 1994. He has visited all 12 Disney theme parks over the years plus has had many other Disney adventures. He is a programmer by trade, and has helped with several projects here on AllEars.net over the years.

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