Disney World: What’s New, What’s Next August 5, 2011

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Things have changed quite a bit since my last visit in early July.

The exterior of the tunnel on the right side of the train station is under scrims.

Tunnel

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room (formerly Enchanted Tiki Room: Under New Management) is still being worked on.

Tiki Room

The new sign for the attraction is out.

New Tiki Room sign

In Frontierland, Pecos Bill’s is under scrims.

Pecos Bill's

The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is also under scrims.

Frontierland Shootin' Arcade

The Fantasyland Skyway station is gone and walls are up.

Skyway station

The rock work around Maurice’s cottage is progressing quickly.

Rock work

The rock work is also progressing quickly on the Little Mermaid attraction’s building.

Little Mermaid rock work

The top of the building is looking great.

Top

Building

In Fantasyland, Enchanted Grove is behind scrims.

Enchanted Grove

The Tangled meet-and-greet features Rapunzel only now.

Tangled

There’s been a lot of progress on Storybook Circus.

Storybook Circus

Storybook Circus

The Firehouse has closed.

Firehouse

We met friends for lunch at Downtown Disney. We had every intention of walking around but the heat and humidity drove us out after lunch. We did see, though, that the Harley Davidson store has moved into the space formerly occupied by Little Miss Matched on the West Side.

Harley

Harley

That’s all for this update. Have a great day!


Deb Wills, founder of AllEars.Net, is an internationally recognized expert on Disney vacations ranging from Walt Disney World to the Disney Cruise Line, Disneyland and Adventures by Disney. For many years she participated in events designed to raise funds and awareness in the fight against breast cancer, which she herself survived in 1986. She now raises funds for FORCE - Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, to increase awareness of hereditary cancers.

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3 Replies to “Disney World: What’s New, What’s Next August 5, 2011”

  1. I was absolutely thrilled when I read on the news blog that Disney was going back to the Enchanted Tiki Room show! I hated the “New Management” part of it!

  2. Hi Ashley!

    Thanks for the update…I haven’t been there since the first week of June.

    I wish you could’ve seen the smile on my face when I scrolled down to your pic of the new sign for The Enchanted Tiki Room. What made me smile was seeing that it read: “Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room.”
    It has been quite some time since I’ve seen Walt’s name on an attraction (unless you count “One Man’s Dream” at the Studios or “Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress”.) Seeing his name makes it feel like the old days.
    Then…my smile turned to a frown when I saw the pic of where the old Skyway station used to be. I knew it was inevitable, but I’m sad anyway. I hope they put up something good in its place.

    Thanks again for the great blog. I always appreciate them. ~ Johnny.

  3. Hi! Thanks for your blogs, they are great! I love to see what is going on before I ever get there, so I will keep looking.We are headed down in early Sept. really have no idea what to expect as we have always been there in May, but hoping for the best! I see where you said that the Harley store is where Little Missmatched used to be. Has it moved, or is it closed? Also, there was a store that you can design your own T-shirts. Is that still there?
    Thanks so much!
    Keep blogging!

    ASHLEY:
    Hi there! Thank you so much for your kind words.

    Little Miss Matched has moved to the Marketplace- it’s where Pooh Corner used to be, across from the Christmas store. The Design-A-Tee store is still open. Hope you have a fantastic time in September! 🙂