Disney World: What’s New, What’s Next – September 16, 2011


On September 16, 2011, we started our day at Downtown Disney.

There is some pavement work going on near the Lego Store and World of Disney.

Lego Store

Lego Store

World of Disney

To get to the World of Disney bathrooms, you have to use the outside entrance. You can no longer get to them inside the store.

World of Disney bathrooms

The signage and such on the Mannequin’s building on Pleasure Island has been removed.


Apricot Lane is now open where Harley Davidson used to be (Harley Davidson is now located on the West Side, in LittleMissMatched’s old location).

Apricot Lane

The wall near the boat ramp is still up.


The embellishments on the Adventurers Club have also been removed.

Adventurer's Club

The sunglasses shop is behind walls.


Work has started on Splitsville (located where Ridemakerz and Virgin Mega Store used to be).



Next, we went to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see what was new there.

Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian has closed.


Mike Wazowski was greeting guests near the Backlot Tour.


The Backlot Tour is currently closed for refurbishment.

Backlot Tour

The Osborne Lights are in the early stages of being put up on the Streets of America.


Power outlet

On the way to Magic Kingdom, we saw that work is progressing on the tennis courts at the Grand Floridian.

Tennis courts

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party has begun at Magic Kingdom. (You can read my report here.) The park is decorated for fall/Halloween.


Train station

Work has been completed on the right tunnel and they’re working on the left one now.


The park looks great!

Leaf garland

Main Street

Main Street


Main Street

Town Square Theater

Main Street

Uptown Jewelers

A wall was up near the Plaza Restaurant.


The character statues are up around the hub.





Work is still being done on the exterior of Pinocchio’s Village Haus.


Scrims have been added to the tops of the walls near the Beauty & the Beast/Dumbo area.


Dumbo had a short wait so I decided to go on it.




Walls are still up at Enchanted Grove.

Enchanted Grove

There’s been a LOT of progress for Storybook Circus.



The Lunching Pad was closed for refurbishment.

Lunching Pad

The photo-op at the flag pole was very popular.


The “See ya real soon” pumpkins are back over the exits.


The Swiss Family Robinson Tree House is closed for refurbishment.

Tree House

There’s some work going on at the Adventureland/Frontierland entrance.


Part of Pecos Bill’s is still under scrims.

Pecos Bill's

The Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade is still undergoing refurbishment.

Frontierland Shootin' Arcade

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

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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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7 Replies to “Disney World: What’s New, What’s Next – September 16, 2011”

  1. Thanks for the great pics:) I can’t help but notice that the parks appear NOT to be very busy? When did you take the pics? I guess I’m just used to it being very crowded when I go to WDW. Can’t wait til Dec. for our vacation at WDW!!!:)

    The pictures were taken on September 16. It was a slower day but I also try to be patient and let some of the crowd clear before taking a picture. Have fun in December! 🙂

  2. I just wanted to say a bif Thank You to all of y’all who take the time to do reports and take photos. It gets me excited for my upcoming trip. Keep up the great work!! : )

  3. We go in a few days for 2 weeks, and I’ve never seen so many boards up in a park at any one time. Although we knew that Fantasyland is in disarray, I didn’t think that half the park would be affected. Oh I hope it doesn’t spoil things 🙁

  4. Hi Ashley.
    Did you see any noticeable changes with the entry tunnel? or was it just a spruce up? and thanks for the update 😉

    It’s a spruce up. 🙂