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Dirk Wallen’s 5/14-16/12 WDW Photo Report

Posted on May 17, 2012

WDWNT Reporter Dirk Wallen visited the Walt Disney World theme parks over the last three days and has some newsworthy photos to share with us from his trip. We’ll take a look at New Fantasyland, Star Wars Weekends preparation, and more from around the Vacation Kingdom of the World, so let’s get started:

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The Main Street Bakery is still behind tarps (I’m starting to think this has something to do with Starbucks moving in)

Facade work continues on the Confectionary and Chapeau

The temporary Tangled meet and greet rolls on

Work was completed on the Main Street bridge

Work on the Princess Merida meet and greet has been completed

A nearby cart has Brave merchandise

I find it hard to believe that they will sell much before the movie is released

I fully expect to get shot with arrows by smaller guests on a regular basis now…

The second Dumbo spinner is rapidly nearing completion

If I were a betting man… and I am…

I’d wager that the second spinner will be open by Memorial Day

The official opening is July, along with the interactive queue

The Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station looks nearly complete

We’re still not entirely sure if the center portion will spin at a slow speed like a roundhouse

98? An Animal Kingdom reference? We think about these things too much…

A look at Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

Near the construction of what we assume is a new Pooh meet and greet, a mysterious box has appeared

The Castle Wall is rising…

More scaffolding finally went up on the detailed portion near Village Haus

This steel frame should be covered soon

This side is further along

Some walkway work being done near the Carousel as well

I had to stare at this for a while to realize what I was seeing… this is the view from the Haunted Mansion across the old Skyway site. I assume this will be addressed as construction moves forward.

Construction of the Grand Floridian DVC wing continues

A new parking lot being built across the way

Going up!

Star wars Weekends preparation underway at Studios


You can still become an unwanted action figure… ZING!

The Droid Factory recently opened at Tatooine Traders. You can make your own R2 unit toy!

Scott Smith just died

Brave banners up in the Animation Courtyard

Work was completed on the Disney Junior queue

Looks like they just replaced the awning

The same seems to be happening to the meet and greet area

Goodbye Kim…

Work continues on the new, separate Turtle Talk entrance at the Seas

Topics: Disney's Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Photo Reports, The Magic Kingdom | 9 Comments »

  • Jennifer Bureau

    Great report! Y’know what I miss? When pictures of people in the parks showed them all with smiles on their faces. Ah the good ol’ days. Oh and side note… I REALLY hope you’re wrong about the Starbucks on Mainstreet. :)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kyle-D-Vorhis/1552308947 Kyle D Vorhis

    Yep I agree with Jennifer, It was a great report. Hopfully most of everything will be completed by late november ( Thanksgiving ) but I will be sporting a Big smile then!   :)

  • http://twitter.com/Jrobbins79 JamieRobbinsLongoria

    LOVE the photo reports!! i cant wait to see everything in person next week…maybe i’ll submit some photos for you guys!!!

  • wdwfan1971

    Out of curiosity why is the flag at half mast? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Drago-Harley/100002506646115 Drago Harley

    It said in the article that someone named Scott Smith just died.  Must have been a Disney exec or something.  RIP. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=5409602 Jonathan Polirer

    My guess is that it was taken on May 15th, Peace Officers Memorial Day. (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_Officers_Memorial_Day .)

  • http://twitter.com/DisjointedImgs DisjointedImages

    I think that was in reference to a friend. (Scott Smith) is a huge Transformers collector, so having this Star Wars mashup merch should make him “die”.

  • http://twitter.com/DisjointedImgs DisjointedImages

    I think that was in reference to a friend. (Scott Smith) is a huge Transformers collector, so having this Star Wars mashup merch should make him “die”.