Magic Kingdom Update: Tomorrowland’s New Rocks, Big Thunder Mountain Closed & Haunted Mansion Construction

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With all that’s happening around Walt Disney World, it’s easy to miss out on some of the smaller projects. While there’s not a giant Star Wars land or new attraction being built at the Magic Kingdom, there’s still a lot happening. So let’s take a look. First off, Fall is in the air with pumpkins and other decorations lining Main Street, USA. But in the distance, you can already see Christmas lights being strung up on Cinderella Castle. The rocks at the entrance to Tomorrowland are receiving a new color scheme. The original red color worked when “Mission to Mars” was a popular attraction, but today’s Tomorrowland has a more whimsical and timeless feel. These newly painted blueish metallic rocks fit the new aesthetic much better. Also in Tomorrowland, the Carousel of Progress has received a new paint scheme as well.

01146-mts-still058Big Thunder Mountain is closed for regular maintenance. The popular coaster ride should be re-opening by the end of November 2016. Swiss Family Treehouse is also closed for refurbishment. No word yet on a re-opening date. Exterior work is happening at The Haunted Mansion. Scrims are up along the bottom half of the mansion’s facade and work walls line half the queue. It looks like awnings are being updated along portions of the queue as well. Minor work is being done on posts outside of It’s a Small World. Both Mansion and Small World are still open during this construction. Check out the video and images below and of course, stay tuned for more theme park updates!


Autumn in the Magic Kingdom

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom in September!

Welcome to the Magic Kingdom in September!

Main Street, USA

Main Street, USA

Mmmm, candy apples served by sentient pumpkin-headed scarecrows! My favorite.

Mmmm, candy apples served by sentient pumpkin-headed scarecrows! My favorite.

Pumpkins in the windows

Pumpkins in the windows

Pumpkins on the roof

Pumpkins on the roof

Pumpkins everywhere!

Pumpkins everywhere!

Do you wanna build a pumpkin snowman?

Do you wanna build a pumpkin snowman?

Tomorrowland Updates

Welcome to Tomorrowland!

Welcome to Tomorrowland!

Blue-ish futuristic other-worldly metallic rocks

Blue-ish futuristic other-worldly metallic rocks

I think the new color scheme fits the land much better than the older Mars color rocks

I think the new color scheme fits the land much better than the older Mars color rocks

Old color rocks (Photo by JSpence)

Old color rocks (Photo by JSpence)

New color rocks today

New color rocks today

Some rocks still in progress of being re-painted

Some rocks still in progress of being re-painted

Access catwalk and scaffolding in place

Access catwalk and scaffolding in place

Some rocks that have yet to be painted or primed yet

Some rocks that have yet to be painted or primed yet

Rocks that are facing guest pathways have had much of their paint worn off over the years

Rocks that are facing guest pathways have had much of their paint worn off over the years

Newly painted rocks have a beautiful shine that reflects sunlight

Newly painted rocks have a beautiful shine that reflects sunlight

I am a big fan of the change

I am a big fan of the change

Changes have happened over at the Carousel of Progress

Changes have happened over at the Carousel of Progress

Gone are the gears on the rotating building, and here are a more modern circuit board-type design

Gone are the gears on the rotating building, and here are a more modern circuit board-type design

The color palette is largely the same, but the new design doesn't include blank space or white at all.

The color palette is largely the same, but the new design doesn’t include blank space or white at all.

Old design (Photo by Yesterland.com)

Old design (Photo by Yesterland.com)

Old Design (Photo by DisneyDining.com)

Old Design (Photo by DisneyDining.com)

New old-school Epcot-esqe icon for Carousel of Progress on the doors

New old-school Epcot-esqe icon for Carousel of Progress on the doors

I'm very happy this attraction remains in the park, and it's nice to see it receive some TLC, without changing the original show (any more than they have in the past anyway)

I’m very happy this attraction remains in the park, and it’s nice to see it receive some TLC, without changing the original show (any more than they have in the past anyway)

Leaving Tomorrowland to explore more of the park

Leaving Tomorrowland to explore more of the park

Closed for Refurbishments

Scaffolding can be seen on Big Thunder Mountain from afar

Scaffolding can be seen on Big Thunder Mountain from afar

The ride will remain closed for refurbishment until late November 2016

The ride will remain closed for refurbishment until late November 2016

Work walls around ride entrance

Work walls around ride entrance

Gotta watch out for them darn goats

Gotta watch out for them darn goats

Gotta be disappointing for guests to see when you don't visit often

Gotta be disappointing for guests to see when you don’t visit often

Cute.

Cute.

Work being done all around the ride

Work being done all around the ride

Working along the track path

Working along the track path

So much scaffolding is up

So much scaffolding is up

Scaffolding everywhere

Scaffolding everywhere

Mountain looking amazing

Mountain looking amazing

Cannot wait until November!

Cannot wait until November!

Walking along Rivers of America

Walking along Rivers of America

These new warning signs can now be found all over the entire resort

These new warning signs can now be found all over the entire resort

Be careful. They spit.

Be careful. They spit.

Swiss Family Treehouse is also closed for renovation

Swiss Family Treehouse is also closed for renovation

Walls up around entrance

Walls up around entrance

Impressively large jungle scrim

Impressively large jungle scrim

Treehouse poking up above the scaffolding

Treehouse poking up above the scaffolding

I love that this attraction remains. Nostalgia fueled or not, this park has a lot going for it

I love that this attraction remains. Nostalgia fueled or not, this park has a lot going for it

Minor Construction Updates

The Haunted Mansion has some exterior work going on

The Haunted Mansion has some exterior work going on

The ride is still open but scrims are up along the building

The ride is still open but scrims are up along the building

Cannot see what type of work is being done behind the walls

Cannot see what type of work is being done behind the walls

Scaffolding up along parts of the queue as well

Scaffolding up along parts of the queue as well

Work walls blocking part of the queue that bypasses outdoor interactive queue

Work walls blocking part of the queue that bypasses outdoor interactive queue

Scaffolding and work walls in background

Scaffolding and work walls in background

Awnings missing fabric as work continues

Awnings missing fabric as work continues

Very minor work going on at It's a Small World

Very minor work going on at It’s a Small World

All columns have work walls around them

All columns have work walls around them

The work may already be done, with walls up to keep guests from touching wet paint while it dries

The work may already be done, with walls up to keep guests from touching wet paint while it dries

I'll be sure to check it out next time I visit to see how they look

I’ll be sure to check it out next time I visit to see how they look

Happy hippo

Happy hippo

Work walls and crane behind Cinderella Castle

Work walls and crane behind Cinderella Castle

It's beginning to look a lot like (getting ready for) Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like (getting ready for) Christmas

And you thought decorating your house for the holidays took a long time

And you thought decorating your house for the holidays took a long time

Just getting started stringing lights

Just getting started stringing lights

Getting into the bucket

Getting into the bucket

It's a scary job, but somebody's gotta do it

It’s a scary job, but somebody’s gotta do it

Luckily it ain't me

Luckily it ain’t me

That's all for this update! Be sure to check out the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios updates!

That’s all for this update! Be sure to check out the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios updates!


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