By Don Gworek
Some construction walls came down this week on Main Street U.S.A. at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, revealing a bright new facade on the Confectionery shop. This is the Southeast corner of the street, at Town Square. Before examining details of the new facade, this story needs a flashback to the way the shop used to look.
This photo was taken in February. The upper part of the construction wall has a photograph of what the facade used to look like. Much like at a modern day construction project in, say, Manhattan, guests could pass through a tunnel. Much of Main Street has been refurbished like this, a little at a time, for the past year.
This is a profile of the Confectionery, as seen in May last year. Note the awnings and dark green which emphasize the weight of the overhang edging. Note also that the facade has stonework, a little-noticed detail.
Here’s an equivalent view of the new Confectionary, as seen today. The awnings have been removed, and all the colors are much brighter. The edging of the overhang is now only shades of white, making it feel much lighter. And the weighty decorations on top of the edging have been removed, including the “Confectionery” sign. A subtle change also is a lamp post has been removed.
Look how many windows are available to “credits” now. One of the greatest honors you can have as a Walt Disney World cast member is to have your name listed on a window, noting your role in the success of the show.
For example, this window credits Roy O. Disney, Walt’s brother. There would be no Walt Disney World today if Roy had not pursued his brother’s dream to build the resort after Walt passed away. Also note the variety in the roof shingles and the ornamental wrought iron of the roof line.
The colors of the adjacent facades have also been tweaked. When Disney Legend Marty Sklar was in Orlando for the D23 Destination D event, he also spoke at the Rosen College for Hospitality Management. In the conversation with students, he mentioned a feature of Main Street: Although all of the buildings are very different from each other, they all “talk” to each other. You can see right here how each building compliments its neighbor.
UPDATE: The Magic Kingdom is always in the “state of becoming”. It could be the photos you see here have captured some testing. It does seem odd how some windows have curtains, others have white backing, and others are clear. There could be some tweaking of the Confectionery’s appearance over the next few weeks.
Here’s a fun video about the refurbishment and the new look: