We headed over to the Magic Kingdom yesterday evening to see the new/old Enchanted Tiki Room. Here are some of the more interesting things we saw.
We started our trip at the Grand Floridian to get a look at the upcoming expansion. This wall lines the walkway from the resort out to the spa near the Wedding Pavilion. The spa will be closing on Sept. 19 and will remain closed for approximately 18 months while an expansion project is completed. The fitness center at Grand Floridian and the Wedding Pavillion will remain open. Guests wanting spa services will be directed to The Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort.
Disney hasn’t announced what the expansion plans are, but rumors and county filings point to a new tower being built here which will be a part of the Disney Vacation Club. Look for our full Resort Report on the Grand Floridian in our upcoming Fall issue.
As you get off the monorail, this sign is posted letting guests know the monorail has new hours, which means the monorail will close while Extra Magic Hours are happening and guests will need to use different transportation.
Our second stop, after trading some Vinylmations, was the newly reopened Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room. As you can see in our top photo, there was actually a line to see it yesterday. The pre show, seen here, is exactly the same as it used to be before the “New Management” took over.
And here’s a video featuring highlights of the new/old show at the Magic Kingdom:
I had heard all rides photos were now available to add to your PhotoPass card, so I checked both Splash Mountain and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. But the rumor turned out to be not quite true. It seems all the ride photos now offer a digital download for a price. For $14.95 you can purchase a digital download of your ride photo. They’ll give you a special PhotoPass card containing your photo when you purchase it. The card allows you to go online and download the full resolution version of the photo. But for $16.95 you can buy a 5x7 print, which is printed as you wait, and also get the digital download.