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When was the last time you visited Disney World?

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Even if it was just last week or even yesterday, chances are Disney World has changed since you were there last! We have some exciting updates to share with you about new attractions and old favorites, along with some exciting restaurant news. So without further ado, let’s check out all the construction updates you might have missed at Disney World this week!

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TRON: Lightcycle Run

Things are moving along nicely over in Magic Kingdom, where the walkway under the canopy is getting a safety update with the addition of railings on either side.

The walkway is looking a little safer.

It also appears as though more concrete walls are being installed throughout the ground level of the ride.

More concrete walls are going up

We still don’t have an opening date or timeline for this attraction but stay tuned to the DFB newsletter for more information.

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Walt Disney World Railroad

We spotted tracks on the ground over at Fantasyland Station!

Walt Disney World Railroad

Hopefully this means that crews are on track (get it?) to complete these refurbishments soon. But it will likely not reopen until Tron opens since construction hiders the path.

Plaza Ice Cream Parlor

There’s some work going on out in front of the Main Street Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. We noticed there were temporary walls and tarps installed overnight!

We’ll keep an eye on this!

Tomorrowland Light & Power Co.

Over in Tomorrowland, there are some new construction walls up near Space Mountain too! We’re not sure what sort of work is going on here, but you can be sure we’ll keep an eye out for updates.

Construction in Tomorrowland

Tomorrowland Light & Power is closed off inside as well.

EPCOT

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind

We had an extremely exciting update on this ride last week when we found out that it will be opening up to guests on May 27th, 2022! ahead of the opening, Cast Members have installed signs directing guests towards the attraction.

This is a good sign!

And, we got a sneak peek at the Cast Member costumes for this ride too.

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Just a little over a month until this attraction opens to Disney World guests!

Click Here to See More of the Cast Member Costumes

Connections Cafe and Eatery

The sign is UP over at Connections Eaterybringing us one step closer to finally being able to check out EPCOT’s newest restaurant.

We’ve got a sign, people!

And, we spotted tables inside of Connections Eatery on a recent monorail trip too!

We spy tables

Connections Eatery (and his pal Connections Cafe) will be opening this spring, 2022.

Click Here to Check Out the Connections Cafe Opening Timeline

Moana: Journey of Water

We’re seeing more and more structures taking shape over at this World Nature attraction, so it shouldn’t be long before we get an idea of ​​just what it will look like.

More walls are going up!

Stay tuned to DFB as we continue to keep an eye on the progress of this attraction!

Check Out Everything We Know About the Moana Attraction Here

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Toy Story Mania Gift Shop

Cast Members are still directing guests to a different exit pathway due to the construction at the Toy Story Mania Gift Shop.

Toy Story Mania exit path

For now, we’ll have to wonder what might be taking its place…

Cast Members have been directing guests out this way

…could it be the future home of Jessie’s Trading Post? Disney has yet to confirm anything!

Click Here to Find Out More About Toy Story Land

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Expedition Everest

After more than three months, we are finally going to be able to ride this mountain of an attraction once again! Disney shared that Expedition Everest reopened THIS SATURDAY, April 16th, 2022.

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We can’t wait to experience this attraction again!

Restaurantosaurus

the barriers are still up over on the ramp at this DinoLand USA restaurant. Guests are still able to dine on the deck, however.

This area is still closed to guests

Disney hasn’t shared any plans for this area, and we didn’t notice any work going on during our last visit to the restaurant — but we’ll keep an eye out!

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Salt & Straw

Construction walls have come down in front of Disney Springs’ newest ice cream shop, Salt & Straw! The location will open on April 20th and we can’t wait to try all of the exciting flavors.

We can’t wait!

This exciting eatery will bring fresh, organic, and delicious ice cream flavors to Disney World and we couldn’t be more thrilled to check it out.

Click Here to Read More About Salt & Straw at Disney Springs

Disney Resorts

Grand Florida

Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is being renovated to include brand new Disney Vacation Club Villas, and this week we got a good look at some scaffolding on the exterior of the Big Pine Key building.

Big Pine Key construction

Disney is transforming this building into 200 studio villas for DVC members.

Click Here to Read More About the New DVC Villas

Art of animation

The lengthy exterior refurbishment at this popular value resort continuesand we saw quite a bit of work being done this week in various areas of the property. Machinery was spotted over in the Lion King area…

Refurbishment at Art of Animation

…and crews are also working on buildings in the Finding Nemo area.

Exterior refurbishment continues

Plus, the Righteous Reef Playground remains closed.

Righteous Reef Playground

We’ll be looking for updates on the refurbishment progress over at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort.

Polynesian

In addition to the new villas coming to the Grand Flo, Disney’s Polynesian Resort will also be undergoing an expansion to include brand new villas! for now, Areas of the resort have been walled off to guests.

Polynesian construction

The expansion is expected to be completed in late 2024!

Click Here to Read More About the New Polynesian Villas

That’s all we have for construction updates this week! Be sure to stay tuned to DFB, as we’re always looking out for the latest Disney news to help you WIN Disney World.

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