PHOTOS – At Magic Kingdom Today: Extended Queues, a Camera Crew, and MORE 50th Anniversary Castle Adornments

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It’s a beautiful day in Magic Kingdom. We’re in the parks every day to make sure our tools and Lines app are up-to-date and accurate. Today at Magic Kingdom we continue to see extended queues throughout the park as Spring Break churns along. Chrissy also spotted another camera crew, this time in the hub grass area. We saw a similar crew earlier this week also at Magic Kingdom.

Friar’s Nook – Crowds at Magic Kingdom 11am – March 18, 2021
Magic Kingdom Film Crew at Hub Grass – March 18, 2021
Ariel’s Under the Sea Adventure Extended Queue in Storybook Circus – March 18, 2021
Ariel’s Under the Sea Adventure Finale Scene

Chrissy popped into the Main Street Emporium and scoped out the character coin machines. This is different than a pressed penny. These collectible coins are not made when you pay for them like the pressed pennies are, they are premade and drop into a slot for you to retrieve. Each one is $5.00 or you can purchase all four for $15.00. Each of the four coins says “Magic Kingdom” and “Walt Disney World” on the front with Mickey and Minnie, Donald Duck, Pluto, and Goofy each on their own coin. On the back there is an image of Cinderella Castle and “2021.”

Character Coin Machine at Main Street Emporium
Character Coin Machine at Main Street Emporium
Character Coin Machine at Main Street Emporium

Most important of all we continue to see the arrival of the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration with paint jobs in lots of areas. The archways on each of the major roadways feeding into Walt Disney World property are getting the new dark blue, purple, and gold paint job. And over the past few days special adornments have been added onto Cinderella Castle. Now the decorations can be seen on both sides of the castle.

Walt Disney World Archway – New Paint Color Scheme
Transportation and Ticket Center – New Paint Color Scheme – March 18, 2021
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Decorations on Cinderella Castle – March 18, 2021
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Decorations on Cinderella Castle – March 18, 2021
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Decorations on Cinderella Castle – March 18, 2021
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Decorations on Cinderella Castle – March 18, 2021
Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Decorations on Cinderella Castle – March 18, 2021

Chrissy also noticed that Westward Ho Refreshments in Frontierland is open, most likely to help with the Spring Break crowds. If you miss the corn dog nuggets of Casey’s Corner, this is the place to stop to satisfy your craving. Also, it’s the day after St. Patrick’s Day and as such Disney has added springtime balloons to the bunches sold on Main Street USA.

Westward Ho Refreshments Reopened – March 18, 2021
Westward Ho Refreshments Menu – March 18, 2021
Frontierland Crowds – 12:00 p.m. March 18, 2021
Main Street Crowds – 1:00 p.m. March 18, 2021
Springtime Balloons on Main Street USA – March 18, 2021
Springtime Balloons on Main Street USA – March 18, 2021
Springtime Balloons on Main Street USA – March 18, 2021

Are you excited about the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary Celebration? What are you looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments!

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Dani

Born and raised in the land of sunshine and dreams come true, Dani is a proud Orlando Native who loves sharing her hometown with others. She's worked in nearly all of Orlando's theme parks, on board Disney Cruise Line, and in hotel management. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @thisfloridalife

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  • March 19, 2021 at 2:00 pm
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    Current park wait time is 6 to 7 hours in each park. Guests go to Disney parks to stand in lines. The magic is gone.

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