ParkSpotting at Magic Kingdom – Polynesian Village Resort updates, Memento Mori visit, Halloween Fun

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Welcome back to another edition of ParkSpotting! Today we will take a look at what is new and happening at the Magic Kingdom with a quick little stop at the Polynesian Village Resort.

Polynesian Village Resort may have received a new name but the resort is still very much a construction zone. The Moana Mercantile recently opened back up again from a basic refreshment refurbishment.

Some new digital screens with park hours also recently showed up and makes the Polynesian look cool and high tech.

This is the current view of the pool area, as you can see construction is in full swing and there isn’t very much to look at right now. Very far in the distance you can still spot Cinderella’s Castle which probably makes the people dining at Ohana very happy.

The new Pineapple Lanai opened in recent months and I finally got a chance to check it out. The locations right now comes across as a little basic in the theming department but will surely look better after the construction is finished.

The popular Dole Whip soft serve is the main star at this spot but regular visitors to the Polynesian will surely miss the days of the Dole Whip self serve they had inside Captain Cooks.

Upstairs at the Kona Cafe, the Kona Island bar has opened up again and is still serving the popular sushi. New on the menu is this Hawaiian Shaved Ice.

Kona Island is always a popular spot at the Polynesian mainly because you don’t need an ADR for enjoying some of their yummy food.

I decided to take the boat over to the Magic Kingdom and take a peek at the ongoing construction of the DVC Bungalows.

As you can see the bungalows have really taken shape and started to look like the finished product. Personally, I can’t wait to see the inside of one and hopefully stay for a night. Now if we could only get some clear blue water to jump into from the bungalows deck.

With the sun shining and a nice breeze going, taking the boat over to MK is a nice and relaxing way to arrive at park.

We have only a day until Halloween and the Magic Kingdom is decked out in its finest pumpkin style.

These pumpkin Main Street characters have always been a personal favorite of mine. They give such an old school flair to Main Street and makes for some really fun pictures.

Makes sure to take an extra close look at the pumpkins lining Main Street as they are usually themed to the location they have. You can find these cute pumpkins at the Fire Station.

The Dapper Dans are also decked out in their fall colors. Stopping to hear them sing a tune is always a fun way to start your park day.

Walking through the Emporium I spotted this new Magic Kingdom collection with some really awesome prints. The design feels really retro inspired and features some of our favorite attractions.

The collection consists of everything from apparel to this cool Mickey ear ornament.

Tokyo Disneyland has recently given us a lot of their merchandise like the Tsum Tsums and the trend continues with these tails and hat/scarf/glove combos with your favorite characters like Tigger.

My main goal for today was to visit the new Haunted Mansion gift shop, Memento Mori. On my way there I got stopped by the Festival of Fantasy parade, which is never a bad thing as the parade is still a lovely sight to see even if I have seen it a bunch of times before.

Watching the parade from Liberty Square made for some pretty photogenic pictures with the castle in the background.

The highly awaited Haunted Mansion gift shop took over the Yankee Trader is nicely themed with the Memento Mori sign outside.


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In Liberty Square, at one of the food carts, I found these new Halloween popcorn buckets. The Hatbox Mickey design we have seen in previously but new for this year is that in glows in the dark. The Zero popcorn bucket is also nicely plussed with a blinking nose.

I decided to stop for lunch at the Pinocchio Village Haus as I heard they had some new flatbreads on the menu and they have always been a personal favorite of mine. The Village Haus also has one of the most relaxing hideaway spots to eat in, the upstairs outdoor balcony. How can you complain when you have this view?

The two new flatbreads are the BBQ Beef and Italian Sub, both are very tasty and a good value for the money.

After lunch I decided to take a quick trip on a flying elephant as the line was only 10 minutes. A rare sight these days.

Across from Dumbo the Storybook Circus area recently got some nice new seating. I really enjoyed how themed the seating was with different type of chairs, fun house mirrors and large suitcases with fun stickers.

This seating area also comes with water fountains, fans and outlets to charge your phone. With all that this seating area is a really nice spot to take a break in the park.

Strolling back to the Castle I spotted the Halloween statues in the Hub featuring Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.

Walking around the Magic Kingdom during the last weeks of October you always get a mixed Holiday message of Halloween and Christmas with the castle being decorated with lights.

The central hub construction is still ongoing with the water drained and the bridge starting to take shape.

Next up, I took a walk into Tomorrowland to check the newly refurbished Astro Orbitor. It looked very snazzy with its new glossy fresh paint.

On every visit to Magic Kingdom I have to ride my favorite ride, the Peoplemover. It’s also  back from refurbishment with a new color scheme.

The dance parties in the parks may not be everybody’s cup of tea but the kids sure love it and watching Disney characters breaking it down is pretty funny.

On my way out I checked out some of the pretty Jim Shore Halloween figurines and the goodies at the Confectionery. I love how they change up the Disney treats for each season.

Watching the sun set is a lovely end to a day in the Magic Kingdom. The castle makes for the perfect backdrop for this.

On your way out of the Magic Kingdom don’t miss taking a pic of this lovely pumpkin display. See Ya Real Soon!

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