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Though there are huge changes afoot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot, some more subtle updates are being made at the Magic Kingdom.

Recent changes at Walt Disney World's flagship park include the re-opening of an iconic attraction after a long refurbishment, the continuation of work on the hub expansion project, the imminent opening of a new merchandise location and the announcement of the start date for a new Christmas castle show.

1. The Astro Orbiter re-opens with a new paint job

Astro Orbiter

When the Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover re-opened after a long refurbishment several months ago, many noticed the new bright orange paint job at the base of the attraction. Though it looked out of place at the time, after a four-month refurbishment, the Astro Orbiter has started flying again with a new paint job matching that of the TTA PeopleMover. Though the attraction itself is unchanged, the rockets are sporting a new bright orange and green paint job that brings it up to speed with this new emergent Tomorrowland color scheme. The nearby Disney Vacation Club kiosk has also gotten the updated orange and green color in recent days. We don’t know how many more attractions will get a similar makeover with these new colors, but from what we’ve seen thus far, the updated look is pretty snazzy!

Though the paint job is certainly a welcome change, many were hoping that the Astro Orbiter’s long refurbishment might indicate the return of spinning planets to the attraction, but from what we’ve seen, no such improvement has been made.

2. Work continues on the Central Plaza expansion

Central Plaza Construction

The Central Plaza area in front of Cinderella Castle  (commonly known as “the Hub”) has been behind walls for several months now, but it looks like work is steadily progressing on this new area. As you can see, dirt is being flattened around in preparation for eventual paving. Of course, we don’t have an official timetable as to when construction might be completed, but Disney is sticking to a broad 2015 window for completion.

Though work is continuing on the hub expansion, it looks like the high walls around the Central Plaza will be in place for quite a while longer.

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Are there details around the Frozen Holiday Show? I'm sure you would have provided if you had them. But, assuming you were withholing :), might a non-Disney resort guests' family be able to view this on a MK trip on Nov 28th? This is the first I've heard about it. Thanks for ALL the great info!

I get that Frozen is a popular Disney movie, but seriously, I feel they are getting very carried with the whole Frozen thing. They had a summer show and store. They closed down Maelstrom in EPCOT. Now a Frozen-themed parade and play area??? If this keeps up, they might as well rename WDW "Frozen Land". Please, enough with this.

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