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Lighthouse, windmill and Colonel Hathi’s latest to join long list of current refurbishments

Tuesday, 3rd May 2011 at 09:32

Newport Bay Club lighthouse

The Old Mill

Here’s a word: unprecedented. We always hoped there would be a big effort to get the parks and resort “neat and pretty” for the 20th Anniversary, but no-one expected the refurbishments to come so early and so all-encompassing. Seeing each of the projects announced during the 2011 refurbishments presentation starting one by one is very exciting indeed, especially when they’re finally beginning to fix “black spots” such as the Newport Bay Club lighthouse. This prominent beacon on the all-to-often windswept Lake Disney has had its wood panelling literally hanging off for the past few months. Things weren’t so drastic at The Old Mill in Fantasyland, captured by @InsideDLParis with its sails removed for work to begin, but expect similar repairs to the panelling and roof.

Elsewhere, the Fantasyland repaving project has just hit the British quarter of the land. As seen in the photo by Disney Gazette below, the area around Toad Hall Restaurant behind Dumbo the Flying Elephant is now temporarily closed for work to replace the tired concrete.

Fantasyland repaving

Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

And over in Adventureland, perhaps the largest project of all these — the complete restoration of the Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost exterior. Unlike The Old Mill, this walk-in counter service restaurant remains open, with scaffolding and tarp currently surrounding the entire first two floors.

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  • I wonder...  4th May 2011, 22:18

    Does anyone know when this set of reconstruction be open? especially the dumbo ride and colonel Hathi’s
    and the complete repaving of fantasyland?

  • Dumbo Flying Elephants is not closed as far as I am aware. It is not on the list of ride closures for May or June.
    I guess how quickly Colonel Hathis refurb and the repaving is finished depends on the workmen and maybe the weather.Probably hard to say an exact time.
    I remember sitting in the buckets of the Old Windmill when it used to be a ride, with my two sons. Long queue in the summer holidays, slow turnover, and the ride itself was rather slow and boring really – not worth the wait. We didn’t bother with this very often.
    We quite like the outdoor terrace area at Colonel Hathis, by the greenery and small waterfall.Nice and peaceful when the park is busy on a hot day.
    Thanks for the photos and news.

  • I wonder...  11th May 2011, 17:48

    Any update on July refurbs?

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