Visiting the Downtown Disney area in the next few months? If you are planning on doing so, you will be happy to know that some of the (many) walls that have been up for months around multiple areas of this entertainment district were recently removed, providing a much better experience to Guests. Of course, we are still in the middle of the biggest expansion in Downtown Disney's history, so there's still a lot to do. Let's see what was done in the past few weeks.

Our latest CityWalk Orlando visits have been somewhat underwhelming. The Universal Orlando Resort has been spoiling us in the last few years thanks to all the construction that took place at once. Things have slowed down considerably in this area (the new King Kong themed area is the exception, as well as all that is going on in the backstage areas...), but we are sure there will be many surprises in the next few months. Let's see what has changed:

As we reported a few days ago, updated Magic Kingdom Park guidemaps are now in circulation around the Walt Disney World Resort. Additions include the new Sunshine Tree Terrace and Aloha Isle locations, the breakfast offering at Be Our Guest Restaurant, as well as the inclusion of turkey legs to the menu of Cool Ship in Tomorrowland (that is also reflected in the Times Guide).
Continue reading to take a look at the front cover and the updated park map:

In order to help Guests make the most of their Walt Disney World Resort visit during the upcoming peak period, a bonus FastPass+ entitlement will be granted to Guests making selections for Monday, March 30. This "surprise and delight" entitlement for a pre-selected attraction will only be granted to Guests visiting Magic Kingdom Park, Disney's Hollywood Studios, or Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. The bonus FastPass+ entitlement is modifiable.

Last February, the SeaWorld Orlando Aviculture Team welcomed a buff-crested bustard hatchling. The bird weighed 20 grams upon hatching and was placed in a warm brooder located in a backstage area of the theme park. This species is native to Eastern Africa, where it mainly feeds on a variety of insects and plant materials. To avoid the chick imprinting on its keepers, a mirror was placed inside the brooder so the chick is able to see a reflection of its own image.

While the major Disney's Hollywood Studios expansion has not started yet (Disney is really taking its time...), a few minor projects are currently taking place in some of the park's themed areas. For example, Pixar Place is being enlarged as part of the Toy Story Midway Mania expansion, while the Superstar Theater is getting ready to welcome the "For the First Time in Forever - A 'Frozen' Sing-Along Celebrations" show. Let's take a quick look around...