When fall comes to Central Florida, the crowd levels at Disney’s parks sometimes go down a bit. But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t still plenty of construction activity to be found around Disney World.

I recently took a trip to the Magic Kingdom. When taking a step back, I was impressed with how much construction, installation, and upgrades were going on all around me.

Let’s take a look at some of the activity taking place.

Christmas In October

We still have a ways to go before we hit Halloween, much less Thanksgiving. But Disney World is looking ahead to Christmas. Installing the Dream Lights on Cinderella Castle is a huge project that actually takes a few months to complete. In early October I could see a crane lifting some very brave guys in a bucket to install the lights. I’m very glad these people do this job, and I’m glad I’m not one of them.

Workers installing Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.   

Workers installing Cinderella Castle Dream Lights.  

Crane lifts workers into place so they can install the Dream Lights.

Crane lifts workers into place so they can install the Dream Lights.

Also nearby Cinderella Castle there is a green tarp over the old Swan Boat loading area. Disney often uses his area for private events – it is in a great location and has a great view of the Castle. Maybe this will be used as part of the FastPass Plus system for people who reserve seats for parades? Or maybe more special events will be available here? I don’t think that the Swan Boats will make a return, unfortunately.

The old Swan Boat loading area gets some TLC.

The old Swan Boat loading area gets some TLC.

The area that is rumored to be Rapunzel’s Tower, located between It’s A Small World and the Haunted Mansion, is really taking shape.

It looks like this area will soon be ready for someone to let down her hair.

It looks like this area will soon be ready for someone to let down her hair.

The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train is really starting to take shape. Construction people were working on Saturday, and the skeleton of the mountain really seems to be taking shape beyond the walls of the new Fantasyland.

Disney's latest mountain is rising in Fantasyland.

Disney’s latest mountain is rising in Fantasyland.

This one really caught my eye. Is it me, or is this the first time there has been a sign reading “Wait Time” above the Express Monorail at the Magic Kingdom station? I think it would be a great idea if the wait time does get listed – it will help you decide if you want to wait for the monorail or head over to the Ferry Boat.

Listing monorail wait times?  Good idea!

Listing monorail wait times?  Good idea!