What: The project — which calls for sculptured gardens, more walkways and expanded restaurant seating — has the heart of the park in turmoil. On my last visit, the famed Partners statue with Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse holding hands was boxed up in position.
Remember the year the castle was painted pink? There was uproar about the icon being not as expected. Now imagine it with green walls and dirt … and currently a crane to take down the holiday lights.
When: The plans were announced in February of 2014 with the expectation of finishing in 2015.
What else: Fingers crossed that the additional loop of sidewalks will, indeed, ease congestion.
What: The anticipated "Avatar" land isn't very visible from the park, essentially blocked off by ordinary walls near the old entrance to Camp Minnie-Mickey. There's more evidence from outside; large cranes can be seen above the tree line from the parking lot.
When: The area inspired by the James Cameron film is scheduled to open in 2017.
What else: Other construction walls at Animal Kingdom are more colorful and, well, more animated. Alas, they almost distract from the Tree of Life and, because they're so distinctive, informative and a photo op to boot, they hurt the traffic flow.
Where: Islands of Adventure, between Toon Lagoon and Jurassic Park.
What: Bamboo-esque walls and other obstructions are up, but the park isn't trying very hard to keep folks from spying on the latest project. It's more interested in not announcing what they're looking at yet. One thing for certain: It looks big.
When: To be announced
What else: If you're really curious (and can work around the height restrictions), an even better look can be spied upon Pteranodon Flyers, the kiddie ride that dangles above Camp Jurassic.
What: The iconic and gigantic sorcerer's hat is being removed at what outsiders might call a leisurely pace. It's surrounded by a brown wall that has a design of park's previous icon, the Earful Tower. Disney has not announced what, if anything, will go in that slot. (But will the hat still be the icon for this park on the My Disney Experience app? The world awaits.)
When: We hesitate to guess. We won't. Disney has given no estimate.
What else: While it would be satisfying to hat haters if Miley Cyrus came in with her wrecking ball to take out the structure, let's remember that it's in a high visibility spot. Safety first.