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(1/13/16) General Photo Update (MORE...)
(12/21/15) Inside the Skipper Canteen (MORE...)
(12/14/15) Jungle Skipper Canteen Soft Opening (MORE...)
(11/12/15) The Jingle Cruise Is Back (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Buzz Lightyear - NOW CLOSED through Feb 11
Mad Tea Party - Feb. 22 through Feb. 26
Jungle Cruise - Mar 1 through Mar 3
Big Thunder Mt RR - Apr. 4 through July 2016
Park News - (1/13/16) OrlandoParkNews.com has posted a new photo update from the Magic Kingdom this week, showing off all the latest changes and smaller construction projects taking place.
(11/12/15) Disney has confirmed that the Jingle Cruise has returned to the Magic Kingdom for a third year this week. Meanwhile the previously confirmed Skipper Canteen restaurant is said to open before the end of 2015, so keep your eyes peeled. It wont be long now.
(11/6/15) The Christmas season is now under way at the Magic Kingdom, with Halloween over the park wastes no time in putting up their Christmas holiday decor. Check out the photos posted to MouseSteps this week.
(11/4/15) According to a report at WDWMagic, it seems as if the long construction on the Hub area at the Magic Kingdom is now complete and all the construction walls have been taken down.
(9/28/15) Good news for Magic Kingdom fans, Pirates of the Caribbean has finally opened after a long summer rehab. According to the Disney Parks Blog they have added new enhanced special effects in many scenes, including new cannons with "water based smoke", new strobe weather effects, plus the addition of actual "scents" added to select scenes. In addition to fixing up the paint and themeing, inside and out, they also report using many newly enhanced animatronic figures that have been rebuilt, and fitted with new costumes, including the Captain Jack Sparrow and Captain Barbossa figures and more. So who's had a chance to experience it yet? What did you think? I'm curious to know what scenes they added scent effects to.
In other news, Walt Disney World has announced changes coming to the 2016 Night of Joy music event. Due to space issues, in order to accommodate more guests at the concerts, the musical portion of the 2016 Night of Joy events will be moved to new indoor and outdoor venues at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex instead of being in the Magic Kingdom.
HOWEVER, tickets to Night of Joy will still include admission into the Magic Kingdom and Disney is planning on having dedicated transportation in place to move guests from the Magic Kingdom to the Sports Complex in time for the concerts.
Late 2015 - Skipper Canteen - Now Open - (12/21/15) A huge photo report from inside the new Skipper Canteen has been posted to MouseSteps this week. The inside of the new restaurant also features a S.E.A. logo... for the secretaries Society of Explorers and Adventures group storyline, which has been appearing in various Disney parks and attractions as a loose tie-in to the closed Adventures Club at Pleasure Island.
As I understand it, I believe the S.E.A. group first appeared at Tokyo DisneySea as being mentioned in a few locations at the park, with the most notable being that park's Tower of Terror attraction, where the building creator, a Harrison Hightower, being a S.E.A. member. Then we can jump to Hong Kong Disneyland where that park's wonderful Mystic Manor attraction is owned by a "Lord Henry Mystic", who was a well reknown S.E.A. member. Now we have the first official S.E.A. tie-in at a US Disney park with the opening of a S.E.A. themed dining room within the Skipper Canteen.
Of course, as the Skipper Canteen is also a direct tie-in to the Disney Jungle Cruise attractions, this also seems to retcon in the fact that S.E.A and the Jungle Cruise are both part of the same shared universe, which by extension would also bring both Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar (Disneyland) and Trader Sam's Grog Grotto (Walt Disney World) also into the same shared universe theme.
Ok, that's enough fanboy thinking for today...
(12/14/15) The new Jungle Skipper Canteen eatery soft-opened for a bit over the weekend and OrlandoParkNews was on hand to shoot pictures and provide descriptions of some of the dishes being served there ahead of the grand opening on Dec. 16th.
(11/12/15) The Disney Parks Blog confirms that this new restaurant will open before the end of the year.
(3/25/15) According to a report at WDWNT the new Jungle Cruise Skipper themed restaurant concept I told you about awhile back will be called Skipper's Cantina.
(2/12/15) ParkScope uncovered a new permit filing for the Magic Kingdom that matches up perfectly with the rumor we had heard about a new Jungle Cruise themed restaurant coming to Adventureland in the Verandah site now that Tinker Bell has moved to Main Street.
(1/21/15) You may have noticed a new lengthy rehab is planned for the Liberty Tree Tavern that will see the restaurant closed for almost 5 months (July 6 to Nov. 20, 2015). I'm told that the focus of the work here isn't on the restaurant itself, but rather a complete redesign of the kitchen area that will transform it into a new multi-use kitchen area that will service not only the Liberty Tree Tavern, but an all new restaurant concept planned to open in the old Verandah space at the entrance to Adventureland. This is apparently the main reason why Tinker Bell was moved out of the building and sent to her new Main Street digs.
While the concept may still be a bit fluid, the overall concept from what I understand is that it will be themed to tie into the Jungle Cruise theme. In short... imagine a crazy Adventureland themed restaurant staffed by the Jungle Cruise Captains as a way to pay the bills when they are in-between jobs, and to expand their bad comedy into the realm of the culinary arts.
2021 - 50th Anniversary Celebration - Rumor - (7/4/12) While this seems a little far fetched at this point, we know Disney does often keep a decade long masterplan in the filing cabinet to help plan the future of the Disney parks. This puts a very special event in focus for the long-range planners to start thinking about: the 50th Birthday of the Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney World in 2021.
Much like the big Millennium celebration, 100 Years of Magic and such, rumor has it that Disney may be planning another mega 16 to 18 month long celebration for the Orlando resort. In the past celebrations Disney has been known to roll out major new attractions at the parks, big new parades, night time spectaculars and often even adding a towering new icon structures or two. (Anyone up for another giant pink Castle Cake?)
While it’s really far too early to know for sure what Disney may be dreaming up at this point, one new addition in particular for the Magic Kingdom does seem to seem to be a no brainer. It just wouldn’t be a 50th Birthday celebration without having a new fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom. (I’m having a vision of a Castle Cake again… with 50 giant candles shooting fireworks into the sky.) Time to wait and see I guess.