Walt Disney World
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(9/27/16) Rumored Wreck-it-Ralph Attraction (MORE...)
(9/22/16) Stitch's Great Escape To Become Seasonal Attraction (MORE...)
(9/14/16) Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party Photos (MORE...)
(8/18/16) Electrical Parade Replacement Rumor (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Swiss Family Treehouse - NOW CLOSED through Sept. 29
Big Thunder Mt RR - NOW CLOSED through Nov. 18
Park News - (9/22/16) Disney has confirmed that starting on Oct. 2 the Stitch's Great Escape attraction at the Magic Kingdom will no longer be running daily. The somewhat old and tired attraction is switching to what Disney calls a "Seasonal" operational schedule. Despite the name, this does not mean it will be open for the summer... instead attractions that have gone seasonal instead are closed almost for the entire year, opening only on the most busy days, such as Thanksgiving break, Christmas to New Years and sometimes July 4th. For now Disney has only confirmed it will reopen from Nov. 19-26 and Dec. 17 to Jan. 2, 2017.
(9/14/16) A large 150-photo collection showing off this year's MIckey's Not So Scary Halloween Party at the Magic Kingdom has been posted by MouseSteps. Check it out.
(7/4/16) The fallout from the alligator attack at Disney's Grand Floridian has been swift and a little odd. The company has tried to remove as many references to alligators and crocodiles in as many attractions and park areas as possible over the past couple weeks (no more jokes about them on the Jungle Cruise or Kilimanjaro Safari) and now they've added tons of new signage warning about the dangers of Alligators and Snakes around the resort, and not just at the hotels, but all along the Rivers of America area in the Magic Kingdom from Frontierland down to Liberty Square. You can see some of the new signs posted to WDWNT where they say the signs have been posted about every 20-30 feet.
(5/23/16) From the sound of things the Disney After Hours special-ticket events may have come to an end. According to Fool.com, Disney tested the concept across seven different nights throughout April and May and just didn't hit the sales figures they were hoping for on those nights and began to sell half-priced tickets to passholders and DVC members for just $75 over the second half of the run. For now, as the parks enter the more busy summer season, when the parks extend their hours for the public, it makes sense to end the concept for now. No one knows for sure if it will come back in the fall or not, but the fall season is usually full of special ticket nights for Halloween and Christmas themed events instead.
(4/11/16) Walt Disney World announced the dates for this year's Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party extra ticket night event at the Magic Kingdom. All together they have set 21 dates for it so far between November and December:
Nov - 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 18, 27, 29
Dec - 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 22
Summer 2016 - New Park Additions Report - (5/23/15) The Magic Kingdom will debut the new Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire show on June 17th.
(4/21/16) The Summer 2016 promotion for Walt Disney World this year is being called “Awaken Summer”, and a ton of new information has been released this week from the world’s most most popular theme park destination for each of the four theme parks.
For the Magic Kingdom, the park’s entertainment lineup will see a new musical show launch on the Cinderella Castle stage called “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire”. “Mickey Mouse and his pals unite in a tale of friendship featuring songs and characters from Disney’s contemporary classics” like “Princess and the Frog”, “Tangled”, and “Frozen”.
“From the land of the bewitching bayous, Goofy has invited Princess Tiana, Naveen and Louis to add a little spice of New Orleans jazz to the party. Donald Duck brings some new friends he met in the land of the enchanted woods, where Daisy Duck introduces us to her special guests, Rapunzel and Flynn. Finally, Mickey Mouse shares a surprise with Minnie Mouse, as he has traveled to the land of the mystic mountains to invite Olaf, Princess Anna, and Queen Elsa, who swirls a blast of her icy magic. The celebration culminates in a grand dance, marked by a magical fireworks finale. “Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire” will be presented multiple times daily.”
In August the Disney Princesses will welcome a new royal addition to their ranks, Princess Elena of Avalor, who is the star of the new Elena of Avalor animated series hitting the Disney Channel this summer. “Kids and families worldwide will be enchanted by the story of Princess Elena, a bold, caring, funny and clever 16-year-old who is ascendant to the throne in the fairytale kingdom of Avalor. The series follows the story of Elena, who saves her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule with the support of her appointed Grand Council and some magical friends by her side. Elena’s adventures will lead her to understand that her new role requires thoughtfulness, resilience and compassion, the traits of all truly great leaders, while highlighting the importance of family and family traditions.” If the name sounds slightly familiar, then you’re on the right trail, as the show will be a spin-off of Disney Channel’s “Sofia the First” show, where that title character is known for wearing her magical Amulet of Avalor. It is also worth noting that Princess Elena of Avalor will be the first Disney “princess inspired by diverse Latin cultures.”
When visiting the park, don’t forget to try out the bold flavors of “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” served by the wisecracking crew of the the recently opened Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen. It’s the first Disney full-service restaurant themed after a specific park attraction.
Fall 2016 - The Muppets Present... Great Moments in American History - (7/29/16) The rumors of The Muppets coming to the Magic Kingdom were true it seems. Disney has confirmed that a new show starring the Muppets will begin this fall. It will be called "The Muppets Present... Great Moments in American History". As I expected, Sam the Eagle will join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Gonzo and James Jefferson, the town crier of Liberty Square, just outside the Hall of Presidents to present "historical tales" in true Muppet fashion. Look for it to begin in October 2016.
According to Screamscape sources this will be a true live show featuring actual puppets performing to per-recorded dialog. The windows on the second floor of the Hall of Presidents and Heritage House buildings have apparently been replaced with automated windows for show purposes.
(7/11/16) I’m not sure how true this rumor is, but the story going around claims that some kind of new small Muppet attraction may open near the Hall of Presidents in the Magic Kingdom in the near future. Given the theme of the area, I can only assume that Sam the Eagle will be a major part of this attraction, if the rumors are true. As far as the attraction goes, I’m guessing this may be more of a live or interactive show, so expect any kind of new ride. Anyone know anything solid about this rumor?
Late 2016 / 2017 - New Night Parade - Rumor - (8/18/16) With the Electrical Parade being retired, and sources out West saying that Paint the Night was not leaving Disneyland, many have wondered just what might replace the night parade at The Magic Kingdom for 2017. As of right now, the early word is... NOTHING. Yep... nothing at all... the park may opt to simply not have a night parade and take advantage of the staff savings, as attendance in Florida is said to be down this year and they are still looking for ways to cut costs due to the overruns from opening the Shanghai resort.
(8/11/16) In an interesting twist, it seems the rumors of a Disney night parade moving from one park to another were right… just not in a way that makes any kind of logical sense. Instead of the Disneyland’s well recieved Paint the Night parade going to Walt Disney World… well… we don’t know quite what the long term plan for it is, other than a rehab for now.
However the announcement from last night kind of throws all logic out the window for me. Disney confirmed that not only was the rumor of the Main Street Electrical Parade leaving Walt Disney World was true, with the last performance on to be held on October 9th, but that the parade will then be sent across the country to the Disneyland Resort for a limited time run in 2017. What happens beyond there is a big grey area… will the ancient parade be retired for good and sent to the scrap heap, or will they exile it to someplace like Shanghai Disneyland?
I do question the logic of bringing it back to the Disneyland Resort for another run, even if a brief one, simply because it just hasn’t been gone long enough to be worth it. The ancient parade was brought back already once, after it supposedly went away forever in 1996 when they even went to far as to sell off the light bulbs to Disney collectors, when it returned as “Disney’s Electrical Parade” for a long run at Disney California Adventure from about 2001 to 2010. So after only being gone for about 6 years, it seems a bit soon to bring it back… AGAIN. The parade seems to be confirmed as running in Disneyland, since it will return with the “Main Street” part of the name intact.
Disney did mention that Paint the Night will return to Disneyland on select nights during the winter holiday season later this year, so it looks like it will be staying in California for now at least. But what will happen to it in 2017 when the Main Street Electrical Parade is running again? I just don’t know…
There is also the big question about just what the Magic Kingdom is going to have to offer in 2017 as a replacement. No one is talking yet… but with Paint the Night sitting in a warehouse somewhere, you just never know.
(8/5/16) Ever since Disneyland confirmed that they would be retiring the Paint the Night parade this fall, there have been many wondering if it was being sent to another park. While it would make sense to just put Paint the Night on hiatus for the winter months and bring it back next summer, there have been rumors that it could be sent to Walt Disney World to perform at The Magic Kingdom.
The timing is perfect for this actually, as it retires from Disneyland in September, and could be announced as something new coming to the Magic Kingdom in Florida for the park's 45th anniversary which begins Octobers 1st.
Timing out perfectly with this rumor is another bit of information sent my way tonight... with sources claiming that staffers at the Magic Kingdom were told in a meeting on Monday that the park's Electrical Parade will be going away in the near future as well. While Paint the Night was not mentioned at all, it does seem interesting that just as the Magic Kingdom is retiring their night parade, another one is suddenly available.
2018 - Wreck-It-Ralph Attraction - Rumor - (9/27/16) An interesting rumor has surfaced over at ThemeParkTourist this week, claiming that the future of the Stitch's Great Escape attraction may be to transform into a Wreck-It-Ralph attraction. According to the rumor the existing attraction could soon close entirely and be updated with some kind of VR hardware and headgear to transport guests into the world of Wreck-It-Ralph where they can take part in a Sugar Rush style racing adventure. While I havn't heard anything else myself on this rumor, the timing would make sense as Wreck-It-Ralph 2 is expected to hit theaters in March 2018.
2021 - 50th Anniversary Celebration / Park Expansion - Rumor - (4/17/16) I'm not sure of a timeline, but following along with the rumor that Walt Disney World is seeking over $3 billion from the corporate budget over the next several years to fund some major new capital expansion projects at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios parks, we've now hearing the focus of the Magic Kingdom's vision for the funds would be to expand the park behind Frontierland, perhaps seeking to follow the example of what is going on at Disneyland and fill in the area behind Tom Sawyer's Island with new attractions and maybe even a new land of some kind.
While the new Star Wars Land is going into this same general area out of California, the Magic Kingdom is an entirely different story, with nearly unlimited possibilities of what could possibly take residence in the area running from behind Big Thunder Mountain over to the Haunted Mansion.
Again... all rumors and speculation right now, but timeline-wise, this would match up perfectly with a way for Walt Disney World to ring in the resort’s big 50th Anniversary Celebration starting in late 2021, wouldn't it?
(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.