Walt Disney World
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(1/20/17) Magic Kingdom Cabanas To Soon Disappear (MORE...)
(12/30/16) New Park Opening Performance Starting Soon (MORE...)
(12/19/16) Magic Kingdom To Start Selling More Alcohol (MORE...)
(12/10/16) Magic Kingdom To Bring Back "Disney After Hours" (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
WDW Railroad - NOW CLOSED through Mar. 2
Hall of Presidents - NOW CLOSED through June 29
Park News - (1/20/17) Screamscape sources tell us that those crazy expensive cabana's in the Magic Kingdom will soon be no more. Apparently they are trying one final push with a discounted rate from now through to Feb. 17th... but once that is over, it sounds like the cabanas will be removed.
(12/30/16) It has been announced that Disney will soon make changes to the way they have traditionally opened the Magic Kingdom each morning, changing out the old "rope drop" ceremony at the turnstile area for something new. Currently a number of costumed characters arrive at the Main Street Railroad station along with some musical numbers proceeded by a brief countdown to the opening of the park each morning.
Starting on January 9th a new performance will take place at the Castle stage area, and guests will be allowed to enter the Main Street USA area and proceed towards the hub and Castle Stage area where at the proper time characters will arrive to open the rest of the park to guests. The removal of the current "Magic Kingdom Welcome Show" will also coincide with a planned closure and refurbishment of the Walt Disney World Railroad that will last through to at least March 2nd.
(12/19/16) According to various news reports the Magic Kingdom will be expanding the sale of beer and wine to four additional "table service" restaurants within the park. Traditionally the no alcohol was sold at all in the park until the introduction of the Be Our Guest restaurant a few years ago which was introduced as part of the New Fantasyland project, where beer and wine was sold only as part of the table service menu. Now it seems various items will be put on sale at Cinderella's Royal Table (in the castle), Tony's on Main Street, Liberty Tree Tavern and in the new Skipper Canteen. The nice thing at least is that the items sold will at least fit the themes of the restaurants, with Italian wines sold at Tony's, Champaign at the Royal Table, Hard Ciders and Beer at the Liberty Tree and a variety of exotic items going to the Skipper Canteen.
(12/10/16) Walt Disney World will be testing out the “Disney After Hours” extra ticket event program once again in 2017 for 7 dates to start with: Jan. 20, 27, Feb. 2, 9, 16, Mar. 2, 9. The program allows guests to pay extra for the experience to stay in the park after it closes to regular guests for an additional 3 hours where they can experience many of the park’s major attractions as well as enjoy complimentary beverages, popcorn and ice cream. The interesting thing is that Disney has cut the price this time around, and is charging $119 for the experience, down from the $149 price tag in 2016.
(11/23/16) Hold on a second while I pick my jaw up off the floor... because according to the Orlando Sentinel the Magic Kingdom will soon begin renting cabana's they are setting up in Tomorrowland for $691 for the day. They will be big enough to hold 8-people and include locker storage, charging ports for your electronics, free sunscreen and insert repellent, as well as water, soda and some food.
While this is an obvious attempt to spin-off from the successful waterpark cabana rental concept, a nearly $700 cabana in the Magic Kingdom seems a bit over the top to me... in both concept and the cost. For starters, for much less than $700 you could just get a room for the day (and night!) at one of the nearby Monorail resorts like the Contemporary or Grand Floridian instead of a small tent-like structure for the afternoon. Of course when I visit the park, I'm moving constantly from place to place, attraction to attraction... so for me it would be kind of a waste. I get the waterpark Cabana concept... in fact I used one last year and loved it, but a day at a waterpark is an entirely different experience where the benefits of a cabana made more sense to me.
So I just don't know about this new idea... I will be curious to see if this concept catches on or not.
(11/19/16) Spoiler Alert... but who wants to see what the Haunted Mansion looks like with the lights on? WDWNT has posted photos and a video taken within the attraction when the ride came to a stop, the work-lights came on, and the lucky guests were evacuated from the ride, gaining a once-in-a-lifetime walk-through tour of the Haunted Mansion along the way.
(11/14/16) According to a post from WDWNT, the extra ticket event, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, has more than just free hot chocolate and snickerdoodle cookies this year. An assortment of other free snack items have been added to various locations throughout the night including Eggnog and Gingersnap Molasses Cookies in Liberty Square, Snow Cones and Sugar Cookies, Spiced Apple Cider and even Peppermint Bark Cookies. Great news for fans of the upcharge holiday event, adding even more value to your ticket price is a nice thing to see.
(10/27/16) Disney has announced a new castle projection-mapping show will begin in the Magic Kingdom on November 4th called 'Once Upon A Time'. Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast will share bedtime stories with Chip and take everyone on a magical trip to revisit some of Disney's most memorable scenes from films like Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
(10/10/16) It is worth mentioning that starting sometime in January 2017 the Hall of Presidents at the Magic Kingdom will close down for approximately 5-6 months to allow for the Disney Imagineers to come in to tweak the show and add an all new animatronic to represent whoever the nation's new president will be.
(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.
Fall 2016 - The Muppets Present... Great Moments in American History - (10/4/16) Another video showing off a different show that the Muppets perform about Paul Revere can be found below.
(10/3/16) A video showing off the new Great Moments in History with The Muppets has been posted online by Inside the Magic this week. Check it out below.
(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?
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 - (10/26/16) According to Screamscape sources Walt Disney World may be planning some special treats for the Magic Kingdom when the park celebrates the big 50th Anniversary starting in Oct. 2021. From what I’m told, to help celebrate the 50th, each of the park’s major attractions will be given "a little extra magic" to make the park experience better than ever for the big celebration. Take that for what you will... though it kind of reminds me a little of what they did for Walt’s 100th Birthday celebration, where each park got a magical present in the form of a new attraction from another Disney park elsewhere in the world.
(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.