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(2/28/20) Jungle Cruise Sinking (MORE...)
(2/19/20) Cinderella Castle Getting A Royal Makeover (MORE...)
(2/15/20) New Tron Construction Photos (MORE...)
(12/19/19) The Muppets Return For The Holidays (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Walt Disney World Railroad - NOW CLOSED through TBD
Splash Mountain - NOW CLOSED through Feb. 28, 2020
Park News - (2/28/20) Oh my… would you believe that around 12:30pm on Thursday the Bomokandi Bertha, one of the boats on the Jungle Cruise at The Magic Kingdom, began taking on water during a cruise with a full load of guests and sunk. Well… sunk a couple of feet… because the river really isn’t much deeper than that, but the guests had to be evacuated into the Jungle to complete the trek on foot.
The attraction was closed long enough to evac the guests and tow the boat off the course before reopening later in the day. There are some great pics of the event posted to WDWNT and of course “the internet” community was quick to jump on this as well, with a great tweet posted below of the evac the added soundtrack from Titanic.
(2/19/20) The Disney Parks Blog has confirmed that Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom will be getting a ‘Royal Makeover’ in time for the big 50th Anniversary. From the look of the concept art, the royal blue spires will be given a nice touch up and a whole lot of gold trim will be added from top to bottom to really make the castle pop visually. The new look appears to be inspired by a similar makeover given to Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland last year.
(12/19/19) Good news for Muppets fans, the recently closed “The Muppets Present... Great Moments in History” show that took place at the Magic Kingdom will return for a seasonal run from December 23 through December 31.
(9/26/19) I’m not sure how firm this is, but hearing an early rumor that Walt Disney World may be looking into ideas to spruce-up or decorate Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of WDW on Oct. 1st, 2021.
While my mind immediately soars back to the 25th Anniversary where they turned the castle into a giant crazy looking pink birthday cake, I then have to think about how Disneyland also handled their own 50th Anniversary in 2005 by adding more subtle gold accents all around the castle exterior instead. While California’s concept was definitely more tasteful and elegant than how the giant castle cake was first received at first in Florida, looking at the long-term picture, few people remember or talk about the Disneyland castle, while even today the giant pepto-pink 25th birthday cake castle in Florida has simply become a legendary part of Disney history.
With that in mind, I think I’d be down for something crazy like another cake castle, because it certainly was photo-worthy and in today’s social media world, anything so “instragram-able” as that, certainly would get the kind of attention they will want to seek.
Unfortunately, I think Disney may have been dealing with too many fashion and mommy bloggers, because there is a nasty rumor going around claiming that they may simply give the castle an oh-so-tired, “rose gold” treatment instead and leave it at that. Let us hope they reconsider, and maybe just stick to a more elegant gold trim concept like Disneyland did, rather than go hog-wild on the tacky Rose Gold fad, or do something more creative and wild like the 25th Anniversary cake concept.
(9/20/19) I’ve never gotten the chance to see this particular live performance show at the Magic Kingdom, but I’m told that “The Muppets Present… Great Moments in History” outdoor show that began in 2016 in Liberty Square will end it’s current run on September 30th.
(9/18/19) While the Tomorrowland archway over the land entrance at the Magic Kingdom was removed a bit ago, a brand new and all white, replacement arch looks to have been put up after park close on Monday night. From the look of things, more elements and lighting will be added to it soon.
(6/4/19) The Magic Kingdom will premier a brand new fireworks show this winter during the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party hard-ticket events. The show is called Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks and will feature many popular holiday songs. Look for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party to take place on select nights between Nov. 8 and Dec. 22, 2019.
2021 - TRON Lightcycle / Run - (2/15/20) A Screamscape source sent in some new pictures showing off the outside progress on the Tron attraction going up in Tomorrowland. As you can see they see to be busy putting up the walls to enclose the attraction building now, but there are also plenty of footers placed outside that should be used to hold up the shaped and light-up roof structure that will cover the outdoor portion of the ride and attraction entrance pathway.
Based on the look of things, I wouldn't count on seeing the railroad run through here anytime soon, as they still have a lot of work to do before they can build the new railroad tracks through here.
(12/18/19) According to the Disney Parks Blog, the Magic Kingdom has set up a pair of TRON Lightcycles for guests to climb onto and take their pictures with in the Magic Kingdom as a preview for the upcoming new TRON Lightcycle / Run coaster attraction opening in 2021.
(11/27/19) Earlier this month Disney’s construction crews installed the final piece of track onto the Tron Lightcycle / Run attraction. You can watch the video of it being set in place below.
(11/22/19) Thanks to one of our readers for sending in great new photos of the Tron coaster under construction at The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. These are fantastic images from a new point of view we haven’t seen before and gets up close to the outdoor portion of the track that was installed recently.
(10/30/19) A new Tron construction photo update can be found over at MouseSteps this week, and the big surprise is that a ton of outdoor track for the coaster has now been installed. At this rate, I’d expect the layout to be complete by sometime next week of all goes well.
(10/24/19) A large batch of new photos of the Tron Lightcycle Run coaster under construction have been posted to Midway Mayhem’s Instagram. The launch track is now installed and the large supports are being set into place for the outdoor portion of the coaster.
(10/9/19) A great aerial photo showing off the entire Tron Lightcycle coaster construction site can be seen here. The main indoor track is complete, and you can spot the brake run and switch into the left/right loading station tracks. From here you can spy the footers in place for the rest of the station and turn into the launch track and big outdoor turn in place. From here you can also see why the Railroad is still not running, and obviously wont be back up anytime soon. Maybe sometime in mid to late 2020 perhaps.
(9/10/19) A new construction photo report from the Magic Kingdom shows off the status of the Tron Lightcycle Run coaster this week where the building framework is now quickly surrounding the coaster, while a huge dirt pile is being built up in front of it all for some reason.
(9/6/19) A new construction video showing off the progress on the Tron Lightcycle coaster being built at Magic Kingdom can be seen below.
(7/12/19) Some fantastic aerial footage of the Tron coaster under construction was posted by a local news station. You can see the track for the double sided loading station has been installed, and while the launch track is not in place yet, you can see the footers in place for the outdoor portion of the ride following the launch, before the LightCycles venture back into the attraction show building.
(6/21/19) Some great new photos of the Tron coaster under construction at the Magic Kingdom were posted to MouseSteps this week. From the look of things most of the “indoor” action part of the ride’s layout is now in place. Based on the layout drawing we have, the tallest section you see would be the first ‘red arrow’ the ride encounters where is at the point where the outdoor portion of the ride rises up and enters the building. The rest of the tangled mess matches up to this layout, ending with the final red arrow (aka: brake run) as the coaster will head towards the return passage back to the load/unload station.
And really… that’s all there is to the ride, other than the high speed out and back it will perform outside the main show building just after the launch. If you are thinking that this ride appears to be very short compared to the new Hagrid’s coaster that just opened at Universal, then you would be right. Assuming this is a clone of the Shanghai ride, then the overall track length is said to be 3,169 ft, compared to the new Universal ride which is almost 2,000 feet longer.
(6/4/19) Just the other day we saw a giant batch of black steel supports up on the Tron coaster site at the Magic Kingdom, but you wont believe what it looks like now. Seriously… the site is jam packed full of supports and huge sections of complete track. It’s hard to believe just how fast this coaster is rising now. Check out the video below from Midway Mayhem along with a look at a new odd bit of construction taking place in front of the Magic Kingdom near the bus stops.
(5/22/19) Good news for Tomorrowland fans, as the Tomorrowland Speedway is now open once again. A good assortment of photos of the reopened attraction have been posted to MouseSteps this week.
Then be sure to check out their new collection of Tron coaster construction photos as well.
(5/6/19) A few pictures showing off a collection of the first large black coaster supports now installed for the Tron coaster at the Magic Kingdom can be seen at WDWNT this week. If we assume that the layout here is the same as the one in Shanghai Disneyland, then I’ve also got a graphic showing off the basic layout of the coaster for you as well.
(4/27/19) MouseSteps drops into the Magic Kingdom this week to check out the construction on the new Tron coaster and the impact to the nearby Tomorrowland Speedway attraction.
(4/24/19) Disney & More has posted a great update with a number of new photos of the Tron construction site in Tomorrowland. Still not a lot of vertical construction to see as they are still working on all the groundwork and foundation for the new attraction.
(3/19/19) We can look forward to seeing the steel of the Tron coaster at the Magic Kingdom soon begin to rise. According to a posting at the Disney Parks Blog, Cast Members were invited to sign their names on one of the first steel supports for the ride that has arrived on property.
(1/11/19) New photos posted to WDWNT show that a big section of the Tomorrowland Speedway has now been torn out to make way for construction on the new Tron Lightcycle coaster project. Don’t worry, the Speedway will return eventually… though personally I think they should have taken the opportunity to totally vamp the Speedway into a Sugar Rush themed race ride from the Wreck It Ralph films. The two attractions would have fit in nicely next to each other I think.
(7/20/17) Fans of TRON, your day has come, because Disney confirmed at the D23 Expo that a copy of the Tron Lightcycle Power Run coaster attraction will indeed be coming to the Magic Kingdom in time for the 50th Anniversary of WDW in 2021. The Speedway will survive however, as Tron will be placed just to the left of Space Mountain, with the main attraction building residing on the other side of the railroad tracks, just like Space Mountain.
I've got a feeling we'll see some renovations take place on the Tomorrowland Speedway, along with a reconfiguration of the track layout, in order to accommodate the new Tron coaster. Now... can we talk about putting a third Tron film onto the production slate as well?
???? - New Tomorrowland Attraction - Rumor - (10/1/19) Ever since Stitch’s Great Escape was fast-tracked for retirement there have been several rumors claiming that Imagineering was working on possible replacement ideas. The rumor that got the most traction was for a rumored attraction concept that might have used VR gear to bring the world and characters of the Wreck-It Ralph to virtual life. While people still pine for this concept to this day, it was not to be… though I was sent an interesting new message today claiming that another new concept for the empty space may now be in development.
With that in mind, we have to ask if anyone out there has heard any new rumors about what could take over this space. As for Wreck-It Ralph… I still believe that Disney has already missed their best opportunity by failing to transform the Tomorrowland Speedway into a Sugar Rush themed race-course.
???? - Haunted Mansion Hotel - Rumored Proposal - (7/14/17) While nothing has been officially set in stone regarding the building of a Star Wars themed hotel in Walt Disney World outside the Studios park, a brief conversation about it resulted in another fascinating bit of information. Towards the end of my article about the Star Wars Hotel I recalled a bit of information about how Disney had previously pitched another resort concept years before that would have been themed to the Haunted Mansion. If you haven't read that story yet, you might want to go read it first and come back.
A little birdie has told me that Disney uncovered and went over those old Haunted Mansion Hotel plans while they were working on the Star Wars Hotel proposal and if the Star Wars Hotel gets approved and turns out to be a big hit, Disney is now eyeballing some land behind the Haunted Mansion itself where they could actually build an on-site hotel in the future. While there isn't a ton of room back there right now, they were apparently inspired by the reshaping of the Rivers of America project at Disneyland that helped reclaim some land for their Star Wars Land by shortening the river. If they opt to go ahead with a Haunted themed hotel experience, they will likely do the same thing to the Magic Kingdom at some point in the future in order to increase the amount of land available for park use.