Walt Disney World
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(10/10/16) Hall of Presidents Closure (MORE...)
(10/4/16) Another Muppets Show Video (MORE...)
(10/3/16) Great Moments in History with The Muppets Video Added (MORE...)
(9/27/16) Rumored Wreck-it-Ralph Attraction (MORE...)
(9/22/16) Stitch's Great Escape To Become Seasonal Attraction (MORE...)
Ride Rehabs - The following information is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.
Swiss Family Treehouse - NOW CLOSED through Oct. 24
Big Thunder Mt RR - NOW CLOSED through Nov. 18
Haunted Mansion - Nov. 28 through Dec. 1
Splash Mountain - Dec 7
Liberty Square Riverboat - Jan. 3 through Jan 12
WDW Railroad - Jan. 9 through Feb 16
Hall of Presidents - Jan. 17 through June 29
Park News - (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.
(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.
(8/11/16) 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?
(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
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 - (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.