Multiple Closings Rumored at Walt Disney World

Construction FencesFences like these have become a familiar site in a couple of Disney World’s parks as of late, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ upcoming name change is far from the only thing going on at Disney World…there are many upcoming closures and rumored closures that have some guests up in arms.

Here’s a list of what has already closed…

  • The Studio Backlot Tour
  • The American Idol Experience
  • The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow
  • Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post
  • The Sorcerer Hat Shop (combined with the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat)

Officially confirmed changes…

  • 3rd Track for Toy Story Mania
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-A-Long Celebration will be relocated to the former American Idol Experience Theater
  • New name for Hollywood Studios

And, as usual, the rumor mill has been quite busily grinding away with many rumors surrounding changes and closures that are coming soon to Hollywood Studios…

  • Closure of DisneyQuest in 2016
  • Closure of The Magic of Disney Animation (click here for details)
  • Pixar Place expansion
  • Star Wars expansion
  • A new “flex theater” between Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror
  • A Toy Story Playland, to be part of the Pixar Place expansion
  • A re-themed version of Tow Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree (at Disney California Adventure)
  • Replacement of The Great Movie Ride (around 2020-2021)
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Play Area re-theming to A Bug’s Life
  • Closure of Studio Catering Company; Studio Prop Shop; High Octane Refreshments; Light, Motors, Action!; and the Monsters, Inc. Meet & Greet
  • Possible name change and inspiration of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
  • Relocation of the Block Party Bash parade from Disney California Adventure to Hollywood Studios
  • Upgrades to or replacement of Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage (possibly with a Tangled show)
  • Replacement of Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Closure or relocation of One Man’s Dream – last day of operation around July 18th

Keep in mind that most of this is just speculation, and that we can all discuss what we do and don’t like about these rumors, but they are just that – rumors (at least until confirmed by an official Disney source). I will be sure to post updates as they become available – especially because I will be very disheartened if One Man’s Dream just goes away.

NEW Download – Disney World Ride Height Requirements

There are many height requirement infographics out there, but none seem to include the rides that have NO height requirement and that everyone in the family can enjoy…so here it is! It really is amazing how much Disney has to offer for our littles!

Height Requirement Infographic

 

Height Requirements PDF

FastPass+ How it Works & Attractions

FastPass+
Photo Credit: Kent Phillips/Walt Disney Parks & Resorts

Ever since Disney rolled it out, the new FastPass+ has some people scratching their heads and wondering how the heck it works. Here’s the deal…

For those staying on Disney property, you are allowed to choose 3 FastPass+ per day for your length of stay, 60 days prior to your trip. For those staying off-property, you are able to choose 3 FastPass+ per day, one day at a time, 30 days prior to your travel.

The three FastPass+ you choose in advance must all be at the same park.

Once those three are used, you can get more FastPass+ at a kiosk in the parks (you cannot get additional FastPasses through the My Disney Experience app). You are not limited to the initial park you chose FastPasses for – you can park-hop and get additional FastPasses at any park you please.

There is NO CHARGE for FastPasses – they are one of the free benefits of visiting Walt Disney World.

Now for the fun stuff – here’s a list of all the attractions and character meet-and-greets that you can use a FastPass+ for…

Magic Kingdom

  • Barnstormer
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
  • Dumbo
  • Enchanted Tales with Belle
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Haunted Mansion
  • It’s a Small World
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Mad Tea Party
  • Magic Carpets of Aladdin
  • Main Street Electrical Parade
  • Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • Meet Anna & Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Arial at her Grotto
  • Meet Cinderella and Rapunzel at Princess Fairytale Hall
  • Meet Mickey Mouse at Town Square Theater
  • Meet Tinker Bell at Town Square Theater
  • Mickey’s PhilharMagic
  • Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor
  • Peter Pan’s Flight
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
  • Space Mountain
  • Splash Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Speedway
  • Under the Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid
  • Wishes Nighttime Spectacular

Epcot

  • IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
  • Journey Into Imagination with Figment
  • Meet Disney Pals at the Epcot Character Spot
  • Mission: Space
  • Seas with Nemo & Friends
  • Soarin’
  • Spaceship Earth
  • Test Track
  • Turtle Talk with Crush

Hollywood Studios

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage
  • Fantasmic!
  • For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along
  • Great Movie Ride
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock n’ Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours
  • Toy Story Midway Mania!
  • Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Animal Kingdom

  • Dinosaur
  • Expedition Everest
  • Festival of the Lion King
  • Finding Nemo – The Musical
  • It’s Tough to be a Bug
  • Kali River Rapids
  • Kilimanjaro Safaris
  • Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventure Outpost
  • Primeval Whirl

Disney Unveils Changes to the Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

 

For many, The Great Movie Ride is a classic and shouldn’t be messed with. However, some people have long felt that the ride is in desperate need of updating. Maybe this news will please both sides…but I kind of doubt it. 😉

The Great Movie Ride, Disney's Hollywood Studios
The Great Movie Ride, Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Turner Classic Movies is a relatively new sponsor of The Great Movie Ride, and Disney Imagineers worked with the cable movie network to give the ride’s finale a high-definition re-work.

Turner Classic Movies host Robert Osborne provides the new pre-recorded narration.

On Twitter, WDW New Today reported that the new additions include clips from the much anticipated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”.

Are you happy for the update or fuming that they dared to touch a Disney classic?