Sunday, April 19, 2009

News & Rumors 4/13/09 - 4/19/09


News and Rumors are gathered from various different websites. One particular website is not favored over another. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken with a grain of salt.

News

  • Space Mountain is now closed for it's lengthy (and well deserved) refurbishment. It is expected to reopen Nov. 22.
  • The Magic Kingdom will be changing it's Morning Extra Magic Hour offerings. (Quite probably because of Space Mountain's refurb.) Added to the list are Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Snow White's Scary Adventures and The Mad Tea Party. Here is the full list of attractions for Morning Extra Magic Hours: Fantasyland: * Dumbo the Flying Elephant* Mickey’s PhilharMagic* Mad Tea Party* The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh* Peter Pan’s Flight* Cinderella’s Golden Carousel* Snow White’s Scary Adventure* “it’s a small world” Frontierland: * Big Thunder Mountain Railroad* Splash Mountain Liberty Square Attractions:* The Haunted Mansion
  • There is now a new entertainment offering at Disney's Grand Floridian. The hotel will now offer a Mickey shaped campfire and the chance to roast Smores. (With the purchase of a Smores kit, of course.) Then guests can enjoy a movie under the stars on the beach.
  • Stitch's SuperSonic Celebration in Tomorrowland is expected to show 6 shows a day.
  • The Walt Disney Railroad will be closed May 13-14th.
  • Cirque du Solil will be dark May 18 - June 1.
  • The Epcot Sounds Like Summer Concert list is out. Showtimes will be 5:45 pm, 7:00 pm, and 8:15 pm. Acts this year will include:
    June 15-21 – Stayin' Alive (tribute to the Bee Gees)
    June 22-28 – Hotel California (tribute to The Eagles)
    June 29-July 8 – Slippery When Wet (tribute to Bon Jovi)
    July 9-19 – Bjorn Again (tribute to ABBA)
    July 20-26 – Sounds of the Supremes (tribute to The Supremes)
    July 27-August 2 – 2U (tribute to U2)
    August 3-9 – Petty Theft (tribute to Tom Petty)

Rumors

  • It's being rumored that The Little Mermaid Ride may be getting close to fruition as construction bids have apparently recently gone out.
  • It's being rumored that Grad Nights may be returning to the Magic Kingdom next year.
  • The Villain's float is still rumored to be disappearing, possibly in May...Also, it appears the Tremaines will be featured on a float as well.
  • The TTA's reopening date has been pushed back than what had been thought previously. Now it is expected to reopen Aug. 25.

3 comments:

Mr. Mick LeVick said...

How long will Space Mountain be down and what are they doing to it?

nibblesandbits said...

Space Mountain will be down until (as of word right now) November 22nd. Word is still very sketchy on what they plan on doing.

I hear (at least now) that they are replacing the tracks with new track that follows the same pattern as before, adding gates to the area before you board, and re-doing the loading area. Now, as for other things...that is a toss up. It's been rumored that they might re-do both the queue and the exit area, plus the ramp...but none of that is concrete. They are being quite hush-hush about this refurb, so not a whole lot is actually known.

Mr. Mick LeVick said...

Thanks :) I hope they don't change it TOO much, although I loved the change to the haunted mansion, pirates was a little disappointing. That is a LONG refurb isn't it? almost 7 months? Wow!