Sunday, November 13, 2011

News and Rumors 11/7/11 - 11/13/11

News and Rumors are gathered from various different sources. All rumors are rumors and are to be taken as such.


Magic Kingdom

  • The Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom is currently seeing play testing from Cast Members.
  • The Enchanted Grove in Fantasyland has now been renamed the Cheshire Cafe.


  •  Joyful! A Gospel Celebration of the Season will return again for the Holidays.  They will perform on the Fountain of Nations Stage from Nov. 25th - Dec. 29th.  Performances are at 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm, and 4:15 pm.
  • An RFID entry system is being tested at the main gate.  This new RFID system will allow for guests not to have to enter their tickets into the machine, instead just waving their ticket in front of the reader.  Should the test succeed, it seems that it will be rolled out to all turnstiles at WDW.
  • I've heard that the pizza by the slice option will be continuing at Via Napoli on Saturdays until Dec. 17th. 

Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Jake from The Neverland Pirates has indeed replace The Little Einsteins for Meet and Greets in the Animation Courtyard.  Also Jake should be included in the Play and Dine at Hollywood and Vine. 

General WDW News

  • More information has come out about the new Exotic Driving Experience from the Walt Disney World Speedway.  The opening date is set for Jan. 16th.  The price will be $99 for a ride with a professional driver and starting at $199 up to $389 for 6 laps of hands on driving.  (Price varies depending on the car.)
  • The Sunglass Icon store has been remodeled and has reopened at Downtown Disney.


  • Disney's Animal Kingdom is rumored to be losing quite a few characters in December.  Lilo and Stitch, Terk, Jimminy Cricket, and Pocahontas are going away.  In addition, the Welcome Show will be going away as well.
  • Big changes appear to be coming to the Move It! Shake It! Celebrate It! Parade as early as Nov. 20th.

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Estelle said...

Really sad if all of those characters disappear from AK. Most of all, the "welcome show". I think it's adorable and always a treat to start AK as early as possible.

I'm not sure why you would get rid of those characters now. I could understand if Camp Minnie Mickey becomes something Avatar related soon, but now? Weird.

Rachel E. Moniz said...

Sad to read about the characters disappearing. I always liked seeing Pocahantas.
I caught the Welcome during my last trip a couple of weeks ago and I'm glad I did!
Love the Cheshire Cafe rename, though!

Anonymous said...

Pocahontas is still appearing in Camp Minnie-Mickey.

She only left Rafiki's Planet Watch.