Hello everyone, i've been busy trying to boot up my senior year. A lot of rumors and announcements have dumped from the parks recently so let's look at them.
Walt Disney World
Main Street Electrical Parade Closure:
The famed electrical parade that lit up the streets of the Magic Kingdom is coming to an end. The classic, electronic parade ran for 39 years in the Magic Kingdom with two closures, and paraded with 500,000 dancing lights, an electronic rendition of Baroque Hoedown that was mixed with other renditions of Disney songs, a 23 foot illuminating model of Big Ben, and a 108 foot long American Flag as the finale.
The parade is scheduled to make it's final march on October 9th before returning to Disneyland Anaheim for a limited time "encore engagement." It is unknown if anything will take it's place, though many people speculate that Disneyland's "Paint the Night", another nighttime parade that has a lot more advanced technology will take it's place, or a brand new nighttime show.
Stitch's Great Escape Closure Rumor:
The infamous, poorly reviewed attraction in Tomorrowland may also be coming to a close. Cast Members have said documents are in place to close Stitch in place of a new attraction. Stitch opened on November 18th, 2004 to the dismay of many fans of it's previous, darker attraction, ExtraTERRORestial Alien Encounter, which was not targeted to younger audiences. Stitch's Great Escape was panned for reusing the genuine effects of the pitch black room for stale humor instead of the true terror Alien Encounter held. Alien Encounter however, did get a sequel/spin-off in DisneyQuest at Disney Springs, as a co-op game.
It is unknown when or IF the attraction is going to close, but it is likely with bad reviews, and with documents in place, those chances sky-rocket. The circulating rumor of the attraction that's going to replace it is a VR Wreck-it-Ralph multiplayer experience. This will include virtual reality headsets and seats that go in motion with the game. The speculation is that it will be taking place in a race in the arcade game Sugar Rush, and will include a similar "build your own car" like Test Track has. Unconfirmed, but there may be a chance we may see X-S Tech again, after all, there is a limited shirt on sale right now themed to the chaotic alien corporation.
Scaffolding and Tarp over The Haunted Mansion:
A small but possibly important detail, during my frequent visits, there's been a lot of work over The Haunted Mansion's exterior, though the attraction remains open. It's been there for quite some time and i'm wondering if they're implementing new nighttime effects or something. If it were just applying a new coat of paint or minor fixes, it would be gone within a few days.
The Muppets Present: Great Moments in American History:
A patriotic Muppet themed stage show that's to debut in October outside The Hall of Presidents. The Muppets will take a comedic journey hosted by Sam the Eagle throughout America's moments in early heritage.
A new casual italian dining restaurant, PizzeRizzo, is scheduled to open soon, replacing the Toy Story themed Pizza Planet. It's a New York styled restaurant that serves italian food, and is owned and operated by Rizzo the Rat from The Muppets. A nice fit considering Muppet Vision 3D is right across from it.
Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land Construction:
Demolition on former areas has started, actual construction has not started yet.
Miss Fortune Falls:
A new, two minute family raft ride is in place for Typhoon Lagoon. Connecting to the Society of Explorers and Adventurers, also known as S.E.A, the slide is themed to Captain Mary Oceaneer who became stranded in the wrecked paradise of Typhoon Lagoon from a rogue storm. Captain Mary has had a few past attractions on the Disney Cruise Line, and part of the same branch of people who own Big Thunder Mountain (Magic Kingdom), Tower of Terror (Tokyo Disneysea), and Mystic Manor, with minor connections to Jock Lindsey's at Disney Springs, Indiana Jones, The Haunted Mansion, and much more. This is the first new attraction since Typhoon Lagoon's opening over a decade ago.
Though a slight rumor, it may replace the fan favorite Shark Reef.
Universal Studios Orlando
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium:
The steampunk themed Chocolate Factory is now open. Loosely inspired by Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, this dessert dining experience offers milkshakes, ice cream, and other delights.
Star Trek Experience:
A planned Star Trek ride based on the new set of movies is planned to open at Universal, the only plan revealed so far is that it will replace Shrek 4-D.
Universal and Nintendo has said that there is a cross deal made so Universal may bring Nintendo games to life, such as Mario, The Legend of Zelda, Kirby, Pokemon, etc. The first on the list apparently focuses on the long running "Mario Kart" racing games. Said to be a trackless ride, this new ride is going to include the elements of the most recent game, Mario Kart 8, which introduced gravity defying tracks. Mario Kart is said to replace E.T, and a wave of Nintendo/Mario stuff is going to replace KidZone as a whole.
Islands of Adventure
The Incredible Hulk Coaster reopening:
The Incredible Hulk Coaster, a favorite among many, has reopened with a new storyline, soundtrack, and a sleek new look. Because of Disney's ownership of Marvel, there is no reference to the Cinematic Universe.
Skull Island: Reign of Kong opening:
A brand new attraction taking place on the mysterious, remote Skull Island, guests face giant bats, worms, and dinosaurs through an amazing 3-D experience, as well as a close encounter with King Kong himself. The queue is also it's own mini haunted house, with live scare actors and other scare tactics.
Currently being constructed, slides and scaffolding shaped like a Volcano can be seen on the highway. The Polynesian themed water park is slated to open Fall 2017.
Halloween Horror Nights 26Hosted by Chance, Jack the Clown's assistant, Halloween Horror Nights will have new Haunted Houses, and may even expand to Islands of Adventure.
Confirmed Haunted Houses so far:
American Horror Story
Halloween: Hell comes to Haddonfield
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre