As heard on the WDW Radio Show, episode #79, for the week of August 10, 2008 We may soon be getting some new updates on the next version of Star Tours, as the latest issue of Star Wars Insider magazine has a teaser page for its NEXT issue (newstand date September 16) with an in-depth [...]
As heard on the WDW Radio Show, episode #78, August 3, 2008. Accordiong to an MTV.com blog post, there was discussion of sequels to popular Pixar films like “Cars” and â€œThe Incrediblesâ€ and when asked about a â€œMonsters, Inc. 2,â€ Director Pete Docter said â€œWeâ€™ve thought about itâ€¦ Weâ€™ve got a couple ideas.â€ According to [...]
As heard on The WDW Radio Show, episode #77, July 27, 2008 After months of rumors, a date appears to have been set for the start of the IllumiNations Earth Globe refurbishment. It is believed that it is currently scheduled to begin August 13, 2008 and end in late September to mid October. During the [...]
As heard on the WDW Radio Show, episode #71, for the week of June 15, 2008: At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, across the street from the Toy Story Mania attraction, walls still block Guests’ view of what will be a new Studio CafÃ©, meet and greet area, and merchandise shop. Rumors about this area include a [...]
A quick trip to the Rumor Mill this week. Changes might be coming to the trams in the parking lots. I understand that prototypes are being tested in the backstage areas behind the Magic Kingdom. These new trams will have automated doors for safety. Of course, the safety of the doors opening and closing as [...]
First rumor this week is about something that will take place outside the parks but will be a welcome addition to theme park fans like myself who just canâ€™t get enough merchandise and souvenirs and more importantly, regret not picking up that one last thing that we missed on our way out. Seems as though [...]
Latest rumors indicate that the Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain will get a major refurbishment including overhaul and possible replacement of some or all of the track (although the layout will remain the same), new load area, new on-ride effects, darkened on-ride environment, and new trains which include single passenger seating and new audio systems. Now [...]
Rumors of changes to the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway are resurfacing yet again, as we mentioned on the show a few months ago. Seems as though the name may be changing slightly to remove the references to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy name altogether. Signs and logos have already begun to be removed, and I have been told that even the overhead narration has been modified to remove the Indy name as well.
In the mean time, tests continue on the gas/electric hybrid ride vehicle on the soon-to-be-called Tomorrowland Speedway. Full attraction Staff are reportedly scheduled to be trained on the new ride vehicle in the next few weeks with the first Guest preview of the new vehicle expected to take place prior to late April 2008. There is currently no expectation on when the whole fleet of ride vehicles may be changed over. I’m also hearing rumors that a second, environmentally friendly Ethanol-85 powered car was tested late last year, and may also be implemented as well as the hybrid car.
There is also a VERY unconfirmed rumor that, as has happened with other attractions that have gone through some changes, characters may be added to the attraction and/or scenery within the next few years. No rumors of a full conversion to a "Cars" themed attraction seem to have any merit at this time.