Walt Disney World Rumor Mill for the week of August 3, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 No Comments »

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 […]

Walt Disney World Rumor Mill for the week of July 27, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Wednesday, July 30th, 2008 No Comments »

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 […]

Walt Disney World Rumor Mill for the Week of June 15, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Monday, June 16th, 2008 No Comments »

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 […]

Walt Disney World Rumor Mill for the Week of June 8, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Sunday, June 8th, 2008 No Comments »

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 […]

Walt Disney World Rumor Mill for the Week of June 1, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Sunday, June 8th, 2008 No Comments »

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 can’t get […]

WDW Rumor Mill for the week of May 25, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Tuesday, May 27th, 2008 No Comments »

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 […]

WDW Rumor Mill for the week of March 23, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Friday, April 4th, 2008 No Comments »

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.

WDW Rumor Mill for the week of March 2, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Monday, March 17th, 2008 No Comments »

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March 2, 2008
 
 
At the Magic Kingdom, I’m going to tease you a little with some rumors about changes that will be coming to both the turnstiles at the Parks and the FastPass system.
 
If you have been to Walt Disney World recently, you will of course have noticed the changes to the FastPass tickets, as they are now longer than the original tickets and include a barcode, which to date has not been utilized. This new addition caused many people to question its significance, and possible future uses. Well, fear not, because the barcodes are far less ominous than some people may have feared. In the very near future, Walt Disney World will be testing and implementing a new way to speed along the FastPass system: instead of having a Cast Member manually look at and count the FastPasses (to ensure the dates and times are within the window that you were given), they will use a bar code reader that will scan each FastPass to ensure its validity, and in the process also speed along the queue.
 



Show #56 – March 2, 2008

By Lou Mongello
Sunday, March 2nd, 2008 1 Comment »

Lots of WDW News and exciting topics in the WDW Rumor Mill, MagicMeets founder Fred Block reveals details