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WDW Radio Newswire: Big Thunder Mountain Railroad Ready To Get Interactive and New Queue Poll

Plus…Big Top Souvenirs Now Open In Storybook Circus, Character Meet and Greet News, and more!

by Don Myers

We’re well into the Fall Season now, as September has now shifted to October. The weather may still be hot in central Florida, but there’s a slight chill in the air now, as this is the month where the Villains take center stage. It’s a time when nightly rides for The Headless Horseman are commonplace. A time when Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is in full swing. A time when the weather doesn’t have to be crisp and cool for it to feel like Autumn at the Vacation Kingdom of the World. So let’s waste no further time, and jump right into the latest edition of the WDW Radio Newswire……

We begin this edition of the Newswire inside Magic Kingdom, where there’s some major news to report out of Frontierland. It looks as if Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be the next attraction to have its queue embark into the “Interactive Era,” as it was announced last week Big Thunder will soon be receiving some interactive enhancements to its queue. No information was given as to when we can expect to see these new additions completed, nor was there any mention of exactly what these interactive elements will entail. However we should have a better idea once construction begins and things start to take shape. I’ll be sure to update the Newswire as progress develops.  Look here at the official announcement.

There’s more news to report out of Magic Kingdom, so let’s jump on the Walt Disney World Railroad and make our way over to Storybook Circus. The final piece to the Storybook Circus puzzle was finally completed on Sunday September 30th, as Big Top Souvenirs officially made its grand debut. Big Top Souvenirs is your one-stop shop for merchandise inside Storybook Circus, and there’s also an open-stage kitchen that specializes in cupcakes and other delicious goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth. In addition, the third and final Circus Tent also opened up to the public on Sunday September 30th. This tent contains a nice amount of seating, and is filled with a vast array of themed food and beverage carts as well. It’s also here where you’ll find the FASTPASS distribution kiosks for both Dumbo the Flying Elephant and The Barnstormer featuring The Great Goofini.

Before we leave Magic Kingdom, let’s quickly stop by Main Street USA for brief newsbit on a new Character meet and greet. In the September 19th edition of the Newswire, I talked about a new meet and greet structure currently under construction at EPCOT’s France pavilion. At the time, we weren’t sure what this meant for the four Characters that appear at the pavilion. But today it appears as if the question has been answered as far as one of those Characters is concerned, as Marie from The Aristocats is now making appearances in front of the Flag Pole on Main Street. This means that Marie will no longer be a part of the meet and greets over at the France pavilion once the permanent structure is built.

For more meet and greet news, time to Park Hop over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios now, where a brand-new Character experience is set to debut in November. Coinciding with the November 2nd opening of the newest Disney film Wreck-It Ralph, the meet and greet will feature the Characters of both Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz. The Wreck-It Ralph experience will be housed inside The Magic of Disney Animation, which can be found within the confines of Animation Courtyard.

For our final bit of news, let’s venture over to the tranquil islands of Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. With all the hoopla of Epcot Center’s 30th and Magic Kingdom’s 41st, Caribbean Beach got helplessly lost in the shuffle. This tends to be the case for the Resort, as it shares its birthday with some pretty heavy hitters. Nonetheless, Caribbean Beach celebrated its special day on Monday October 1st…Happy 24th Birthday Caribbean Beach Resort!

Well, that’s gonna do it for today’s update. But before we call it a wrap, let’s take a look back at the results of our previous poll. The question was:

What do you miss most about the “Early Years” of EPCOT?

. World of Motion (1982-1996)

. Horizons (1983-1999)

. CommuniCore (1982-1994)

. Kitchen Kabaret (1982-1994)

. Original Journey Into Imagination attraction with Dreamfinder (1983-1998)

And the winner is…..

Original Journey Into Imagination Attraction with Dreamfinder with 43% of the total vote! Horizons finished a very close second, bringing home 36% of the votes, and Kitchen Kabaret rounded out the Top 3 with 11% of the total vote. World of Motion came in fourth, CommuniCore brought up the rear in fifth…and we even received a write-in vote for the original Living Seas pavilion! Once again, a big thank you to everyone that took the time to vote. And now on to this week’s poll question:

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Don Myers covers news and recent events in Walt Disney World.  He has been enamored with the World of Disney since his first trip to WDW in 1986. As they say, the rest is history!  Don also has been a contributing writer for Celebrations magazine since 2009.