Plus…. The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic readies for its final performance, new family raft ride coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park, and more!
We begin the September Edition of the WDW Radio Newswire at Magic Kingdom Park, where it has recently been confirmed the Main Street Electrical Parade will be ceasing operations in Florida and migrating back to California’s Disneyland once again. The parade’s final performance has been scheduled for Sunday, October 9th. The Main Street Electrical Parade made its triumphant return to WDW back on Saturday, June 5th 2010, giving it a respectable run of nearly 6 1/2 years at the park this time around. No official word on a replacement for the parade, however two potential candidates have emerged that could fill the void, Disneyland’s Paint the Night and Tokyo Disneyland’s Dreamlights.
Time to park-hop over to Epcot now for some news on Innoventions East. Two attractions, Sum of All Thrills and Storm Struck, are set to close on Wednesday, September 14th. This leaves the future of Innoventions in serious doubt, as Colortopia will be the lone attraction left in operation in either Innoventions East or West. Innoventions West closed up its final attractions on April 30th of 2015. There’s been no word on any potential replacements, but stay tuned to the Newswire for further updates on the situation.
Let’s hop over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom now, as The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic has recently ended its run at the park. The show’s final performance took place the evening of Monday, September 5th. With the Jungle Book show ending its run, the door is now open for the long awaited debut of Rivers of Light. Still no word on an opening date for the show, but tests are still ongoing daily in preparation for its premiere.
Time visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios now for an update on the refurbishment front. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be shutting down for two weeks later this Fall, as the attraction is scheduled to close on Thursday, October 27th, with V.I.P. Limo service set to resume on Thursday, November 10th.
Time to suit up and venture over to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park now, as a brand new family raft ride is currently in the works. Miss Fortune Falls is set to debut in the Spring of 2017, and when it does, its two minutes of total ride time will make it the longest attraction featured at any Disney Water Park. Miss Fortune Falls will take up residence on a piece of undeveloped land near the Crush ‘n’ Gusher attraction, and will feature the clever backstory of the treasure-hunting heroine Captain Mary Oceaneer. As the story goes, years ago a bad storm left Captain Mary stranded on Typhoon Lagoon. Guests will learn of past escapades that have led up to her latest adventure, including many artifacts Captain Mary has amassed over her years at sea. The ride will conclude with a massive plunge into the raging white waters of Miss Fortune Falls. Typhoon Lagoon will be emerging from its annual Winter refurb on Sunday, March 12th, so expect Miss Fortune Falls to open on or near that date this upcoming Spring.
Well, that’s gonna do it for the September Edition of the WDW Radio Newswire. But I’ll be back again next month with lots more news, notes, and happenings from Walt’s beloved Florida Project!
Don Myers has covered Walt Disney World news and recent/upcoming events for the WDW Radio Blog since 2011. He has loved “all things Disney” since his first family trip to WDW in 1986. As they say, the rest is history! Don was also a contributing writer for Celebrations Magazine, penning over 30 articles and 7 cover stories for the publication from 2009 to 2012.