Plus… Mission: SPACE refurbishment on tap this summer, full menu and prices announced for Pandora’s Satu’li Canteen, and more!
We begin the April 2017 Edition of the WDW Radio Newswire with an exciting rumor from Magic Kingdom Park. The rumor mill is ablaze with speculation that the TRON Lightcycle Power Run Roller Coaster is set to take up residence inside Tomorrowland. The attraction debuted to rave reviews last year at Shanghai Disneyland, and a version of the coaster could be headed stateside to both Walt Disney World Resort, as well as Disneyland in California. Rumor has it we’d be looking at a timetable of just about four years from now for a target completion date, with the most likely spot for the attraction being in the space currently occupied by the Tomorrowland Speedway. There is a bit of land near the former Galaxy Palace Theater that could be used for the attraction, which would spare the Tomorrowland Speedway from the chopping block.
In more Tomorrowland news, let’s stroll down the Avenue of the Planets, where Stitch’s Great Escape is set to resume its seasonal operations for the busy Easter period. The attraction will be back in action from Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 19. Operating hours will run from 10 AM to 6 PM. A few months back, the Newswire speculated on the rumored Wreck-It Ralph attraction set to take over the space occupied by Stitch. That rumor is still hot as ever, as it was recently announced a Wreck-It Ralph sequel has been confirmed. Entitled Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, the film is set to hit the big screen on Friday, March 9, 2018.
Time to park-hop over to Epcot now, as a lengthy refurbishment is on tap for Mission: SPACE. The pavilion is set to close on Tuesday, June 5, with a “yet to be determined” re-opening date slated for early August 2017.
Time to hop over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios now, as a pair of shops along Hollywood Boulevard are back in action. The Darkroom and Cover Story have both re-opened after a closure time of nearly three months. The walls have been opened up, as the two stores have been connected. You can walk freely through them both and into a third store, the Celebrity 5 & 10 shop.
Time to trek over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park now, where It’s Tough to be a Bug is set to see a brief closure later this month. The attraction will be dark from Sunday, April 23 through Saturday, April 29.
Our final bit of news today takes us across the park over into Pandora: The World of AVATAR. The menu for Satu’li Canteen has been announced. The restaurant will offer up made-to-order “food bowls,” consisting of your choice of base, protein, and sauce. Base choices include nice portions of whole grains and rice, quinoa salad, potato hash, or romaine and kale salad, with delicious protein offerings including chopped wood-grilled chicken ($11.49), slow-roasted sliced grilled beef ($12.99), sustainable fish ($12.99), and chili-spiced crispy fried tofu (11.49). Finally, you can top your bowl with your choice of sauces, including onion chimichurri, black bean vinigrette, and creamy herb dressing. “Pods” are also on the menu, as you can get a cheeseburger pod stuffed with ground beef, cheddar cheese, mustard, ketchup, and pickles, served with vegetable slaw and chips, for a price of $10.99. The vegetable steamed curry pod is also available for $10.99, stuffed with sweet potatoes, cauliflower, eggplant, carrots, and shallot cilantro cream, and served with vegetable slaw and chips. There is also a kids menu at Satu’li Canteen, featuring smaller portions of each menu item. The restaurant is scheduled to open up along with the rest of Pandora on Saturday, May 27th.
Well, that’s gonna do it for the April 2017 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!
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