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WDW Radio Newswire: Slinky Dog Dash Track And Ride Vehicle In Place

Slinky Dog Dash Ride Vehicle Arrives - copyright Disney

Plus… BaseLine Tap House now open on Grand Avenue, construction updates on Universe of Energy and Ratatouille attraction, and more!


There was a little dry spell in the news “post-D23,” but the Newswire is heating up once again as the Fall Season is upon us. So let’s get to it, time for the October 2017 Edition of the WDW Radio Newswire!

We begin this edition of the Newswire at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Let’s  venture over to the site of Toy Story Land, as things are really starting to take shape structurally. The full track is now in place for Slinky Dog Dash. The Slinky Dog ride vehicle has arrived on site, and riderless test runs have begun. In addition, the roof is now in place for the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction. With this, the majority of the vertical construction is now complete. Toy Story Land is slated for a “Summer 2018” opening.

Baseline Tap House at Disney's Hollywood Studios - copyright DisneyFor more news out of DHS, let’s make our way over to the Streets of America, err I mean Grand Avenue, as the BaseLine Tap House is now open for business. Located at the site of the former Writer’s Stop, the new restaurant offers up a refreshing mix of cocktails, craft beers, and small plate snack items. The theming puts you right in the middle of the atmosphere of modern-day Downtown Los Angeles, and features both indoor (bar and lounge) and outdoor (patio-style) seating. A wide variety of California craft beers, ciders, wines, and specialty cocktails are available, and the menu features delicious items like the Bavarian Pretzel with Beer Cheese Fondue and Spicy Mustard ($9), California Cheese and Charcuterie Plate ($10), and House-Made Spiced Toasted Almonds ($6). BaseLine Tap House is open daily from 11 AM to park close.

For more DHS news, let’s venture over to Sunset Boulevard. A trio of quick-service spots have joined the mobile ordering mix. Catalina Eddie’s, Rosie’s All-American Cafe, and Fairfax Faire are all offering up the option of mobile ordering via the My Disney Experience app. The three Sunset Blvd restaurants join Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, and PizzeRizzo as mobile ordering options available at DHS.

For more news on the mobile ordering dining front, let’s park-hop over to Epcot. The Land pavilion’s quick-service hot spot Sunshine Seasons has just made mobile ordering available to Guests. As with all other mobile order restaurants, this option is only available to credit card-paying Guests using the My Disney Experience app.

For more Epcot news, let’s head through the breezeway and make our way over to Future World East. Construction walls recently sprung up around the Universe of Energy pavilion, as the transition to the Guardians of the Galaxy attraction is officially underway. Plans seem and rumors seem to indicate that the majority of the current pavilion to house the queue and pre-show for the attraction, with an area behind the Wonders of Life pavilion set to serve as the main show building. This would lead to the assumption that a launch tunnel will connect the UOE pavilion with the new show building (picture something similar to the setup for Rock ‘n’ RollerCoaster). The timetable for completion is still 3 1/2 years out, as the attraction is slated for a “Spring 2021” opening.

Ratatouille Concept Art for Epcot - copyright DisneyFor more Epcot news, let’s head into World Showcase now. Things are progressing at the France pavilion, as the space is now fully cleared at the future site of the Ratatouille attraction. Construction permits have been officially filed, meaning work at the location is imminent. The attraction is scheduled to open in “Spring 2020,” and will be modeled after the hugely popular Ratatouille: L’Adventure Totalement Toquèe de Rèmy (Remy’s Totally Zany Adventure) at Disneyland Paris.

Time to board the Monorail and venture over to Magic Kingdom Park. For this newsbit, let’s stroll down the Avenue of the Planets and make our way into Tomorrowland. The seasonal Stitch’s Great Escape! attraction is now the home of the Stitch’s Alien Encounter Meet and Greet. The character greeting features Stitch, and is located in the first pre-show area of the attraction. It’s unknown at this time what this means for the future of the attraction. It moved to seasonal operation status a little over a year ago on October 2, 2016, and was last open during the Summer 2017 season (May 27 to August 19).

For our final bit of news today, let’s head over to Main Street U.S.A. Casey’s Corner recently joined in on the mobile ordering blitz, offering credit card paying Guests the opportunity to order up and pre-pay for their meal in advance via the My Disney Experience app. As with the other mobile order restaurants, this feature is not yet available to Guests on the Disney Dining Plan.

Well, that’s gonna do it for the October 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!”

(Photos © Disney)

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