Welcome to 2017 everyone! A brand new year of Disney news and rumors. What will be announced this year that has been already rumored? You can visit the last installment from 2016 here.
Disclaimer: none of the things mentioned in this article are official, and may not ever happen.
What came true from 2016 Rumor Round Up’s?
- Pizza Planet became PizzeRizzo from WDWMagic.com
- Marvel expansion at Disney California Adventure from MiceChat.com
- Muppets in Liberty Square from WDWMagic.com
- Fantasmic changes at Disneyland from MiceChat.com
- Height test balloons spotted at Caribbean Beach for expansion project from WDWMagic.com
Many other rumors still exist but have yet to be officially announced by Disney. We might see some of those announcements come this year with the D23 Expo coming up this summer.
Tomorrowland is the focus for the Magic Kingdom right now. Stitch’s Great Escape is set to be changed to a new attraction that will either be Wreck it Ralph focused or something yet to be determined. Tomorrowland Speedway has also been in discussion for either a renovation or being taken away altogether. Several different sources have said plans are on the table for the attraction. What actually happens is yet to be seen. Tomorrowland is also looking at an expansion. Where or what it is depends on how much Disney is willing to spend on the Tomorrowland improvements for the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary. These rumors come from the forums at WDWMagic.com
Epcot is back in the news with an interesting development. According to multiple sources on WDWMagic.com forums, World Showcase is set to see a brand new attraction in France. The two options on the table are Ratatouille, which is already in Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris, and a Beauty and the Beast attraction that is being developed for Tokyo Disneyland. Disney is said to be leaning towards the Ratatouille option. This new ride would be built for the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary.
In character news, Nick and Judy from Zootopia are apparently going to be meeting in Innoventions fairly soon. When they will officially start is still up in the air. This rumor comes from the forums WDWMagic.com and DCharacterNews on twitter.
The only new development at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is that Disney Junior Live on Stage is said to get an update to refresh the show soon. It is not clear what that refresh will include according to the sources on WDWMagic.com.
Pandora is still moving along. Right now, a new ticket option that came out has led to speculation that Pandora will open in late May or early June. The new ticket option has blackout dates during those time frames and no other parks have blackout options.
Rivers of Light cast member previews came and went. Disney has not given any recent update on the nighttime show, however sources on WDWMagic.com indicate there are three possible opening dates coming up. Disney wants the show open before Springs Break crowds. The date they are pushing for is February 12th, but want it open at the latest by March.
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If you recall, last year height test balloons were spotted at Caribbean Beach Resort. Those balloons are used for visual tests as to how a new construction project would be affecting different points on property. Now, Disney has filed permits for major construction work at the resort. This work will demolish multiple buildings in the Barbados section. Then, in place of those buildings, a new hotel tower will be built. This tower will still be part of the resort but whether the new build becomes Disney Vacation Club or just resort expansion is yet to be seen. All indications lead us to believe it is for Disney Vacation Club.
Disneyland Resort is continuing to work towards its Marvel expansion plans for Disney California Adventure. Currently the plan is for a Marvel “hyper-coaster” to open in 2020. Disney is also working on other smaller things in the mean time from meet and greets to shows. Right now plans are for a Marvel announcement at D23 Expo this July. Disney hopes for the Rivers of America, and other now closed attractions to reopen by the D23 Expo and Disneyland anniversary on July 17th. Star Wars Land in Disneyland is set to open Spring 2019 as of right now.
Finally, Disney California Adventure is set to get an update to it’s Disney Junior Stage show; what exactly the show will consist of is yet to be announced. California adventure could possibly see a new daytime parade. Well, new to the park anyways. Soundsational is rumored to move to California Adventure as Disneyland wants to put emphasis back on Paint the Night and Fantasmic upgrades. These Disneyland rumors come from MiceChat.com.