Misc. Disney news

The Hall of Presidents officially reopens with remarks from Trump.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge launches next summer at DHS with in-universe retail and food options. The graphics with the article didn’t quite align with the text. Personally the whole thing seems overhyped, but I’m glad construction walls will be down soon.

Flights of Wonder to be replaced by an unnamed “UP” show. Not sure how they’ll pull this one off, but I’ll give it a shot as (unlike Avatar) UP is a natural fit for this park.

Cirque du Soliel has announced they will be debuting a new show based on “classic Disney animation.” No word on a title, opening date or which animated characters will be featured.


Commentary: What should play in this theater?

Nerdist of all sites had a speculation post on Facebook this morning about the new theater under construction behind Main Street USA. They suggested Frozen (based on its success at DHS/DCA), The Lion King (which just finished a year-long run at Shanghai Disneyland), Mary Poppins (from the popular Broadway/touring productions), Moana (from the popular movie and upcoming show at Shanghai DL) and Aladdin (as the previous occupant of DCA’s Hyperion Theater) as possible choices.

From that list, there are only two that seem even vaguely plausible: Moana and Aladdin. As the story suggests, Moana has popular songs by the current “it” songwriter… but Aladdin spent 13 years at the Hyperion – that’s a damn good track record! As for the others, Frozen is already well represented in both DHS and Epcot, whereas The Lion King already has a show at DAK. Mary Poppins, despite her new movie and upcoming addition to the UK pavilion at Epcot, is simply too much of a dark horse for such a high-profile location.

While Aladdin or Moana are two of the most likely candidates, we cannot forget about other shows that could resurrect from their theme park graves like: Tarzan Rocks (DAK, 1999-2006), Pocahontas (DAK, 1998-2008), Tangled (Disney cruise line, 2017-) or even moving Finding Nemo: The Musical to a presumably larger, more prestigious venue.

But while Nerdist wants to see MP, I feel like it’s bit of a reach. There is nothing stopping them from reaching so why not Big Hero 6: The Musical (yes, I know, they have problems with the Baymax suit, but a story focused on Hiro/Tadeshi could work) or even Treasure Planet as that film, like The Emperor’s New Groove, has developed somewhat of a cult following over the years.

Personally, I think they’d be better off rotating the shows on a regular basis with special shows at night to help draw crowds AWAY from the castle, like how they repurposed Theater of the Stars for a “Pixar symphony” over the summer, but they could also do special Disney Villians show for Halloween or a Frozen Holiday Celebration, etc.

I agree with other Mouse watchers that it will likely be Aladdin, Frozen or Moana, but what shows would YOU like to see?

Random park updates

Sorry for not posting in a while, I evacuated the area with the storm. I only recently got back (my apartment was completely undamaged) so…

While work is quickly wrapping up on the upcoming Toy Story Line, Disney opened their new Baseline Tap House with little fanfare at Hollywood Studios today. Personally, I really hope there is more to this “Grand Avenue” than the photos of the area with the walls down as Irma approached seemed to imply.

Speaking of DHS, the park is getting a second holiday themed projection show this December. Why? Who knows, but if rumors are accurate they need something to replace MK’s outgoing “Jingle Cruise” and their boring drone show at Disney Springs (which is bringing back and expanding on their popular “Trail of Trees” in their former bus loop).

Meanwhile, Epcot is celebrating its 35 birthday by not only introducing special “one day only” commemorative food and merchandise, but by quietly beginning construction on the long-awaited Ratatouille ride from Disneyland Paris as well as their secretive plans for transforming the former Universe of Energy into a new Guardians of the Galaxy ride.

I’ve said before that GOTG probably isn’t the best idea in the world for Epcot, but I like that they’ve refreshed the old gallery at the Mexico pavilion to coincide with the  release of Pixar’s Coco – hopefully, their tired dated boat ride will get a similar refurbishment (it already has a partial Day of the Dead theme).

Opinion: Epcot updates from D23

Everyone else is talking about the new Guardians of the Galaxy (which I’d rather see in either Tomorrowland or DHS) and Tron rides, but I’m probably the only person on the internet excited about the recently announced restaurant at the newly expanded Mission Space attraction and the new upgraded film at the China pavilion (the French pavilion needs it more as their new ride will apparently be in a separate, newly constructed show building).

I love the Coral Reef Restaurant and The Skippers’ Canteen, but I really love the idea of dining on a space station overlooking Earth and the other planets. I can’t speak for the food, but if the other two are any indication, the prices will be “out of this world.”

GotG is being installed in the Universe of Energy pavilion which isn’t necessarily the best idea as there are better ways to update the tired “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” (closing August 13th) than turning it into a roller coaster and/or dark ride. My idea was to have Tadeshi educate Hiro about energy – this works for TWO reasons: 1) the characters are super popular at Epcot, and 2) they fit with the educational theme of the park. Bonus, 3) they could keep the dinosaurs! Kids love dinosaurs!

I’ve been calling for an import of the Ratatouille ride for years and while I’m super excited to finally ride it stateside, there’s not much new I can add at this point that I haven’t said 100x before either here or on any of the various Disney forums I subscribe to.