5 Endangered Disney Attractions You Should See Before They Disappear FOREVER (February 2017)

Theme park attractions come and go all the time, and even though we’d like all our favorite rides and shows to stick around forever, the sad fact is that we have to say goodbye to at least a few every year.

This month, the Magic Kingdom gets ready to say goodbye to its long-running nighttime spectacular, Disney’s Hollywood Studios loses an entrance and a popular snack spot, plus a firm closing date is confirmed for DisneyQuest later this year. 

1. Wishes

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Location: Magic Kingdom

Status: Going extinct May 11, 2017

Though we’ve known for some time that nighttime entertainment at the Magic Kingdom was going to be getting an update, Disney dropped a bombshell on us earlier this month when it was announced that Wishes, the long-running nighttime fireworks spectacular that has been a signature part of this park’s evening entertainment for over a decade, would be going away forever later this year on May 11, 2017. 

However, it looks like fans won’t have to wait too long for a replacement for this show, as Disney has announced that a brand new nighttime spectacular, entitled “Happily Ever After” will be making its debut at the Magic Kingdom just one day later on May 12, 2017.

This new show will be unique as it will use projection mapping in addition to pyrotechnics to transform Cinderella Castle every night into scenes from both modern and classic Disney films including Moana, Big Hero 6, Aladdin, Brave, The Lion King, Zootopia, Peter Pan, Toy Story, The Pirates of the Caribbean, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Princess and the Frog. While we are used to these projections being used in the Once Upon a Time pre-show, this will be the first time that this element will be a part of the actual nighttime spectacular in addition to fireworks and Tinker Bell’s flight. 

You can read more about this new show here

2. DisneyQuest (the whole place!)

Image: Disney

Location: Disney Springs

Status: Going extinct July 3, 2017

Though we have known for nearly two years that DisneyQuest was not long for this world, Disney has officially announced that this location will close its doors forever on July 3, 2017. This is still quite a while from now, and will give fans four more months to make one final stop at the location that was once billed as the “theme park of the future”. 

While we’re sad to see this fixture of the former Downtown Disney district go, DisneyQuest had really been neglected in the past decade, and its good to at least finally have a confirmed closing date for this location after months and months of rumor and speculation.

Details have yet to be released, but Disney has confirmed that the new NBA Experience facility will be constructed sometime in the next few years in the space formerly occupied by DisneyQuest. You can read more about this still in-development project here.  

3. Starring Rolls Cafe

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Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Status: Already extinct

Though it has been relatively easy to predict closures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we were surprised earlier this month when it was announced that the Starring Rolls Cafe, which sits on the corner of Sunset and Hollywood Blvd., closed forever on February 5, 2017. This quick service eatery, known for its wide array of pastries and sandwiches, is not sitting in any construction zones, enjoys a healthy amount of traffic, and is conveniently located near the front of the park, which is why we were baffled when this closure seemingly came out of nowhere. 

We have no idea whether Disney is planning on refurbishing this location, tearing it down, or just leaving the building vacant, but hopefully we’ll know soon, as the Starring Rolls Cafe was certainly a fan favorite dining location, and will definitely be missed.

In the meantime, guests can find many of the sweets and goodies that were available at this shop at the nearby Trolley Car Cafe Starbucks location. 

4. Chip n’ Dale meet and greet at Raffiki’s Planet Watch

Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Status: Already extinct

One of the longest-running meet and greets at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Chip ‘n Dale, who regularly met guests outside of Raffiki’s Planet Watch, even dressing in seasonal attire from time to time. However, earlier this month this duo made their final appearance at Disney’s Animal Kingdom before being immediately replaced by Disney Junior character Doc McStuffins, who will now be meeting in this spot for the foreseeable future. Chip ‘n Dale can still be found at the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and occasionally at Epcot as well at the Garden Grill character dining experience. 

5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios pedestrian entrance

Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Status: Already extinct

Bad news for guests who liked to walk up to the gate at Disney’s Hollywood Studios instead of take the tram: earlier this month the secondary sidewalk entrance that is right next to Guest Relations was closed for arriving guests. All guests are now being directed to the main security screening area in-front of the turnstiles, which means if you choose to walk you’ll now have to navigate around the bus loop before entering. Interestingly, guests can still use this former entrance to exit the park, but if you try and walk through it on your way in, you will be redirected across the street and will need to go around the long way. 

How do you feel about all of these closures in 2017? Will you miss any of these attractions, or are you ready for what’s next at Disney Parks? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


-Originally in Theme Park Tourist  By , Tuesday, February 21, 2017 04:41


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