– Reported by Theme Park Tourist
By Amanda Kondolojy, Saturday, September 10, 2016 05:47
Though every spring brings new attractions to Walt Disney World, in recent years every fall has also brought closings to the resort.
This year’s list of attractions going extinct is actually fairly small when compared to closings from years past, but still includes two temporary shows, two Epcot attractions, the Magic Kingdom’s longest-running parade, and a beloved Magic Kingdom character who will be leaving the resort reportedly due to budget cuts. Here’s everything that will be leaving the resort this fall…
1. The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic (Disney’s Animal Kingdom)
Status: Already closed
Though The Jungle Book: Alive With Magic wasn’t exactly the most popular nighttime show to debut at Walt Disney World, this temporary attraction served its purpose this summer, getting guests used to the idea of Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a full-day park and breaking in the Discovery River Theater. However, the show (which was always designed to be temporary) has already had its last performance, taking a final bow on September 5, 2016.
While it may be a little sad to see Disney’s Animal Kingdom operating with reduced hours in the wake of the closing of this nighttime spectacular, it looks like Rivers of Light may finally be ready to debut at the park in the very near future, which is definitely good news for Disney’s Animal Kingdom and will hopefully bring guests back to Animal Kingdom later this year.
2. & 3. StormStruck & The Sum of All Thrills at Innoventions (Epcot)
Status: Closing September 14, 2016
In just a few days both The Sum of All Thrills as well as Storm Struck will be closed permanently at Innoventions East, leaving only the recently-opened Colortopia exhibit still in operation inside this facility. Without these two attractions operating inside what is left of Innoventions, it is doubtful that many guests will be walking inside this area, and rumor has it that Disney will not be renewing its deal with paint company Glidden when it expires, which means the complete closure of former Epcot fixture Innoventions could be just around the corner.
While we don’t know what the future might hold for the Innoventions space once Colortopia eventually closes (we’d guess more character meet and greets), this concept seems to have fallen out of favor with park-goers, and it will be interesting to see how Epcot continues to transform Future World in the coming years.
4. Scoop Sanderson (Citizen of Main Street U.S.A. character at the Magic Kingdom)
Status: Leaving October 8, 2016
Though not necessarily an attraction himself, it has been confirmed that long-time Citizen of Main Street USA character Scoop Sanderson will no longer be regularly appearing at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, and his last day in the park will be in just a few weeks on October 8. Though no immediate reason was given for this sudden departure, it is believed that Disney terminated the contract they had with the performer who brings Scoop Sanderson to life due to ongoing budget cuts at the park.
This is especially sad as Scoop has appeared on Main Street for many years, and is truly an icon for pin traders (he even has a number of official Disney pins that feature his likeness!). Right now we don’t know if any other Citizens of Main Street will be cut this fall, but for now we do know if you want to see Scoop on Main Street one last time, you’ll need to do it soon as he’ll be gone for good in just a few weeks.
5. The Main Street Electrical Parade (Magic Kingdom)
Status: Leaving Walt Disney World October 9, 2016
By now you’ve probably heard the news that after bouncing back and forth between the Magic Kingdom and Disneyland several times over the past four decades, The Main Street Electrical Parade will be leaving the Walt Disney World forever on October 9, 2016.
If you want to see this parade one more time after this date, you’ll have to head to Disneyland in early 2017, as this parade will have a short re-run at the park where it made its initial debut nearly half a century ago before being retired forever on an unspecified date.
Back at Walt Disney World, no replacement parade for the Magic Kingdom has been announced yet, though Disney has said that “new entertainment options” (which doesn’t necessarily mean a parade) will debut at the park “soon”. We’ve got a lot more about the closing of this parade (and the expected effect on the Magic Kingdom) in this news article.
6. Elena’s Royal Welcome (Magic Kingdom)
Status: Closing Fall 2016 (specific date not available)
One of the surprise hits of this past summer was the Elena’s Royal Welcome show, which is performed daily on the Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella Castle Forecourt stage before Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, and features Cinderella and Prince Charming welcoming Elena to the park before this new princess sings the song My Time from the Elena of Avalor TV show.
This show was surprisingly quite popular during this summer, and was even recently extended to last past the summer. However, it looks like this temporary show will be wrapping up its elongated run sometime this fall, likely in mid-October. Though we don’t know the exact date that Cinderella will give Elena her final royal welcome, it will probably be in a few weeks.
While unconfirmed, reports have surfaced recently that Disney may be considering introducing a new pre-show featuring Moana later this fall before Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, which would explain the unspecified closing on the schedule for this current mini-show.
With only half a dozen attractions closing this fall (including two temporary attractions) it looks like this season won’t be too harsh for those who hate to see Walt Disney World attractions close. Which of these (if any) will you miss? Sound off in the comments below!
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