Since Walt Disney World is always changing, people want to know what is going to happen next. There are plenty of rumors out there about what Disney could be planning. Here are eight of them. Some of them hold a little bit of credibility, while others probably are not going to happen or have already been proven wrong.
8. Tomorrowland Speedway Closing
There was a rumor for a long time that a roller coaster at the Magic Kingdom based on the movie Tron was in the works. The rumor stated that the ride would be built in the area that is currently housed by Tomorrowland Speedway. Fortunately, this is a case of having your cake and eating it too. A Tron coaster that will be similar to the one found at Shanghai Disneyland is indeed coming to Tomorrowland, but it is not at the expense of Tomorrowland Speedway. It is being built in an area behind Space Mountain, so no rides needed to close for the new attraction.
7. Star Wars Land Rumors
We already know a fair amount about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It will feature two new rides, and there will be a Cantina restaurant. We also know that it is scheduled to open “late fall 2019”. A few unconfirmed details have started to emerge. Supposedly there will be three restrooms, one of which will be located inside the Cantina. A small stage is also expected to be part of the new land, which could be the home of a stunt show of some type. It is expected that Star Wars Launch Bay will close at some point before Galaxy’s Edge opens, and that the characters will move to the new land.
6. Stitch’s Great Escape! Replacement
Stitch’s Great Escape! has been one of the most complained about attractions at Walt Disney World for years, and few people were upset when it moved to seasonal status. The attraction is still on the Walt Disney World website, although it’s listed as “temporarily closed”. It hasn’t opened seasonally in a while, and there has been a meet and greet that often takes place in the space instead. There is a rumor that a Wreck-It Ralph themed attraction could take the place of Experiment 626. With all the other changes taking place to get ready for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration in 2021, the space could just stay the way that it is for a while.
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5. Pandora – The World of Avatar Expansion
Pandora – The World of Avatar has only been open since May, 2017, but already there are rumors of an expansion. Some state the Disney underestimated how popular the land would be. According to one rumor, Disney plans on adding a third ride to the area. Another rumor states that a full service restaurant is going to be added. Either of these is possible, but they would most likely be way down the road.
4. IllumiNations Replacement
This is another rumor that has been out there for a while. In fact, many people expected it to be announced at the D23 Expo in 2017. IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth is the longest running nighttime show at any Disney Park on the planet. One rumor states that the show will be updated and new aspects added. Another rumor claims that the show could be entirely replaced. Either way, it would be in time for the 50th Anniversary celebration in 2021.
3. Indiana Jones Rumors
There are two rumors floating around that have to do with Indiana Jones. The first is that Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! will close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. People have claimed that the show was on the chopping block for years, but fortunately there has never been a shred of credible evidence to support it. The second rumor seems a little far fetched. It states that DinoLand U.S.A. will close at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and be replaced with an Indiana Jones themed land. Part of this rumor probably comes from the fact that DINOSAUR and Indiana Jones Adventure at Disneyland Park use the same ride system. While it’s an interesting thought, there has not been even a hint of such a change from Disney.
2. Resort on River Country Site
Disney’s River Country was the first water park at Walt Disney World. It closed in 2001 and the land has mostly remained untouched, until lately. Supposedly permits were filed in March, 2018 with South Florida Water Management District. A new resort would be built near Fort Wilderness. Most likely it would be a Disney Vacation Club property. Considering that there will be a huge influx of guests for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and then for the 50th Anniversary celebration, it makes sense that Disney would continue to add more resorts.
1. New Countries for World Showcase
There is space for up to eight more countries at World Showcase, and rumors of additions have been around for years. Never were they stronger than right before the D23 Expo in 2017, when local television stations even stated that new pavilions would soon be announced. The strongest contenders were Brazil and Spain, although Puerto Rico was mentioned as a possibility as well. Everyone waited for the announcement, but it never happened. That hasn’t stopped the rumors. Many people think that Epcot is the next park that needs a bit of a makeover. A new country or two, along with the Guardians of the Galaxy coaster and the Ratatouille ride that are in the works could give Epcot a new feel, while keeping its charm.