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Old 08-10-2012, 09:07 AM   #31
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I always have to wonder when something with this much impact is pending
why there is only one source announcing it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:09 AM   #32
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Ack! I'm glad we're going in December then because I've never seen it and want to.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:19 AM   #33
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WDWMagic is reporting the same thing from Screamscape too.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:20 AM   #34
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I always have to wonder when something with this much impact is pending
why there is only one source announcing it.
You mean sort of how Disney handled the whole Test Track closure/refurb?
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:20 AM   #35
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It's an awesome show and does draw lot of people to it. Very say to see it go it the rumors are correct. Like so many of our favorites it may be just a memory.

Rumors fly around there boards like a wildfire out of control, most burn themselfs out, but there's alway a few that survive. I'll believe it when the Disney announces it.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:26 AM   #36
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This is a very popular show. I can't believe there want a better plan in place to keep this show running.

Makes me wonder if the Avatar plans have been recently overhauled.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:26 AM   #37
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I too, will go with just a rumor, until we hear for sure. I will however, be very saddened if it does. We absolutely love the show! And like a previous poster, our needing to go AK will be dimished more. As it is, we are usually done by noon, now with one less thing, we may skip it altogether on some trips.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:35 AM   #38
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WDWMagic is reporting the same thing from Screamscape too.
Yes, but it's in the rumor section.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:38 AM   #39
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From Screamscape this morning:

Confirmed - (8/10/12) The latest buzz from the Rhinos is that the Festival of the Lion King show is expected to close in January to make way for Avatar. The long term plan is to move to into a new theater somewhere, but it sounds like the show will close down completely long before this happens.
No, say it isn't so
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I had just read this. It does not say forever, it says completely before it likely relocates.

"Confirmed - (8/10/12) The latest buzz from the Rhinos is that the Festival of the Lion King show is expected to close in January to make way for Avatar. The long term plan is to move to into a new theater somewhere, but it sounds like the show will close down complete long before this happens. "
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I thought Avatar land wasn't set to break ground until 2015? Why on earth would they need to shut down FOTLK in early 2013, if so?

Hoping this is just a rumor, and that any closing will be delayed and very temporary.
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Given that FOTLK is such a huge draw for AK, I'm really puzzled that they would close this show for an indeterminate time before building a new theatre to house it. Surely it would make more sense to build the new theatre first?
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:51 AM   #43
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Since nobody else has mentioned this...

How do we know this is actually going to happen?
We don't. I've seen this rumor on couple of different Disney blogs and planning sites, but nothing confirmed yet. I suspect they will move FOTLK, and even shut it down for a short period of time to move it to a new location/theater due to the Avatar construction, but I highly doubt it will be closed for too long.
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So, when they were looking at the AK map to find a place for Avatarland, did someone accidentally put their coffee cup on top of Dinoland? How else was Dinoland spared?
There is a HUGE expansion pad behind Camp Minnie-Mickey. It was where Beastly Kingdom was originally supposed to go. Camp Minnie-Mickey wasn't even in the original design plan, and was sort of put in as a placeholder when BK was "delayed" until after opening. It stayed put when BK was finally "cancelled".

FOTLK, really, is the only good reason (other than meet and greets, I guess) to visit that part of the park. I can understand why they might want to move the show to make way for something with (you'd hope) more drawing power. That being said: Shuttering it, if that's what they do, while they create a new theater for it out in Africa, is just a bad idea. It cuts one more thing off of AK's already somewhat limited slate of appealing shows and attractions.

For us, FOTLK or Nemo always is what we do right after lunch, before we leave the park for the day.
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I thought Avatar land wasn't set to break ground until 2015? Why on earth would they need to shut down FOTLK in early 2013, if so?

Hoping this is just a rumor, and that any closing will be delayed and very temporary.
I think it's all specualation at this point. I heard the Avatar "land"/attraction would open in 2014. It also seems like the Avatar "land" has been blown a bit out of proportion. I think this will be a small area that will house one feature attraction, a couple of lesser attracations, maybe a meet-n-greet and a gift shop.
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