The Rumor Tracking Thread UPDATED 6/26/19

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The purpose of this thread is to track rumors that are posted on this board and other various places on the Disney interwebs. My hope is this thread will help us look where rumors came from and when and if they became true. This first post will be updated to reflect rumors. I am also open to suggestions on how to improve this thread.

This thread will be color coded.

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Green- Rumor that became true

Red- Dead rumor

Blue- New rumor or Rumor updated

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Rumors

Magic Kingdom

Wreck it Ralph attraction in Stitch's Great Escape? -
August 1st, 2016
Stitch will change to a new Wreck it Ralph based attraction. Magic Feather (WDWMagic), and Martin Smith (WDWMagic).
Update- Theme is still up in the air. Possibly Wreck it Ralph but might be something else unnamed at this time.
Update October 2017 - Ride queue is now a meet and greet for Stitch
Update January 2018 - Ride is in seasonal mode for the time being
Update March 2018 - Still in flux
Update August 2018 - Wreck-it-Ralph may be back on the table according to *****
October 2018 - ***** is reporting that Stitch's Great Escape will not return and the attraction has been taken apart

May 2019 -
RUMOR: Every Guest Will Have a Game Controller in NEW Wreck-It Ralph Attraction at the Magic Kingdom

Tomorrowland renovation/expansion?
Martin Smith and Magicfeather on WDWMagic have stated that plans are in place for Tomorrowland renovations and a possible expansion. However the full plan has not been approved yet.
a. Stitch to be replaced
b. Tomorrowland Speedway- updates, reduction, and replacements are on the table
c. Carousel of Progress final scene update
March 2017 - from MagicFeather and Martin and others - Tomorrowland is getting some love, TRON will be in TL in some form, prior to 50th. One rumor is Tron Coaster in Speedway(Jim Hill), but that has been shot down by Martin and MagicFeather. More likely is some other revamp for the Speedway. It could be a new ride.
Update July 2017 - Speedway will be saved and updated in time for the 50th anniversary

Update September 2017 - Carousel of Progress' finale scene will get an update
Update January 2017 - Possible overhaul to People Mover
Update February 2017 - Tron Construction has begun.
Update March 2018 - Land clearing is well underway for Tron which is set to open Spring 2021. Other parts of Tomorrowland will get updates.
Update April 2018 - Paint renovations of Tomorrowland have started to have been revealed. New purple wall and other areas have debuted as well as the removal of the Toy Story merchandise kiosk.
Update May 2018 - Per Martin on WDWMagic, Carousel of Progress, Peoplemover, and Speedway will get updates for the 50th.
Update June 2018 - Per Martin on WDWMagic, Peoplemover could see several IPs sprinkled throughout.
Update Fall 2018 - The old spaceship style Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor marquee was removed and replaced in December 2018 with a retro style marquee that fits the new direction of the land.
March 2019 - Bob Iger announced at the 2019 Walt Disney Company Shareholders meeting that Disney is looking at ways to update and change Tomorrowland but has no plans to announce.

May 2019 - Tron coaster track supports are starting to be put in place. New paint throughout the land has appeared.



50th anniversary plans
March 2017- Spirit(WDW1974) and others have noted that WDW will get 50 enhancements for the 50th anniversary, includes refurbs, plussing, new attractions and more. Unclear if it includes things like Star Wars land, and resort changes.
May 2017- Spirit(WDW1974) at WDWMagic says the 50th budget needs to be approved by this fall in order for the bigger items to have time to get done. Happily Ever After replacement for the 50th
April 2018 - According to MansionButler84 The WDW 50th celebrations will run from Summer 2021 to the end of 2022.
April 2019 - ***** is reporting there will be no nighttime parade for the 50th anniversary.

June 2019 - ***** is reporting that a Toy Story - Woody's Roundup marionette show could replace Country Bear Jamboree in time for Walt Disney World's 50th anniversary. Martin at WDWMagic says the last he heard would be a refresh of the show.


Enchanted Tiki Room to Close? WDW1974 (WDWMagic) April 15th, 2017
Due to guest satisfaction and low foot traffic Disney is apparently looking to close the Enchanted Tiki Room for either something new or an overlay such as the Stitch version in Tokyo.
Update November 2017 - Moana could join the birds from WDWMagic posters
Update June 2019 - Sources are reporting that Moana could join or replace the Enchanted Tiki Room at WDW. Disney quickly responded to this rumor saying the birds are not going anywhere...


Moana in Adventureland?
April 18th, 2017 - Jim Hill is reporting due to a recent height balloon test in Adventureland that Disney is considering an old concept Fire Mountain with a Moana theme.

Magic Kingdom Nighttime Parade
A new nighttime parade will be created for MK for the 50th anniversary in 2021
April 2018 - Still very much on pace for the WDW 50th according to WDWMagic sources.
May 2018 - The earliest we could see a new nighttime parade is for the 50th anniversary according to former MK VP Dan Cockerell in an interview with Big Fat Panda. They were exploring options for guest flow at night while he was leaving.
August 2018 - Still a good possibility for the 50th anniversary according to WDWMagic sources. The Fox buyout is hindering some of the 50th plans.

Fall 2018 - According to MansionButler84 The Magic Kingdom is still set to get a new nighttime parade that could see a Mary Poppins Returns float or portion.
January 2019 - Disney has possibly ordered 50 new parade float chassis which could be used for a nighttime parade.
April 2019 - ***** is reporting no nighttime parade for the 50th


Jungle Cruise Refresh?
Spring 2017
- Dwayne Johnson posted that he was working with Disney on a new Jungle Cruise film as well as an update for the attraction.
Fall 2018 - Jim Hill says that the new film will prompt an update to this original Disney attraction.


Haunted Mansion Restaurant
July 2017
- WDW1974 on WDWmagic is reporting that a Haunted Mansion dining experience is still in the works.

Magic Kingdom Theater
July 2017 - Announced at D23
Update - October 2017 Construction is set to begin in November, and the theater is rumored to have all the "bells and whistles" according to DCharacterNews on Twitter.
Update December 2017 - Theater will be similar in size to Hyperion in DCA and open May 2020.

Update January 2018 - Project cancelled... Money to be allocated elsewhere.
April 2018 - ***** is reporting that this money is going towards new monorails however several other sources indicate otherwise.

May 2018 - Dan Cockerell in an interview with Big Fat Panda said the money from this project will be going to other Magic Kingdom projects and the theater may be revisited at some point.


Mickey's Philharmagic Changes?
October 2017 - Martin from WDWMagic is reporting the content of the film will be updated.
May 2018 - Philharmagic is going to Disneyland Paris in the Discoveryland Theater
August 2018 - Martin from WDWMagic says an update could still happen for the 50th

New Halloween Projection Firework show?
October 2017 - Jim Hill is reporting Disney is working on a new Halloween fireworks show for either 2018 or 2019.
August 2018 - No Hallowishes update in 2018
Fall 2018 - MansionButler84 says that in 2019 the Halloween and Christmas parties will see new fireworks that include more projections. Sort of a Happily Ever After version of the holiday shows.
March 2019 - ***** is reporting that alongside new fireworks for the Halloween party more attractions will receive light overlays including Big Thunder, Peoplemover, and Monster's Inc. Laugh Floor.

April 2019 - Disney announced that a new fireworks show will come to the MNSSHP this year. In addition MansionButler84 says Holiday Wishes will also change.


Possible new songs for the Country Bears?
December 2017 - Martin at WDWMagic says the Country Bears could get an update with new songs

Possible People Mover overhaul
January 2018 - Martin at WDWMagic says an overhaul for the people mover is in the works likely as part of the Tomorrowland refresh for the 50th anniversary.
May 2018 - Martin says the Peoplemover will get updated for the 50th and include new scenes.
June 2018 - Martin says the Peoplemover could see several IPs sprinkled throughout.


Cruella themed add on coming to MNSSHP?
May 2019 - http://blogmickey.com/2019/05/rumor...ming-to-mickeys-not-so-scary-halloween-party/

Epcot

New Illuminations at Epcot going away from Millennium theme -
August 29th, 2016
Martin Smith (WDWMagic). Drones possibly part of the new show.
January 2018 - Likely for 2019
March 2018 - ***** and WDWMagic sources indicate a new show is in the works. ***** says a new song is being recorded however WDWMagic sources say they aren't that far along yet.
May 2018 - A new Illuminations with rumored Windows of the World name is said to come in 2019 according to several sources.
June 2018 - Illuminations replacement could be in place for 2019 but a temporary show could show up as early as this fall according to posters on WDWMagic.
July 2018 - Illuminations replacement still moving forward. According to Martin on WDWMagic people and things for the new show are now in Orlando.
August 2018 - Summer crowds at Epcot are rather low and Disney wants to increase that with the possibility of a new nighttime show instead of waiting until projects are completed.
September 2018 - Disney has confirmed Illuminations will end at the end of Summer 2019 to make way for a new show.
November 2018 - Disney has confirmed a temporary show and the new full time replacement. Epcot Forever will debut in the second half of 2019 to replace Illuminations: Reflections of Earth and that will pay homage to Epcot's history with fireworks and flying kites. The permanent new show will debut in 2020 with Disney music, massive floats, lasers, and much more!
February 2019 - Show is not expected to use the torches around World Showcase according to WDWMagic sources.

April 2019 - Epcot Forever debuts October 1st, 2019. Illuminations ends September 30th.


Future World to be renamed?
June 2017 - According to Martin at WDWMagic Future World will be renamed.
July 2017 - Bob Chapek would not use the name Future World at the D23 Expo

Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot (Started as Guardians at ToT in DHS) - March 19th, 2016
***** and "Disneyhead'71" (WDWMagic) "WDW1974" (WDWMagic), Martin Smith (WDWMagic).
Ride would go where Universe of Energy is. Building gutted but reused.
March 20, 2017- ride construction timeline has been pushed back
May 2017- Martin at WDWMagic.com - the delays are both technical as well as competing choices. Evidently UoE has a couple of scenarios for change - one being the GotG roller coaster.
May 2017 - UoE is getting replaced - with a roller coaster, current building will be used for fully themed queue, while new attached building will house the roller coaster. Original IP was GotG, but that may have changed, but the roller coaster seems a go.
June 2017 - UoE still changing to Guardians and this will be the majority of Marvel at WDW but we will see Marvel at other Disney parks. Permits for work surrounding UoE has begun.
September 2017 - Martin at WDWMagic.com says this will open in Spring 2021
October 2017 - Ride queue will use up the existing building of UoE and coaster will be in a 10 story building built behind the UoE building.
January 2018 - It is a vekoma coaster with no inversions and but will have launches.
March 2018 - Foundations are well underway and Universe of Energy building has already seen modifications to its backside. The attraction could open by the end of 2020.
April 2018 - Massive concrete foundation pours took place at the end of April for the gravity building for the coaster.
May 2018 - Steel is now vertical for the show building.
June 2018 - First roof truss has been installed.
July 2018 - Permits filed for track installation.

October 2018 - Go away green colored walls have begun going up on the exterior of the building.
December 2018 - Track installation has begun and the exterior building walls are nearly complete.

May 2019 - Building is basically entirely enclosed now


Ratatouille in Epcot by the WDW 50th anniversary
October 17th, 2016 - Jim Hill, Martin Smith (wdwmagic), "Magic feather" (wdwmagic)
UPDATE: Jan. 2017- Martin says Beauty and the Beast is also on the table.
UPDATE: Feb. 2017- Ratatouille is going in
UPDATE: March 2017- Done in 2019/20 range- per Martin and MagicFeather at WDWMagic.com due to Bob Iger and Chapek wanting this - BatB is still an option, but timeline is driver now.
UPDATE: Per three posters at WDWMagic.com - Ratatouille in France by 2020. Pushed up due to delay on GoTG in UoE.
May 2017 - Spirit(WDW1974) says this will happen.
July 2017 - Officially announced at D23
Update - September 2017 will open in 2020
March 2018 - Foundations have been started
April 2018 - The ride building is vertical with steel peeking into World Showcase.

October 2018 - Steel for the facade of the ride building has begun.
May 2019 - ***** is reporting this attraction is ahead of schedule and will open in April 2020



Imagination Pavilion
July 2017 - The DIS is reporting that Inside Out will be coming to the Imagination pavilion in a new attraction to replace Journey into Imagination. No timeline given.
October 2018 - Disney keeps pushing off an Imagination pavilion plans according to Martin on WDWMagic.
February 2019 - Imagination is on the docket but at the bottom and not within the next few years. Other projects have a higher priority according to Martin at WDWMagic.
June 2019 - Inside Out attraction back on the table for Imagination but years out.


Epcot to see major changes to the park, in the next 5-8 years.
a. Leave a Legacy stones to be removed
b. Total aesthetic re-do and replacement for Innoventions. MouseGear to change into a new store.

"Expect new names, severe internal modelling and new cosmetic exteriors. New store in the Mousegear space. Room for Starbucks to get bigger.

A modest expansion to the north west and possibly one to the north east. North west to gain an "expo" feel (not Stark) and Electric Umbrella space consolidated although the kitchen should stay the same, albeit remodeled."

c.
Something in Universe of Energy, likely Guardians.
d. Wonders of Life possibly getting something but not immediate.

e. Mission: Space to get updated or enhancements
f. Updates to The Seas pavilion
g. Refreshes and changes to The Land Pavilion
h. No changes for now to Imagination
i. More attractions (IP based) in World Showcase
j.
New version of Illuminations/new nighttime spectacular
k. New Country in World Showcase - New country to WDW by 50th celebration - Spain is the option credit to Jim Hill. Others such as MagicFeather and Martin on WDWMagic say Spain is not the front runner.
Martin Smith (wdwmagic)


UPDATE: April 2017
Coco in Mexico is in planning stages and could be ready by 2020 as well - not fully green lit pending movie release

Update July 2017
Disney released a concept image at D23 Expo 2017 which showed a completely redesigned spine/front of Epcot.

Update October 2017
Jim Hill and Martin from WDWMagic say the budget for Epcot renovations is $2 Billion
MagicFeather from WDWMagic.com says Coco for Gran Fiesta is all but Green lit


Update December 2017
The Land pavilion update to include a dining refresh.
Brazil pavilion paperwork being finalized.
New film to replace current one in France.


Update January 2017
Brazil set for 2022 according to Martin at WDWMagic
Spine remodel pushed to 2022 according to Martin at WDWMagic
China seamless film update will come in 2019


Update March 2018
Innoventions to remain similar with a new look, expanded meet and greets, dining, and shopping according to Martin at WDWMagic. Coco redo of Gran Fiesta Tour is still possible but not certain.

Update July 2018
Scuttle on WDWMagic is reporting that Brazil is pretty certain for World Showcase with an estimated budget of $450 million. A Brazilian sponsor will cover at least 50% of the cost.
Imagination is reportedly also getting a $250 million overhaul.
Coco project for the Mexico pavilion also on and has a $75 million price tag.


Update August 2018
According to Martin on WDWMagic, plans for the Land and Seas pavilions to get a refresh circa 2021. The Future World overhaul is still "crawling" along as well.

Update October 2018
***** is reporting that Spaceship Earth will close for over 2 years in 2020 for a major renovation as part of Project Gamma for Future World which is a major overhaul of the area.
UPDATE: Spaceship Earth Will Close for Over Two Years, Part of Massive Overhaul of Epcot’s Future World
Martin from WDWMagic says this is part of the plan however he believes it is separate from Project Gamma.

In addition to Project Gamma, World Showcase is looking to add Brazil in between Italy and Germany. The African Outpost spot would be saved for future use. Its possible the new pavilion could have two restaurants and an attraction according to Martin at WDWMagic.

Update February 2019

Martin from WDWMagic says Innoventions West will close and anything inside (meet and greets) will move elsewhere. Innoventions East will stay as West is demolished. He says don't be surprised to see walls everywhere.
Spaceship Earth will go down at the end of this year for a major refurbishment. Said to be a bigger project than the 1993 or 2007 updates. Could even be changes to the ride system itself.
Brazil is also still very much on the table.


Disney has confirmed the Leave a Legacy stones will be moved to a new location to make way for a new entrance plaza that pays homage to the original.

Also announced is an all new Play Pavilion in the former Wonders of Life building and the Festival Centers will move to The Odyssey.

Update March 2019

Permits have been filed to begin work on new Epcot Entrance.
New show going into former Circle of Life film space, Amazing Planet.


Update April 2019
https://*****.com/2019/04/permanent-future-world-festival-center-and-beer-garden-new-starbucks-water-maze-and-more-coming-to-epcot-for-project-gamma/

WDWMagic sources Magic Feather and Martin agree with what ***** says but building shapes and placements are a bit off.

A new garden will replace the Pin trading venue behind Spaceship Earth.

A new beer garden will replace the Fountain of Nations.

Innoventions West is demolished and a new Starbucks, Festival Center, meet and greet area, and "Journey of Water" experience will replace West.

A new path on the East side will lead guests to Guardians and Test Track.

May 2019

***** is reporting that in 2024-2026 Disney will demolish both The Land and Seas Pavilion. Soarin would remain and a new entrance for that would be built.

WDWMagic sources have responded to this report (Magic Feather and Martin) and noted this is not what they have been told. They say the pavilions will get refurbs instead. Expect changes but neither completely gone. Disney would also have to burn bridges with partners such as the USDA as they use The Land for research.

June 2019

A Brazil pavilion will make its way to Epcot in 2022. Work is slated to begin this year. Location would be between Germany and Italy.

MiceChat's Shelly Valladolid is reporting that a Doctor Strange Show is part of the new Future World center area at Epcot.

The rainbow corridor from the Imagination Pavilion could be returning the
Experience Center when it reopens in the former Odyssey building.


New Space Themed Restaurant
July 2017 - Announced at D23 this new concept will be coming to Future World. No details were given on when. Martin at WDWMagic says this will be attached to Mission: Space on the Test Track side.
January 2017 - will open in 2019 according to Martin at WDWMagic
May 2018 - Disney confirmed the location will be between Test Track and Mission: Space
August 2018 - Land has been cleared in the location this is going.

October 2018 - Foundations have been poured for the restaurant.
March 2019 - Walls are going up and this is expected to open this year.

May 2019 - Disney confirmed late 2019 opening


UK Pavillion Attraction
March 2017 - MagicFeather and Martin at WDWMagic say there is an attraction coming to the UK pavilion in World Showcase, but theme is still TBD, and development and plan no where near as far as France.
April 17th, 2017 - "Marni1971" (WDWMagic), is reporting that one of the themes of the possible UK attraction is Mary Poppins.
May 2017 - Spirit(WDW1974) from WDWMagic, this is in the works with Ratatouille.
June 2017 - Martin says Mary Poppins is one of the UK attraction options.
August 2017 - An IP has been selected and it is not Poppins
October 2017 - IP very possibly could be Brave, MagicFeather from WDWMagic says the ride is greenlit
December 2017 - IP might not be Brave any longer according to WDWMagic sources
January 2017 - Mary Poppins is the IP selected and plans are moving forward.
March 2018 - Mary Poppins is the IP and a C-Ticket level dark ride is likely
February 2019 - This project has been given some life again according to Martin...

April 2019 - Martin says construction will begin before year end.


New resort coming to Epcot area?
February 2017
- WDW1974 from WDWMagic says a resort will be added near the Epcot entrance
July 2017 - Martin of WDWMagic says Disney is considering 4 possible resort options for the area
October 2017 - WDWMagic reports of new exploratory borings reveal possible large scale projects Northwest of Epcot
Jim Hill says Disney is looking at two locations for a hotel at the front of Epcot
November 2017 - Magic Feather from WDWMagic says the Epcot resort is happening but could happen in one of three locations all within the Future World area. The front of the park, and near The Land pavilion are two of the three locations.
April 2018 - Still very much a possibility for the front of the park.
May 2018 - Clearing work has begun in the area where exploratory permits were filed last year for a storm water retention pond.
June 2018 - According to Martin, the retention pond work isn't necessarily for the rumored Epcot hotel.
August 2018 - The rumored Epcot entrance hotel is on hold

February 2019 - Project is reportedly dead.


The Odyssey
March 2018
- Disney announced this space would become a "flex" venue which means it will have several different uses throughout the year and new windows will be installed.

December 2018 - The Odyssey reopened for New Years crowds with a new look. The inside is all one level now and features all new hexagon floors, walls, and bathrooms.
February 2019 - Odyssey will become the new Experience Center


Wonders of Life
March 2018 - No major plans have come to fruition for this old pavilion yet according to WDWMagic sources however the pavilion was not used as the Festival Center for Flower and Garden in 2018 and the roof is being refurbished.
April 2018 - No announcements regarding the space and roof work continues on the building.

May 2018 - Roof work continues on Wonders of Life.
June 2018 - Wonders of Life is going to be used as Festival Center for Food and Wine
August 2018 - Wonders of Life is being used as the Festival Center for Food and Wine. Inside the ceiling is still visibly worn.

December 2018 - It was reported that the Buzzy animatronic from inside the former Cranium Command attraction was missing. Apparently in August Disney reported the clothes of the animatronic stolen. A former CM was charged with this theft in December. The
animatronic disappearance happened after the clothes theft and is still unaccounted for.
February 2018 - Will become new Play Pavilion.
March 2019 - Jim Hill is reporting that aspects of the Play Pavilion would rotate and change every so often.
May 2019 - ***** is reporting that the following will be inside the new play pavilion. WDWMagic say this description is accurate.
  • Animation Academy will return under the guidance of Edna Mode from The Incredibles. Guests will once again be able to learn how to draw Disney characters in this relocated offering that was once housed at The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Nick and Judy from Zootopia will host an interactive game called “Hotel Heist”. You can see the entrance to this attraction on the right side of the concept art.
  • Character meet and greets for Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope, Joy and Sadness, and Baymax should find permanent homes here.
  • Adjacent to the Wreck-It Ralph meet and greet, guests will find an arcade, as well as a play area for toddlers.
  • As seen in the concept art above, live performers will take to the stage in the very center of the pavilion, roughly where the former Goofy About Health, Making of Me, and Anacomical Players stages and theaters once stood.

Agent P's World Showcase Adventure to be re-themed to DuckTales
December 2017 - MansionButler84 and Magic Feather on WDWMagic are reporting that Agent P's World Showcase Adventure will change themes to the new DuckTales show on Disney Channel.
April 2019 - ***** is now reporting this will be coming soon to Epcot


Hollywood Studios

Great Movie Ride changes into Mickey Mouse attraction come 2018 using trackless ride system- Aug. 2nd, 2016
Martin recently said that this ride is still happening but don't expect an announcement soon.
"TheVisionarySoul" (WDWMagic), "Lee" (WDWMagic), Martin Smith (WDWMagic)
March 2017, plans are on hold
March 27th, 2017 - "Marni1971" (WDWMagic), is reporting GMR will close early fall and then the Mickey ride will open fall 2019.
April 19th, 2017 - "MansionButler84" (WDWMagic) is reporting GMR will close between August 14th and September 5th, 2017.
May 2017 - Spirit(WDW1974) says this is still happening and moving forward.
Update - September 2017 Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway to open in Fall 2019
April 2018 - Ride budget for this ride is upwards of 300 million according to WDWMagic sources MansionButler84 and Marni1971
July 2018 - MansionButler84 says we are roughly 12 months out from opening.
August 2018 - MansionButler84 from WDWMagic says guests likely will have ridden in soft openings by this time next year.

April 2019 - New attraction may not open prior to SWGE due to technical challenges according to Martin on WDWMagic.com
April 2019 - BlogMickey is reporting this delay could be into early 2020.

April 2019 - Disney confirms it is delayed in Spring 2020.



Park name change
Disney's Hollywood Studios will change names to something that better fits the new theme. Possibly Hollywood Adventure. "WDW1974" (WDWMagic), and various other sources.
January 2018 - Name change will happen in 2019 according to various WDWMagic sources
March 2018 - Disney announces the name will remain for the foreseeable future.

March 29th, 2017 - "TheVisionarySoul" is reporting the following names as possibilities for DHS.
- Disney Hollywood
- Disney's Hollywood
- Disney Hollywoodland
- Disney's Hollywoodland
- Disney Hollywood Adventure
- Disney's Hollywood Adventure


Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
March 2018 - Per Martin at WDWMagic there will be restrooms in the cantina, and on each end of the marketplace.

April 2018 - Theming is starting to show through in the Disneyland version which is well ahead of Hollywood Studios.
May 2018 - Disney confirmed the village name will be Black Spire Outpost and there will be a creature stall with "living" Loth-cats.
Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to use "Magic Power"?

RUMOR: Disney Parks Will Launch “Magic Power” Wireless Device (Interactive Lightsaber, Autonomous Droid) Charging in Star Wars – Galaxy’s Edge
RUMOR: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to Have Realistic Blasters Used by Characters
August 2018 - The Cantina which will be the table service dining location will be called Oga's Cantina. This will be home to live music and serve alcohol (for the first time in Disneyland)
RUMOR: John Williams & Michael Giacchino to Compose All Music for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
November 2018 - Disney has moved from "late fall" to "fall" as the opening time frame for SWGE.
March 2019 - Date rumored to be announced for Disneyland at Disney Shareholders meeting March 7th - CONFIRMED - May 31st for Disneyland August 29th for Hollywood Studios
April 2019 - Rise of the Resistance is experiencing multiple technical challenges during test and adjust periods where it may not open in DL until August at the earliest and November at the earliest in DHS.

May 2019 - Media invites are being sent out for the Disneyland opening. New rumors suggest RotR will open in September in Disneyland and December in Hollywood Studios.


Indiana Jones boat ride? Or land?
A few WDWMagic sources have indicated that a boat ride using the technology from the Shanghai Pirates of the Caribbean could be coming to Hollywood Studios in the not too distant future.
May 2018 - Still a possibility but maybe not as likely according to WDWMagic Sources
October 2018 - According to multiple WDWMagic sources Disney is looking to add an Indiana Jones land/area to Hollywood Studios. Several attractions are apparently being considered.


Early Morning Magic at DHS
RUMOR: Early Morning Magic Returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Confirmed and underway at Hollywood Studios

Animation Courtyard Redo
August 2018 - According to Martin and others on WDWMagic post Galaxy's Edge opening Animation Courtyard will be the next area to receive work if it gets the funding. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid theater would be the first piece to change with also Launch Bay changing due to SWGE then being open.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular to change
February 2019
- Jim Hill is reporting that the show will receive updates alongside the release with the new film expected to debut in 2021. With that would come an Indiana Jones Meet and Greet.

March 2019 - ***** is reporting that the show will lose its studio/filming aspects to go along with the new theme of the park in that it is no longer a studio. This would happen in 2020-2021.

Animal Kingdom

Rivers of Light ending?
- March 2017 - Jim Hill said that come Summer 2020 Rivers of Light will go away for a new show using Disney character (specifically the new CG Lion King).

April 2019 - A new version of Rivers of Light including Disney Nature and animated Disney characters has been announced to debut in May 2019.

Animal Kingdom Expansion
May 2017- Martin at WDWMagic.com has hinted at another addition happening to AK within the next decade. This potentially could be an expansion of a new ride, or a redo of the Dinoland area. Nothing has been locked.
June 2017 - Zootopia is being looked at as a possible expansion according to Jim Hill
March 2019 - Zootopia is still a possibility for Animal Kingdom in 4-5 years according to Jim Hill


Possible Pandora Expansion?
I have heard that a possible Pandora expansion is already being looking at with another attraction and sit down restaurant.
August 2018 - Per Martin on WDWMagic a Pandora expansion is still a possibility


Indiana Jones replacing Dinosaur/Dinoland USA?
Visionary Soul at WDWMagic is reporting that Disney Execs want Indiana Jones in the parks for the next film to come out. The simplest option is to redo Dinosaur and that area into Indiana Jones.
March 2018 - Several plans are in flux for the Dinoland area according to WDWMagic sources. A Dino themed refresh of the land is a front runner.
May 2018 - VisionarySoul on WDWMagic is reporting this is going forward and Dinosaur could close as early as next year to become Indiana Jones Adventure.

September 2018 - Martin from WDWMagic is reporting that Indiana Jones is NOT coming to Animal Kingdom.


Flights of Wonder to be replaced?
October 2017 - InsideUniversal.net is reporting the show will close at the end of the year
Kenny the Pirate is reporting a new show will come to the venue.
December 2017 - Confirmed: new UP themed show including the birds will take its place.
February 2018 - Explorers Meet UP! A Great Bird Adventure
March 2018 - The new show will have FP+ according to kennythepirate
April 2018 - The new Up A Great Bird Adventure show has opened!
August 2018 - ***** is reporting that the script is being reworked for this show in the future.

Script has been reworked for Up! A Great Bird Adventure


Circle of Flavors Event at Animal Kingdom
March 2019 - BlogMickey is reporting that a special nighttime event called Circle of Flavors will come to Animal Kingdom later this year.
April 2019 - Confirmed by Disney and now available for booking. Begins in July and runs through Octobers on Wednesday nights.

Rafikis Planet Watch to reopen Summer 2019
May 2019 - Reopening has been delayed to August as work on the interior and adding new exhibits is ongoing according to *****. This will include an exhibit on Walt Disney Animation and the connection to animals and nature.

Restaurantosaurus to serve family style meal like Pizzafari
May 2019
- According to BlogMickey that a new family style meal much like the one at Pizzafari available through July 27th will debut at Restaurantosaurus.
June 2019 - BlogMickey is reporting that Disney is targeting an August debut for this experience. It will feature gourmet burgers and sundaes.

June 2019 - Disney has confirmed this experience.

Other (Resorts, DVC, MISC.)

DVC at Caribbean Beach (new resort Disney's Riviera Resort) - August 23rd, 2014
4-5 floor tower with DVC lounge on top with views of illuminations at night. The boat connection to Epcot for this has been canned according to Martin Smith (wdwmagic)
Jim Hill, "WDW1974” (wdwmagic)
August 23rd, 2014
UPDATE: Jan. 18th, 2017 - Permits filed for an expansion of the resort

UPDATE: Disney confirms new dining, retail, and services (Feb. 16 2017)
UPDATE: July 2017 - Disney's Riviera Resort
Update - September 2017 Resort will open in 2019
August 2018 - Riviera is well on its way to opening sometime next year. The resort pools have also started to take form.

October 2018 - New amenities at Caribbean Beach opened October 8th, 2018. This includes an all new lobby, dining, and retail.

Riviera opens in December 2019

Gondola from Epcot, CBR, Pop/AoA, and DHS - Feb. 2017
Permits discovered by @DanBoris and others at WDWMagic lead us to believe that a new Gondola style transportation system is in the works that will be complete in 2019. Martin Smith, and WDW1974 from WDWMagic have also said this is the case.

April 18th, 2017 - Sandra Pedicini from the Orlando Sentinel had an email exchange with the Reedy Creek Improvement district confirming the Gondola project. Stations linking DHS, Epcot, AoA/Pop, and CBR. Each gondola will hold 10 guests.


July 2017 - Disney Skyliner servicing DHS, Epcot, AoA/Pop, Riviera Resort, and CBR

Update - September 2017 Disney Skyliner will open in 2019

January 2018 - Various concept art images are posted at the construction sites

May 2018 - Work continues and gondola mechanisms are being installed.

June 2018 - Station theming has begun at Hollywood Studios

August 2018 - According to Lift Blog roughly 80% of the Skyliner towers are up and ready to go. The Art of Animation station is now forming. The DHS station seems furthest along. Cables for the Skyliner has been spotted at a staging site in the Art of Animation parking lot.


October 2018 - The Friendship boat transportation will be down to Epcot from November 28th to mid December. This is expected to be the period of time where they will be stringing the cables for the Skyliner station. The service will remain for Hollywood Studios transportation.

November 2018 - Disney has stated Fall 2019 as the opening for the Skyliner. According to sources this is due to the production of the cabins for the system. The system could open late summer if things catch up.

February 2019 - Major testing has commenced with cabins leaving the station every 10 seconds.

April 2019 - Major testing continues between the DHS and CBR station and has begun at the AoA/Pop to CBR station. No major testing yet from Epcot to CBR.


May 2019 - Cabins have been removed from wraps on DHS line. Major testing has begun on the Epcot line.


Potential transportation between Animal Kingdom and Animal Kingdom Lodge - Feb. 2017
Martin Smith says plans are in the works for additional transportation between this resort and park. What exactly it is, is unknown however it is not a Gondola.

Star Wars boutique resort
WDWMagic user WDW1974 mentions Disney is building a Star Wars boutique resort.
***** is surveying guests about this potential, (4/18/17)
BREAKING: Disney Creating Star Wars “Starshi...
Confirmed: D23 Expo announcement July 2017
Update December 2017 - Could open in 2019
May 2018 - will be in DHS area likely outside Galaxy's Edge near the new parking lot entrance to DHS. Site clearing has begun.
November 2018 - Land has been cleared and Disney released new concept art. Guests will be transported on arrival to their luxury starship. Still no announced opening.

March 2019 - Foundations are finally starting to be poured for this one of a kind hotel experience.

Potential tower at the Contemporary
April 18th, 2017 - Len Testa said a rumor is floating around that Disney will construct a suite only tower where current convention space is.

Club 33 at Walt Disney World
April 13th, 2017 - Walt Disney World has set up an email service for a Club 33 at the resort in each of the 4 parks. Possible locations are Adventureland, American Adventure pavilion, and Dinoland right now.
Update - October 2017 Adventureland Veranda is undergoing major renovations for possible Club 33
April 2018 - Clubs at Hollywood Studios and Epcot are now open. Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom coming soon.
May 2018 - Animal Kingdom will be in Africa not Dinoland as previously thought according to members.
August 2018 - The Animal Kingdom location will be called Harambe House
October 2018 - The Magic Kingdom location will open this month
February 2019 - Permits filed for work on Harambe location of Animal Kingdom Club 33
May 2019 - Land has been cleared for the Animal Kingdom Club 33


Swan and Dolphin Expansion
January 2016 -
Martin from WDWMagic is reporting that a third tower is reportedly coming to the Swolphin complex.

October 2017 - Coastal Construction says they are going to be building a 350 room boutique resort for the Swan and Dolphin that will go onto the Tennis courts next to the mini golf course. Tishman will not confirm this development.
November 2017 - survey markers were placed in the area
2018 - Concept art was found by *****
August 2018 - The Tennis Courts are closing later this year and the Fantasia Mini Golf storage areas are being moved for this long rumored project.
September 2018 - Project confirmed by Tishman corporation. It will be a 300 room resort with dining and views of the theme park fireworks. It will be built in the tennis courts and open in 2020.
November 2018 - The Cove is the third hotel on the Swan and Dolphin property. This smaller hotel will open in 2020.
March 2019 - Land clearing has begun.


New Monorail Trains
January 2018 - Disney is meeting with companies to potential build new monorail trains in time for the 50th anniversary.
April 2018 - Disney has not confirmed new monorails are coming at this point but several sources indicate a deal is close with the possible manufacturer Bombardier who built the previous trains. Bob Gurr at an event in Orlando said Disney is indeed close to a deal and that new trains will be coming soon as the current ones are over their expected life span.
May 2018 - A deal is very much in the works with Bombardier the Canadian company who built the previous monorails. The plan is to have at least some monorails done by the 50th anniversary.
October 2018 - Monorails are still very much in the plans from Bombardier.
December 2018 - Monorails are still on the table from Bombardier and would be an incremental upgrade (one train at a time). Timetable is 2020-2021 if all goes to original plan.


New DVC/Resort at the River Country site
March 2018 - Disney has filed exploratory permits for this location to check if the land is suitable for building. Martin at WDWMagic says a resort is in the works similar to the one long rumored for the site.

May 2018 - New permits for a site prep area linked to Project 89 (the exploratory permits) have been filed.
August 2018 - Mickey's BBQ is closing according to WDWMagic on Dec. 31st, 2018. This is in relation to the upcoming construction in the area for the River Country DVC project.
October 2018 - Disney has confirmed a new nature-inspired Disney deluxe resort that has DVC units will be coming to the River Country site. This new resort will open in 2022.
November 2018 - Jim Hill was the first to report the name of the resort at Reflections. Disney announced its next property Reflections: A Disney Lakeside Lodge will open in 2022 with unique accommodations on the River Country property.
March 2019 - Land clearing has begun at the old River Country property.
May 2019 - Permits have been filed for construction to begin on Reflections.

Permits Reveal Bungalows, Hotel Layout, Tri-Circle D Ranch Demolition for Reflections – A Disney Lakeside Resort

Whispering Canyon and other Wilderness Lodge dining changing?
May 2018 - Several sources are indicating that the antics from Whispering Canyon are no longer happening. A theme change is rumored for the dining experience and characters are rumored to be coming to the Artist Point.
August 2018 - Artist Point is officially changing to Storybook Dining with Snow White, Dopey, Grumpy, and the Evil Queen.
December 2018 - This new dining experience has opened to rave reviews.


Wreck it Ralph VR experience joining Star Wars at The Void?
July 2018 - According to *****, Disney and The Void are looking to create a Wreck it Ralph VR experience similar to the Star Wars one currently at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. This would take over two current rooms for the Star Wars experience and have both running concurrently but of course the guest chooses which one they want to do.
September 2018 - Disney confirmed a Wreck it Ralph VR experience is coming to both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in November 2018.


Frozen 2 VR experience coming to The Void?
March 2019 - ***** is reporting a Frozen 2 experience will be joining the Void at Disneyland and Walt Disney World

World of Color - Villainous

https://variety.com/2018/film/news/bobcat-goldthwait-disney-james-gunn-fired-guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-3-1202881161/

April 2019 - New Oogie Boogie Bash – A Disney Halloween Party Coming to Disney California Adventure Park, Tickets on Sale Beginning Next Week

Bongos replacement at Disney Springs
August 2018 - According to Jim Hill and Len Testa on the Disney Dish Podcast a new restaurant group has taken over Bongos and will soon begin a concert change for the location which will include going away from the Cuban cuisine.
October 2018 - Jim and Len added in a recent Disney Dish episode that the Lettuce Entertain You restaurant group is the one taking over Bongos and they are going introduce a new Beatrix Market concept which offers soup, salads, and sandwiches.

May 2019 - WDWMagic is reporting that Bongos will close later this year and move off property. A new dining venue will take over this space at Disney Springs.

Atlantic Dance Hall to close?
January 2019 - SavePleasureIsland.com is reporting that the venue could close soon to the public and be a space only available to rent for events.

Lamplight Lounge at DCA to add brunch?
April 2019 - BlogMickey is reporting in May 2019 Lamplight Lounge in California Adventure will add brunch to its lineup.
May 2019 - Disney has confirmed the new brunch will debut May 25th at Lamplight Lounge

New Disneyland parade
April 2019 - MiceChat forums are discussing the rumor that a new parade will be coming to Disneyland in 2020.

The Wave to change to Incredibles character dining?
May 2019 - ***** is reporting that Disney may be looking to change the Wave to an Incredibles Steakhouse within the next year or so.
 
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circus4u

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The purpose of this thread is to track rumors that are posted on this board and other various places on the Disney interwebs. My hope is this thread will help us look where rumors came from and when and if they became true. This first post will be updated to reflect rumors. I am also open to suggestions on how to improve this thread.

This thread will be color coded.

Green- Rumor that became true

Red- Dead rumor

Blue- New rumor or Rumor updated

Rumors

1. New illuminations or spectacular at Epcot going away from the Millennium theme - Martin Smith (wdwmagic)

2. Wreck it ralph Attraction in Stitch's Great Escape - "Magic Feather" (wdwmagic)

3. Guardians of the Galaxy at Epcot (Started as Guardians at ToT in DHS) - "WDW1974" (wdwmagic), Martin Smith (wdwmagic).

4. Mission Space update and fix up- Martin Smith (wdwmagic)
Shouldn't this be pinned at the top? Otherwise it is going to get lost in the shuffle as updates may be sparse,s at least at first.
 
  • mar7967

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    I see the current rumors are from wdwmagic - is it legal to link to the posts where the rumor was made? or, alternatively, link to a thread on disboards to discuss the rumor to keep specific discussions off of this thread?
     

    rteetz

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    I see the current rumors are from wdwmagic - is it legal to link to the posts where the rumor was made? or, alternatively, link to a thread on disboards to discuss the rumor to keep specific discussions off of this thread?
    More rumors from various places will be added, that's just what I've started with. I can link to where they were made but in some cases that's going to be hard for me to find going back through threads that are 200+ pages long.
     
  • rteetz

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    No offense, but I think you should just refer to this website which has been following tumors for a long time. It is a great site and it groups rumors by topic and date. The site admin is also a regular on message boards and knows the insiders and those that just post false info to get a rise out of people:

    http://www.wdwthemeparks.com/
    Yes I know that site.
     

    mar7967

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    More rumors from various places will be added, that's just what I've started with. I can link to where they were made but in some cases that's going to be hard for me to find going back through threads that are 200+ pages long.
    I understand that. Maybe just for new rumors you add? It's just nice to be able to see the source easily.
     

    Iowamomof4

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    Thanks for starting this thread. I don't go to other boards much, so it's nice to have everything here!
     
  • Cynister

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    Do you want to add in The Great Movie Ride, RNR, Sum of All Thrills, & the personalized screens?
     

    rteetz

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    Do you want to add in The Great Movie Ride, RNR, Sum of All Thrills, & the personalized screens?
    I could add in GMR yes. RnRc is a spotty rumor. What about Sum of All Thrills? It closed but we have no rumors of what's replacing it yet.
     

    Cynister

    How long until the next vacation?
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    Ah, I hadn't caught Sum of all Thrills had officially been announced, sorry. Ok, then how about the personalized screens, or dvc at Caribbean?
     

    TheMaxRebo

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    Looks great Ryan - Love the idea

    Would you also track how things have changed over time? Like how GotG was first rumored to be at Wonders of Life, then changed to UoE/ Or just keep track of the most current status? I think it would be neat to track how things change overtime but know that is more work
     

    rteetz

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    Looks great Ryan - Love the idea

    Would you also track how things have changed over time? Like how GotG was first rumored to be at Wonders of Life, then changed to UoE/ Or just keep track of the most current status? I think it would be neat to track how things change overtime but know that is more work
    Yes I can track those things but GOTG was never first rumored at WoL, they rumor had a phase 2 at WoL but the coaster has always been rumored for UoE.
     

    Phicinfan

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    have you added the expansion of Epcot? Per Martin at MDWmagic - this could be a substansive as DCA in DLR. Looking at fixes for FW as well as additions in WS. Granted, I don't know it has been spelled out exactly what will be done, but it is a very substantiated rumor.
     

    DisFanDad

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    Awesome Idea, I LOVE data ! You thinking about just following "Parks" rumors ? What about construction rumors in general such as the DVC expansion at Caribbean beach resort ?
     

    SureAsLiz

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    Would it be possible to add dates? When it originally came out, was updated, or died. It might help with keeping track of developments
     

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