RUMOR: Tron coaster may replace Tomorrowland Speedway at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary is coming up in 2021 and while Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios have already seen some updates, nothing major has been announced for the Magic Kingdom. Now, insiders are hinting that the Tron coaster, a popular attraction at Shanghai Disneyland, is also heading for Tomorrowland.

A previous rumor hinted that Disney would be closing the Tomorrowland Speedway, and it’s possible that the Tron coaster could take its place. If the potential coaster in Tomorrowland is similar to the one in Shanghai, it will feature motorbike-style seats and an outdoor area.

Other renovation rumors for Tomorrowland include a Wreck-it-Ralph attraction and an update to the Carousel of Progress. Disney is also currently looking to reboot the “Tron” movie franchise with Jared Leto, so this may be the perfect time to have the Tron coaster join Space Mountain as the resident thrill rides of Tomorrowland.


American Horror Story Returns to Halloween Horror Nights 27

You’ve been patiently waiting for the first house reveal of Halloween Horror Nights 27, and this one won’t disappoint. I’m excited to announce we’re bringing back FX’s American Horror Story for a second year.

This all-new house will feature brand new content from Season 2: Asylum, Season 3: Coven and Season 6: Roanoke. And to really blow it out, we’re using our largest floor plan—aka our uber-maze—to bring to life the three incredibly detailed seasons.

American Horror Story has some of the most intricate and intimidating characters I’ve ever seen. We’ve worked hard to once again bring this unique anthology to life, recreating the series with every turn of this maze.

In Asylum, travel through the decades of the notorious Briarcliff – evade Dr. Arden’s grotesque human “Rasper”experiments and come face to “face” with the serial killer, Bloody Face.

New Orleans aesthetics will surround, as you’re drawn into the wrath of descendants of the Salem witches and their unquenchable thirst for power in Coven.

And finally, relive the horrific story of the Millers in Roanoke – where you’ll be at the mercy of Piggy, the grisly Polk family and the ghosts of the blood moon.

With the help of series creator Ryan Murphy and 20th Century Fox, we’ve perfectly captured the environments, moments and scares American Horror Story entails.

Halloween Horror Nights 27 is going to be incredible and over the next several months you’re going to be hearing from three talented (and equally twisted) members of my Creative Development Team, Show Directors Patrick Braillard, Charles Gray, and Blake Braswell. They will be announcing everything from houses to scare zones to show slates.

Halloween Horror Nights 27 is shaping up to be one for the books, so stay tuned for more.

Rumors point to Magic Kingdom closing Speedway as part of Tomorrowland facelift

There’s plenty of evidence that Disney is looking to update Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom, but exact details on the remodel have been all but absent. 

As work at Animal Kingdom winds down and Hollywood Studios moves from planning into construction rumblings of what is in the works for Tomorrowland are ramping up.



The majority of the focus seems to be on the building that houses Stitch’s Great Escape, Auntie Gravity’s, Star Traders, and Cosmic Ray’s. While individual aspects of the building have been updated in a piecemeal approach, the building as a whole hasn’t seen a major update since Magic Kingdom opened in 1971.
Stitch is now on seasonal operations, only opening in the busiest times of the year, with only one of the two theaters in use during this past holiday season. Rumors had pointed to a Wreck-It Ralph VR experience coming to Stitch, but those rumors have died down in recent months with some, like Disney historian Jim Hill, theorizing that this could mean different plans are in the works. 

Now we have rumors ramping up that Disney is looking to close the Tomorrowland Speedway. The speedways at both the Tokyo and Hong Kong resorts have closed in recent years while the new Shanghai Disneyland opened without any type of speedway attraction. 

Here in Orlando, the speedway is constantly ranked as one of the least popular attractions in Tomorrowland. With slow moving, dated, gas guzzling go-karts the speedway takes up nearly as much land as the rest of Tomorrowland combined. In a park where crowd levels are at all-time highs, and land is a premium, a smelly, dated attraction with minimal reviews is an obvious place to look for new expansion. 

Multiple industry insiders have confirmed that major new experiences are coming to Magic Kingdom. This is one of the only Disneyland-style parks without a large theater in it. Other rumors point to Cosmic Ray’s being moved there or another dining option opening. 

On a recent episode of The E-Ticket Report, a theme park news and rumor podcast, industry insider Tim Grassey mentioned that the Tomorrowland update could mean a major overhaul the building which houses Stitch, possibly even expanding the sidewalk that currently is rather narrow in this Tomorrowland entrance pathway. With the speedway now in the mix, it would be easy for Disney to shift many of the uses including the retail, restrooms, and food.

We should know something by 2021, the 50th Anniversary of Magic Kingdom, but if the scale of the update that some indicate is true this new Tomorrowland won’t likely open until at least the mid-2020s. This is Disney after all. 

New Breakfast Offerings Coming to Magic Kingdom Park

I’m a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and luckily delicious new quick-service breakfast offerings will be making their debut at Magic Kingdom Park in the coming weeks.


Batter up! Casey’s Corner will be serving muffins, bagels and a croissant donut. Those searching for a more savory, brunch-like option will enjoy corn dog nuggets and the hash brown dog.

Also on Main Street U.S.A., Plaza Ice Cream Parlor will serve Mickey waffles, Kelloggs cereal and donuts. For a sweet twist on breakfast, try the donut sundae, a donut topped with your favorite flavor of hand-scooped Edy’s ice cream, hot fudge, apple, whipped cream, peanut butter chips, chocolate chips and of course, a cherry.

Sleepy Hollow has been one of my favorite breakfast stops for as long as I can remember. I love getting a hot, freshly-made waffle topped with strawberries and whipped cream and taking a moment to enjoy it in the seating area that overlooks Cinderella Castle. However, the new egg, ham and tomato waffle sandwich which will arrive later this month may become my new go-to. The fruit and chocolate-hazelnut waffle sandwich is also available, in case you prefer a sweet breakfast to a savory one.

Where is your favorite place to grab breakfast in Magic Kingdom Park? Let us know in the comments below!

SeaWorld Tilikum Orca whale feature in Blackfish has Died.

This is SeaWorld Statement on Tilikum Death:

The Life and Care Of Tilikum At SeaWorld

     

SeaWorld family is deeply saddened to announce that one of its most well-known orcas, Tilikum, has passed away. Tilikum passed away early this morning, January 6, surrounded by the trainers, care staff and veterinarians that provided him around-the-clock world-class care.

Like all older animals, Tilikum had faced some very serious health issues. While the official cause of death will not be determined until the necropsy is completed, the SeaWorld veterinarians were treating a persistent and complicated bacterial lung infection. The suspected bacteria is part of a group of bacteria that is found in water and soil both in wild habitats and zoological settings. 

Tilikum’s veterinarians and caretakers delivered various treatment regimens over the course of this illness, which consisted of, among other things, combinations of anti-inflammatories, anti-bacterials, anti-nausea medications, hydration therapy and aerosolized antimicrobial therapy. 

While today is a difficult day for the SeaWorld family, it’s important to remember that Tilikum lived a long and enriching life while at SeaWorld and inspired millions of people to care about this amazing species.

Tilikum’s life will always be inextricably connected with the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Dawn Brancheau.  While we all experienced profound sadness about that loss, we continued to offer Tilikum the best care possible, each and every day, from the country’s leading experts in marine mammals.

“Tilikum had, and will continue to have, a special place in the hearts of the SeaWorld family, as well as the millions of people all over the world that he inspired,” said President & CEO of SeaWorld Joel Manby. “My heart goes out to our team who cared for him like family.”

Tilikum became a part of SeaWorld’s family 25 years ago. Estimated to be about 36 years old, Tilikum was near the high end of the average life expectancy for male killer whales according to an independent scientific review.

Tilikum was not born at or collected by SeaWorld. He came to us from Sealand of the Pacific in Canada. SeaWorld has not collected a whale from the wild in nearly 40 years, and this past March we announced the end of the orca breeding program effectively making the whales currently at SeaWorld the last generation of orcas under human care.

You can learn more about SeaWorld’s Tilikum’s life and how killer whales will continue to inspire guests at SeaWorld clicking on the following links:

Super Nintendo World revealed for Universal Studios Japan, new artwork shows Mario’s Mushroom Kingdom come to life

Just two weeks after Universal Studios announced the worlds of Nintendo will be coming to theme parks worldwide, even more details have emerged regarding this groundbreaking partnership.

Super Nintendo World is the name of the themed area that will first open at Universal Studios Japan, announced to debut by summer 2020 in time for the Tokyo Olympics. It will later be followed by more Nintendo attractions to open at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood.

According to a Universal press release, Super Nintendo World will feature “state-of-the-art rides, interactive areas, shops and restaurants, all featuring Nintendo’s most popular characters and games.”

The massive area will cost more than $430 million dollars to build in Japan.

Concept art for Japan features the Mushroom Kingdom of the Super Mario Bros series. Seen in the artwork are Princess Peach, Toad, Yoshi, green pipes, mountains, Thwomps, question blocks, and even Bowser’s Castle.

The area is being developed mainly using the park’s current parking area and part of an area designated for future expansion.