3 Rumored Closures Set to Hit Walt Disney World in 2017By Amanda Kondolojy, Friday, December 23, 2016 07:05
Though we’ve already taken a look at several of the Walt Disney World attractions that we lost forever in 2016, it looks like 2017 is going to get things started with a number of additional closures hitting the resort. While none of these closures have been officially confirmed by the resort, based on inside sources (as well as other current events elsewhere around Walt Disney World), it seems very likely that the following attractions will be going away sometime very soon in the coming year. In fact, if you want to experience this first attraction on our list of rumored closures, you probably have only a few days left before it goes away forever...
1. Stitch's Great Escape (Magic Kingdom)
Stitch’s Great Escape, which has a reputation as being one of the most reviled attractions in Disney history, discontinued daily operation as of October 2, 2016. However, if you visit the Magic Kingdom this week, you'll actually still be able to experience this attraction, as it is currently operating on a "seasonal" basis until January 2, 2017. However, according to Walt Disney World's official calendar, it looks like after that date this attraction will close its doors one again, likely for good this time.
Earlier this year it was very strongly rumored that a new VR-based attraction was planned for this space that would transport guests inside the world of Sugar Rush, the game featured in Wreck-It Ralph. However, in the months since this development first surfaced, preliminary work on this proposed new attraction has stalled (reportedly due to budget cuts) and the future for this space is back to being uncertain.
However, if you're thinking that the lack of progress on the Wreck-It Ralph attraction means a stay of execution for Stitch, you'd sadly be mistaken. After January 3, 2017 this attraction will almost undoubtedly close for the last time, and there is no indication that is will ever reopen. Unfortunately, we may be facing a situation like what happened with the Wonders of Life pavilion, which was taken apart piece by piece behind the scenes after a brief period of seasonal operation. While it would be a huge shame to waste this large attraction space right in the front of Tomorrowland, we expect budget cuts to continue to rule 2017, so a development like this wouldn't be too much of a surprise.
Hopefully Disney figures out what they want to do with this prime Tomorrowland attraction space in the near future, but in the meantime, there's another rumored closure that could be striking over at Epcot in the very near future as well...