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4 Extinct and Endangered Attractions At Walt Disney World (July 2017)

Theme park attractions come and go all the time, and even though we’d like all our favorite rides and shows to stick around forever, the sad fact is that we have to say goodbye to at least a few every year.

This month, we take a look at two confirmed closures that have already happened as well as two rumored closures that could be announced as soon as this weekend, during the upcoming D23 Expo. While none of these additional endangered attractions have been confirmed to be closing, they are all strongly rumored to be on the chopping block as part of some big projects that are set to be unveiled in just a few days. But first, lets talk about two closures that have both happened earlier this month...

1. DisneyQuest

Image: Disney

Location: Disney Springs

Status: Already extinct 

It's hard to believe, but after almost two decades in operation, the "theme park of the future" DisneyQuest closed its doors forever on July 2nd. And while there is no visible work going on yet at this location, we know that Disney is still planning on bringing The NBA Experience to this location, which is described as a "one-of-a-kind destination featuring hands-on activities that put families and guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action." Construction on this new "experience" is said to be kicking off before the end of the year, and while not officially announced, we'd assume a 2018 opening date is being targetted.

2. Captain's Grille

Location: Disney's Yacht Club

Status: Already extinct 

Though the Captain's Grille has been closed for some time now as part of the ongoing refurbishments at Disney's Yacht Club Resort, late last week it was confirmed that this dining location is being converted into a new "gastropub"-inspired location serving New England-inspired comfort foods. Named the Ale & Compass Restaurant, this new dining location will recreate the cozy warmth of a lighthouse and will have an on-stage hearth oven as its focal point and will open later this year. 

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Ellen and the Universe of Energy is my daughter's favorite along with test track. The scale of it is impressive but it could use an update. She is very sad to hear it might going. We were there on Saturday.

On another matter, It would be nice to see them go back to the old Soarin' Over California or reshoot the new one without all of the CgI. It has ruined that ride for me altogether.

Illuminations is shown on the Walt Disney World schedule through the first week in January 2018 (the furthest out the schedule goes), so it is doubtful that it will leave before early next year.

I really won't miss any of them. Have gone to Disney 18 times since 2001 and each time stayed a week or longer and have never visited Disney Quest (didn't appeal to me, Ellen's - no interest in this, Illuminations was ok and Cap't Grill - never made it over there.

Loved Disney Quest as a teen. 20 years later, i realize all good things must transition to the future.

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