This is the weekly news, rumors and refurbishments update for Walt Disney World for the week of June 8, 2014.
Here are the four biggest updates from around the resort for the past seven days...
1. The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios might be closing in 2015
Cast Members working at the American Idol Experience have reported that the attraction will close in January 2015. This news comes after a Cast Member meeting on Wednesday night.
The American Idol Experience is a show that opened in 2009 based on the popular television series. There are performances throughout the day where guests can compete in a singing competition to perform in the final show. The attraction was never extremely popular and shows are rarely at capacity.
The most interesting part of this news is not the closure of the attraction, but what will be done with the space. Sounds Dangerous is a former attraction that was in the same show building as the American Idol Experience and is now sitting vacant or being used to preview movies. With the American Idol Experience closing, that leaves a major plot of land completely empty.
Most rumors are pointing to a Star Wars expansion in this area of the park, but what do you think is the next big thing coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios?
2. Aurora and Snow White are moving to a new meet and greet location
Aurora will no longer be visiting Anna and Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall. Starting June 15, 2014, Aurora will be greeting guests from the Town Square Courtyard. Snow White will be moved from the Town Square Courtyard over to Center Street on Main Street USA (the small street to the right about halfway up Main Street). This means Anna and Elsa will no longer be with a visiting Princess.
The move makes it easier for guests who only care to see Aurora but have to wait in the same line as Anna and Elsa. Anna and Elsa will continue to greet guests from park open until 30 minutes before park close.