If there's one thing that all amazing Walt Disney World construction projects have in common, it's that they all started out as rumors. Star Wars Land had been whispered about for the better part of a decade before it was announced, and rumors about a Toy Story Playland clone were scoffed at this past summer before this new land was made official just last August. While there's always room for surprises (yes, we're looking at you, Pandora: The World of Avatar), by and large, most new attractions, shows, expansions, etc. all start out as simply whispers before they were officially announced.
Though we all know that not every Walt Disney World rumor is guaranteed to be accurate, here's a few that we've heard in the past few weeks which seem fairly plausible that we can't help hoping are actually real.
1. Another Pirates of the Caribbean refurbishment in the works?
Several weeks ago, Pirates of the Caribbean re-opened after a long refurbishment with several important changes. One of the hallmarks of the newly refreshed ride was a slowed-down, smoother drop at the beginning of the attraction. Though this new element has helped make the beginning of the ride less jarring for guests, it has had an unintended side effect: creating a big splash. And while water displacement is typically not a big deal for most Walt Disney World rides, it seems that a lot of the Pirates of the Caribbean boats are now taking on water during each ride cycle, creating large puddles at the bottom of each boat.
Though this may not seem like that big of a problem initially, excess water in the boats adds extra weight, which can cause delays and even mid-attraction stopping. The water issue has become so prevalent that the ride is regularly going '101' (closing down for all guests) for hours at a time, losing much needed capacity. This is definitely an issue that needs addressing, and some are thinking that another short refurbishment might be in the cards for this attraction to fix whatever is causing these boats to take on so much water.
2. A new restaurant in Tomorrowland
If you walk down Main Street USA and then take the first entrance on the right to Tomorrowland, you have likely walked through the Tomorrowland Terrace dining area without even knowing it. While this former eatery sits abandoned for the vast majority of the year, this may be changing soon. A rumor has popped up that Disney may be considering refurbishing this area and turning it into a brand new quick service dining area.
This sounds like a great idea, especially given this dining spot's prime location right off of Main Street USA. While the rumor seems to indicate that plans are still coming together in regards to the theme and potential menu which could be featured at this new location, if Magic Kingdom is going to get a new quick service restaurant, we can’t think of a more convenient and better-suited space than this one.