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 several cuts confirmed to be coming to the Magic Kingdom in the very near future, including one that has been rumored for over a year. Elsewhere at Walt Disney World, we look at a suspicious refurbishment at Epcot (which may or may not be a permanent attraction closure), and even the removal of a popular shop at Disney Springs. If you are heading out to Walt Disney World in the near future, here's everything that is closing around the resort:
1. Dream Along with Mickey
Location: Magic Kingdom
Status: Going Extinct April 2016
Though we've been predicting the end of Dream Along with Mickey for quite some time, Disney has now confirmed that the Magic Kingdom is indeed saying farewell to this show in just a few weeks. While Dream Along with Mickey has been a fan favorite for several years, this show has been performed daily for the past decade, which makes it the longest-running show ever on the Castle Forecourt stage, and with improvements happening around Walt Disney World, this show was definitely due for an update, no matter how charming it was (we'll never get tired of shouting "Dreams Come True!!").
Confirmed to be replacing this show is Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire, which will find Mickey and his friends preparing to host a fun festival with faraway characters travelling from different worlds to join in the fun. During the show, Goofy will travel to the bayou to invite Tiana, Naveen and Louis from the Princess and the Frog to the party, Donald Duck will find Rapunzel and Flynn Rider at the Snuggly Duckling in the Land of the Enchanted Woods from Tangled, and Mickey will venture to the icy Land of the Mystic Mountains to bring back Olaf, Anna and Elsa from the ubiquotous hit Frozen (which is apparently a favor to Minnie Mouse, who has also gotten swept up in Frozen-mania!). After singing and dancing to favorite tunes from each characters' respective worlds, all these Disney favorites will come together at the end to sing a grand finale, that will hopefully leave guests spellbound.
Though this new experience doesn't quite have an opening date yet, Disney has announced that guests can expect it to debut at the Magic Kingdom sometime this summer, hopefully before the big crowds arrive!
2. Lady Tremaine meet and greet
Location: Magic Kingdom
Status: Going extinct February 22, 2016
Earlier this month it was confirmed that almost half a dozen characters were being removed from Epcot and unfortunately it looks like the character cuts are continuing this month at the Magic Kingdom. Though Lady Tremaine is one of the best outdoor meet and greets at this park (and one of only a handful of villain meet and greets around Walt Disney World during regular, non-special event days), it looks like Disney has decided to remove this villainous trio from the back of Cinderella's Castle until further notice.
Though not quite gone yet, those who enjoy this villainous meet and greet only have a few days left to see Lady Tremaine and her daughters at the Magic Kingdom. After that, guests will either have to pay for a character meal at 1900 Park Fare (where Lady Tremaine will continue to appear) or wait until they can purchase a ticket for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. While they might re-appear again seasonally, it looks like this is the end of regular appearances for these fun (if slightly evil) characters.