As much as we'd like it to be, not every project in the works at Walt Disney World is a success. Occasionally Disney gets it wrong, and what might have started out as a good idea ends up either unpopular, impractical or worse, unprofitable for the resort. From special events that have been going on for several months to an in-development project that never quite got off the ground, here are four projects that have been cancelled at Walt Disney World so far this year:
1. The Tower of Terror Bar
Several months ago we reported on a rumored new bar that would be coming to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Considering the recent closure of the Streets of America area, this seemed like a smart move for the park (Disney's Hollywood Studios lost several beverage stations after the closure), and a few permits were even filed in relation to this project.
However, in an unexpected development, WDWNT (which first announced this project several months ago) is reporting that Disney has actually decided not to move forward with this project, and will not be adding any food or beverage offerings inside this attraction. No immediate reason was given for this abrupt cancellation, but before you speculate too far, this doesn't seem to have anything to do with the persistent rumors about the Guardians of the Galaxy re-theme project, which appears to have also been stalled for the immediate future, at least in Orlando (but probably not in California).
While we didn't exactly have high hopes for the thematic possibilities for this watering hole (which was never officially announced, by the way), the idea of a bar at the bottom of the Tower of Terror was definitely an intriguing one, and we're sure there are plenty of fans who would have liked to see this project come to fruition.
2. Club Villain
Though Club Villain made its sinful debut earlier this year to great fanfare, this character dining experience looks like it won't be returning to the Sunset Showcase. Though we wondered last month whether this experience would be extending its run, Club Villain played its final show just over a week ago and Disney took down the website for this experience only a few days after its last performance, essentially confirming that Club Villain is no more.
Although the initial price for this experience was a little steep at $99 per person, guests were able to partake in as much food (and drink from the bar) as they liked, and were also guaranteed meet and greets with characters who are not typically found at Walt Disney World's theme parks during regular hours (villains only really appear during Halloween at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and even then, command long lines).With all these benefits, the expensive cost of admission to Club Villain seemed justified for many.
Even when the price jumped to $129 for regular guests in this event's final weeks (annual passholders and Disney Vacation Club members were still paying $99), Club Villain continued to remain extremely popular right until the end, with all the event nights in May selling out, which is why its cancellation seems so curious. Perhaps Disney is planning something else for the Sunset Showcase theater? Or is planning to bring this event back in some capacity later this year, perhaps with some changes? You can let us know your best theories as to why this event was cancelled in the comments!