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It has been a wild few months for Disney parks rumors. From Guardians of the Galaxy attractions both rumored and confirmed for Epcot and Disney California Adventure to mass closings at Future World, there are a lot of things happening at Disney Parks that we could not have predicted several months ago. However, a whole new crop of rumors have popped up in the past few weeks that sound pretty crazy, but considering the current climate at Disney parks...we simply can't ignore them! 

1. Stitch’s Great Escape finally closing to make way for…Wreck it Ralph? 

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It wasn’t too long ago that we lamented the existence of Stitch’s Great Escape and wondered how an attraction so derided by pretty much everyone could still be in operation at a Disney park. However, if a new rumor is to be believed, this attraction may not be sticking around for much longer after all.  

According to multiple sources, Stitch’s Great Escape could close as early as this fall to make way for a VR-based racing attraction based on the Sugar Rush game from the Wreck-It Ralph film. Though details are scarce, sources state that the two theaters inside Stitch’s Great Escape could be extensively remodeled to make way for a new seating style that would include virtual reality headsets that would transport guests “inside” the virutal world of Wreck-It Ralph.

Wreck-It Ralph

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Though Wreck-It Ralph may seem like a bit of a stretch for Tomorrowland considering the film leans heavily on video game nostalgia (and characters) from the ‘80s and ‘90s, with a sequel to Wreck-It Ralph on the way in 2018, we can see why Disney would want to get this property in a Walt Disney World theme park soon, and with Stitch continuing to draw the ire of pretty much everyone, this seems like an easy choice, even if it doesn’t make total thematic sense (which is a recurring problem for this area of the park). 

While nothing has been confirmed regarding this development quite yet, with the rumored closure of Stitch's Great Escape reportedly happening later this year, we should know very soon if there is any truth to these unconfirmed reports. 

2. Toy Story Land's Slinky Dog Coaster might be in trouble 

The very idea of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been met with tepid response by fans, ever since it was first rumored back in 2014. However, when it was formally announced last year, many believed that Disney was simply looking to open something quickly while so much of Disney’s Hollywood Studios was under construction, and would help the park continue to draw guests while Star Wars Land was being constructed, reportedly for a 2020 launch. However, we’re now more than half way through 2016, and work on Toy Story Land hasn’t even started yet, with demolition still creeping along behind the walls of the rear end of Pixar Place. So what’s going on here? Well, let's back up a little bit first...

You might not have noticed it, but the plans for Toy Story Land actually changed several months ago, when updated concept art for the Slinky Dog Coaster was quietly released that showed a less ambitious ride than was initially proposed. And now it looks like the plan may be changing again. According to sources familiar with the situation, Disney could be looking to either scale down this attraction once again or perhaps even scrap it altogether.

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Now why would Disney make such a drastic change to the plans for Toy Story Land? The answer is unfortunately simple: budget cuts. By now it is unfortunately common knowledge that 2016 has been a disappointing year thus far for Disney parks (Walt Disney World in particular) and with the Slinky Dog Coaster reportedly coming with a pricetag upwards of $50 Million, this attraction may be looking ripe for cancellation if cuts are indeed being considered for this project.

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Happy with Stitch heading out and Wreck it Ralph getting some recognition. In regards to Slinky Dog, I really hope they find another big attraction for this land...it really needs something to pull people into the park.

Now with the Great Movie Ride, I'll be very sad to see this go. As a movie lover, I find this ride amazing and only wish they had updated it over the years. That being said, I think they have the ultimate dark-ride ready for this park...

With dark rides slowly leaving Magic Kingdom and only a handful left (really Peter Pan, Little Mermaid, and now Frozen at Epcot--I guess you could say Nemo too) I really think "History of Disney Animation" would be a great attraction here and would sync with "One Man's Dream".

I would love to see a dark ride telling the history of Walt Disney Studios. Start with an Audio Animatronic of Walt sitting at a desk sketching Mickey...then go on to have a room with Mickey Cartoons...black and white, then in color...then move on to Snow White and from there maybe some of the big movies...Pinocchio, Alice, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Jungle Book, etc....then you could catch up to Pixar films and go into Toy Story, Ratatouille, etc. Then you could keep the screen at the end and show highlights of all of the Disney Animation films!! It would basically be the ultimate Disney dark ride!! I think people would love it..and love singing along to each movie as you go from film to film...room to room. Just an idea!! I think it would be a great fill for the center of the park and really show what this park will be about, Disney films!!

I'm fine with the two attraction changes. While I enjoy the GMR, I never quite got the allure around it. I would not be sad to see it go. And I think we can all agree that almost anything will be an improvement over Stitch. The fact that Ralph won't jive with the overarching theme of Tomorrowland is moot at this point because it's been over a decade since the majority of Tomorrowland rides stuck to the theme. While it would be nice to get Tomorrowland back to a cohesive story, I'm not holding my breath.

Now the slinky delay and possible cancellation is truly concerning. WDW is the company's flagship park. I can understand budget cuts in food, shows, parades, etc. They're sad, but it's sometimes necessary to right the ship. But above all, it is a theme park. If they're not comitted to spend the money on making great attractions in a timely manner, then I am not too thrilled about Disney's future. $50 million is a drop in the bucket for Disney and should be viewed as an investment rather than just an expense on next year's budget. Universal will continue to gain more of the market in Orlando, and with the quality and speed they are churning out new attractions, they deserve it.

Did they change the merch for Rock n Rolling Roller coaster from Aerosmith to Mickey? was that true?

Regarding the Slinky Dog coaster, if it was going to be any similarity between the Slinky Coaster and Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, GOOD thing they are thinking of scrapping it. I am still heavily disappointed in the outcome of that attraction in New Fantasyland.

So what do you think guys? A decision that Disney has made that seems we can all agree on? Removing stitch for wreck it Ralph? Although I'm not too fond of the whole VR thing. Things like that get dated quickly.

I'm really hoping that the slinky dog rumor isn't true. 50 million is pocket change for Disney especially considering what they've raked in at the box office ju the first half of this year. Shanghai should all be off of the books now and profitable soon. I don't see how a 4% decrease in attendance should set the alarm bells ringing to the heads of Disney. At least not to the point of sacrificing an entire land. How can they even call it toy story land with only one thinly veiled carnival ride and an already existing attraction? That's hardly anything to hang their cowboy hat or space helmet on.

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