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, another closure is announced for Disney Springs' West Side, a limited-time offering at the Magic Kingdom gets a closing date, a seasonal show gets cut down for the spring and summer, plus another Orlando-area closure outside Walt Disney World is confirmed to be happening later this month.
1. Cirque du Soleil - La Nouba
Location: Disney Springs
Status: Going extinct December 31, 2017
While it has only been a few weeks since Disney announced the mid-2017 closure of indoor attraction DisneyQuest, it looks like the West Side of Disney Springs will be losing yet another long-time occupant at the end of the year. After nearly two decades, it has been announced that Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba will be closing for good later this year, with its last performance ever taking place on New Year's Eve, December 31st, 2017.
No updates have been shared yet about if new occupants might be coming to this building (or whether Cirque du Soleil is working on a new show for this venue), but we'd imagine that details are being worked on at this moment, and there will hopefully be a concrete announcement about what the future holds for this huge performance space at Disney Springs' West Side.
For guests wanting to get a final viewing of La Nouba in before the end of the year, Disney is offering some great deals and discounts during this show's final run at Disney Springs.
2. Seasonal trolley show
Location: Magic Kingdom
Status: Rumored to already be extinct?
One of the best hidden gems at Walt Disney World is the Magic Kingdom's trolley show, which is performed daily on Main Street USA. And if you're a superfan of this show, you probably know that, like other entertainment around the Magic Kingdom, this show has several seasonal variations that include new costumes, songs, choreography and more.
However, eagle-eyed fans who were looking forward to the spring incarnation of this show were disappointed earlier this month when Disney instead continued performing the winter version of this show, simply with new costumes. And according to those with knowledge of the situation, Disney plans to keep the winter version of this show going until the fall, completely bypassing the summer trolley show as well.
This is certainly a sad development, and almost certainly a result of budget cuts around the park, which were confirmed to be coming to Walt Disney World earlier this year. And unfortunately, Disney isn't the only park facing steep cuts as we head into the spring travel season...