Though 2017 saw the opening of a few new attractions, this year saw more quite a few closures as well, including the last remaining opening day attraction from the former MGM Studios park, the Magic Kingdom's signature nighttime spectacular, and even several Universal attractions as well. Here's everything we said goodbye to so far this year, and one attraction that is still yet to close...
Location: Magic Kingdom
Went extinct May 11, 2017
One of the biggest shocks of the year came early when it was revealed that Magic Kingdom mainstay Wishes would be ending in the Spring to make way for the projection-heavy Happily Ever After show, which debuted at the park on May 12, 2017. Though this show certainly has its fans, Wishes holds a special place in the hearts of many Walt Disney World fans, making this a tough closure for many, Fortunately, the seasonal varieties of Wishes live on though Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Part and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, as no plans to replace these nighttime spectaculars have been announced.
2. Moana meet and greet
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios
Went extinct during Spring 2017
Last fall Disney brought Moana from the film of the same name to One Man's Dream at Disney's Hollywood Studios for a limited time to promote the (at the time) new movie inside this attraction. However, once the DVD was released for this movie, the promotion was no longer necessary, and Moana moved out of this space to make way for Star-Lord and Groot, who are still appearing in this area. Recently, Moana appeared at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but as of right now she does not have a permanent home at Walt Disney World.
Location: Disney Springs
Went extinct July 2, 2017
It's hard to believe, but after almost two decades in operation, the "theme park of the future" DisneyQuest closed its doors forever on July 2nd. Shortly after its closure, Disney took a wrecking ball to the structure, and reduced this iconic building to rubble to make way for The NBA Experience, which is described as a "one-of-a-kind destination featuring hands-on activities that put families and guests of all ages right in the middle of NBA game action."