This week at Walt Disney World, several closures are both rumored and confirmed, plus two fall refurbishments are announced!
Outside Walt Disney World, Universal confirms its own fall attraction closure and a new feature is announced for Halloween Horror Nights that will hopefully make wait times at this event a little more bearable.
1. Tatooine Traders to be refurbished
Beginning this week the Star Wars gift shop at the exit of Star Tours will be receiving some enhancements as part of a partial refurbishment. The store will stay open, but the Droid factory and Amazing Pictures areas will removed as this space is reimagined. A grand reopening should take place later this fall.
2. Mickey's Backyard BBQ to close later this year
Mickey’s Backyard BBQ at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is a fan favorite dining establishment outside the hustle and bustle of the theme parks that features all-you-can eat BBQ (plus other delicious items like Jambalaya, Honey-mustard baked chicken, and Strawberry shortcake), as well as live music and line dancing.
However, though this is definitely a popular dining location, it looks like guests will only have a limited amount of time left to experience Mickey's Backyard BBQ, as WDWMagic is reporting that this location is set to close later this year.
Though not said explicitly, this closure is probably due to the rumored Magic Kingdom hotel project, which is in development and will potentially be built overtop the ruins of River Country.
3. The Hoop De Do Musical Revue rumored to close this fall
Interestingly, some have reported that the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue may also close forever later this year due to this project, but we have yet to see confirmation of this, and it seems like while that could indeed happen, this additional rumored closure isn't quite a done deal yet, so we'll have to stay tuned to see what happens with this other Fort Wilderness favorite.