9. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (Disney's Hollywood Studios)
Dates: March 2020 - TBA
There hasn't been any official announcement from Disney in the last couple of years about the fate of the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and the stage has remained empty with nothing taking place on it. There still hasn't been official word from Disney that the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple will never return but we heard in July that the sign showing performance times has been removed and the official page on the Walt Disney World website has been taken down and now reads "Someone Ate the Page!" and a photo of Stitch on it.
Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple allowed children aged 4-12 to train like Jedi and learn to wield a lightsaber and be one with the Force. Once trained, these young Padawans would test their skills against Star Wars villains.
If indeed Disney is planning to never bring Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple back to Disney's Hollywood Studios, we hope something new comes to this currently unused stage. It would be brilliant to finally see this area being used once again. We will keep you posted on further updates on Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple but we must admit at the moment things aren't looking good for the return of this Star Wars attraction.
10. Disney KiteTails (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
Dates: October 1, 2022 - Permanently
It has now been confirmed on the official website that Disney KiteTails at Disney's Animal Kingdom will do its final shows on September 30, 2022.
The Disney KiteTails show which debuted on October 1, 2021 at the start of the Walt Disney World 50th anniversary celebrations currently comes alive several times daily at the Discovery River Amphitheater, which was formerly the home of the Rivers of Light nighttime spectacular. The show has had mixed reviews with a number of reports of kites crashing to the ground.
Disney KiteTails was revised in May to include four parts, each featuring different kites and lasting between 3 and 5 minutes (approximately 15 mins in total) rather than the original two longer shows:
- Lion King (5 mins) " - “Hakuna Matata” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” with young Simba and Timon and Pumbaa kites.
- "Circle of Life" (3 mins) - featuring adult Simba and Zazu kites
- Jungle Book (3 mins) - "I wanna be like you" featuring King Louie and kites which create a rainbow.
- "The Bare Necessities" (3 mins) - featuring Baloo kite.
Between each part, flotillas traverse the water to keep guests entertained as Cast Members set up for the next. The shows are currently scheduled between 9:15AM - 3:15PM. For up to date timings for the date of your visit, click here.
11. Feathered Friends in Flight! (Disney's Animal Kingdom)
Dates: September 11 - 24, 2022
It has been confirmed on the official website that this 35 minute show located in the Anandapur Theater in the Asia area of Disney's Animal Kingdom will be closed for a brief, annual, routine refurbishment between September 11 - 24, 2022. It will reopen on September 25.
During the Feathered Friends in Flight! show guests get a behind the scenes look at the free flying birds with the expert specialists who care for and train them. Currently the shows run at the following times, 10:30AM, 11:30AM, 1:30PM, 2:30PM and 3:30PM but this subject to change so be sure to take a look at the official website for scheduled times on the date of your visit.
12. Blizzard Beach
Dates: Now - TBA 2022/23
Blizzard Beach closed for refurbishment in January for regular maintenance and though many were hoping that this water park would reopen in time for the Spring Break holidays. It still doesn't look like we will see Disney's Blizzard Beach reopening anytime soon.
Disney filed a permit to "install show items" which could imply that a new attraction is planned for Blizzard Beach. We have also seen construction vehicles and materials being delivered to a laydown yard situated near to the Downhill Double Dipper, Snow Stormers, and Toboggan Racers on the Purple Slopes and the Runoff Rapids on the Red Slopes.
A further permit was recently filed on July 21, for work to be done on the wave pool, Melt-Away Bay. The contractor is listed as Page Piping Inc to carry out construction work so we are assuming this means work is being done on the pipe work.
Fortunately, while Blizzard Beach continues to be closed, guests can visit Disney's Typhoon Lagoon. With further permits being filed and the summer disappearing rapidly we are becoming less and less hopeful of a reopening in 2022. We will keep you updated on further news about Blizzard Beach when it is announced.
We will update you on further details regarding any refurbishments and closures at Walt Disney World during September and look out for our next full update which will be coming to Theme Park Tourist at the beginning of October.