Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
Anytime you tell me I can eat some good barbecue, Im in! Thats what the Regal Eagle Smokehouse lets you do and it is now open in the American Adventure pavilion in EPCOT.
Work is now complete and you can try any of the amazing smoked meat platters. We think the North Carolina chopped smoked pork butt, brisket and ribs are all great for a quick service restaurant. Make this a must-try on a trip through World Showcase.
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Tron Construction Update: Outdoor Construction Rapidly Progressing While Building Remains Sealed
by ·May 14, 2021
Although Disney has yet to announce when Magic Kingdoms newest coaster will launch its first guests through Tomorrowland, the construction on Tron Lightcycle run is certainly making progress!
I visited Magic Kingdom just a few days ago and witnessed some construction work taking place on the coming attraction. As the track wrappings remain in place to protect it from weather, the work has moved from the erection and finalization of the rides track onto the surrounding canopy and ground.
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind
We also spotted more construction on the new attraction, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind! It had been a long time since we had seen progress on the exterior of the building, but over the past few weeks, Disney has been adding new roofing. And, now theres even more!
Guardians of the Galaxy Construction
The installation hasnt been going fast by any means , but were starting to see how this building will transform into whats depicted in the concept art!
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The View From Tomorrowland
Im very curious about when well finally hear an opening announcement for Tron, so I decided to take to the Peoplemover to get a better view of the construction!
I was in luck! As I enjoyed my birds eye tour of Tomorrowland, I caught glimpses of active crews working to level the ground around the track and canopy area.
Massive diggers and cranes worked to remove extra concrete near the attraction.
Construction Update From Inside The Park
In the photo above you can compare how the entry structure appears today, versus what the completed project should look like in the concept art. Theres still a lot to be done, but the good news is, the ride system itself is rumored to have been completed for months now!
Work appears to be ramping up on the exterior, and was previously focused on queue and preshow areas, according to rumors and official photos from Disney in recent months.
Well get back to the exterior updates, but first, lets start outside of the theme park itself. From the EPCOT parking lot we can get a good look at the enormous 140 foot tall building, where most of the ride will take place.
At the parks entrance, we can see the side of this structure. The slanted part contains the launch into the big building, as well as the track leading back out of it to unload.
Inside the park, if you head towards World Discovery, youll have to pass through a maze of work walls. This pathway takes you by the entrance building for Cosmic Rewind.
I couldnt help but notice that these painted sections of walls on the side of the building are still two different colors. And some of the painted areas appear to have been damaged or patched and will require new paint anyway.
The greeter structure is even more apparent when viewing from the front, as seen in the photo below.
Cut out shapes for the tops of doorways for the ride entrance can be spotted, as well as lighting that looks to have been recently installed above.
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Main Street Confectionery Refurbishment
And, among all the new rides, hotels, and shops coming to all of the parks for the 50th anniversary, its pretty easy to forget about themakeover coming to the Main Street Confectionery in Magic Kingdom!
The store closed back in March and is undergoing a full refurbishment with an The shop was anticipated to open by October 1st, however, it is currently set to remain closed past that date.
So, there you have it a quick refresher on all the construction projects you may have forgotten about in Disney World. Of course, well be keeping an eye out for updates on all of these new experiences and will be sure to bring you the latest so stay tuned!
Apple Pay Coming To Wdw:
At the September 9th Apple event, senior VP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue, announced Apple Pay will be available at Walt Disney World by Christmas. This announcement came with information on the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+. Apple Pay is a payment system that uses just your iPhone. You can read more about Apples payment system at
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The Disney World Construction Projects You Completely Forgot About
With the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary coming up, there are quite a few construction projects going on around the parks and resorts!
Weve been keeping track of TWO new roller coasters coming to Magic Kingdomand EPCOT and keeping you up to date on all the new nighttime fireworks shows, restaurants, and entertainment arriving on October 1st. But, there are still some projects that Disney hasnt provided an update on just yet and you may have even forgotten about them!
Adventure Day October 27
Head into the jungle and have an adventure with us! MiceChat will be having a lunch meet-up at Animal Kingdom on this day at 11:30 am, followed by a trek into the jungles of Disney.
We are having a lunch meet up at 11:30 at the Flame Tree BBQ. Get your food and head down to the first covered hut near the lagoonif you have trouble finding us, call the MiceChat Hotline at .
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An Update On The Current Construction In Walt Disney Worlds Epcot
By Deni Sunderly – Editor / Theme Park Correspondent
With all of the ongoing changes happening in Epcot, I felt it was a good time to give you a quick update. As Im sure you know, there is a lot of construction happening throughout the park, and, if youll be visiting soon, it might be a good thing for you to have a heads up about the changes currently taking place.
The construction of the brand-new tram area has been completed. The new area is open and spacious, and now ends right in front of the monorail station and platform. I imagine that once construction on the east side of the loop is complete, guests will exit the tram on one side of the loop, and board the tram on the other side. For now, guests exit and enter on the same side.
The bag check location on the west side of the entrance has been relocated to the space underneath the monorail exit platform. Bag check tables have been brought in, and additional metal detectors are now available. The improvement to this area is readily apparent. The bag check tables are now more spread out, and the space will be able to accommodate large numbers of guests more easily than the original bag check area.
The former bag check area is no longer in use, and the large metal exit gates have been removed. Guests who are exiting the monorail no longer have to pass through additional security screening at Epcot. At this time, guests using the monorail only go through bag check at their monorail entrance point.
Play Pavilion Updates Wonders Of Life Replacement
We know very little about the new Play Pavilion which was recently announced to take over the old Wonders of Life Pavilion in Future World.
Not much visible work has been done outside yet and itll be hard to track the progress as most work will be done on the inside of the building.
We did recently find out that a Monorail Mark X attraction is going to be part of the Play! Pavilion, along with other digital experiences.
However, well keep you updated with the construction as soon as we have more.
Estimated Opening: 2022
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Construction Update On The Walt Disney Studios Park Expansion
Disneyland Paris is the only Disney theme park resort in the world that remains closed due to the pandemic. Thats not to say it hasnt reopened since it first closed. The French resort did reopen last summer but was forced to close due to Frances updated government guidelines.
Long before the pandemic in the olden days of 2018, 27th February to be precise, Disney announced a 2 billion investment in the resort, which includes refurbishing the existing resort and expanding Walt Disney Studios Park with a new central lake, and three new areas themed to , Frozen, and Star Wars.
Construction on the retheming the Backlot area of Walt Disney Studios to Avengers Campus began in 2019 with the closures of Rock n Roller Coaster Avec Aerosmith and Armageddon Les Effets Speciaux. Construction did stop momentarily at the beginning of Frances first lockdown in March 2020, but they were allowed to continue shortly after and throughout 2020 and 2021, work has been coming along.
Avengers Campus was set to open in 2021, around the same time as Disneys California Adventure. Word is still out on whether itll be pushed back to 2022, but if the current state of construction is anything to go by then, itll likely be pushed back.
Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser
Outside of the parks, theres also a brand new one-of-a-kind hotel coming to Disney World Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser! Once open, guests will board the Halcyon for a 2-night adventure where guests will get to interact with iconic characters from the Star Wars movies
and dine with live entertainment from a galactic superstar.
Plus, youll even be staying in your very own space stateroom with a view of passing planets and starcruisers.
The immersive hotel was originally set to open in 2021 buthas been pushed back to 2022with no official opening date announced just yet.
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More About The Walt Disney Road Railway
Once the train is back up and chugging, it will be important to note where you can board the attraction. You can board or disembark at any of 3 stations:
- Main Street, U.S.A.
Like we discussed earlier, trains were always Walts lifelong passion. On the Disney World site it notes:
A noted train enthusiast, Walt Disney built his very first railroad in his backyard. The Carolwood Pacific Railroad, a 1/8-scale train, debuted in 1950 and featured a custom-built, steam powered locomotive that encircled his property.
Delighted with his miniature backyard railroad, Walt decided to share his love of trains with the whole world. The result was the Santa Fe & Disneyland Railroad, a favorite of Guests since the park opened in 1955.
So for now, all we can do it wait to hear that train whistle once more. Stay tuned to ITM for all of the latest Walt Disney World Railway construction updates!
Walt Disney World Construction Updates
We dont know about you, but we get especially excited when it comes to Walt Disney World construction updates. Call it oldest child syndrome or blame it on some first-park favoritism, but when it comes to getting new Disney attractions, Disneyland tends to hit the jackpot while Disney World always seems to get the shaft. Not that were complaining about Cars Land or the Avengers Campus or anything we just think that every now and then, Walt Disney World deserves some lovin too.
So, as you can imagine, when Disney announced all the huge changes that would be coming to Epcot in 2020, 2021, and beyond, we were preeeetty excited. That was until COVID-19 hit, anyway. Since then, some things have been indefinitely postponed , while others are definitely still in the works, albeit with some up-in-the-air opening dates.
Now, without any further ado, lets dig into what new Disney attractions, restaurants, resorts, and more are coming soon to Disney World. Keep in mind that any opening dates for Disney World new attractions we give are based on information thats already been shared by Disney and are best guesses, not guarantees. As you can imagine, Disney has been staying pretty tight-lipped about things due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic. But, were hopeful that as the vaccine rollout continues and things start to look up in terms of social distancing, Disney will feel more comfortable setting open dates for the new rides coming to Disney World.
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News: Testing Set To Begin Soon For Walt Disney World Railroad
The fan-favorite attraction has been closed for three years now as it receives a refurbishment while a portion of the track is blocked by construction at the new roller coaster, TRON: Lightcycle Run. And, while it could be a while before guests get to board the train once again, it will be running today!
According to a tweet from Scott Gustin , Disney will be testing the Walt Disney World Railroad beginning TODAY! Though, Gustin does clarify that this testing is part of the overall refurbishment and the attraction will not reopen until TRON construction has progressed.
NEW: Testing of the Walt Disney World Railroad will begin TODAY.
This testing is just part of the overall refurbishment the train will reopen to guests when TRON construction allows.
Update:The Orlando Sentinel has also shared an update on the Walt Disney World Railroad. According to Disney officials The Orlando Sentinel spoke to, they do plan to start using a train along select parts of the new railroad track in Magic Kingdom.
Some of the updates made to the Railroad involve the railroad ties. The wooden railroad ties for the attraction are being replaced with composite ties. While the wooden ties had a life span of about 3-5 years, the composite ones will last for 25 years.
Disney To Begin New Allergy Friendly Menu Trial:
Disney will be testing a new allergy friendly menu at Flying Fish Café at Disneys BoardWalk,ABC Commissary, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, The Hollywood Brown Derby at Disneys Hollywood Studios, Kona Cafe and Captain Cooks at Disneys Polynesian Resort, and World Premiere Food Court at Disneys All-Star Movies Resort.
The new menus will help guests select from a special list, instead of the chef needing to stop by the table each time you dine. Should you still wish to speak with a chef, the option will remain available.
This menu test is expected to run from September 9th through October 20 2014.
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Disney World Ride Closures And Refurbishments Schedule
As we mentioned earlier, as sad as it makes us when our favorite Disney World rides, shows, and restaurants are closed during our trip, these closures are almost always for the good. Ride maintenance and upgrades during regular refurbishments are crucial for keeping guests safe, while occasional reimaginings keep individual attractions and Walt Disney World as a whole fresh, exciting, and, in some cases, relevant and with the times.
Normally, Disney does a pretty good job of spreading the refurbs around, making sure that your vacation isnt overly impacted by an absence or two. And while that is still largely the case, things are a bit wonky right now, with more things being closed that usual due to the pandemic. As a result, you will see several Disney World refurbishments on our list that are lasting longer than usual or were scheduled last minute, as well as some Disney World ride closures that are for health and safety purposes or as a result of reduced demand due to social distancing.
Please note that these are all of the scheduled Walt Disney World refurbishments we know of for the year right night, however more could be announced at a later date. We know that the Splash Mountain refurbishment and reimagining is in the works, but we dont know yet when to expect it to close. No re-opening date has been given for attractions, shows, or dining closed due to the pandemic.
New Official And Unofficial Footage
Kicking off the theme park industrys massive IAAPA Expo convention this week in Orlando, Disney shared footage from various projects they are working on. One of them included a brief, look at the coaster trains in action for Cosmic Rewind.
New footage from Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at EPCOT!
While the leaked plans and very brief clip are exciting developments, there is one more fun thing to keep us occupied while we wait with bated breath to see if Disney actually releases more details at Destination D23 this weekend. Our good friend Tommy Hawkins has released an even more accurate track layout POV video.
Now, keep in mind, this video still doesnt include the attractions rotating coaster cars, which will be integral to how the ride is experienced, and help Disney with storytelling aspects of the rideincluding a backwards launch!
Watching Tommys video above, you get a better sense of just how much track may actually be inside the gigantic building. This is going to be a very, very long roller coaster, and certainly the longest indoor coaster in the world.
Installation of metallic siding for attraction, Photo: Zach Riddley
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