Much has been happening in Walt Disney World over the past few weeks. Many of the rumors from the past few months are beginning to take shape, while others are still under wraps. What we can say is that the World is going through some major changes.
First, with the closing of Toontown Fair came the news that Mickey and Minnie would be moving to Main Street, USA. While I was one of the first people worried about the possible logjam that would in sue having Mickey in Exposition Hall, it seems that meeting the soon to be Magician Mickey at Town Square Theater has gone off without a hitch. The new meet and greet, complete with fastpass (which is linked to the other attractions, so be careful) new themed backstage areas and a what seems to be two new shops has since opened without much of an issue. I am wondering how it will hold up during the major busy times, especially with the Princesses sharing the space until next year when Snow White's Scary Adventures goes down for good.
Secondly, the Haunted Mansion interactive queue seems to be up and running. It seems to be a hit with most guests, although I hear a few Disney enthusiasts claim it is ruining the integrity of the opening day attraction. Personally, it is in everyone's own opinion, but it seems that this has become a welcome addition to a proud attraction. Remember, interactive queues seem to be the wave of the future. Only time will tell how the reception turns out but early returns seem promising.
Lastly, coming out of MGM (Hollywood Studios, though you will rarely hear it mentioned this way here) Star Tours 2 is proving to be a major draw; considering it has yet to even drop the curtain. With walls going up around the entrance, and Tattoine Traders going down for a quick refurbishment, it seems as though new information regarding the much anticipated attraction is coming out by the day. With new costumes announced, Disney has also announced a list of planets and characters that guests will be in contact with. The list is as follows:
- Ace (AC-38) (New character, the pilot)
- Spokesbot Aly San San (New character, voiced by Allison Janney)
- Darth Vader
- Skytroopers (New characters)
- Boba Fett
- Admiral Ackbar
- Princess Leia
Also DisneyParksBlog.com has offered up this as a hint as to the possible locations for the attraction:
With the destinations set and also a character list it seems we are starting the countdown to the attractions opening. The idea that there maybe 50 different combinations of rides for guests to experience is enough to make many Disney and Star Wars fans drool. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.