Happy Friday, everyone! The Downlow is back with a few updates before we head into the weekend! As popular Fall events like Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival and Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights continue, we thought we’d take a look at some of the news that might have flown under the radar in the last few days!
The Downlow for Friday, September 21 is here:
- The newest addition to City Walk at Universal Orlando, the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen opened its doors yesterday! The new restaurant – which is decked out in a fun steampunk theme – follows the story of Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome who has traveled the world in search of the best ways to incorporate chocolate into everything!
- Candy Industry Magazine (yep, it’s a thing) has some background information on the Emporium and you can catch a review of the new restaurant from the folks at Orlando Informer!
- When online surveys are conducted to find the least popular attraction at Magic Kingdom, the u winner (or is it “loser”?) is often Stitch’s Great Escape! The attraction replaced a childhood favorite of ours, the terrifying Alien Encounter, in 2004 and has never really connected with visitors. Now, Stitch’s days may be numbered. Disney announced this week that Stitch’s Great Escape will begin seasonal operation starting October 2. This means that the ride will only be open for peak travel season over Thanksgiving and Christmas. Is the closure of Stitch’s Great Escape imminent shortly after the new year? Rumors suggest it could soon be replaced with a Wreck-It Ralph attraction, so we’ll see! In the meantime, the Orlando Sentinel’s Theme Park Ranger, Dewayne Bevil has the scoop on Stitch!
- Finally, we have a quick note from behind the scenes of the theme park industry. The International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions which is currently based in Alexandria, Virginia, announced yesterday its plans to officially relocate to the theme park capital of the world, Orlando. The move is scheduled to take place next year, and IAAPA has also announced that it will hold its annual conventions in Orlando through at least 2030. The press release (which is somehow more interesting than we expected) is here!
That’s all we’ve got for today! Have you ever been on Stitch’s Great Escape? If so, let us know in the comments below!