Happy Wednesday, everyone! The Dis Downlow team is on their way Florida today for a short but sweet early October jaunt to the parks (and to visit with friends)! We hope the weather cooperates! Hurricane Matthew appears to still be making its way toward Florida, although hopefully the storm will fail to make direct landfall. Still, if you’re reading this from the eastern seaboard of Florida, please take all necessary precautions!
We’ve got some great updates from around the parks to keep you busy today! We hope to do some live Facebook-ing (www.facebook.com/disdownlow) and some Instagram-ing (@disdownlow) over the next few days and we hope you’ll follow us there!
In the meantime, The Downlow for Wednesday, October 2, is here!
- Check out the LA Times for a sneak-peak at the designs for the new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT ride that will replace the Hollywood Tower of Terror at Disneyland next year! As we’ve discussed before, a lot of Disney fans are on the fence about this one but the models released by Disney on Monday are at least interesting enough to peak our interest here at the Downlow! Legendary Imagineer Joe Rohde (spearheading what might be his last major project for Disney as he nears retirement age) said the ride will resemble a power plant where a character from GoG called the Collector stockpiles his various living keepsakes. We’ll hold out judgment until we get a chance to see the final design in action.
- It’s been a week of great news for fans of The Muppets! Over the weekend, “The Muppets Present…Great Moments in American History” live show made its debut near the Hall of Presidents in Magic Kingdom! Our friends over at Inside the Magic have some great photos and a video of one of the performances. There are two versions of the show that run each day and we can’t wait to see it!
- In other Muppet news, the long-forgotten “Muppet Mobile Lab” is making a return to Walt Disney World! Guests at Epcot’s Future World may see Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker making the rounds in their mobile, animatronic lab machine! This is supposedly just a month-long test at Epcot before the attraction moves over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Given the state of construction at DHS, it’ll be nice to have a new attraction to see.
- Speaking of Hall of Presidents, Disney announced today that HoP will close in early 2017 to undergo months of refurbishment for the installation of a new Commander-in-Chief. Our friends over at WDW News Today broke the story earlier today.
- And while we’re talking about refurbishments, it’s a good time to remind everyone that refurbs are an integral part of keeping theme parks looking and feeling their best! We’re bummed that Big Thunder Mountain Railroad will be closed during our visit this week, but we know that means it’ll be better than ever next time. If you’re planning on visiting the parks any time soon, be sure to check out WDW Magic’s list of upcoming Disney refurbishment projects.
- Finally, and most importantly, WDW Info is providing up-to-date information on the progression of Hurricane Matthew as it makes its way toward the mainland. Again, we hope that the storm will stay out to sea, as millions of people along Florida’s eastern seaboard are taking precautions as we speak.