Disneyland Begins Draining Rivers of America Ahead of Star Wars Construction

by Mommy Frog on March 11, 2016
5 Los Angeles

Hi there! Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most interesting theme park news around the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando and other theme parks. 

Here are this week’s theme park highlights:

  • Rivers of AmericaDisneyland has begun draining the Rivers of America as part of construction for the coming Star Wars Land. To accommodate the new land, the river will be re-routed and the size of Tom Sawyer Island will be reduced. The Mark Twain Riverboat and Sailing Ship Columbia will have slightly shorter routes on the river when it reopens to boats, which is thought to be in 2017. Crews have already demolished the Circle D Corral, where the horses used on Main Street U.S.A. were housed. Actual construction on the new land is expected to begin in April.
  • Captain America at DisneylandCaptain America is headed back to the Disneyland Resort, starting April 3, but he'll have a new home at Disney California Adventure along with Spider-Man. Thor is headed back to Asgard, but you never know when he might drop in to the new meet-and-greet location.
  • Joy and Sadness from Inside OutOver at Disney World, Joy and Sadness from "Inside Out" are joining Baymax from "Big Hero 6" at the expanded Epcot Character Spot in Future World.
  • Forbes dove into the technology behind some of the rides and experiences inside Universal Orlando, including the illusion that makes disappearing onto platform 9 and 3/4 possible before boarding the Hogwarts Express.
  • Universal is researching additional holiday offerings, including different concepts involving The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It sent a survey out with some of the new offerings, including a possible Yule Ball or holiday party in Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade similar to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom.
  • Rivers of LightLast but not least, Disney World provided more details about its upcoming "Rivers of Light" nighttime spectacular at Disney's Animal Kingdom. The new, original show will combine light, sound and water for a mystical animal experience that will transport guests from the Asian jungles to African safaris and beyond.

That’s it for the theme park news this week. Have a great weekend!

Hoppy planning!

If you’re thinking about a trip to Disney World, make sure to check out the other news, tips and information we post to the blog throughout the week. If you’re ready to plan your trip, we recommend you start with our Orlando Planning Guide.

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Dec 23, 2016 at 11:02 a.m.
Gene Grainger Says...

To a lot of families, the Disney experience is a positive milestone in their lives. It is nice to see that Disney takes this seriously by constantly keeping their themes current.

Thank you Mommy Frog, and keep up the good work!

Oct 18, 2016 at 12:35 p.m.
Ray Says...

Why is this still being published as 'news'?....it is about 6 months old!!

Nov 24, 2016 at 9:07 a.m.
Billy Shears Says...

It may be old news to you. However, there are probably thousands more who are not aware of it.

Not everyone who has an interest in Disney, is an ardent follower of news, predicting up coming plans for future development.

So sorry to see that you have become so upset.

But not everyone's life revolves around Disney.

Dec 3, 2016 at 1:47 p.m.
Joseph McGraw Says...

This guy right here, he makes a lot of sense. Someone ate their Wheaties this morning

Mar 27, 2016 at 8:51 a.m.
Steve turner Says...

See you in august


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