Things You Won’t See At Walt Disney World This Summer

If there is one thing you can count on when it comes to the Disney Parks, it's that eventually everything will change. Walt didn't intend for his creations to be static museums, but rather exciting places where the imagination could run wild and create an ever bigger and brighter show. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there are a few recent changes that have long time Disney fans grumbling. Without further ado, here are the things that you won't be seeing at Walt Disney World this Summer.


Grauman's Chinese Theater ReplicaGrauman's Chinese Theater Replica


Talking Mickey meet and greets at the Magic Kingdom's Town Square Theater are no more. While guests will still be able to line up for some one on one time with the mouse here, he will no longer communicate with guests verbally. Other fan run websites are siting technical difficulties, budget constrains, and continuity of show as reasons for changes to this attraction. Here are seven spots you can meet a non-vocal Mickey Mouse.

And - as we reported previously, the beautiful steam punk inspired Maleficent float from the Festival of Fantasy Parade is out of commission for the foreseeable future due to fire damage.


Talking Mickey at the Town Square TheaterTalking Mickey at the Town Square Theater


Over in Epcot the Universe of Energy has shut its doors as the Park makes way foran exciting new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction being built in its place. 'The Circle of Life' from The Land Pavilion has also closed, and will not be reopening.

The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios was closed permanently to make way for the upcoming attraction Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway. The very first Disney Park ride dedicated to the little guy who started it all. The Sweet Spells bakery has also been closed to make way for a new shop for Toy Story merchandise. Guests on the hunt for a Carrot Cake Cookie can find it at the Trolley Car Cafe, but alas the cookie have undergone some changes too.


Universe of EnergyUniverse of Energy


Fans of the fun and interactive Whispering Canyon Cafe at Disney's Wilderness Lodge have been dealt a blow as the light-hearted shenanigans that made this place great have come to a hault. While the restaurant will still be serving up a solid selection of western themed cuisine, guests will be waited on by uniformly friendly cast members, offering one straw per normal sized sup, and a single bottle of ketchup on your table.

Finally - on the beautiful shores of Disney Springs the World of Disney store is undergoing a series of phased refurbishments throughout 2018. Disney has opened some pop-up shops and fanned the merchandise you can normally find there to other stores. Also at Disney Springs Wolfgang Puck Cafe, Disney Quest, and La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil have all been shuttered to make way for new concepts.


Stitch Towers Above the World of Disney EntranceStitch Towers Above the World of Disney Entrance


Personally, I'm pretty bummed about the Whispering Canyon changes. This was one of my favorite restaurants for breakfast and it just won't be the same. How do you feel about the recent changes to the Walt Disney World line-up? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

JeffC wrote on Mon, 05/14/2018 - 14:18:

I have a few comments! Shocking, I know...haha haha :)

The carrot cake cookie? We spotted it at the Trolley Car Cafe 2 weeks ago, and it looked nothing like what I remebered! It was like a whoopie pie with the top and bottom upside down or somethning. So we did not get it. Boooo!

And when we were at World of Disney I kept saying to Joe "Jeez, it feels so crowded in here!" After the 3 rd time he decided to point out the renovations and walled off section.

Looking forward to the replacement to Universe of Energy!

Thanks for all the udpates!

Kristen K. wrote on Tue, 05/15/2018 - 00:21:

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I haven't had a chance to try out the new cookie, but AJ over at the DFB was none to happy about the affair.

wdwizbest wrote on Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:32:

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This is the saddest part about WDW to me, losing beloved attractions, restaurants and experiences. Especially when what they are replaced with is sub standard. Yeah, I know things change, blah, blah, blah. Yes I'm looking forward to Toy Story Land, Galaxies Edge and all the future expansions. However I can't help but miss some of the "old" aspects of WDW.

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