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5 Walt Disney World Attractions To See Before They’re Gone Forever

Destination & Tourism | Erik Yates | September 07, 2016

5 Walt Disney World Attractions To See Before They’re Gone Forever

Photos courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney envisioned his parks as being in a constant state of change, never to truly be “finished.” Unfortunately, that means closing older attractions to make room for newer ones, which also means sometimes you have to say goodbye to some of your old favorites. In the coming months and years, Walt Disney World is going to get a major overhaul in many of its parks and attractions. Here are five attractions that you must see, before it’s too late!

Main Street Electrical Parade

This is happening sooner rather than later. Oct. 9 will be the last chance to see this legendary parade before it’s shut down, boxed up, and shipped off to Disneyland for their 2017 season. There is no word on what is replacing it, but many strong rumors point to the park leaving the time slot empty for budgetary reasons.

Sum of All Thrills/Stormstruck

Sept. 2 will be your last chance to experience these two simulators at Epcot’s Innoventions East. The two attractions will close for good, leaving only the Glidden World of Color behind. Once that contract runs out in a year or two, the area will be completely closed. There is no word on what will replace it, but it’s rumored that a massive overhaul of Future World will see the buildings torn completely down.

Stitch’s Great Escape

Many fans will not be sad to see this one go. It replaced one of Disney’s scariest attractions, Alien Encounter, with an attraction of the same type that buckled you in, and had an alien burp chili dogs in your face. Seriously? The rumored new attraction will have guests racing along with Wreck-It-Ralph in a VR attraction that pits you against other racers in Sugar Rush. It should be ready for the new sequel, which hits theaters in 2018.

The Great Movie Ride

This was an original attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (originally MGM Studios), and it showcases the history and love of the movies. It would seem no one cares about the history of the movies anymore. As part of the new Hollywood Studios (which is rumored to get a new name as well), the old Great Movie Ride will be scrapped and replaced with a state-of-the-art new attraction on a trackless path featuring Mickey and his friends, as they race through Hollywood and famous films. It will be called “The Great Mickey Ride!” and it will be the first Disney attraction to feature Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy.

Ellen’s Energy Encounter

Another original attraction, this time at Epcot. While this attraction has had a few changes over the years, it’s largely been the same attraction. You watch a long pre-show, you board a moving theater, and you go through time to see how things like oil and today’s energy were made. It was an attraction that came from Epcot’s very educational beginnings, where the goal was to entertain less but learn more.

It is extremely outdated, as it features a very young Ellen, and Alex Trebek when he had a mustache. It also features Bill Nye the Science Guy, which isn’t horrible, but the real problem here is that the ride is 40 minutes long. It honestly used to be longer.

Disney has pivoted very noticeably away from very long rides, which keep guests from doing other things such as shopping and dining. The rumor is that attraction will be removed to make room for an all-new Guardians of the Galaxy attraction at Epcot, which is said to be a coaster. It will mark the first coaster at Epcot, and the end of Epcot as we know it.

Please keep in mind that these are mostly rumors at this point, and that it is not official until it’s announced by Disney. Still, if you want one last experience, your time is running very short! 


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