Published: April 19, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Absolutely mind-boggling how long Disney is taking to open a ride that's not even a legit E-ticket. When will Disney Springs or Avatar be finished...2045?? Pathetic.

Published: April 19, 2014 at 5:17 PM

Great article in the Orlando Sentinel about how Harry Potter has helped Universal Orlando take market share away from its competitors. Of course, Disney still leads attendance. But Harry has helped Universal in a big way.


Brandon Townsend

Published: April 19, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Pilgrim's Plunge was underwhelming. The elevator ride was scary, but the "plunge" was glacially slow.
Question, Robert; When you mention Diagon Alley soft opening, does that include Gringott's Coaster or just the area and stores? Thanks.

Published: April 20, 2014 at 2:32 AM

Why does Disney move at such a snails pace!?
TH Creative

Published: April 20, 2014 at 4:58 AM

Anonymous: Absolutely mind-boggling how long Disney is taking to open a ride that's not even a legit E-ticket.

I Respond: It is an E-ticket ride.

Anonymous: When will Disney Springs or Avatar be finished...2045?

I respond: Disney Springs will open in phases with final completion in 2016. Avatar is currently under construction and will open in 2017.


Published: April 20, 2014 at 10:12 AM

TH, I am looking for info about the SDMT and where Disney assigns an E-ticket rating to this ride, but I cannot find it anywhere.

Published: April 20, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Robert posted an article a while back explaining the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was basically a last minute addition to the land and had to go through a lot of phases of design, testing, etc. that most rides have already gone through when announced - so that is why it has taken so long.

If they would have left Fantasyland the way it was (pixies and princesses everywhere) then it'd probably be done already. But they didn't.... and for that I am glad.... because I'd rather have to wait a little longer and get a new Seven Dwarfs roller coaster than get the instant gratification (?) - or lack thereof - with what the previous completed New Fantasyland would have been without the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. Of course, I wish it was done faster to.... but just reminding people why it seems to be taking so long.

However, I will say.... Maybe Disney may have made the same mistake with discussing Avatar land before it is really under construction in some ways too. Maybe Disney should start having the testing and blue prints ready to go (and maybe even a construction crew on site) before they start announcing things. Still, their slowness may be what allows them to take public reception into consideration with their planning (which may be a good thing).... it actually helped with Fantasyland.

Published: April 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

June 21 is the first day of "summer 2014".

Published: April 21, 2014 at 7:29 AM

In spoke with a WDW CM on April 11th who has been assigned to opening operating staff for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. She told us that training had not yet commenced for the new ride and that there had been several delays. However that was a week ago...
Anon Mouse

Published: April 21, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Hey TH: I thought Avatar is also done in phases. It is unlikely that both the boat ride and the simulator ride will open at the same time. So maybe 2045 isn't off by much as we currently don't know when Avatar will be completed. Just kidding. Maybe they will finish in 2020 when the third Avatar sequel (the 4th Avatar movie) is released to the public (or direct to video).
Brian Bauer

Published: April 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

If you remember, the new Fantasyland blueprints and story leaked long before Disney made the official announcement. It's been said that they made the Avatar announcement early to prevent the story from leaking on it's own. Which is why it was so long in between the announcement and the first concept art.
Rob Pastor

Published: April 21, 2014 at 4:13 PM

Orlando United insider Teeben is reporting that Monday June 16th is scheduled as media set up day for Diagon grand opening.

Published: April 22, 2014 at 12:20 PM

That would be spectacular, Rob... I haven't booked the trip yet because I have no idea when it is going to open. We missed the Springfield opening by a day last year.

I am thinking late July would be a safe bet though.

Rob Pastor

Published: April 22, 2014 at 4:04 PM

NB: I would bet the mortgage for opening by late July. Enjoy your trip. Diagon will be fantastic, no doubt. I think the London front should be open for my late May trip so that would be a nice teaser and set up for the longer September vacation. I'm doing the Universal hotel trifecta, Portofino (May), Cabana and Royal Pacific (Sept.). The announcement, I would guess, will be made this Friday on NBC Today show. Sounds like it might be a repeat of June 18th, since the media set up date is established for June 16th....Might want to book before Friday's announcement though, since the Hard Rock fills up the fastest of the on site hotels. You could always cancel if by some miracle it didn't open by then.