Disney also has filed a construction notice for work on the old Adventureland Verandah restaurant, which has been closed for years, though it's been used for private events from time to time. In this case, cast members have been saying that the park is looking to restaff the Verandah for use as a restaurant again, though not necessarily with that name or the old theme.
Universal Orlando today filed more detailed plans for the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, which reveal that Universal is holding a parcel of land between the new hotel and the expanded waterway for a future restaurant location.
Over in Tampa, Busch Gardens is planning a new attraction in the Egypt section of the park, and has filed for permits with the local water authority.
Note to fans on the Tampa story: With Florida's high water table, just about every big construction project ends up going through a water authority for permitting at some point. Just because a park files a permit with a water authority doesn't suggest that it is building a water-based attraction. It simply might need permission for work that would affect drainage in the area. Heck, we found out about the new Frozen meet-and-greet building in Epcot's Norway pavilion due to a public filing with the local water authority for that building.
Finally, developers in the Orlando area are promoting plans for an action sports entertainment center at the intersection of U.S. 192 and State Road 535 in Kissimmee. Lest you get too excited to start skiing, zip-lining and rock climbing just yet, note the final line in that story: "The company is still investigating the property involved, in the 'due diligence' phase and is having discussions with the Osceola County regarding incentives and financing." In other words, they don't own the property yet, and are looking for local government hand-outs to help finance the project. That deserves a...
Update: A couple of bonus construction photos for you, from Southern California today. First, the conversion of Condor Flats to Grizzly Peak Airfield at Disney California Adventure. That's the former Taste Pilots Grill in the foreground and Soarin' in the back.
And here's the current state of the castle in Disneyland:
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If you are looking at the black and white part in the back of that concept drawing, that is Cabana Bay. Those are some of the rooms on the right and I can see the entrance on the left.
Any word on if DisneyQuest is going to remain open ?
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