In addition, Disney will be using some of the space recently vacated by the closing of the Backlot Tour at Disney's Hollywood Studios to add a new track to Toy Story Midway Mania, to expand the capacity on one of Disney World's other hard-to-get-Fastpass attractions.
Both expansions are scheduled for completion in 2016. Construction work on the new Soarin' theater has begun already.
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A big thank you to all Disney employees who fought to make this happen. Please don't stop fighting for new E-ticket attractions. You will have a lot of upset fans if Avatarland and StarWarsLand turn out to be disappointments like Seven Dwarfs Mine Ride and Little Mermaid.
Walt Disney World's problem is not that there's nothing in the pipeline, it's that things get built SO SLOWLY that we won't be seeing anything in that pipeline for years. Meanwhile, Universal keeps chugging along with major expansion at a rapid pace. Realistically, what will it take for Disney to see the light and start picking up the pace?
I welcome a third theater for Soarin' and a third track for Midway Mania, but there's no reason it should take 20+ months to get them operational.
Look at DLR: Soarin' and TSM have moderate waits because there are newer and better rides around. WDW doesn't need to add capacity to these exhausted attractions, it needs to build more headliners.
Soarin' and TSM are great. But I've ridden them countless times.
I Respond: Excuse me? Walt Dinsey World has a "problem?"
(LA Times - 02/04/14) ... the occupancy at Disney resort hotels also jumped 8% to 89% -- a rate that is as close to completely booked as possible, Disney officials said during an earnings report on the quarter.
Estimated 2014 patronage is 54 million and they have a problem?
I was talking from the perspective of a frustrated Disney parks fan who wants to see them actually build new rides in Florida quicker than they currently are. Of course I'm not arguing that they have a "problem" in a financial sense. But hey, if you're satisfied with the Magic Kingdom having not received a new E-ticket in 23 years, Epcot having received nothing of substance since 2005, Hollywood Studios having received nothing new since 2008, and Animal Kingdom currently in year 9 since an addition (with AT LEAST 2 more before Avatar opens), then more power to you.
We can go on and on about Universal building more new attractions than Disney, but the real focus should be on why Disney builds a Soarin theater with the about same length of time Universal used to build all of Diagon Alley.
Universal Studios was light years ahead of Disney with all those screen based attractions.
It's what the people want, plus you won't loose your fingers on it. Arrrrgh
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One question: is TSMM still going to need the extra room once Star Wars Land opens and Pixar Place is expanded?