The Test Track refurbishment will purportedly commence as expected on April 16th. There had been rumors that the refurbishment was canceled or delayed since we hadn’t heard any word since Disney Parks Blog ran an article announcing the upcoming changes back on January 6th. The source that the Test Track refurb is on track is an unnamed spokesperson quoted in this Orlando Sentinel article. Doesn’t quite seem like it’s written in stone, but we’ll see! The attraction is expected to open before the Food and Wine Festival gets underway at the end of September, but it will be closed for the entirety of the summer.
The hosts for this year’s Star Wars Weekends are the same as last year – Ashley Eckstein and James Arnold Taylor. Official announcement. Hopefully we’ll get confirmation of the “celebrity guests” later this week with the first Weekend just about six weeks away. I don’t have a lot to do with Star Wars, but I’m available the weekend of June 8th – 10th. I’m just saying.
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin will be closed for refurbishment on June 27th and 28th, reopening on June 29th.
The Avengers Monorail is running:
Big news on the character front. Princess Merida from Pixar’s Brave will begin appearing at Magic Kingdom in mid-May in Fairytale Garden, where Rapunzel currently meets guests. Official story. I honestly can’t believe they would let anyone with red hair touch children and the whole archery scene reminds me a little too much of the end of We Need to Talk About Kevin. Just kidding (sort of). This should be neat.
Rapunzel will move to Ariel and Prince Eric’s current location at the Adventureland Veranda Porch beginning April 15th. Flynn will be joining her (yay!).
Also on April 15th, Ariel and Eric will move across from Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse to an area called the “Glass Gazebo.”
The Art of Animation Resort will open ahead of schedule: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2012/03/opening-dates-now-set-for-disneys-art-of-animation-resort-at-walt-disney-world-resort/.
Basin has reopened in Downtown Disney after a brief refurbishment. Finally get to bathe using my sweet pea bath salts again. “This light, flirty fragrance will help put a spring in your step.” Boy does it, Basin. When I say “bathe,” I do mean “get high off of.”
The artwork for the upcoming bowling alley at Downtown Disney has changed completely for the third or fourth time:
Put me on the record as saying there’s absolutely no way on earth that this is going to be ready to go by October. This is a company that took four months to paint the interior of the Plaza Ice Cream Parlor. Who knows though, maybe they will.
I think that’s it.