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Old 08-10-2012, 09:55 AM   #46
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FOLK is the only reason we go to AK!!!!!!! I wonder how attendance will be affected for this stupid decision!!!! Only time will tell, but I can tell you, we probably won't go back after our two trips this year. I'd rather pay a bit more and add Water Parks!
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:58 AM   #47
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Since nobody else has mentioned this...

How do we know this is actually going to happen?
We don't.

Screamscape gets it wrong almost as often as they get it right...so we can all take some solace in that.

That being said: It DOES have to move, at some point, to make way for Pandora. The timing would seem about right (most of FLE finished and opened, slower season) for the next construction project to start.

I'd be shocked if they just shuttered it for 6 months to a year while building a new theater. I guess it would depend on how easy it is to relocate the set pieces to a new building, quickly. If they have to build the theater AROUND the set pieces (as in, they don't "plug" in and out).....maybe they have no choice but to do things this way.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:07 AM   #48
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I am very much hoping this is a rumor. I LOVE this show and it's a must do every single trip. It will be on my must do this upcoming trip for sure. The powers that be better find it a new home and ASAP!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:07 AM   #49
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I think it's all specualation at this point. I heard the Avatar "land"/attraction would open in 2014. It also seems like the Avatar "land" has been blown a bit out of proportion. I think this will be a small area that will house one feature attraction, a couple of lesser attracations, maybe a meet-n-greet and a gift shop.
Articles I've read say grounbreaking in 2013, opening in 2016 (that was back in September, 2011). Here's one of them:

http://travel.usatoday.com/alliance/...pdate/548890/1

IF the budget is really only 400 million...I agree about size. That's about 1/2 of what Cars Land cost Disney.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:09 AM   #50
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Well dang it! We saw it on our first trip and loved it. Plus my daughter was picked to participate at the end. We ran out of time on our last trip (had to get to an ADR) and dd just said, “No problem. We can just see it next time”.

Hmmm…early 2013 ds turns 3 and dd turns 10, free dining extended to 12/20, now one of our favorite shows possibly closing for an undetermined amount of time starting in January. Reasons just keep piling up to sneak back down there in December. Not like I needed any motivation but still.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:11 AM   #51
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Well dang it! We saw it on our first trip and loved it. Plus my daughter was picked to participate at the end. We ran out of time on our last trip (had to get to an ADR) and dd just said, “No problem. We can just see it next time”.

Hmmm…early 2013 ds turns 3 and dd turns 10, free dining extended to 12/20, now one of our favorite shows possibly closing for an undetermined amount of time starting in January. Reasons just keep piling up to sneak back down there in December. Not like I needed any motivation but still.
Don't forget the official opening of the new Fantasyland in early December (the 6th).
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:32 AM   #52
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I think it's all specualation at this point. I heard the Avatar "land"/attraction would open in 2014. It also seems like the Avatar "land" has been blown a bit out of proportion. I think this will be a small area that will house one feature attraction, a couple of lesser attracations, maybe a meet-n-greet and a gift shop.
Speculation is correct. There is no way avatarland would open in 2014, when it is taking 2+ years just to build one attraction in MK(snow white mine ride). Unless this is going to be very small, and considering no detailed plans have been announced, or starting construction dates been released, I would guess you are looking easily at 2015 or beyond.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:41 AM   #53
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Don't forget the official opening of the new Fantasyland in early December (the 6th).
How could I have forgotten that one. Just what I needed. Another reason to add to the list. And there's another I didn't list in my last post. Our first trip was late November 2010 and we've been wanting to see the lights again ever since.
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:42 AM   #54
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Not thrilled that a show that was pure fun is being removed (hopefully not permanently) to make way for a morality message on conservation. I hope Avatar has some shows (without the heavy message stuff)
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:02 AM   #55
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Not saying whether the rumor is valid or not, but I did read yesterday that they are moving the Camp Minnie Mickey characters to a rethemed Beastly Bazaar building. I didn't catch the date, or pay much attention to whether that was announced by Disney or also a rumor.
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Beastly Bazaar is closing August 12 so that seems to be true. I think it was announced back in June that it would become a meet and greet area.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:11 AM   #57
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This is making me rethink my plans for my October trip! Now I want to go to AK and see FotLK.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:14 AM   #58
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Festival of the Lion King is supposed to be moving to a spot in Africa. I would assume being such a popular show, they would not just let it sit idle without having it's new spot in Africa built. It will have to move though to make way for Pandora, which won't be finished until 2015-2016, but groundbreaking is likely next year.
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:15 AM   #59
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Best show in AK...I've seen it for the past three years and the same actors have been there since I first saw it. Doest this mean they are all unemployed?
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Old 08-10-2012, 11:22 AM   #60
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The film The Lion King is not one of my favorites (I have seen it all of two times!) but I adore FOTLK! I never miss it, and last June I took my sister's family where the developmentally delayed 12 year old got picked to lead the audience in Lion sounds, and the Autistic 6 year old laughed and engaged throughout the entire performance. I usually tear up at this show anyway, but now it holds a very special place in my heart.

I am thankful that I have two more trips to WDW planned before the proposed closing date.
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