Weekly Disney Rumor Update 4/12/19

IllumiNations Fireworks Epcot Holidays

Hello and welcome to a new weekly series of articles here at TPE. Here we will round up all of the various rumors and announcements for Disney Parks around the world. We'll also include any significant Universal parks announcements when they happen.

Walt Disney World

Pandora World of Avatar Disney

Magic Kingdom

Frontierland Station Disney World

New Holiday Fireworks

Main rumors at the moment point to new offerings for the 2019 Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey's Verry Merry Christmas Party. Supposedly both will be receiving updates to their fireworks shows, replacing the Wishes versions of the show with themed versions of Happily Ever After, or featuring similar projections to the hit show. Both events do not have a name listed for the fireworks show on the Disney World website giving some credibility to this rumor.

Tomorrowland Changes

This is an ongoing project with constant changes to paint happening on a near weekly basis throughout the land in anticipation of the Tron Coaster being added to the land. Rumored further additions are changes to the railroad possibly featuring some themed section in this area as well as changes to the Tomorrowland Speedway. Both of these are still relatively far off at this point if they happen at all.

New Holiday Overlays

Sources at WDWMAGIC claim there will be more overlays at this years Halloween parties, with the three new rides possibly being Big Thunder Mountain, Monters Inc. Laugh Floor, and the Peoplemover. Two of these seem relatively easy but I'm intrigued as to what a Peoplemover overlay would look like.


Innoventions Sign Night Epcot

Demolition of Innoventions and Club Cool

Current rumors, partially supported by permits claim Innoventions West, Club Cool, and Epcot Character Spot could soon be demolished, while the other half of the old Comunicore will remain for at least the time being, although the inside exhibits might change. Further rumors suggest the Fountain of Nations could be on the chopping block as well although the jury is still out on that one. Rumored replacements for this section include a relocated Fab 5 meet and greet, a beer garden as well as themed gardens similar to what we have already seen from the changes at the front of the park.

Epcot Forever

We got a lot of new information on the IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth replacement this week. We got a preview video that likely gives us an idea of what kind of music we can expect in it before what may be the worst video of Illuminations ever taken (seriously if you haven't seen it go watch it on the Disney Parks Youtube channel). We know it will include Magic Journeys and One Little Spark, but the preview included videos of Kitchen Kabaret, Soarin Around the World, and the original Journey Into Imagination. The last one specifically is interesting considering the song One Little Spark is still in use in the current version, yet they chose to showcase the old version promoting this show. Could this mean the long missed Dreamfinder could make a return in this fireworks show? We'll just have to wait till October 1st.


New countries are still being rumored, with the main one at the moment being Brazil.

Disney Hollywood Studios

Steamboat Willie Fantasmic

Mickey and Minne's Runaway Railway

This rumor has popped up the past couple of weeks as we have heard lots of new information on Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, but nothing about this ride. Initially, it was rumored to open before Star Wars, but now it may have been delayed to January. Stay tuned!

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Dinosaur Ride Disney's Animal Kingdom


With Dinosaur (The Ride?) now closing early rumors once again sparked up of this ride being closed and replaced with Indiana Jones Adventure. Honestly, I doubt it, the ride is still fairly popular and Disney doesn't seem to think Animal Kingdom needs something new anytime soon.

Disneyland Resort

Disneyland Thank You For Visiting Sign


Lenny the Cab Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin

Toontown Expansion

Current rumors place the next major expansion of this park is in Mickey's Toontown, bringing the Mickey Ride from Disney's Hollywood Studios to the park. It is believed only shops would be removed for this expansion, saving Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin.

Adventureland Sign Removal

The famous Adventureland arch sign in the hub of Disneyland might not be around much longer according to permits.

Tomorrowland Changes

Current Disney CEO has signified this is a longterm goal, but no current plans are known.

Disney California Adventure

Radiator Springs Waterfall Night Cars Land

Red Car Trolley Closure

The Red Car Trolley will remain closed for a year to allow for Marvel Land to be built along the edge of the tracks.

Universal Studios Hollywood

Universal Studios Hollywood Neon Sign

Secret Life of Pets Off The Leash Announced

Even though it has been under construction for an extended period of time and pretty much all the plans for this were leaked a long time ago it's still good to hear the official announcement. Word is it will be a dark ride using a combination of screens and practical effects.

Thanks for reading. Heard any rumors you would like to submit? Let us know in the comments.

Other News

We got an insane amount of news about Disney+ coming to North America in November. It will be a great service for any Disney lover, featuring all the animated classics and many modern hits.