While I would love a full refurb too, I can't imagine them closing yet another ride (even if just for refurb) in an already Work In Progress park.
If I'm being very optimistic, the small TCM update is to help get the park by until it can go down for a long refurb.
It was so much fun. We're going again this year with hopefully a Winnie. I jokingly say we're the reason there's a Hocus Pocus show this year.
Here's the book I made: http://m.instructables.com/id/Animatronic-Hocus-Pocus-Spellbook-Prop/
I made it remote controlled this year!
My friend and I went as Mary and Sarah Sanderson from Hocus Pocus last year. I made an animatronic book we scared guests and CMs with.
We're doing two parties this year and will hopefully have the full trio of Sanderson sisters for one and a fleet of disney fairies. I'm making made with Magic...
If hotel occupancy is anything to go by, the last week of September/first week of October is going to be BUSY. There's hardy anything available.
It is the start of food and wine, MNSSHP, and dapper day though.
Last year my friends and I had a late lunch at trails end and decided to kill sometime wandering through the Tri-Circle-D Ranch. I would highly suggest striking up a conversation with the cast members there about the horses and the headless horseman ride.
Stupid kids at the park I worked at did this on one of the roller coasters. It never caused derailment of course, but I think it did damage the track and wheels slightly each time and needed to be replaced earlier than scheduled.
In case anyone wants to read more about Disney's look at bipedal walking robots.