The Sacred Timeline

MisterPenguin

President of Animal Kingdom
Premium Member
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The following is a timeline of stuff for which we have a specific date, or our legit insiders have indicated. All the other stuff for which have no time frame at all, such as projects indefinitely on hold (e.g. Stitch's replacement, Mary Poppin attraction) are, by definition, indefinite and there is no definite time frame for them, so, they didn't make the list.

2022

August
  • Cast rehearsals for Fantasmic! begins and Disney announces such rehearsal.
September
  • September 8: Disney+ Day -- List of announcements that will be made:
    So much unbelievable, fantastic stuff it will make your head spin and you'll be super pumped for all the announcements made over the next few days at D23 (see below)
  • September 9-11: D23 -- List of announcements that will be made:
    A lot less than people had hoped for.
October
  • October 10 -- Hulu subscription rates go up
November
  • November 3 -- Fantasmic! is back as announced by Disney Park Blog. No word yet on VQ, ILL, or G+ availability, or, all standby.
    • Oct 26 -- Dining Packages can start to be booked
    • Nov 30 -- Dining Package seating begins
  • Nov 6 -- What literally everyone was clamoring for: Green Army Men return to TSL
  • Nov 8 -- Festival of Fantasy MK parade returns with two shows most days at least into first week of December
  • Nov 25 -- Cosmic Rewind gets its inaugural Christmas overlay.
December
  • December 8 -- Disney+ subscription rate goes up, Ad-supported tier is added.
  • “Hey, Disney!" rollout begins in select resorts
  • December 16 -- EPCOT: Ducktales World Showcase Adventure
  • December 23 -- WD Railroad is back up and running.



2023

January
  • WDW's Splash will close on Jan 23 for the retheme. The date for DL's shut down will be announced later
  • January 1st - Disney's 100 year anniversary begins.
    • Wondrous Journeys (Castle show at DL) and World of Color - One (fountain show at DCA) premier Jan 27
  • Jan 3 - Cosmic Rewind's holiday overlay reverted back to regular playlist
  • Jan 15 - Daisy, Donald, Goofy at Pete's Silly Side Show
February
  • Feb 8 -- 1st Quarter of 2023 (Oct - Dec 2022) Webcast Call
March
  • March 20 - PhotoPass (from rides) added to Genie+ at no extra charge
  • March 20 - Apr 2 -- Soft opening of TRON
  • March 23 -- New Toy Story table service restaurant
  • March 31 -- The 50th Anniversary of WDW ends as posted on the WDW website. It's actually already dead, it just doesn't have the decency to lie down.

April
  • Apr 1: Narcoosee's reopens
  • Apr 3: EPCOT Forever (minus kites plus more pyro) replaces Harmonious. Harmonious's last show is Apr 2.
    • EF is temporary until a new 100th Anniversary Show replaces it in late 2023
  • Apr 3: The return of Happily Ever After. HEA will have some updates including Main Street projections.
  • Apr 3: Annual Meeting of Stockholders
  • Apr 4: TRON opens to the public
  • Apr 22: DAK's 25th Anniversary. Moana M&G debuts at DAK.
September
  • Sep 1 - 22 -- CM preview of Journey of Water
  • Sep 10 -- Figment M&G at Epcot
  • Sep 12-20 -- Tiers of guests can book Disney's newest and 6th Cruise Line, the Treasure
  • Sep 12 -- New EPCOT parking lot for ride-share pick-up/drop-off
  • Sep 15 - Mirabel M&G at MK (replacing Merida)
  • Sep 20 - Parking Lot Trams return to EPCOT and DHS
  • Sep 22 - Soarin' (over California) replaces Soarin' Around the World for a limited time (time unknown) as part of the 100th celebration.
  • Sep 24-29 & Oct 1-4 -- DVC and AP preview of Journey of Water
  • Sep 30 -- Disney and Comcast begin appraisals of Hulu for Disney's buy-out of Comcast's third

October
  • Oct 14 - Maiden voyage of DCL, The Treasure (DVC exclusive maiden cruise)
  • Oct 16 - Journey of Water in Epcot opens to the general public
  • Oct 16 - Moana M&G takes places across from entrance to JoW
November
  • November 22, 2023: on the theme of 'wishing' a new DAS film: Wish in honor of the 100th Anniversary
    • accompanied by a short celebrating Disney animation
    • Asha from Wish will be a M&G in Epcot
  • Sometime in November -- Disney releases another crappy spirit jersey
  • Nov 30 -- Hatbox Ghost debuts in MK's Haunted Mansion
December
  • Dec 5 - New lagoon fireworks show replacing Epcot Forever called Luminous
  • Dec 5 - All of EPCOT hub will be open (festival gardens, dreamer's point) except for CommuniCore Hall/Plaza
  • Dec 14 - Summer House restaurant opens in Disney Spring

2024
  • January 9 -- new hopping rules apply to WDW
  • January 27 -- Country Bear Jamboree closes for its refresh into having the bears sing Disney standards. Will reopen in the Summer.
  • February 28 -- Soarin' Around the World returns to The Land (replacing Soarin' Over California, which was a 100th anniversary thing)
  • Early 2024 -- the Cake Bake Shop on the BoardWalk.
  • April 3 -- Annual Stockholders Meeting
  • Around May the Forth -- Ahsoka D+ series gets represented in Star Tours (and maybe other adventures added)
  • May 24 -- Disneyland gets is Fantasmic! back with Peter Pan section.
  • June 6 -- Lookout Cay at Lighthouse Point (private island) opens for cruises
  • July 1 -- DVC Cabins at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort opens
  • August 9 -11 -- D23 Fan Event, Anaheim
  • Summer 2024 -- Completion of the revamp of the cabins at Fort Wilderness to new DVC buildings.
  • Summer 2024 -- Country Bear Jamboree reopens with the bears singing Disney standards.
  • Summer 2024 -- The announced time frame for the opening of Tiana's Bayou Adventure [was "Late 2024" then just "2024", now "Summer 2024" (DL's is still "2024".)]
  • Fall 2024 -- The Little Mermaid -- A Musical Adventures opens in the defunct Voyage of the Little Mermaid theater.
  • Late 2024 -- Completion of new DVC Polynesian towers
  • Dec 21, 2024 -- newest cruise ship (the 6th), Disney Treasure) embarks
  • sometime in 2024:
    • sometime in 2024 --CommuniCore Hall/Plaza. (Was supposed to be late 2023)
    • sometime in 2024 -- Contino opens in Rancho Mirage, CA
    • sometime in 2024 -- Star Wars open-world computer game, "Star Wars Outlaws" releases
2025
  • Sometime in 2025 (or 2026) -- The Disney Adventure cruise line (its 7th) sails for SouthEastern Asia out of Singapore
  • Sometime in 2025 - ESPN channel [as opposed to the current ESPN+] will be available as a streaming channel.
  • Summer -- Epic Universe opens
  • Fall - Walt Disney World completely closes down because of Epic Universe

202?
  • A Zootopia show will replace It's Tough to Be a Bug in the Tree of Life theater
  • Dinoland will be replaced by Tropical Americas and will include:
    • DINOSAUR rethemed to Indiana Jones
    • Encanto mini-land / attraction
  • Test Track theme refresh inspired by World of Motion and sponsored by Chevrolet
  • A new pirate's lounge will likely take over the former Pirates League makeover experience space. It will feature the barker parrot.
  • Beyond Big Mountain -- a development of the land in MK beyond BTMR that rivals the scope of Batuu or Pandora. All blue sky for now. Previous announced plans became unannounced.
 
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MarvelCharacterNerd

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The following is a timeline of stuff for which we have a specific date, or our legit insiders have indicated. All the other stuff for which have no time frame at all, such as projects indefinitely on hold (e.g. Stitch's replacement, Mary Poppin attraction) are, by definition, indefinite and there is no definite time frame for them, so, they didn't make the list.

2022

August
  • Cast rehearsals for Fantasmic! begins and Disney announces such rehearsal.
September
  • September 8: Disney+ Day -- List of announcements that will be made:
    So much unbelievable, fantastic stuff it will make your head spin and you'll be super pumped for all the announcements made over the next few days at D23 (see below)
  • September 9-11: D23 -- List of announcements that will be made:
    A lot less than people had hoped for.
October
  • October 10 -- Hulu subscription rates go up.
  • October 26th -- Fantasmic! restarts. Well, it's an internal target date. Certainly within a week later. And most certainly before Thanksgiving.
November
  • Mid-November -- by this time the WD Railroad is back up an running. Maybe sooner.
  • Mid-November -- by this time previews for TRON should be happening. Maybe softs.
December
  • First Week of December -- by this time TRON will be open
  • December 8 -- Disney+ subscription rate goes up, Ad-supported tier is added.
Sometime in 2022
  • New Toy Story table service restaurant

2023

January
  • By mid January, Splash will close as it normally does every January for maintenance... or will it be for good in order to start the retheme?
March
  • March 31st -- The 50th Anniversary ends as posted on the WDW website.
April
  • April -- With the castle stripped of its 50th icon and filigree... a new fireworks show begins, and it's likely to be a tweaked HEA
  • April -- If Splash didn't close in January for the retheme, then the end of the 50th would be another trigger point to start the re-construction

Sometime in 2023
  • Journey of Water and CommuniCore Hall opens


2024
  • Late 2024 -- The announced time frame for the opening of Tiana's Bayou Adventure
  • Late 2024 -- Completion of new DVC Polynesian towers
2025
  • Summer -- Epic Universe opens
  • Fall - Walt Disney World completely closes down because of Epic Universe
Excuse me, but I don't see where Loki and the TVA fit in here? Besides breaking everything, of course. :D
 

MisterPenguin

President of Animal Kingdom
Premium Member
Original Poster
added...

2023

January
  • January 1st - Disney's 100 year anniversary begins.
    • sometime in 2023: Special 100 year nighttime show in DL at the castle, and in EPCOT on the lake (good-bye Harmonious)
    • November 22, 2023: on the them of 'wishing' a new DAS film: Wish
 

Disneyson

Well-Known Member
Thanks so much for the comprehensive timeline - it’s endlessly frustrating that the close date for Harmonious and Enchantment aren’t released. I also think this is a fascinating timeline in the fact that October - December are kinda like “safe months” for Disney in the fact that they really don’t have to release anything aside from Holiday Party dates, which aren’t really “news” but do a great job of filling the news cycle.
 

MagicHappens1971

Well-Known Member
Thanks so much for the comprehensive timeline - it’s endlessly frustrating that the close date for Harmonious and Enchantment aren’t released. I also think this is a fascinating timeline in the fact that October - December are kinda like “safe months” for Disney in the fact that they really don’t have to release anything aside from Holiday Party dates, which aren’t really “news” but do a great job of filling the news cycle.
I would anticipate a late March/early April closure for both of those shows.

For HEA, I could see it closing the day the 50th "Celebration" ends, and HEA returning the next day, or something like that.
Harmonious is a little bit trickier especially based on the lagoon hardware, but I would expect it to close around the same time as Enchantment.
 

Lilofan

Well-Known Member
Don't forget booze carts rolled out on every corner of MK and at the entrances of all rides. Bar car on monorail rolled out as well.
Just like some pay to use public restrooms in Paris and London , in Epcot UK and France coming - pay to use toilets
 

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