Disney might be looking to counter Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay with a volcano attraction of its own — a Moana rollercoaster.
The thing is, this attraction isn’t a new idea. It’s a long-shelved concept called Fire Mountain that might finally see the light of day after all, if Jim Hill is to be believed. The original concept was an expansion of the 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea subs and Adventureland and sat in the Seven Seas Lagoon facing the Polynesian Resort. (You can read more about Fire Mountain here.)
Moana, Disney’s first Polynesian “Princess” featured a villain that was a living volcano. It was also a huge, huge hit. Sounds like a no-brainer to bring her to the Magic Kingdom, right?
While the Magic Kingdom version of Fire Mountain never came to fruition, a similar-looking attraction opened years later in Tokyo DisneySea, with their version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Mysterious Island.
However, the subs have long since vanished from the Magic Kingdom. Clearly this updated volcano attraction would not incorporate them, as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was removed from Walt Disney World in 1994.
According to the Orlando Weekly…
The village concept does line up with other recent Adventureland rumors, including Disney looking to add another signature dining option in the tropical-themed land. This new village would be visible from the train, which may be the new views that have been rumored as part of the 50th Anniversary updates. This may also help explain the rumors of some updates happening to the Jungle Cruise.
Now, the question is would this Moana attraction replace the rumored Tron Coaster? Or is the entire park getting a massive makeover to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World?
Another negative side effect of an massive Adventureland expansion is that the Enchanted Tiki Room may get relocated in favor of a Moana meet and greet, and the birds themselves could be relocated to the Skipper Canteen. However, Walt’s original vision for the Tiki Room was that it was to be a restaurant, so who knows?
Again, these are all rumors for now. But it’s clear that Disney has big plans to expand the existing parks after Star Wars Land is completed in 2019. Rumors include much-needed overhauls of Epcot’s Future World and the Magic Kingdom’s Tomorrowland.
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[Source: Orlando Weekly]