Disney Officially Closes Two Attractions, One Nighttime Show

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This just in — The permanent closure of two attractions as well as one nighttime show is taking place in Walt Disney World Resort.

We reported last year that Primeval Whirl, the popular spinning dinosaur-themed coaster ride, has remained closed throughout the summer of 2019, and it was unclear why. It was also unclear as to when (or if) it will ever reopen.

Back in 2018, we reported that Stitch’s Great Escape was a seasonal attraction, though the ride has not been open for quite some time now. In fact, a Stitch meet and greet took over the building a few years ago!

Rivers of Light
Credit: Disney

Rivers of Light made its debut on February 17, 2017 and had an update titled Rivers of Light: We Are One in May of 2019 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and brought “a powerful arrangement that inspires and carries us through moments of discovery, fun, friendship, fear, love and family.”

But now it looks as though Walt Disney World has now permanently closed all three of these experiences — Stitch’s Great Escape in Magic Kingdom, Primeval Whirl at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Rivers of Light also in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This information comes from Twitter user Scott Gustin, which you can see below.

Please keep in mind at this time Disney has not yet released a statement on this matter.

Rivers of Light

The official Disney description reads:

Eastern festival traditions merge with innovative technology to offer a dazzling nighttime pageant of lantern floats, grand theatrical imagery and a soaring musical score!

Enter a breathtaking world that remains hidden by day, but comes alive at night to tell the story of how mankind has been inspired by animals and all of the natural world.

With the enhanced Rivers of Light: We Are One, you’ll experience a new story about the milestones we all share in our journey through the great circle of life. It’s a tale told in powerful fashion—featuring the addition of even more dramatic Disneynature live-action footage and a tapestry of classic moments from animal-inspired Disney animated films, including The Lion King.

You’ll be captivated by a re-imagined soundtrack as the original musical score now is woven together with familiar Disney themes, carrying us through moments of discovery, fun, friendship, fear and love.

stitch
Credit: Disney

Stitch’s Great Escape

The official Disney description reads:

Amid a row of blinking monitors, begin your intergalactic training session and discover what it means to be a guard with the Galactic Federation Prisoner Teleport Center.

Suddenly, a mysterious Level 3 prisoner is caught—and it’s headed your way! Report to the High Security chamber to assist with the incoming teleportation of this dangerous prisoner.

Primeval Whirl
Credit: Disney

Primeval Whirl

The official Disney description reads:

Sweep through a series of sudden dips and turns as your time machine spins on its own path. Whiz by cartoon dinosaurs hastily preparing for their impending extinction and glimpse a shower of kooky meteors.

Glide through a fossilized jigsaw puzzle of dinosaur bones, before leaving the past behind—just in time!

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