Generally, the time between Disney announcing that a ride or shop at WDW is closing and the actual closing date is less than two months. If the attraction is very popular or iconic – like Maelstrom – it can be longer, like three months.
But, once a ride closes, within 24 hours workers start to dismantle it and within 48 hours, ride pieces start getting moved off-site.
Such was the case with both Maelstrom and Backlot Studio Tours earlier this month.
A few weeks ago, a guy driving on the highway near Disney World caught some cool video of the Maelstrom boats leaving WDW!
Adios Maelstrom longboats: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqiVbM3iQdc
Many cast members are hoping that some memorabilia ends up at Cast Connection/Property Control (https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/disneys-cast-connection/)
Anyone remember earlier this year when a car from the old WDW monorail ended up on ebay?
May 7, 2014: Real Disney World Mark IV monorail car for sale! It’s for sale on eBay until roughly 5 PM today (05/07/14) and has 48 offers, the highest being $189,000.
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