As happened just ahead of the last D23 Expo in 2017, what seem like wild and wacky rumors are emerging concerning the future of the Disney Parks under Bob Chapek. As you may recall, many of what we thought to be zany ideas were, in fact, announced and confirmed at the last Expo, including the closure of The Great Movie Ride. In this age of Pixar Pier, Toy Story Land, and shoving Mickey’s Philharmagic into seemingly random theaters, maybe we shouldn’t deem anything as too far-fetched…
It is no secret that a mandate was made to those in Walt Disney Imagineering and management at the Parks and Resorts that the goal is now to “leverage IPs” wherever and whenever possible. For those unaware with the terminology, this means utilize Disney intellectual properties in almost every project, or shove those properties into existing places where none are present, regardless of how well they fit thematically. This is why we lost many attractions not based around Disney franchises in recent years, such as the Universe of Energy, California Screamin’, and The Great Movie Ride, and will also lose IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth this Fall in favor of a show chock-full of music from Disney films that has nothing to do with Epcot.
The latest chapter is now unfolding, with even resort restaurants not spared from these changes.
According to internal sources, The Wave of American Flavors on the first floor of Disney’s Contemporary Resort will be converted into “The Incredibles Steakhouse”. As you might guess, the restaurant would be rethemed to represent the Disney-Pixar Incredibles films, while also becoming a steakhouse at the same time. It almost sounds more ridiculous than bulldozing two Future World pavilions, right?
As for a timeframe, if all goes according to plans (and feedback on this post doesn’t convince them to alter course), The Incredibles Steakhouse will replace The Wave at some point within the next year. Now, in the words of Frozone, “WHERE’S MY SUPERSTEAK?”