We have been following the construction and renovation project that has seen substantial changes to one of Downtown Disney’s iconic landmarks, the Rainforest Cafe’s Volcano. Da Mouse reported just last month about the construction completion date that should have arrived earlier this month but for the often-delayed project this is just one more twist in the soon to be simulated lava flow. During the lead up to our previous report it was hinted to us that the process of getting approvals and moving forward on construction projects at Walt Disney World can be quite tedious and understandably more challenging with Disney’s rigorous standards. The expected opening date for the new Lava Lounge has now been pegged for early May and though there is seemingly little work left to be done we wouldn’t be shocked if even that time frame is somehow pushed back as well.
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Building a volcano in Disney may not be as easy as it seems…
The new Lava Lounge is part of a larger renovation project for Rainforest Cafe that has replaced its aging volcanic landmark with a new more intense looking version that shall feature all new fire effects and bring this locale more up to par with some of the newer Rainforest Cafe installations. As per our reporting last month, we also know that Rainforest Cafe also hopes to renovate the interior of its main restaurant areas once this initial project is complete, though as we have seen, plans are always subject to change. We remain excited by this project despite its considerable delay (originally expected to open in late 2012) and especially understand its importance considering its anchor location on the Marketplace side of Downtown Disney. It is going to be quite something to see the fire-breathing volcano on approach from the new water bridge that is set to be built as part of the Downtown Disney transformation into Disney Springs.