View Full Version : Dixie Stampede becoming High School Musical?

02-18-2008, 01:59 PM
Jim Hill (http://jimhillmedia.com/blogs/jim_hill/archive/2008/02/18/monday-mouse-watch-could-the-now-defunct-dixie-stampede-soon-become-home-to-a-new-high-school-musical-themed-show.aspx) has an article up thats pretty interesting.

Supposedly Disney was seen touring the property recently. Reports are they wanna turn this now closed theatre into a HSM dinner show...


02-18-2008, 02:04 PM
That's so strange. I can't even picture this really.

02-18-2008, 03:10 PM
I like HSM and all, but I don't get this.

It doesn't really seem like it'd work.:shrug:

02-18-2008, 03:25 PM
WHAT??? wasnt the rumor saying this was like supposed to be some huge shopping center? Dixie Stampede could just not turn down the offer...

To be honest I really would love it if Disney would have a Broadway Stage show Theatre in Orlando. Why not? Why fly to NY and go see a show?

People would love to See the Lion King or Beauty and the Beast or Mary Poppins live on stage and make a night out of it! Much like they do with Cirque! But a High School Musical...come on!!!

02-18-2008, 03:39 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if it was true, given Disney's habit of beating a dead horse. In other words, as long as there's a lot of people that love it, it's here to stay.

02-18-2008, 03:55 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if it was true, given Disney's habit of beating a dead horse. In other words, as long as there's a lot of people that love it, it's here to stay.

Well if a lot of people love it, they might as well keep beating away because that horse ain't dead yet. :P

02-18-2008, 04:10 PM
Let me reword it. It's a ZOMBIE HORSE. Man, I wish I had that squiggly B-Movie horror font right about now.

11-12-2008, 06:58 PM
I didn't want to do a whole new thread for this so I put it here. Maybe Disney will be checking out the property again, who knows?

This from the Orlando Sentinel:

When Dolly Parton (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/topic/entertainment/dolly-parton-PECLB003379.topic)'s Dixie Stampede abruptly shut down and laid off 162 workers in early January, the dinner theater's owners said they had sold the attraction in a deal that was too good to pass up.

That deal, it turns out, has fallen apart, leaving the 13-acre lot east of Walt Disney World (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/theme-park-vacations/walt-disney-world-resort-PLREC000087.topic) without a buyer and its fate unknown.

Orlando Premium Outlets, which had considered purchasing the nearby property as part of an expansion, recently said it wasn't interested in the site at 7950 Vineland Ave.

"We never said we were buying it; we said we are looking at it," said Michele Rothstein, a spokeswoman for Chelsea Premium Outlets, a division of mall-owner Simon Property Group (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/topic/economy-business-finance/simon-property-group-incorporated-ORCRP013950.topic) and operator of Orlando Premium Outlets.
The mall owner had done its due diligence and wasn't going forward with a deal for undisclosed reasons, Rothstein said. Orlando Premium, one of the most successful outlets in the country, recently completed a 114,000-square-foot expansion that added 40 new outlet retailers.

As for the empty Dixie Stampede, which occupies a high-profile location in Orlando's tourism corridor and can be easily spotted by motorists on Interstate 4 (http://www.orlandosentinel.com/topic/travel/commuting/interstate-4-PLTRA0000125.topic), its fate remains unclear.

Pete Owens, spokesman for Dixie Stampede LLC, said the company is now searching for a new buyer. Owens said the theater operator does not plan to move back into the empty building, which once held a 1,086-seat theater for shows featuring horses, buffalo, ostrich races and a cast of Civil War soldiers.

Dixie Stampede now operates namesake dinner theaters in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; Branson, Mo.; and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The concept was the brainchild of country singer and actress Parton, who remains part-owner of the company.

At the time of the announced sale of the Orlando location, which opened in 2003, Parton issued a statement saying the offer was an "opportunity we could not pass up."

Now, with the credit crunch hampering commercial real-estate transactions, a buyer might be harder to find.

"We are optimistic even with the current economic situation," Owens said. "We had several groups that expressed interested in the property at the same time that Chelsea was involved."

The property has an assessed value of $14.9 million, according to the Orange County property appraiser. Dixie Stampede purchased the vacant site in 2000 for $3.4 million.

Meanwhile, Dixie Stampede continues to search for another location in Central Florida for a dinner theater, Owens said.