Browsing other content.. I found these old references in 2000 to rumors that the Carousal of Progress in the MK was to be replaced with.. a reincarnation of the Flying Saucers from the original DL.
I'm suprised no one mentioned this when this idea came back for the DCA rebuild. Was this a wildly accepted rumor back then in 2000-2002?
The rumor is from 2000 Jim Hill and later referenced by the Orlando Sentinel.
According to Disney expert Jim Hill, when plans were originally drawn up in the early 1990s for a massive overhaul of Tomorrowland, the Carousel Of Progress was slated to be closed. The theater space was to be gutted and transformed into a new edition of the "Flying Saucers" ride that had been at Disneyland from 1961-66. But when the Disney Corporation suffered enormous financial losses following the opening of EuroDisneyland outside of Paris, plans for the overhaul of Tomorrowland were scaled back with an emphasis on doing the makeover for as little money as possibleThe the Orlando Sentinel quotesBy the end of the 1990s, Carousel was once again becoming a more neglected component of Disney World, with less maintenance being performed and the attraction shut down most of the year. Only during "peak" periods of attendance at the Park was the Carousel opened up again with the most recent period of operation occurring for several weeks in the summer of 2002. Rumors are once again circulating that Carousel's long-term future is bleak with Disney Imagineers again anxious to build a new "Flying Saucers" ride in the existing theater space for a possible 2005 opening to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Disneyland
All of these quotes are from Pavilions & Attractions - General Electric - Page TenAre Flying Saucers coming to Magic Kingdom? Sources say that Disney Imagineers recently drew up preliminary plans for a Flying Saucers attraction that could replace Walt Disney's Carousel of Progress at the Magic Kingdom. The attraction would be based on the original Flying Saucers at Disneyland in which individually controlled vehicles floated on a cushion of air.
But the ride, which was prone to breakdowns, closed after five years in 1966. Though Flying Saucers has taken a back seat to more immediate projects, such as the future Mission Space ride at Epcot, it could open sometime in the next three years, according to sources familiar with the plans. Then again, it could be shelved for years.
Some Disney fans aren't too happy about the prospect of Carousel closing down. One man has even launched a petition drive on the Internet to save the Carousel. Not to worry, said Walt Disney World spokesman Craig Dezern, Carousel won't be shut down.
If true.. certainly the saucers have had quite a spot in WDI's hearts for some time eh?