"Captain EO is also heading to extinction, but Burbank caught wind of TDA’s plans to close the increasingly irrelevant show for a fake “reburbishment” this month in order to save some labor dollars at the end of the fiscal year. Burbank bosses and an important clique in Glendale’s WDI headquarters want to make the most of their newly acquired Star Wars property, and the parks announcement is a key part of that. Burbank was upset that if EO was closed for a refurbishment, fans would be able to see what was really its permanent closure in advance of a replacement announcement, and they told TDA to back off and just eat the extra labor hours. So the Captain EO fake refurbishment was shelved, and the show will stay open until the Star Wars plans are announced."
Uh, refurbishments are much more expensive than simply staffing an attraction such as Captain EO, so scheduling a refurb doesn't save money, (unless the refurb is extended a couple weeks!;-)) Not that expensive to keep a handful of CMs to hand-out 3-D glasses, what does that cost? A couple hundred a day?
I also don't get why Burbank is paranoid that fans will figure out that a "fake refurbishment" is a prelude to a complete closure?!? If an attraction gets some TLC, then it is usually just regularly scheduled maintenance, and an indication that it won't be demolished.
I also don't see Burbank interfering with minor TDA issues such as the Captain EO refurb, they've got bigger fish to fry.
I must be missing something here . . . I kinda get the angle that Michael Jackson fans (who demanded that Captain EO be returned) might be upset if it closed and sat there for months, but Disney only needs to close EO a before day for construction walls go up. Letting the attraction sit empty for a month would save a relatively very small amount of money, and needlessly decrease ride capacity in tomorrowland.