Those who read myposts on a regular basis know that I have an ear close to the ground and participate in forums (other than here), thathave a number of "well-placed" insiders who from time to time "leak" that they can get away with without revealing their identities to Disney. The ROL thread is one I have been following for well over a year, and with the various FB and Twitter posts that have been circulating, the thread has been a-buzz.
They have definitely been conducting "tests"or "rehearsals" on a regular basis; some during park hours, some after. Here is a picture from tonight (Sept 23rd)
What follows has to be considered "rumor" because it is not an official release, but the source has an uncanny history of being "right" and is one of the most universally respected regular posters.
ROL will most likely have its grand opening in mid November. The fact that AK hours have been updated to the 15th, but not after, gives some credence that that may be the date. A few Press, CM, AP, and DVC previews may occur the week before, but at this time it looks like there will be no "soft openings" for general guests prior to the official opening.
There is NO "reliable" info regarding FPPs, dining packages, number of shows per night, AK hours, etc. The original plan for the Apr opening was 3 shows a night with dining packages at TH and Tiffins. The Asia side was to be for FPPs, the Dino side was to be for dining packages and standbys. It is pure conjecture if this is what they will actually go with when it opens, but it is the model they used for the JB show. As for capacity, without getting into specific numbers, 2 ROL shows will have more capacity than 1 F! show. 3 ROL shows will have approximately the same as 2 F! shows (this is actually fact, based on officially published numbers).
As I hear more that seems reliable, I will continue to update this thread.