Disney World will close its American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park earlier than previously announced. The last day for the attraction, based on Fox’s television singing competition, will be Aug. 30.
In June, Disney said the curtain would drop on the theme park show sometime in January 2015. The changes are part of the continuous review of the company’s entertainment options, a Disney World spokesman said Friday.
Disney is not ready to announce plans for the idle Idol space, he said.
The attraction opened in 2009 to much hoopla. A blue-carpet event that included TV host Ryan Seacrest and a sea of “American Idol” winners and other contestants attendants. For the first time, all “Idol” champions appeared on the same stage at the same time. On hand were Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks and David Cook.
Later, “American Idol” champs were prone to saying the trademark “I’m going toDisney World” during their victory celebration.
American Idol Experience features theme-park guests as contestants. Winners of each show during the day return for a grand finale around park closing time. The champion of that round, determined by audience vote, receives a “dream ticket” that gives the winner front-of-line access for auditions to the “American Idol” TV show.
The Hollywood Studios show includes a host and three judges that give feedback to the contestants. Singers choose from a list of prerecorded musical selections.
Previous tenants of that building include “Doug Live!” and “Superstar Television.”
Disney recently announced that its summerlong celebration of animated hit “Frozen” will continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios through Sept. 28. The event includes mass singalongs, a royal processional, ice skating and, on select evening, specialized fireworks.