Published: By Robert Nilies Editor of Theme Park Insider.
So… is there anything left to close in Disney’s Hollywood Studios? We kid, of course, but some fans are feeling that way after Disney this week announced yet another attraction closing at the park, which has seen several other closures within the past year.
To give you a look at what’s closed — and soon will be closing, according to insiders — a Theme Park Insider reader put together this map, which shades the closed and soon-to-be-closed locations within the park.
Here is the breakdown:
Closed or announced to be closed:
Magic of Disney AnimationStudio Backlot TourThe American Idol Experience*Sounds DangerousThe Legend of Captain Jack SparrowSorcerer’s Hat
*The Frozen sing-along is playing in the former American Idol theater now, but that’s expected to be a (relatively) temporary run that won’t preclude the long-term re-development of that theater.
Expected to close:
Voyage of the Little MermaidOne Man’s Dream (added)Indiana Jones Epic Stunt SpectacularMuppetVision 3DHoney, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set AdventureLights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show
Maybe it is easier to list what’s safe in the park and not expected to close:
Sunset Boulevard, including Tower of Terror and Rock n’ Roller CoasterToy Story Midway ManiaThe Great Movie Ride (thanks, TCM!)Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Star Tours is expected to anchor a new Star Wars land, while Midway Mania is expected to anchor an expanded Pixar-themed land within the park. The lower section of the park, where you’ll find the car stunt show now, once was slated for Cars Land, but now could go to Star Wars, or to other Pixar franchises, or maybe something else, given the rate at which ideas seem to be getting spitballed at the wall inside the Walt Disney Imagineering headquarters back in Glendale.
Many fans and insiders expected to hear Disney’s long-term plans for Hollywood Studios, including the park’s new name, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim next month. But Disney Parks hasn’t yet released information about any D23 presentation that would lend itself to that sort of announcement.
So… we wait, make maps, and speculate.