Yesterday at D23, the Parks Panel presentation took place and A LOT of new information was dropped. So much information that I have to break in down park by park and then what is going on outside the theme parks on the resort side. Let’s dive in head first.
It was announced late last week that more closures would be coming to Hollywood Studios in order to make way from the upcoming expansion of Toy Story Land and Pixar Place. The coming closures take up a massive footprint of the park. Everything north of the Great Movie Ride toward Muppetvision 3-D (not closing) will be closing on April 2nd. What attractions does this entail?
Closing attractions: Lights, Motor, Action, Monsters Inc. Meet & Greet, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Playground, The Streets of America, Watto’s Grotto, The Prop Shop, Studio Catering Company, and Youze Guys Merchandise.
Wednesday’s are now devoted to bringing the readers up-to-date with what is going on the world of Disney with news stories (and a take or two from me from time to time). Wednesday’s will also focus on what is going on in the parks as well with attraction and show guides as well. This week, we are going to focus on mainly the news but we are going to start with a big change that is coming to Disneyland.
Walt Disney World announced that the Magic of Disney Animation and the Animation Courtyard will be closing in July and August respectively. This adds to the list to recently closed attractions at the park. It has also led to some people complaining that Disney should start offering discounted admission to what is rapidly becoming a half-day park due to the lack of attractions.
Some people look at the glass half empty. In this case, I’m looking at the glass has half full. Closing attractions at Hollywood Studios is just one phase of a much longer end game for Walt Disney World as a whole. Continue reading What to make of Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is a park that is undergoing a lot of changes in the near and not so near future. This is a good thing because, in my opinion, the park needs some breaths of fresh air to bring it up to par with the other Disney theme parks in Orlando. This is a classic case of addition by subtraction where Disney is getting rid of some older attractions to make room for some new attractions which will, hopefully, drive foot traffic into the park. It may be a tough go, for the short-term, but the long-term benefits outweigh the short-term losses.