Is the next shoe ready to drop for the upcoming Disney’s Hollywood Studios expansion?
Disney has already closed American Idol Experience and will slowly be consolidating its “Frozen Summer” offerings, the Sing-Along which is expected to move into the former home of American Idol, the ice rink may go away or may be moved, and the store will be moved. But Frozen is expected to have a home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for some time in the future.
For a long time, the big rumors have been about a Star Wars themed land coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, there has also long been a rumor of a second expansion happening simultaneously (or nearly) that would grow the presence of Pixar Studios in the park.
Those Pixar Place rumors have been growing significantly louder recently. Word is that the Studio Backlot Tour will be closing forever on September 27th and that adjoining areas, restaurants, and outdoor vending would close beginning in early October. Meanwhile the Oaken’s Trading Post store will move to the old exit area for the Studio Tour (the former AFI exhibit). It’s believed that will make way for a third track to be added to Toy Story Midway Mania in the warehouse currently home to the ice rink.
One site, WDW News Today, is reporting that DHS will get a version of the Toy Story Land that currently exists in some form in Hong Kong Disneyland and Disney Studios Paris. Other rumors point to some version of a Monsters Inc attraction being added to the park. It’s also possible that a slightly reduced version of Cars Land will be coming.
I don’t see Cars Land coming unless we hear that the Lights Motors Action stunt show is closing, but the other two seem like decent possibilities. My wish is that DHS gets a complete makeover like DCA received a few years ago. It needs more capacity, more family rides, and more themed spaces that are up to modern day Imagineering standards.
That’s the fan boy in me talking. The more practical side, doesn’t see Disney building both a Star Wars land and a Pixar Place expansion at the same time in one park.
If you had to pick either Star Wars land or a Pixar Place / Cars Land expansion, which would you build at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?
One last tidbit. With Star Wars and Cars Land, it will mean that almost all the ‘studio’ parts of the park have been removed. So should the park keep its name, or will a massive makeover mean a new name for Disney’s most amorphous gate? How does Disney Hollywood Adventure sound to you?