Massive change is coming to the beloved Walt Disney World theme park, Hollywood Studios. Celebrating 26 years this summer, news leaked today (July 3) that the park is going to be getting a total overhaul.
Over the past few years, many exciting changes have come about in the mouse run Florida must-do. New attractions have already been added or are in the works to each of the four major theme parks that comprise what we know as Walt Disney World. While the big name attractions like Frozen and Avatar have already been announced, the biggest best kept secret has been the changes taking place at the Hollywood movie set inspired park.
Earlier this year, we saw transformation begin as the iconic center piece of the park, Mickey's magic sorcerer's hat, was removed. In addition, the back lot tour was closed, and now even the end of days for Disney's Animation Studio has been announced. Heartbreaking to the many who have known the park from the beginning and remember when it was an active movie set and animation studio. Stories of watching animators create our favorite characters in this purely unique attraction will be a thing of the past.
However, there are some rumored BIG changes that will rise from the ashes of these former attractions. Tossing around names likes Pixar, Indiana Jones, and Star Wars, the overhaul of the park will cost the company an estimated $3 billion dollars. While they are still pretty hush-hush about what will exactly be coming to the park, it is believed the big reveal will happen during this summer's D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
Attractions that will remain are The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania and the Great Movie Ride. The rest will be getting the boot. In their place, we will be seeing the addition of the wildly popular Indiana Jones ride found in Disneyland, an expansion to the Star Wars area that will include two new rides as well as themed eating and, last but not least, more things from the beloved Pixar movies.
No word yet how long this transition will take place, or how long before we even start seeing some of these changes take place. Many are excited to see the park get a little bit of love since it hasn't changed much over the years.
What are your thoughts? Excited to see growth in the park or will you miss the old feel of the working studio? I am sure whatever is to come, Disney is bound to make it bigger and better than ever.