A Growing List of Changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios has announced several changes over the past few months.  With these announcements spanning months, it may be hard to remember everything and separate the confirmed from the rumored.  We have put together this comprehensive list of the confirmed changes happenings at DHS and even got the okay from Anonymouse to sprinkle in a few of the rumors!

  • The Sorcerers Hat is being removed.  The hat was first installed in 2001 and became the an icon of the park over the past 13 years.  Disney has said they will be re-imagining the area in front of the Chinese Theater where the hat currently stands.  The area should be clear in early 2015.
  • The Legend of Jack Sparrow, a walk-through attraction which opened in 2012 will be closing on November 6, 2014.  The attraction, which allows guests to take the pirate’s oath and become a member of Jack Sparrow’s crew, is currently located on Sound Stage 4 near Toy Story Midway Mania.
  • The Studio Backlot Tour has closed.  The last day for what was once a major attraction at Hollywood Studios was September 27, 2014.  The Studio Backlot Tour opened in 1989 and saw several major changes during it’s lifetime.  The attraction is being closed to make room for a new development.
  • The American Idol Experience closed August 30, 2014.  The attraction opened in 2009 and there has yet to be confirmation as to what will fill this space.
  • It has been rumored the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular will also be closings its doors soon.  This along with the closing of American Idol Experience has helped fuel the rumors that a major Star Wars overhaul will be happening in that area of Echo Lake.
  • There is also talk of an expansion of Pixar Place and/or the addition of Carsland spurred by the filing of a permit on Soundstage1 known only as Project 3 .  Included in that rumor is the small tidbit that a third track is being added to Toy Story Midway Mania.

I don’t know about you, but that feels like a lot of change in a short time!  The Walt Disney World Resort has yet to confirm any long-term plans for Hollywood Studios but the recent closures, and lack of any real additions short of a few Frozen shows and merchandise areas lead many to believe it’s no longer an “if” the park will be getting new attractions but rather “what” and “when.”

Are you excited about the changes happening at the Studios?  With all the attractions closing, what are you hoping is brought in to replace them?

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2 thoughts on “A Growing List of Changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  1. HS really needs a major overhaul. I don’t think AI, Indiana Jones or Studio Backlot being closed would impact anyone’s visit too much and the long term possible plan of a SW land and or cars land is exciting!

  2. I have no problem with the changes, but would be grateful if they could have the new replacements in place by Dec. 2015, when my husband and I will be going for our 25th wedding anniversary. It’s very disappointing to spend so much money at Disney, to find that not only one attraction, but several, are closed at the same time, in the same park. Especially during the holidays.

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