A few days back, Disney announced that they will be embarking on some major ‘expansions’ on the beloved California theme park. According to top brass, this is done to accommodate new and welcomed changes that will highlight the iconic Star Wars movie saga. With that being said, it meant that the promise of new additions will come at the expense of closing older ones.
We might be seeing the same trend with Disney’s Hollywood Studios as it undergoes a major expansion with the addition of new lands inspired by Lucas film’s Star Wars and Pixar’s Toy Story movies. It seems that the closures are more extensive than what the company first conveyed with no official list being released.
We recently said farewell to a number of endearing meet and greets with Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc, the Premiere Theatre, the beloved Streets of America (including the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights) and the Backlot Tour and Catastrophe Canyon. The famous Mickey Mouse “Earffel Tower” will not be spared and is slated to be torn down as well together with the Studio Catering counter service restaurant and Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure.
Honey I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure which debuted in December 1990, was based on the hit 1989 film, “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”. Long before Hollywood got into the trend of shrinking its heroines such as the likes of Marvel’s ‘Ant Man’ and ‘The Ant Bully’. The theme-based playground featured oversize props and 30-foot-tall blades of grass to make guests feel like they too had been shrunk.
Several insiders also reported that we will also see the curtain fall on “Lights, Motors, Action” – the original stunt show from Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris Resort – and is closing for good by April 2, 2016. Opened on May of 2005, it featured 40 minutes of stunts with cars, motorcycles, and other staple Hollywood stunt vehicles. The show was meant to give audiences a glimpse of a real movie shoot, educating everyone on the level of safety and professionalism required to pull off such dangerous stunts. Together with awesome and well-timed pyrotechnics, the audiences are treated with an edge-of-your seat experience.
We are still pondering on the thought if it’s a wise move to take down LMA considering that it can rack up as much as 5,000 people a show. Only time can tell if this high-level management decision pays off. But with many attractions closed during construction, DHS will have to really level up its game to make audiences feel that the Hollywood magic is still alive.
If you can plan a trip really quick, we suggest that you take the opportunity to do so since it’s just a few months away before you get to see the last of these shows.
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