It’s been officially announced to Walt Disney World Cast Members that the Studio Backlot Tour will close its doors for good on Saturday September 27, 2014.
Personally, I always loved the Studio Backlot Tour. The queue was filled with interesting props while the ride gave looks into the costume design department and the set design department. Most importantly, it perfectly fit right in with the theme of Disney’s Hollywood Studios: movies.
Given that this was perhaps a rather underrated attraction of Hollywood Studios, it should not be a prompt for sadness and distaste towards Disney for removing this ride. It instead, to me, is a sign of even bigger and better things to come.
At this point, I just might be most concerned with what will be done with Walt Disney’s old plane, The Mouse. Because, if Disney’s Hollywood Studios won’t be needing it anymore, I’d be happy to take it off their hands.
Toy Story Midway Mania is just a few steps away… Seeing an extension to Pixar Place that consists of Toy Story-inspired attractions would be a tremendous addition to this park. Even if Toy Story was not the focal point of a Pixar Place expansion, any Pixar movie would provide a fantastic basis for Walt Disney Imagineering to create new ways for guests to make memorable experiences during their visits.
Other rumored closures in the Streets of America section of the park include:
- High Octane Refreshments
- Mike & Sully (from Monsters Inc.) Meet and Greet
- Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
- Coca-Cola stand outside the entrance of the Studio Backlot Tour
- Studio Catering Company
Did the announcement of the closing of the Studio Backlot Tour surprise you? What do you think will take over this area of the park?
By Danny McBride I’m from Long Island, New York and I’ve visited The Walt Disney World Resort 50 times since the year I was born, 1995. I am a social media contributor to WDW Magazine and Dad’s Guide to WDW. I also write for Walt Disney World News Today: The Magazine. My lifelong dream is to work for The Walt Disney Company. My favorite attraction is The Haunted Mansion, and my favorite resort is The Polynesian!