Goodbye Studio Backlot Tour

Danny McBrideBlog, Hollywood Studios5 Comments

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.

Photo by Mike Billick

Photo by Mike Billick

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.

Photo by Brett Svenson

Photo by Brett Svenson

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!

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Danny McBride

Danny McBride is a WDW Magazine Contributor and the guy behind social media at Get Down to Disness, Destinations to Travel, and Celebration Shirts. He is a die-hard Disney fanatic, proud passholder, volunteer 1,000th Happy Haunt, and #1 fan of Voices of Liberty.

5 Comments on “Goodbye Studio Backlot Tour”

  1. It was a fun ride and tour for sure, but out of date with the times. Happy to see Disney do something else and I like either the Pixar Place concept or building another Cars Land. With Disney’s ownership of Star Wars, why not a more robust Star Wars-land themed expansion with a live Star Wars stunt show? Could be an interesting concept with launching the new Episode 7 movie.

    Just a thought

  2. Seeing the backlot tour leave is not the end of the world. It will make room for the Star Wars feature land that is in process of design. Star Wars could take up a lot of real estate due to the magnitude of the franchise.

  3. This announcement surprised me because it seems to have come very suddenly, however I can’t say that I don’t realize why. The ride has become extremely dates, right from the pre-show video, to the “Harbor Attack” set, to the ride itself. Hollywood Studios hasn’t been a working set in ages, so the tour always seemed out of place to me. I am happy to say that I was able to cross “Be in Harbor Attack” off of my bucket list before the ride closed!

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