Changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios as reported by our friends at Theme Park Tourist….
By Amanda Kondolojy, Thursday, September 1, 2016 05:55
It’s no secret that there’s not a lot to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios these days, ever since Disney closed nearly half the park earlier this year. And while 2016 has already been a hard year for fans of this park, it looks like the hits are still coming, as even more closures could be coming very soon to this park, including a few we did not expect as well as a temporary refurbishment with some interesting implications.
1. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Currently scheduled to close on: October 27, 2016
Reopening: November 10th, 2016
It was confirmed just a few days ago that the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith would be going down for a brief two week refurbishment at the end of October and heading into November. Normally, a two week refurbishment for any attraction wouldn’t be all that noteworthy, as it would ordinarily imply that the attraction was being cleaned up a little bit and perhaps some of the interior equipment upgraded. However, the situation with the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a little bit different when you consider a recent change that has happened at Disney Hollywood Studios. And no, we’re not talking about a certain obscene gesture by Steven Tyler.
Last month we alerted you to a merchandise change happening both at Disney parks as well as at the larger Disney Store that involved the sudden removal of all references to the band Aerosmith from all shirts, pins, and other merchandise from this attraction. And with rumors running rampant that this attraction is ready for a re-theme, could this refurbishment actually signal the long-rumored end of the Aerosmith soundtrack at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster?
Though nothing has been confirmed by Disney about this attraction just yet, considering the aforementioned merchandise change as well as the timing of the refurbishment (right before the busy holiday period), we’re thinking the possibility of a re-theme after this temporary downtime isn’t all that farfetched any more, and if you count yourself as a big fan of Aerosmith, it would probably be in your best interest to get to the park for before the end of October for another ride just in case the rumors about a new soundtrack for this attraction actually turn out to be true after all.
2. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
Currently scheduled to close on: October 1, 2016
Reopening: Late 2016?
Over the summer, Disney’s Hollywood Studios premiered the new Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular nighttime show, and while reviews have generally been positive, many guests have complained throughout the summer that the show is really hard to see from anywhere other than right in front of the Great Movie Ride, and relies too much on projections rather than pyrotechnics.
However, no matter what your feelings are on the quality of Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, it looks like Disney may be considering temporarily pulling this show for the fall season (and possibly beyond). According to the official park calendar, the final day that this show is scheduled to be performed will be October 1, 2016. And while it is possible that Disney might just need to update their calendar for the fall, the corresponding dessert party that goes along with this nightly experience is also not available for reservations beyond October 1st, lending credence to the idea that this show is indeed going to be going away for a little while while Disney either switches to a seasonal schedule or pulls it completely for a few weeks or months.
While it may be easy to jump to conclusions here and assume that this show has been completely cancelled, Disney has spent a significant amount of money not only in developing this show, but installing support infrastructure around the park for it as well, which is why we can’t imagine that Disney would cancel Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular outright. However, a little break at least until the holidays or at least a switch to a seasonal schedule would make some sense, especially since we know that budget cuts are on the way. Perhaps this show will return this winter with new footage from Star Wars: Rogue One?
3. Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away
Currently scheduled to close on: September 25, 2016
Though Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular does have its high points, one show that was almost universally panned by guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios this summer is Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away, which takes place several times daily in the Center Stage Area of the park, and consists of film clips from the Star Wars movies, and characters strutting across the stage and posing for pictures, fashion show style.
Though this show does attract moderate-level crowds during the day (we don’t really understand why), it looks like its days may be numbered, as the official Disney’s Hollywood Studios calendar does not have Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away scheduled for any performances beyond September 25th.
And while we’re confident that nighttime show Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will return sometime before the holiday season kicks off, Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away probably won’t be as lucky, and could be going away later this month to make way for something completely different (and hopefully better). While unconfirmed, this probably also means that the Captain Phasma Stormtrooper march pre-show will probably be ending on September 25th as well, though First Order Stormtroopers will of course still be hanging out in front of the Star Wars Launch Bay for the foreseeable future, continuing to to interact with guests and take pictures.
How do you feel about all of these rumored and confirmed closures coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this fall? Does this park need these attractions, or do you think it can get by with an even smaller lineup as we get ready to head into 2017? Let us know what you think about these developments for this park below!
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