Theme park attractions come and go all the time, and even though we’d like all our favorite rides and attractions to stick around forever, the sad fact is that we have to say goodbye to at least a few every year.
The following confirmed "extinct" attractions and heavily rumored "endangered" attractions at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort will see closures in late 2014 and early 2015.
We'll start with two attractions at Disneyland Resort, one of which is going extinct at the end of this month to make way for an unannounced replacement. Then we'll move on to look at three attractions that could soon disappear from Walt Disney World.
5. Mad T Party
Location: Disney California Adventure
Status: Going extinct November 30
Though the Mad T Party was never designed to be permanent, this nightly dance party certainly gained its fans over its two year residence. However, just like Mad T Party replaced the ElecTRONica dance party, something else is on the way to replace this dance party, which will sashay its way back to Wonderland on November 30.
Current rumors suggest that a new party is being developed, with a Big Hero 6, Marvel or even a Frozen theme. It seems unlikely that Disney will keep this space vacant for the holidays, so expect a replacement announcement sometime in the very near future!
4. Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular
Location: Disney California Adventure:
Though we’ve heard rumors about the potential closure of Disney’s Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular before, rumors are swirling that the 11-year old show may be taking its final bow soon. According to several sources, Disney is looking to do some major refurbishments inside the Hyperion Theater, and is looking to re-launch the venue sometime in 2016, potentially with a new show based on Tangled.
Although Aladdin was scheduled to close several years ago to make way for a Toy Story show that never came to fruition, rumors suggest that Disney is serious about closing this attraction this time around, and will be announcing an official end date for this long running show sometime next year.
3. Sorcerer’s Hat park icon
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Status: Going extinct January 2015
Not everyone was a fan of the Sorcerer's Hat, but this park icon has undoubtedly become a centerpiece of Disney's Hollywood Studios over the last decade, enamoring itself to legions of fans. However, Disney has confirmed this icon is on its way out and that demolition on this structure will begin early next year.
Though no reason was given for the removal of the now-former park icon, we’d guess that the reason has something to do with the long-rumored Star Wars land reportedly coming to the Echo Lake area that's moving in right next door to the hat's former home. The removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat also may signal an impending park reboot that could culminate in a brand new name for the park. In any case, if you want to get one last picture in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat, you only have a few more months to do it, as the hat is coming down for good in just a few short weeks.