Though every year sees its fair share of attraction closures, it seemed like 2014 saw more closures than typical, in part due to a staggering amount of closures from Walt Disney World. Though the list below certainly isn’t exhaustive, it includes some of the biggest closures to rock theme park fans’ worlds in the last year.
1. Camp Minnie-Mickey
Location: Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Last day of Operation: January 6
2014’s first closure came before the year was even a week old. This meet and greet area (and former home of the Festival of the Lion King show) was closed and almost immediately demolished to make way for Pandora: The World of Avatar, which is scheduled to be completed in 2017.
Location: Six Flags New England
Last day of operation: July 20
After more than 30 years in operation, Six Flags New England’s wooden roller coaster Cyclone closed on July 20th. However, this wooden roller coaster will see new life in the new year as it gets a brand new steel track along with a new name: Wicked Cyclone.
3. Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island
Location: SeaWorld Orlando
Last day of operation: August 10
Though there have been plenty of iterations of Seaworld Orlando’s sea lion and otter show, Clyde and Seamore Take Pirate Island was not only the longest-running version of the show, but also the longest-running performance in all of SeaWorld history, period. However, all good things must come to an end, and after the summer season drew to a close, this show packed up its pirate flag for good. However, Clyde and Seymour will be back in 2015 with their new show: Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High.
4. The American Idol Experience
Location: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Last day of operation: August 30
Back in June, we started hearing rumblings that the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be ground zero for a Star Wars Land project. Our suspicions were seemingly confirmed later that month when Disney announced that the American Idol Experience would be closing in January 2015. However, only a few short weeks later the attraction’s closure was pushed up to August 30th, seemingly suggesting that Disney wanted to get moving on the project.
Though Star Wars Land has been delayed in the months since this attraction’s closure, The American Idol Experience remains standing but not operating, waiting for work on Star Wars Land to eventually commence.