2014 saw a huge number of closures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From the American Idol Experience to the Hollywood Backlot Tour, last year was certainly a transformative one for this park.
It looks like 2015 is getting off to a similar start, as two attractions have already been shuttered this year. Rumors suggest that even more big changes will also be coming to the park in 2015.
1. The Sorcerer’s Hat finally begins demolition
The biggest news to come out of Disney's Hollywood Studios in recent days is of course the imminent demise of the former park icon, the Sorcerer’s Hat. Though we told you about the eventual removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat back in October, it looks like demolition is set to begin in earnest tomorrow (January 7). We don’t know how long it will take to remove the Sorcerer’s Hat, but it’s a safe bet that anyone who visits Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the next few days at least will see the remnants of the former park icon as it is being torn down.
For those that enjoyed perusing the pin store that was underneath the Sorcerer’s Hat, Disney has announced that the primary pin purchasing location will now be Sunset Ranch, which is on Sunset Boulevard.
The Sorcerer’s Hat certainly had its detractors, but there are those that are sad to see this former park icon being torn down. Though the Earful Tower and the Hollywood Tower of Terror have popped up on merchandise as stand-in park icons, it is currently unknown what the official park icon will be now that the Sorcerer's Hat is officially no more.
2. Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Frozen Snowground close
Could "Frozen Fever" finally be coming to an end? Though the pop-up Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post occupied Soundstage One during the summer, it was most recently moved to the Streets of America in what seemed to be a permanent move. However, it was announced yesterday that this shop saw its final day of operation on January 4, 2015.
In addition to the Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post, the Frozen Snowground play area has also been closed permanently. The play area formerly featured snow, a snack bar and specialty Frozen-themed drinks.
It is unknown if Disney has plans for this space, or if the closure is simply due to a lack of traffic.