Over the past few days, several sources (including WDWMagic) have reported that permits were filed for yet another unnamed construction project at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This newest undertaking will see the addition of what is currently being called a "flex space" theater, which will be located on the far side of Sunset Boulevard, in between the Rock n’ Roller Coaster and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (longtime Star Wars Weekends fans may remember this site as the home of Darth’s Mall back in 2012).
Though this new development may at first seem a little unprompted (after all, most work on Star Wars Land is expected to take place around the current Echo Lake and Streets of America areas, far from Sunset Boulevard), this newest development is likely at least partially related to the development of Star Wars Land, as several exiting structures are expected to be on the chopping block as part of the installation of this new land, including the Premiere Theater and possibly the Superstar TV Theater as well. These two closures have prompted speculation that Disney is looking to create some quickie attractions in order to keep guests at this park while it is heavily under construction, and this new theater project could be a related development.
Though we don't have any concrete answers as to what this new theater space might add to the Sunset Boulevard area of Disney's Hollywood Studios, we do have a few educated guesses about what the future may hold for this in-development facility.
1. Another new location for The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-A-Long
Though the Frozen sing-a-long show has already been moved from the Premiere Theater to the Superstar Television Theater (former location of the American Idol Experience), as mentioned above this theater may also be on the chopping block soon as well as work begins in earnest on Star Wars Land. Could this new "flex space" facilitate another move for this popular stage show?
Though Frozen is essentially getting its own themed land at Epcot’s Norway pavilion with a massive character meet and greet and Frozen boat ride, the current home of Frozen Summer Fun may also want to retain its own Frozen attraction, especially if it continues to draw guests through what is expected to be a rather lengthy Star Wars Land construction period.