We’ve been anticipating the total reboot for Disney’s Hollywood Studios for quite a long time, and now that the official announcement is almost upon us (most insiders agree that plans will be revealed next month at the D23 Expo), excitement couldn't be higher.
Though we don't know the full picture of what this park reboot will look like just yet, several leaks and well-placed sources have given us a good idea of what we should expect. So without further ado, here's everything we know so far (and everything we don't!) about the upcoming reboot of Disney's Hollywood Studios:
1. Confirmed: A new name
Walt Disney World’s third park may have started life as Disney-MGM Studios when it opened back in 1989, but it looks like it's 2008 name change to Disney's Hollywood Studios won't be its last. With the changing focus of the park moving away from film production, many feel the 'Disney's Hollywood Studios' name is a little bit misleading. Interestingly it seems that the top brass at Disney agree with this assessment, with Bob Iger confirming recently that the park will see its second name change sometime in the very near future.
While we have no idea what new name will come to the park (or more importantly, when it might take effect), we’re fairly sure that the ‘Studios’ portion of the name will be dropped altogether, with some sources suggesting that Disney’s Hollywood Adventure may be a name being seriously considered.
2. Rumored: A new entrance and parking garage
It's a certainty that this park is getting a new name, but one thing that has not been confirmed but has been strongly rumored is an overhaul of the current entrance and parking structure. While we know that trees have already been cleared for a new road leading to Disney's Hollywood Studios' current parking lot, there might be more than a new road in the works here.
Some sources suggest that the actual park footprint will expand into what is currently the parking lot, with either the park entrance moving forward or the current Echo Lake area expanding as part of Star Wars Land. The rumor goes on to state that a parking garage will be erected to deal with the loss of much of the current parking area.
3. Confirmed: A new theater on Sunset Boulevard
Construction has begun in the past several weeks on a new theater in the Sunset Boulevard area of the park, near the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Though Walt Disney World has yet to actually announce plans for this theater, internal documents refer to this new structure as a ‘flex theater’ implying that this new space may replace the outgoing Premiere Theater for seasonal events like Star Wars Weekends panels and the Christmas Comedy Warehouse show.
While original reports suggested that theater could have been a third home for the Frozen sing-a-long musical, now that this show has settled into the Hyperion Theater, it doesn't seem likely that this it will move again. Then again if the Echo Lake area is still destined to become ground zero for Star Wars Land (as was rumored nearly two years ago), that could still be a long-term possibility.