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.
Though Disney's Hollywood Studios has already lost nearly half of its attractions over the past 18 months, June and July bring even more closures to this park, one of which has no clear replacement and could make Disney's Hollywood Studios even more of a tough sell for guests during the busy summer season. Outside Walt Disney World, changes are in the air at Universal Orlando Resort, with one attraction set to close very soon and another rumored to be on the chopping block in the near future.
This month we also take a look at a new rumor about a replacement for the recently-reinstated Captain EO at Epcot.
1. The Magic of Disney Animation
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios
Status: Going extinct July 12th
Just when you thought Disney's Hollywood Studios had been stripped to a bare minimum, we get news of yet another attraction closure at this park. Though we originally heard that The Magic of Disney Animation was going to be getting the refurbishment treatment, instead it looks like this entire attraction, including the Mulan pre-show, the Animation Academy exhibits and "learn to draw" features as well as character meet and greets (including Mickey Mouse and Hiro/Baymax) will all be closing on July 12th.
Interestingly, the Animation Gallery store at the exit of the attraction is the only part of The Magic of Disney Animation that will remain open for at least a little longer, continuing to sell animation-themed items through the end of the summer.
Though The Magic of Disney Animation was previously the only place at Disney's Hollywood Studios where guests could meet Minnie and Mickey Mouse, it looks like there is a plan in place to move these characters. Minnie is being shipped off to the outdoor area in front of the Great Movie Ride for regular meet and greets, while Mickey is being moved to a new "home" across from the Studio Catering Company quick service restaurant (possibly meeting guests near the restrooms, where Darth Maul meets guests during Star Wars Weekends).
Sadly, even though Mickey and Minnie have been confirmed to be relocating post-closure, it looks like Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6 will bid farewell to their last guests on this attraction's last day, as they are not being relocated.
Location: Universal Studios Florida
Status: Going extinct later this year.
The demise of Twister has been long anticipated, and while we've had some false starts before, it looks like Twister is finally being demolished in a few weeks, as new permits have been filed the reveal plans for "interior demolition" inside the building that houses this attraction.
The replacement for Twister has not yet been revealed publicly by Universal Orlando Resort, but well-sourced rumors indicate that an attraction based on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is in the works for this space, and could be open as early as next year.