“There’s nothing to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios”.
By now you’ve heard this phrase probably 100 times, but to be fair, it has been kind of true. Though this park has seen plenty of closures in the past year, Disney's Hollywood Studios is on the cusp of rebirth, and the good news is that they are getting started immediately. While guests will need to wait quite a few years for new rides at this park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be introducing some new entertainment options to help give guests some exciting new things to do at the park while it is under construction. And best of all, these new experiences will all be ready very soon, with one set to debut in just a few days!
1. Meet Minnie Mouse at the Animation Courtyard
Beginning Thursday, October 8, guests will be able to meet Minnie Mouse in an all-new character meet and greet location at the Animation Courtyard near the Disney Junior – Live on Stage show. Minnie Mouse will be meeting guests in front of a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse backdrop and will be wearing a dress inspired by the look popularized by the Disney Junior Show. Minnie Mouse will be joining other Disney Junior favorites in this area, including Sofia the First, Jake (from Jake and the Neverland Pirates) and most recently, Doc McStuffins.
2. A new villains show
Though young children will be delighted by the inclusion of Minnie Mouse at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, older kids and adults will be excited by the prospect of a rumored new villains show for the park. While not officially confirmed yet, listings on a Disney audition website detail a brand new show for Disney’s Hollywood Studios that will feature all of the Disney villains congregating in a club owned by Princess and the Frog’s Dr. Facilier.
While this audition listing could refer to a limited-time show, with Unleash the Villains officially not returning in 2016, a permanent new show seems like the only option here. This theory is bolstered by the fact that the theater that is being constructed on Sunset Boulevard is nearly complete, and yet curiously still hasn’t been formally announced. While we’re not ready to say that this rumor is 100% confirmed quite yet, it is looking like it won’t be long until we learn more about this mysterious new project.
3. Jedi Training – Trials of the Temple show replaces Jedi Training Academy
Last week it was revealed that the Jedi Training Academy show would be closing on October 4th to make way for a new experience coming later this year. Jedi Training - Trials of the Temple will be a new show that will focus on the characters of the Star Wars Rebels animated show on Disney XD. The show will feature all new sets, characters and props that guests familiar with the ‘Rebels’ universe will recognize while still involving younger guests in an interactive way. Though we don’t have an exact start date, we’d guess that this new show will either debut alongside the Star Wars Launch Bay attraction (which is opening in December) or the Season of the Force event (which was also confirmed last week to be starting in January).