Disney’s Hollywood Studios has shuttered over a dozen attractions in the past 12 months, and it has been confirmed that this spring will bring over half a dozen more closures to the park in what has to be the biggest sweeping closures in Walt Disney World's history. As expected all of these closures will take place in the Streets of America area of the park, which we assume will be walled off in its entirety on April 3. However, though many of these closures were expected, we were surprised to find out that one of the park's most important icons is also being removed... 

1. The Earful Tower 

Image: Disney

Closure date: unknown

Back before the Sorcerer’s Hat dropped on the park in 2001, the Earful Tower was the original park icon of Disney-MGM Studios when it opened in 1989. Though this landmark came back into the spotlight after the Sorcerer’s Hat was removed in 2015, it looks like its return as the park icon will be a short-lived one, as Disney has confirmed that they are removing this piece of park history sometime early this year (though no specific date was given)

Because of this icon’s importance in Walt Disney World history, many are hoping that Disney will simply move this structure instead of tearing it down and destroying it (the way they did the Sorcerer’s hat last year). However, Disney has not made any statement on the matter and considering Disney’s Hollywood Studios is looking to reinvent itself entirely (and will reportedly launch its new identity with a new name some time in the future), saving this icon seems like a long shot. If you've got any affection for this (now) former icon, you'll want to see it as soon as possible, because it probably won't be around for too much longer and we wouldn't count on Disney saving it. 

2.  Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show 

Closure date: April 2

Though the demise of the Lights! Motors! Action! Stunt Show has been long predicted, Disney finally made it official yesterday, confirming that this show will in fact be ending its 11-year run at Disney's Hollywood Studios this spring.

This show has seen a few minor adjustments over the years (including the addition of Cars characters in 2011) but overall this 40 minute show has essentially remained unchanged during its decade-long engagement at this park, and will certainly be missed by automotive (and pyrotechnics) enthusiasts after it performs its last show.

3. Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure

Closure date: April 2

The Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure playground was never really a headlining attraction, but frequent visitors to Disney’s Hollywood Studios knew this was a great place to bring young kids to burn off steam in the middle of a long day. This attraction opened in 1990 and though it has enjoyed more than 25 years at the park, it looks like kids who want to climb a spider web, ride an ant, or slide down a vintage roll of film (kids, ask your parents) you’ll have to do so in the next few weeks as this play area is closing forever on April 2nd.



I'm just glad MuppetVision3D is sticking around (at least for now).

Look at it this way ... DCA was in dire straights of a "re-imagine" so when they finally decided to build out Cars Land and make major changes to much of the park it cut into park time, space and the overall attitude of the park. It made many wonder if it was worth it. But since it opened it has done wonders for that park. Its no longer a "1/2" day park anymore. It worked and its amazing even if you aren't a Cars fan, you still appreciate the new details that have gone in around the entire park.
This is what needed to happen to The Studios. That place has been failing for a long time. The backlot had a ton of wasted space and you cant tell me that there wasn't more people wondering why Disney hadn't done anything with it than not. Given all the new technology and ideas that both of these lands provide for Imagineering, even if you arent a Toy Story or Star Wars fan, I bet you are going to appreciate the refreshed excitement for a Park that needed help. Bad.

Not too thrilled with all of the renovation happening at Hollywood Studios and I'm certainty not happy about a possible change to the parks name. Like someone said in the comments, if I was a Star Wars fan maybe I'd feel differently. Although, I am excited about the Toy Story land they're adding in. I went to DIsneyland Paris and they had some pretty awesome rides in their Toy Story land so maybe they'll bring some of those over here.

I can see why frequent visitors, like me, to WDW and HS are upset that so many favorites are being closed. The closure of the, "Magic of Disney Animation," without it being, at least, relocated elsewhere in WDW is inexcusable! We just got back from WDW a few weeks ago and I really missed, "TMoDA," and many of the other now closed attractions. Still, for our family, and for most first time, or long time between trips visitors, there are still so many great things to do at HS, even if it is only a, "half day," park which, even with all the closures, it's not. Maybe there are only a half or quarter day of your personal favorites still there is a lot there to enjoy, things you probably missed before while rushing through the park. Trust me, you can't do all of WDW in a week, much less in a four day, a park a day, trip. Even so, having a, "half day," park isn't a bad thing! Our family would often use the first part of a day at another park, go back to our resort for a swim break, often to take a nap, then, "hop," over to HS later in the day. (Fantasmic is a must do, thus the later in the day part.) sometimes we might just slept in that morning.

1. I like the tower, but it could be placed elsewhere
2. Lights Motor Action--suffered thru that twice--glad it's gone
3. It's a playground....why go to a theme park to go to a playground?
4. Monster's Inc meet/greet...never knew it was there, lol.
5. Studio Catering...will it be missed? Everyone always says HS has no good QS
6. Wattos Grotto--sure the Star Wars Merch will find a new home.
7. Youse Guys--just another shop, if the merchandise is popular it will be found elsewhere.
I can't believe any of these would be a make or break decision to go to HS.

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