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
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.