Theme park attractions come and go all the time, and even though we’d like all our favorite rides and shows to stick around forever, the sad fact is that we have to say goodbye to at least a few every year.
This month, we take a look at a fairly substantial rumor that could see the end of a classic attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, plus the end of three attractions at Disneyland that could have some interesting implications for Walt Disney World in the near future...
1. The Great Movie Ride
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios
Status: Rumored to be going extinct in 2018
There have been a lot of crazy rumors flying around in recent months about the changing attraction lineup at Disney parks (we called the Guardians of the Galaxy rumor the most insane we had ever heard before it was confirmed a few weeks ago) but this one is truly insane. According to sources posting on the WDWMagic forums, Disney has informed TCM that their sponsorship of The Great Movie Ride will come to not be up for renewal in 2018. Following this, Disney will remove the existing ride and replace it with something else (in the same show building), possibly for launch in 2020.
Though we haven't heard anything about this rumor from any of our usual sources, considering the amount of chatter that has been online in recent weeks, we felt like we needed to address this one. If this truly is a project that is in the works, we'd imagine that Disney will confirm it early, as it would likely coincide with the total reboot of Disney's Hollywood Studios that has been rumored to be coming since 2015. Disney has been casting off all of the original "studios" attractions in recent years, and though the loss of the final original studio-themed attraction would be painful for fans, it does make a certain amount of sense considering where it looks like this park is headed. In a park that celebrates current films and characters (instead of the making of movies) with IP-focused lands like Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land, this attraction might seem out of place.
In the days since this rumor first surfaced, WDWNT has reported that they have a source suggesting that The Great Movie Ride could become The Great Mickey Ride, a trackless dark ride starring everyone's favorite mouse in his first-ever ride.
Of course right now this is only a rumor (and we're really hoping it isn't true) but considering Disney's move towards transforming Disney's Hollywood Studios into a park that celebrates the world of film (rather than the making of film), we wouldn't be surprised if such a change were indeed in the works.