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 already took a look at several endangered attractions that will be closing between Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. However, in recent days the fate of several additional attractions has been confirmed, including one we've had our eye on for some time now...
1. Innoventions East
Status: StormStruck and Sum of All Thrills Going Extinct September 14, Colortopia TBA
It was only a year ago that we witnessed the demise of Innoventions West, as this former technology exhibit space was closed and then subsequently converted into character meet and greets for Big Hero 6's Baymax as well as Joy and Sadness from Inside Out. Though these character meet and greets have proven to be much more popular than Innoventions West's aging exhibits were in their final years, some have criticized this move as one that is not consistent with the theme of Future World. However, no matter what you think of this change, it looks like we may be in for a repeat, as the East side of Innoventions looks like it will be closing as well in the near future. However, this won't happen all at once.
It has been confirmed that next month, on September 14th, both The Sum of All Thrills as well as Storm Struck will be closed permanently. Now as you may recall, that leaves only the recently-opened Colortopia exhibit still in operation inside Innoventions. And even though we expect this exhibit to stick around a little bit longer, inside sources suggest that Disney will not be renewing their contract with Colortopia sponsor Glidden, and will be closing this exhibit, as well as the rest of Innoventions East, at some future date.
No announcements have been made about the future of Innoventions East after these closures, but with the character meet and greets doing so well on the other side of the park, we wouldn't be surprised if Disney decides to simply expand this concept, simply stuffing more characters into the other side of Innoventions. However, considering rumors suggest that the nearby Universe of Energy could be closing soon as well to reportedly make way for a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, it's possible that this new space could tie into that development as well. Either way, hopefully we'll know something soon about what the future holds for Future World.
2. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Location: Disney's Hollywood Studios
Though rumors of a re-theme for the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster have run rampant for the better part of the last decade, there have been some recent developments that have made this seem like more of a possibility in the near future. Beyond the one-time Star Wars re-theme of this attraction during a special event last year, Disney has recently removed all of the Aerosmith-branded merchandise for this ride, and has even changed the name of this attraction on said merchandise to just the "Mickey Mouse Rock 'n Roller Coaster", which is curious indeed (you can check out the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster merchandise here for yourself). Could this be a precursor to a Mickey Mouse retheme, (potentially with Disney songs)?
We don't know anything for sure, but this merchandise switch is certainly interesting, and worth keeping an eye on, especially for fans of the Aerosmith soundtrack. While we wouldn't anticipate anything too dramatic happening at this attraction (Disney's Hollywood Studios can't lose another attraction for an extended refurbishment while so much of the park is under construction), it seems entirely possible that they could be preparing for a quickie sound change at this roller coaster.