Animation Studios attraction closing: Hollywood Studios becoming a ghost town

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Animation Studios attraction closing: Hollywood Studios becoming a ghost town

Postby Tink » Thu Jul 02, 2015 11:26 am

Another attraction is closing at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. The last day for the Magic of Disney Animation will be July 12, Disney confirmed Monday.

"Work is underway on a new experience, and we look forward to sharing more information in the future," a Disney World spokeswoman said.

The adjacent Animation Gallery will remain open until late August.

The area is one of the original attractions when the park opened under the name Disney-MGM Studios in 1989. One of its features was the ability for guests to spy on actual Disney animators at work. The attraction now includes a short film about how Disney characters are made; Animation Station, where character-driven art lessions are given; and a character greeting area.

The closure is the latest in a series of recent departures at Hollywood Studios. Gone are the Studios Backlot Tour and American Idol Experience. Earlier this year, Disney removed the large sorcerer's hat that had become the icon of the park.

In March, Disney CEO Bob Iger told shareholders that the park would undergo another name change, although the new moniker has not been announced. It started going by the Hollywood Studios name in 2008.

Disney has said it will build more Star Wars attractions at its parks, and Hollywood Studios is usually listed as a natural choice because of its current ties to the franchise, including the Star Tours ride and the Star Wars Weekends events.

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