The Slow Death of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Even in the darkest days of the post-9/11 tourism slump, when Disney shuttered several hotels and slashed staffing to the bone, the parks’ major attractions kept operating in order to preserve perceived value. Today, with one-day adult passes priced at $103 after tax, the park formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios has had its attraction lineup decimated, leaving it with barely more rides than when it opened in 1989 as a “half-day park.” The list of recent casualties (Backlot Tour, American Idol Experience) and those rumored for imminent closure (One Man’s Dream, Voyage of the Little Mermaid) is so long, it’s easier to list what’s left: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Midway Mania, Great Movie Ride and Star Tours are now the only operating E-Tickets of interest in the entire park.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is dying a slow death. Rumors have circulated through the Disney Parks fandom for over a year about the impending massive overhaul of the park. Now the execs are shuttering attraction after attraction, but still charging premium prices. The perceived value will slump after the Frozen Fun summer event, and then what will happen? Will they shut down half of the park and start construction, or will they leave only Sunset Boulevard open, and still charge $103. This whole situation makes me shake my head in concern.

Source: Orlando Weekly

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