Backlot tour closes at Disney Hollywood Studio on Sept. 27

Posted Monday, September 22, 2014 8:48 AM | Contributed by Jeff

One of Disney's Hollywood Studios' first attractions is closing permanently next week. Disney confirms the Studio Backlot Tour will close Saturday, Sept. 27 to make way for new development.

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Monday, September 22, 2014 8:52 AM

Wasn't that impressed with it. Not sad to see it go.

Monday, September 22, 2014 8:58 AM

I've bothered with this ride twice. The first time was when I made my first visit to the park and I remember thinking it was cool. The second time I was with a friend on his first visit, and I couldn't wait for that crappy ride to be over.

"New development" sounds promising, doesn't it? It would be a nice area for a Star Wars land...

Monday, September 22, 2014 9:29 AM

It was a big deal when the park opened. Heck, it was the biggest reason to go. But they've steadily chipped away at it since, and frankly, since there is no actual production happening there it's kind of pointless.

Monday, September 22, 2014 10:03 AM

I am the furthest thing in the world from a "movie person" (OK, I take that back, there's always Hitchcock)- totally *loved* the USH backlot tour. The USF tour in a Catastrophe (with a capital C).

Monday, September 22, 2014 10:44 AM

I do remember when it opened though that there were actual productions now and then going on there. Nickelodeon produced a bunch of shows there for many years. They still bring Today down there now and then. I don't know the last time they did actual film production there.

Monday, September 22, 2014 11:26 AM

Hello Marvel Superhero Land!

Oh, wait...

Monday, September 22, 2014 2:10 PM

IIRC - During one of the tours it was said that Mulan was the last Disney film made at DHS

Monday, September 22, 2014 3:22 PM

I remember the rumor a year or so ago was that the backlot tour would close and the park would go all out to build a Star Wars area in its place. I thought that the rumor was poppycock because I thought that the backlot tour could never, ever close. I guess this news development has me guessing Star Wars will be taking over the park Can you imagine if it would be made with the same imagination that the Harry Potter areas were made with? It could be absolutely huge.

Monday, September 22, 2014 8:10 PM

When Backlot first opened, it was a great ride. As a young lad, it was one of my favorite things at Disney. But now, it seems like its a shadow of its former self. I think they got rid of a lot of it when they opened the motor stunt show.

Monday, September 22, 2014 10:15 PM

I was disappointed when they dropped the live spieler. That's when you knew its days were numbered.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 8:17 PM

Its been a few years since I've been there. I *think* they still had a live person narrating the ride, but maybe they did away with that. If they got rid of that too, then I guess it is time to move on.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:30 PM

I miss the live spiels on Living with the Land, too. On the other hand, the recording is often easier to understand.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 10:41 PM

Maybe training issues and consistency is the name of that game.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:21 PM

Well, that and, I mean, come on, it's Living With The Land. ;)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:54 PM

My four-year-old loves that ride. He thinks that Journey Into Imagination is the tits as well, but, you know, he's 4.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 5:55 AM

Too bad he didn't get to ride the original. That ride really was the tits.
I'll never understand why it was taken away. Where were the militant Disneyphiles with their #'s then?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:40 AM

I only vaguely remember it. What's more strange is the closure of the upstairs stuff, including the rainbow tunnel and what not. Here's a video of someone sneaking up there...

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:35 PM

It was a very clever ride and very EPCOT-ish. The vehicles and the track layout were about the same. However, the ride started off with a carousel type theatre. There were several stages all on a circle with the same set (a large animated steam punk dirigible) and there we were introduced to Dreamfinder and Figment through story and song. As the cars moved sideways around the carousel the dirigible "flew" along with them. It was an ingenious way to briefly put a static set in front of a moving car. (Harry Potter 1 uses the same concept with the film sequences now) Anyway, when that little show was over and introductions were made the cars turned away from the carousel and traveled through the rest of the building, where that mischevious Figment taught us about various processes and applications of the imagination. It really was cute as it could be. The new version is just terrible, and when we rode this year we laughed at how young the celebrity cast looked.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 8:15 PM

Celebrity cast? The only person in it is Eric Idle, and he's no spring chicken.


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