Both DisneyQuest at Downtown Disney and The Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the attractions inside, are set to close.
The Magic of Disney Animation will have its final day of operation soon, July 12, 2015. DisneyQuest fans will have a bit longer for their final visit as it will be closing sometime in 2016. DisneyQuest will be closing to make room for the previously announced NBA Experience. There’s no word yet on what will be replacing the Animation attractions, but Disney tells us work is already underway on a new experience.
DisneyQuest opened in Downtown Disney’s West Side on June 19, 1998. The five-story building is billed as an “indoor interactive theme park” with many of the latest arcade games as well as classics. When it first opened, many of the signature attractions inside were using the latest technology, such as virtual-reality helmets. Many of those technologies have since become antiquated. Guests pay one fee to enter the building and play all the games.
Currently, DisneyQuest’s signature attractions include CyberSpace Mountain, Buzz Lightyear’s Astroblaster, Virtual Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Buccaneer Gold, Mighty Ducks Pinball Slam, Aladdin’s Magic Carpet Ride and Invasion! Extraterrestrial Alien Encounter. There are also a couple of food counters and a publicly available gift shop in the building. DisneyQuest annual passes and the Water Park/DisneyQuest combo pass are no longer available. DisneyQuest cast members were told of the impending closing yesterday.
Originally opening with the park in 1989, The Magic of Disney Animation has had different incarnations during its time, which included tours of a working animation studio, where Disney features like Mulan, Lilo and Stitch and Brother Bear were made.
Currently guests are able to see a short film presentation hosted by Mushu, meet different Disney characters, visit a current movie art gallery, play in the Animation Station and learn how to draw at the Animation Academy.
When The Magic of Disney Animation closes on July 12, the Mickey and Minnie meets will move to new locations. Minnie will join the characters near the stage in front of The Great Movie Ride, and Mickey will temporarily be located by the entrance of the former Backlot Tour attraction near Pixar Place. There’s no word on the future ability to meet Hiro and Baymax from Big Hero 6 or The Incredibles. The Animation Gallery gift shop will remain open for guests until sometime in August.
Here’s an episode of Photo Finds from 2013 with a full tour of DisneyQuest:
Here’s a sample of the video you can purchase of you riding CyberSpace Mountain:
Take a look at the meet and greet for Hiro and Baymax in our video below: