It’s all in the name of progress, or as a Disney representative told us, “future enhancements”. The Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studio will give its final tour on Sept. 27, 2014.
Rumors have circulated for quite a while that the ride would be closing to make way for Cars Land, a Pixar area or a Star Wars land. But Disney isn’t saying exactly what will replace it just yet. But they did tell us that Oaken’s Frozen Funland, a part of the Frozen celebration at Hollywood Studios, will take up a portion of the Studio Backlot Tour on the Streets of America.
The Studio Backlot Tour opened with the park on May 1, 1989 as a way for guests to see what goes on behind the scenes during the making of movies and television shows. The tour changed many times over the years. One of the biggest changes was the removal of the residential section to make way for the Lights, Motors, Action show in 2005.
Currently the attraction starts with a walking tour showing the filming of a navel battle scene using guests as extras. Then guests walk through a prop house and board the tram which takes them through some backstage areas of the park and past large movie props on the way to Catastrophe Canyon where the tram is part of a disaster scene.
The Studio Backlot Tour won’t be the only attraction closing at Disney on Sept. 27. The popular bands Off Kilter and Mo’Rockin will have their last performances at Epcot that day as well. Other upcoming closings include the World Showcase Players at Epcot on Sept. 25 and the Maelstrom ride on Oct. 5. New entertainment offerings are coming to Epcot and a “Frozen” ride is replacing Maelstrom.