After weeks of rumors, Walt Disney World has confirmed it will be closing the Magic of Disney Animation attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July.
It was one of the park’s original attractions, opening in 1989. In the beginning, it was a working production facility where visitors could watch Disney animators creating actual films. This studio in Florida included productions like Mulan, Brother Bear, and Lilo & Stitch before closing in 2004.
Disney than converted the attraction in to its current incarnation, which includes a 10-minute animation demonstration, character meet and greets, and the Animation Academy studio where visitors can learn to draw a Disney character to take home as a free souvenir.
According to Walt Disney World, the last day of operation will be July 12. Some of the character meet-and-greets, like Sorcerer Mickey will be moved to other areas of the park, and some will be gone forever (I’ve heard strong rumors Hiro and Baymax will be no more, sadly).
This is just one more closure in a series of recent closings at the park, including the Backlot Tour and American Idol Experience. And as with the other closings, nothing permanent has been announced as a replacement. There are rumors of more Star Wars and/or Pixar attractions, but it’s still all rumors at this point. There is even speculation that the park will undergo a complete overhaul similar to what Disney California Adventure experienced recently, before getting its new name that was accidentally alluded to by Disney CEO Bob Iger, a few months ago.
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