BYE-BYE BACKLOT TOUR! Hollywood Studios PIXAR Place Expansion Coming, Many Current Attractions Closing Soon?

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I know you’ve heard this one before, but it seems like the Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is finally closing. A few days ago we told you that once Soundstage 1 at the park moves Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and Frozen Funland out, work is set to begin on a third track for Toy Story Midway Mania inside of that building. Well, now it seems like the area surrounding Soundstage 1 will be used for the rest of a large-scale PIXAR Place expansion.


Likely coming to the park are some of the small, flat-rides developed for Toy Story Playland at Disneyland Resort Paris and Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland including RC Racer, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin, and the Toy Soldier Parachute Drop. The attractions possibly on the chopping block take up much more room than these small rides would, so chances are the remaining space would be used for Cars or Monsters Inc. attractions.

Toy Story Land at Hong Kong Disneyland, also being built for Shanghai Disneyland and exists at Disneyland Resort Paris

Operating hours calendars released to cast members currently have only a few days of October hours for many of the offerings in that area, including the Monsters Inc. meet and greet, the Studio Backlot Tour, the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, the Coke Bottle food stand, Studio Catering Company, and High Octane Refreshments next door. All of these attractions have no dates posted past October 11th. So, in short, all of these offerings might be closing on October 11th, one week after the closure of Maelstrom at Epcot. All other attraction operating hours are listed through January, so you can see why it’s awfully suspicious that all of these items in one area are not listed after a date in mid-October.

These operating hours combined with rumblings among Disney employees all seem to point at a PIXAR Place expansion, but nothing is set in stone quite yet and some of this post is pure speculation based on what we have heard so far. We will certainly keep you posted as more develops in this story, but it truly seems like after 25 years that we will see the end of the Studio Backlot Tour.

What do you think? Are you excited for these possible changes?

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  • Just imagine a DHS with a real Pixar Place AND a Star Wars Land… now imagine Universal tripped and dropped it’s Marvel rights and then DHS had a Marvel Land too… best theme park ever right there.

    • They will never give up their Marvel rights since Disney owns it now. It would be interesting to see if Disney challenges the park with an addition of its own, regardless of Universals rights to continue to use the theme. Since the one thing Universal can’t do is make new additions. Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant man, Avengers, etc… Disney can probably use those since there are no rides at IOA based on them, so Universal doesn’t have claim. Only Spidey, Fantastic 4, X-Men, and Hulk. Disney would be wise to directly compete with is Marvel additions if it can legally do so.

  • What they should do is develop a pathway that doesn’t and will not interrupt with foot traffic of future developments and keep the Back lot tour still open with multiple terminal’s around the park, at least 4, so people could still have the back lot tour experience without the main attraction of the cannon, but instead a smaller scale museum style experience that assists with traveling around the park. Each section could have a different themed display building anticipation for the next stop on the tour. some tour wagons can even offer specific destinations to handle overflow by creating a non-stop express tour of the overflow crowd. Kind of like the train at magic kingdom, but without the tracks. At the same time Disney would be providing themselves with a logistics route utilized between tour wagon schedule (while passengers are loading at the terminal).

  • I think they should stick with the Cars Land idea! My kids love Cars! I think it’s also a shame they are getting rid of Honey, I shrunk the kids park!! My boys will be very disappointed when we go in December and they won’t be able to go in it!

  • My kids would LOVE more Toy Story anything!! I am excited by this rumor! Hollywood Studios needs more attractions for the smaller kiddos!