Arguably one of our favorite parts about eating at the Backlot Express in Disney’s Hollywood Studios are the props (well that, and very rarely, the food.) In a park where the magic of movie making is vanishing to mere ephemera and being replaced with themed RVs, every last bit of park history counts… except when it gets in the way of additional seating.
Upon hearing news of upcoming plans to remove props at the famed Hollywood Studios quick service eatery, we headed out there to emulate our inner private eye as Valiant & Valiant would.
First off at the scene of the crime: Benny the Cab (the stuntcar from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) is gone, replaced by a measly 4-top, no less.
Luckily, the artwork stills showing Bob Hoskins driving it are still up over by the fence, as well as the production stills housed in the glass-covered bulletin board. This was an amazing piece of movie history.
The large plaster horse statue has been removed from this corner.
The phone booth you used to be able to go into is gone, as is the paint cabinet over on the other side of the restaurant, by where the glider is on the ceiling.
The purpose of the prop removal was accommodate for the upcoming influx of guests to the area once Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens on August 29th. Whether that was worth the loss of Benny the Cab is subjective, but we can’t say we won’t miss him. Many of our readers would go to Backlot pretty much just to see him.
We’ll keep you updated on any further changes to the restaurant in the coming weeks.