Disney's Hollywood Studios park is just beginning a huge transition that will completely change the layout of the park and even its name. To get this done many attractions have to go away to make room for everything new.
The park has been understandably maligned by fans who have to see some of their favorite attractions demolished. Before starting this article I thought my list would be pretty small, but as it turns out there is still a decent amount of things to do at Hollywood Studios. Here are the attractions that will be left at Hollywood Studios after the big April closures.
The Great Movie Ride
A classic dark ride located inside the park's true icon. This attraction is due to get love down the road, but the latest enhancements from TCM are a very tiny step in the right direction.
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Thrill seekers will not be let down if they come to Hollywood Studios. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster still provides a great coaster with excellent theming.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The Studios' other big thrill ride. Hollywood Studios' Tower of Terror is arguably the best incarnation of the attraction in the world.
What better to get you hyped up for the impending Star Wars land than a ride in a StarSpeeder 3000. Star Tours is one of my personal favorites and until further notice, you'll be guaranteed to see the new scenes from The Force Awakens.
Star Wars Launch Bay
It was sad to see the animation pavilion go but at least temporarily Star Wars fans can indulge on props, costumes and story details from the films. Two great meet and greets were added as well where you can get a hug from Chewbacca or meet a member of the Skywalker family in Darth Vader or Kylo Ren.
Toy Story Midway Mania
Easily the busiest attraction in the park on any given day, Toy Story Midway Mania will be at the center of the all new Toy Story Land expansion.
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
Anyone with even a passing interest in Walt Disney the man will love this walkthrough attraction. There are many great displays, I always find something new and interesting each time. The film at the end is also a must see for any fan.
I'd say this one is the most underrated attraction in the park. Over two decades later the film still holds up and is hilarious. Seeing Sweetums in person is a great bonus as well.
Beauty and the Beast - Live On Stage
A condensed version of the classic story. It is a very fun production, love the subtle magic thrown in. If you've never seen this show give it a chance.
Disney Junior - Live On Stage
Not something I've personally experienced but parents are big fans of the puppet stage show.
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
If you haven't had enough Frozen this is the show for you. Sing-along with the songs that are stuck in your head no matter much you drink.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
This stunt show doesn't get enough love. It has real practical stunts, fights and explosions and better yet it gets you into a nice shaded area for 25 minutes.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
This attraction might be next on the chopping block. This show is a retelling of the film with live actors, puppetry, and special effects.
Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular
While there is no date yet marking the end of the Studio's much lauded Star Wars fireworks, this summer will bring a huge new fireworks show that will include projections, pyrotechnics and lights to go along with the fireworks and John Williams score. That show will join a new stage show that will include classic Star Wars characters starting this April.
Hollywood Studios has not one but two big nighttime shows. Fantasmic is one of my favorite shows on property and shouldn't be missed on any vacation.
Not a bad list when laid out this way I think. Despite all the changes Disney's Hollywood Studios is still a park I love to spend time in. This list could change at any moment as developments continue around the park. So check back often for further developments. How will you be adjusting your vacations based on the Hollywood Studios closures? Do you have any other not so obvious distractions at the park?