Disney-MGM Studios to Change in January 2008
The Disney-MGM Studios theme park will be renamed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, effective January 2008. The change was announced Thursday by Meg Crofton, president of the Walt Disney World resort.
Crofton said the change reflects how the park has grown from representing the golden age of movies into the new entertainment today’s Hollywood has to offer in television, music and theater.
The classic Hollywood architecture will remain the home to shows and attractions directly from contemporary Hollywood, such as Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, and Star Tours, just to name a few.
New attractions and experiences are in the works for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These include an interactive attraction, Toy Story Mania!, where guests ride while wearing 3-D glasses and try for the most points in midway-style games hosted by Toy Story characters. (Summer 2008)
Block Party Bash, Disney’s most interactive parade will make its way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and allow guests to dance, watch, and play with more than 20 Disney-Pixar Film characters fill the streets. (Spring 2008, replaces Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade)
The popular Playhouse Disney — Live on Stage! show will soon have a new cast of friends. The new cast will include stars from Playhouse Disney shows: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Little Einsteins, Handy Manny and more. (Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage! will be dark most of January 2008, reopens February 2008)
Disney High School Musical 2: School's Out! will include new songs from the Disney Channel Original Movie Disney High School Musical 2. This show invites guests to sing and dance along to show their Wildcat pride. (Fall 2007, replaces High School Musical Pep Rally)
As Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues to be the place to find various movie and television stars, guests will now be able to meet Handy Manny. He will join other Disney Channel Stars in the Animation Courtyard next to Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage! (November 2007)"As Disney continues to grow and invest in our family entertainment business, we constantly explore new ways to deliver high-quality, immersive experiences for our guests," added Crofton. "As a park all about entertainment, Disney's Hollywood Studios will deliver like never before. Now we can say that Hollywood is literally our middle name."