A while back I posed a question to see how may folks would actually be going to see 'The American Idol Experience' at Hollywood Studios due to the fact that the shows popularity appeared to be waning.
(the link to that thread is here Will You Experience 'Amercan Idol' at DHS?)
It is quite obvious from the construction photos posted thus far that the elaborate plans Disney initially had for this attraction have been substantially retooled. And, at least on the outside, the facade and themeing for this venue is quite a bit different than the original concept art called for. Please note that I am fully aware that concept art is simply that and should not be taken literally. However this particular transformation from concept to reality appears to have changed so dramatically it is rather impossible to ignore.
So what happened? Was it an economic decision that caused the de-themeing of this highly touted attraction? Could it be that there is no longer as much confidence that this attraction will draw the number of folks they originally expected? Or is it some other reason entirely?