The Studio Backlot Tour, an opening-day attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios, officially closed its doors at 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 27, 2014. After more than 25 years, this iconic attraction is no more. Despite the grim sound of this news, most theme park fans around the world actually rejoiced when hearing about the elimination of this 35-minute ride, as it had been shortened and simplified over the years, resulting in a sub-par experience.
The last day of operation of the Studio Backlot Tour was filled with diverse emotions: theme park fans were excited to experience the attraction during such special occasion, some Cast Members were shedding a few tears (probably due to the entire team being scattered in other rides and, possibly, in other parks), and casual daytime Guests didn't have a clue what all the commotion was about.
Especially entertaining was the very last ride ever, in which we personally participated. While we too were definitely not fond of this attraction, we realized that this was part of the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. The park formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios would not have existed if the Studio Backlot Tour had not been included in the plans, as it constituted the 60 percent of the park at that time (the other 40 percent consisting of The Great Movie Ride, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, and other minor experiences). For this reason, it should at least be remembered.
Today we present you two videos of the entire experience, as seen from the eyes of all the people that participated in the last ride ever on the Studio Backlot Tour. Make sure to enjoy both videos:
As you can see, despite the fact that quite a few special effects did not work during both the pre-show (water was supposed to splash people at the end) and in the ride itself (the earthquake effect did not work during the Catastrophe Canyon sequence), Guests and Cast Members were all very excited during that special time, but we should all be especially excited for the future of the park. In fact, removing this attraction freed a considerable amount of space, which could definitely be turned into a spectacular new land. Rumors point to new Pixar-themed attractions, but we will discuss that in another occasion.
Before concluding, we would like to thank all the Cast Members, including those who did their part behind the scenes, that worked at the Studio Backlot Tour in the past, and wish them all the best.