"The future of Disney's Hollywood Studios looks very bright."
How many times have you heard this phrase? If you are a theme park fan, you will have heard it multiple times. We are definitely among those who think that the park's future is - indeed - looking good, but we do realize that we are in the year 2015 and we still know very little about the expected major Hollywood Studios expansion. This evening we have a few minor news to share.
NEW NAME FOR DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
The Walt Disney Company hosted its 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders earlier today (Thursday, March 12, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EST). Among the few theme park news released during the meeting (which included Shanghai Disneyland and "The World of AVATAR" project at Animal Kingdom), some very interesting information about Disney's Hollywood Studios were released.
Click here for the audio version of the meeting (skip to 01:19:28 for the Hollywood Studios news).
When the young shareholder asks if the name of Disney's Hollywood Studios will change again in the future, Bob says a loud "no" at first. Then, he continues by saying that nothing has yet been announced.
A few seconds later, Bob Iger finally admits that there are, indeed, plans to change the park's name for the third time. In fact, he stated that they are "doing some significant work [at Disney's Hollywood Studios] right now," and that "it will result in a name change." He ends by saying "now we can announce that... we are changing the name, but we won't announce what we are changing it to."
Disney Hollywood Adventure, anyone? We still like Disney Hollywoodland better...
NEW STAGE FOR THE CENTRAL HUB OF HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
While this has been know for a while, we were finally able to officially confirm that a new, permanent stage is being built in the space formerly occupied by the Sorcerer's Hat. While we do not have any information about the actual construction time frame, we do know that the project will be completed sooner than later, as the newest park maps (more on that later) will include the stage.
Current RUMORS point to the possibility of having a large stage with retractable lights. We definitely hope this will be the case, as having another huge (and visually unpleasant) structure hide the wonderful Chinese Theater would be seen as a huge defeat in the eyes of many theme park fans.
UPDATED PARK MAPS COMING MAY 15, 2015
As we posted on our official Facebook page, new Disney's Hollywood Studios park maps will be available to Guests visiting the park starting March 15, 2015. The map updates will include the following:
- The Trolley Car Café addition;
- New center stage area (mentioned earlier in this article);
- Food & Beverage menu changes;
- New Disney FastPass+ and Visa ads.
That is all for now. Be sure to check back here on Orlando Theme Park News for even more updates in the future. You can be certain that we will closely follow the changes taking place at Hollywood Studios.