The “Earffel Tower” landmark will come down at Disney’s Hollywood Studios soon, and the theme park will close several attractions April 2.
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure; a Monsters Inc. meet-and-greet, and the Studio Catering Co. restaurant will all close as part of a makeover. The theme park — which is also slated to get a new name — is adding two new lands, one themed on Star Wars and another on Toy Story. It has recently added a couple new attractions based on the space saga, including Star Wars Launch Bay and a new fireworks show.
No date was given for the Earffel Tower removal. The structure, 130 feet tall with a 32,000-pound set of mouse ears, has been at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since it opened. It does not hold water but was inspired by the working water tower in Burbank, California, a landmark at the Disney Studios since 1939.
The 40-minute Lights, Motors, Action! show features stunt cars performing high-speed chases and performers falling five stories. The stunts are played back on a massive video screen to demonstrate how movie chase scenes are made through film editing and camera angles.
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Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is a giant playground that gives kids the illusion that they are the size of bugs. They can climb on a giant spider web and crawl through tunnels.
Also at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America recently ended to make way for the new lands. Other closings have included the Studio Backlot Tour and American Idol Experience. The giant sorcerer’s hat at the center of the park also came down last year.
Hollywood Studios has also recently added a Frozen sing-along, which replaced American Idol, and Sunset Showcase, a special event venue.
No dates have been given for the opening of the two new lands, although Disney last month added Star Wars Launch Bay, with character encounters, videos about the film series, displays of artifacts from the movies and a store.
Star Wars land will have two main attractions: a chance to fly the Millennium Falcon on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.
Toy Story Land, featuring Andy’s backyard, will have a setting made of oversized toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels “that Andy has assembled using his vivid imagination,” Disney said. It will have two new attractions plus the existing Toy Story Mania! will be expanded.