The Studio Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Closing Permanently on September 27

More changes are coming to another long-time attraction at the Walt Disney World Resort.

This time the change is happening at Disney's Hollywood Studios as the Studio Backlot Tour is closing for good on September 27.

Rumors were starting to swirl in recent weeks about the possible closing of the attraction, but Disney confirmed the news last week saying only that the Backlot Tour is closing to make way for new development.

The Studio Backlot Tour was one of the first attractions at the Studios and has been in existence for 25 years, the same amount of time as Maelstrom in Epcot's Norway Pavilion. It was announced a few weeks ago that Maelstrom is closing for good on October 5 to make way for a new Frozen attraction.

When the Studio Backlot Tour opened in May 1989 it included a walking tour and a tram tour but the attraction has shrunk in size over the years. In its current form, the tour begins with a special effects program and includes a short tram ride.

The closure of the Backlot Tour also means that Wandering Oaken's Trading Post will be moved from its current location.

There is no word yet as to what might be built in the area but an expansion of Pixar Place looks to be a likely replacement.


Melissa W wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 14:59:

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I'm sad that this will be gone before I can do it one more time next month. I am hoping they make way for something Star Wars related.

Teresa wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 15:35:

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Cars Land please!!!

PJsLife wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:12:

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I love Star Wars and I suspect that part of the space will be used for a Star Wars themed land. I would love to see an East Cost Cars Land and I would be willing to give the Extreme Stunt show to get it. (Cars and Planes!)


PJsLife wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:12:

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What Star Wars "things" would you like to see?

nicynot wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:14:

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I hope that they leave all the props on display somewheres so we can still all see them! i.e., jet plane

JG wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:17:

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I would love them to have something there that acknowledges the filming of the '90's Mickey Mouse Club. There is a sound stage where Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell, Britney Spears. and Ryan Gosling all got their start. I think they should have part of the set or something with pictures and video that the public can see.

Barbara Ann Morrow wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 18:51:

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Disney was great.... isn't it unbelievable that they would close the Backlot Tour?

BethW wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 19:12:

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Carsland!!!! really the only thing that is missing from WDW! I like the current Star Wars weekends are fine, I cant really think of what more they could do around the movie, rides? shops...etc.

Joe mac wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 21:30:

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As long as it's not something to do with Frozen .....again.

Kristen K. wrote on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 23:13:

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I'm really ok with them closing this attraction. It's been just a shadow of the original ride for years and it's seemed just sad and tired. I'm looking forward to something wonderful going in, if it's an expansion of Pixar Place, Star Wars or some combination of both that would be just fine with me. I just really want DHS to be a full day park again and I haven't felt that way for a long time.

C wrote on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 00:11:

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Sad, that the original concept of "Hollywood Studios" is gone. Yes, things need to be updated. But that can be done without losing site of the parks original concept. Hope they find somewhere in the park for old Hollywood and nostalgic tv and movies

Lee wrote on Tue, 09/23/2014 - 23:59:

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with the success that Disney has had with Marvel, it's hard to believe they haven't incorporated something into the parks yet...

Kristen K. wrote on Wed, 09/24/2014 - 16:34:

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Lee - Walt Disney World is currently restricted in the amount of Marvel they can add to the Parks due to current contracts with Universal Orlando that are still in play. As soon as those expire, I'm sure that we'll be seeing a lot more Marvel. You can find Marvel inspirations and attractions at both Disneyland and on the DCL Magic, they just need to let the clock run out on Florida before they can move forward.

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