VIDEO: Backlot Tour tribute as Walt Disney World permanently closes an original Disney’s Hollywood Studios attraction

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The Backlot Tour has, more or less, been a part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios since it opened in 1989. It began in an entirely different form back when the park was called Disney-MGM Studios. Over the years, it evolved into a tram ride with an effects pre-show and grand finale in Catastrophe Canyon.

In its glory days, it took guests through Residential Street to catch glimpses of the houses from “Golden Girls” and “Empty Next” along with offering opportunities to spot famous vehicles, props, and other relics from popular movies of the past.

Since Lights Motors Action moved in to the park, however, the Backlot Tour became a smaller version of its former self, ultimately closing down this past weekend to make way for bigger (and hopefully better) things ahead.

But you can take one final ride aboard this classic Walt Disney World attraction in the video tribute below, cut together across multiple angles and passes through the ride on its final (rather rainy) day of operation.

Video: A final ride on the Backlot Tour at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

What will replace the Backlot Tour? There are many rumors. More Pixar – perhaps Toy Story – maybe on the way. Or will it be something Star Wars? Perhaps even Cars? Only time will tell as Disney’s Hollywood Studios will surely be undergoing some massive changes in the near future.


  1. frostysnowman

    I’ll be honest, I never really cared for this attraction. The only part I miss is the museum-like area at the end. Keeping my fingers crossed for something very exciting to replace it, and that Disney will do so quickly. After seeing what Universal did with Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express in less that two years, they need to step it up.

  2. James

    This attraction has been a joke ever since the park essentially shut down all studio production operations, and was an embarrassment after Lights Motor Action moved in. It was pretty fantastic in the early days of the park. Now the park doesn’t make much sense at all. Then again, all the Florida park brands have been heavily diluted over the past 20 years. With the retconning of all the classic attractions, and all new attractions being based on movie IPs, it’s not clear what makes one attraction open in Hollywood Studios versus any other park.

  3. star-w

    it’s pretty sad to see this closed but at least the possible replacements looks AWSOME

  4. Erin

    Yeah. That was boring as hell. This desperately needs an update.

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