More closures planned, including Earffel Tower, for Disney’s Hollywood Studios due to Star Wars, Toy Story construction

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After the official announcement earlier today that the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show would be closing in April to make room for the planned expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios comes more news from the Orlando Sentinel of further closures at the park.

Most notable of the changes will be the “Earffel Tower” landmark coming down in addition to the closing of the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, the Monsters Inc. meet-and-greet and the Studio Catering Co. restaurant. The space is needed for the planned Star Wars and Toy Story areas.

All of the attractions, including the Stunt Show, will close on April 2 with the exception of the teardown of the “Earffel Tower”, which has been up since the opening of the park. Meet-and-greets for “Cars” and “Phineas and Ferb” recently closed and the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights on the Streets of America also finished its 20-year run.


  1. Wow. they are not messing around.

    1. EricJ

      Earffel Tower was the symbol of the “movie-production” park, which was pretty much dead since the late 90’s, which is one reason the Sorcerer Hat became the new “icon” in the 00’s.
      The new lands are in the areas where the Backlot Production was, so like LMA, it’s one more casualty. 🙁

    2. A1ane

      They are fast to close things, but don’t except new Disney Studios before 2019/2021 …

      1. Jake

        It doesn’t happen overnight and these things need to close for progress to happen in building those lands. I’d expect Toy Story Land by 2018 and Star Wars by 2019.

        You don’t need to believe me, but I have good reason to believe that.

        1. Doc Arkham

          I’d feel more reassured if I didn’t know how long it takes Disney to put up something like a parking garage.

        2. Anon

          I would definitely believe this. The 3rd Star Wars movie is already scheduled for release in 2019 – they are going to want Star Wars Land open to coincide with this.

  2. Jessica

    I am really happy with this new change that will be coming to Disney to bring in new attractions. I love toy Story and can’t wait to see when it opens 🙂

  3. Bernard

    Are they going to take it down and move it to another location in the park? Like maybe towards the front?

  4. Jim

    I have not heard mention of the Muppets. That is the best attraction the park. Hopefully, it will make it through another park revamp.

    1. John

      Muppets is staying they are actually talking about as whole muppets area over there that’s why the cars meet and greet closed

  5. Jon

    All seems scary to me.

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