Disney's Hollywood Studios expansion update: Cars Land parked
Written by Robert Niles
We've been tracking this one ever since Disney didn't include a Parks and Resorts presentation on the D23 schedule last month. But we've now heard from enough insider sources that we can confirm for you that Disney has spiked its plans to recreate Cars Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios.Tweet
Looks like you'll need to keep coming to California for this view.
Disney's used its D23 Expo to announce new attractions projects in the past, but all we got this year were teases for Avatar and "Project Orange Harvest," which is the development name for the Star Wars land that's still under development for Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Teasing Project Orange Harvest at D23
One of my initial sources who told me last summer about Disney's plans for both Star Wars and Cars Land at DHS warned that if Cars Land ever slipped behind Star Wars on the development schedule, that would be an ominous sign for Lightning McQueen and the gang. Disney liked the idea of bringing Cars Land to Florida not just because it was a proven hit across the country at California Adventure, but also because the plans were finished and could be easily and quickly duplicated in Florida.
Until, someone decided that the they couldn't be.
Of course, if Disney really wanted a second Cars Land, it could throw enough money at the project to make it happen, come heck or high water. But Disney, like any company, has to prioritize its expenses. And, apparently, it's decided that it would rather go big on Project Harvest than expand the budget simply to recreate Radiator Springs Racers and Flo V-8's Cafe in Lake Buena Vista.
So we've removed those from the list of upcoming attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios. If you want to see a Cars Land in a Disney theme park in the United States, you'll continue to need to book a trip to Anaheim.
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