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'Club Disney' Comes to Hollywood Studios' New Theater in December

October 12, 2015, 11:35 AM · After all the recent closures, Walt Disney World now has announced an attraction opening for the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park.

Sunset Showcase

No, it's not Star Wars Land or Toy Story Land. Those marquee new attractions remain years away. But visitors to Disney's Hollywood Studios over the past months probably have noticed a new building rising over Sunset Boulevard. That building is the new "Sunset Showcase," and Disney will use it to host a variety of special events going forward.


The first new attraction will be "Club Disney," opening Dec. 5. Think of this as a semi-permanent version the dance parties Disney likes to use to pad the entertainment schedules at after-hours, hard-ticket parties. From Disney's announcement:

You can join Mickey and the gang and take to the dance floor in this electric club environment, where a DJ Club Host spins the perfect playlist mix of your favorite Radio Disney Top 40 songs as the floor and walls come alive with vivid images from classic Disney animation.

Operating hours remain to be announced, and will be published in the park's daily show guide.

In recent months, Disney's Hollywood Studios has closed its Backlot Tour, the American Idol Experience, a Pirates of the Caribbean movie walk-through, and has temporarily shelved the Walt biopic in the One Man's Dream exhibit. The company has announced that this will be the final season for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and more closures are expected as Disney begins construction on the new Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land sections that are coming to the park.

Replies (8)

October 12, 2015 at 11:56 AM · Wow that is an amazing new addition to an already excellent park. Sure they could do that at Disney Springs but here it makes also sense just because it's Disney and stuff. I'll book my tickets to WDW straight away to experiance this. #sarcasm
October 12, 2015 at 1:23 PM · Calling this an attraction is quite a stretch. It's good to have a variety of things to do at the parks, but this doesn't excite me.
October 12, 2015 at 3:57 PM · It's easy to be dismissive, but the space is needed for special events. When not needed for that, why not use it?

Growing up in Southern California, I went to Disneyland many times. Some of my best memories are from going to Videopolis with friends in high school.

Not everything needs to be a multi-million dollar attraction to be fun. And, not everything is intended to appeal to adults. I'm pretty sure my niece would thoroughly enjoy this attraction/experience.

October 12, 2015 at 8:09 PM · Didn't they do something similar in a soundstage at DCA? How'd that ever turn out?
October 13, 2015 at 6:38 AM · Yeah, that is a great use of space because there are no vacant buildings at that park.
October 13, 2015 at 3:28 PM · It's a bad use of space. They could have developed a new land instead of putting that warehouse in there, as if they needed another. I thought it was supposed to be a mixed use theater. Will Disney Junior go away? What's up with all that warehouse space that used to be attractions and are closing left and right. Sort of like moving the chess pieces around and still doing nothing.
October 14, 2015 at 6:04 PM · The announcement of Club Disney in this venue doesn't mean it can't also be used for special events. That's precisely why it is being built as a mixed-use venue.

Also, I doubt that space was ever considered for a new "land". If I remember correctly, there's a power sub-station right behind Tower of Terror.

October 15, 2015 at 8:22 AM · I used to do these types of things in the parks when I was little; except they didn't build entire buildings for them. But they were always fun for me because I got to j out with my favorite Disney characters. While it can be said this space should be used for something else, the kids'll enjoy it.

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