It's Time to Say Goodbye to Several Top Theme Park Attractions
January 4, 2016, 11:47 AM ·
Several popular theme park attractions are closing in early January — some for extended refurbishments, and some, permanently. So let's take a moment to say goodbye to these shows and rides, and maybe to enjoy them one last time.
Disney has extended Hollywood Studios' annual holiday light show through Wednesday, giving fans a couple more chances to see this display, first brought to Disney from an Arkansas neighborhood in the 1995.
The final performance of Universal's classic monster rock show plays tomorrow. (The final show, at 7pm, is reserved for annual passholders, who can pick up tickets next to Guest Services tomorrow morning at 9.) The new Fast & Furious - Supercharged attraction that is taking over the neighboring Disaster! will claim the space occupied by Beetlejuice's outdoor theater, as well.
The "Soarin' Over California" version of the show, which had been playing at Epcot since 2005, took its final flight last night. A new version of the show, "Soarin' Over the Horizon," will debut along with a third show theater when the attraction reopens sometime this summer.
California Adventure's long-running musical stage version of the Disney animated classic closes on Sunday, after a 13-year run. The winner of the Theme Park Insider Award for world's best theme park show last year, Aladdin is closing to make way for a new stage musical based on Disney's Frozen.
Disney is rerouting its Rivers of America to make room for Star Wars Land, which will take over the the space currently occupied by Big Thunder Ranch, the northern section of the River (including the Indian camp) and some backstage areas north of the park. The path of the Disneyland Railroad also will change, to follow the new route of the river. The final day is Sunday, January 10. All of these attractions are expected to reopen sometime in 2017, with Star Wars Land expected to open sometime in 2019 or 2020.