Iger stopped short when responding to a young girl who asked about the park's name, raising questions as to whether Iger intended to reveal the name change or not. Iger did not say what the new name of the park would be or when it would change.
And even though Iger confirmed the park transformation project that Disney's confirmed in multiple shareholder and investor conversations, Walt Disney World has yet to formally unveil any major new projects at the Studios. Disney management had green-lit a new Star Wars Land for the park, only to put the project on hold during the production of the new Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens sequel, which will premiere later this year.
From its debut in 1989 until 2008, Disney's Hollywood Studios was known as Disney-MGM Studios. Disney changed the name after its licensing deal with MGM terminated.
In other news from today's event, Disney officials said that Spring 2016 is the current target for opening Shanghai Disneyland, that the new Avatar land at Disney's Animal Kingdom remains on track for a 2017 debut, that Star Wars, Episode VIII will premiere in May 2017, and that Rogue One, the first Star Wars spin-off movie, will come in December 2016.
Oh, and yeah, they're admitting now that they are making Frozen 2, to the surprise of exactly no one.
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New DHS name: Disney Isles of Adventure? ;)
Sorry ... Couldn't resist.
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Add your suggestions in a comment, and I'll pick five for a Vote of the Week tomorrow.
Anyway, I wonder what scale the refurbishment of the park will be. I've never been to the park, but based on what I've heard (as well as my experience at the similar Walt Disney Studios Paris) it could be a candidate for a full makeover. Realistically, I'm guessing it will just be Star Wars Land and maybe one other major new attraction, along with some general refurbishments.
Simple, effective, and you can rebrand all the merchandise and packaging with white-out.
I've been pretty laissez-faire about the whole Frozen presence at Disney, but the sequel leaves me feeling a little cold (pun semi-intended). Frozen was based on The Snow Queen fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson, who also wrote The Little Mermaid. While not a direct translation (no Disney fairy tale movie has ever been really that remotely close to the source material), it still took key elements and reworked them for a modern audience. A sequel, should they pursue one, would require an entirely fresh story. Disney's done that with all their direct-to-video sequels (except the Lion King sequels) and those were mediocre at best and somewhat tarnished the reputation of the original. I suspect a Frozen sequel would suffer similarly.
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I respond: Re-branding a half day theme park with more meet & greets than rides (6 total) is hardly substantial.
That has my vote, lol.
"Excuse me are you a cast member here at Disnudios? Can you tell my where I can find exclusive Disnudios merchandise? Because I'm about to leave this Disnudios park, & I won't have time to call Disnudios customer service"
Hollywood Adventure would be fine. The working studio idea didn't work, and its time to move forward with it being a theme park. Changes need to be made to it as well, much more so than Epcot does.
Calling it "Disney's World Adventure" would be a good enough change. The Future World exhibits will still continue its duty to showcase innovations around the world. I do think they should gradually convert the many pavilions into Disney IP. The first few in consideration is Energy, Imagination, and Food. Energy has such a vast space, I can imagine smaller vehicles and more practical sets. How about a new trackless ride?
Imagination can be changed into a family roller coaster. The ride vehicle sits on a roller coaster like track. What if they did an "Escape from Gringotts" type ride in the space.
The Food pavilion houses the Body Wars ride vehicle. I still think they can use the ride vehicle with Disney IP. "The Incredibles" would be a great fit with the emphasis on superheroes, but "Big Hero 6" is the new superheroes in town and I would love to see them incorporate superheros with a health element into the ride. Imagine cross promotion of the Apple Watch and Baymax.
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