Disney is Renaming Hollywood Studios - Again
At Disney's corporate shareholders meeting today, CEO Bob Iger revealed that Walt Disney World will rename the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park upon the completion of its transformation.
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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Disney's Hollywood Adventure
Why would they feel the need to change the name again? I don't get it.
Episode VIII in May 2017??? Wow, that would be a lightning fast production since they're still doing reshoots for Episode VII. My understanding was that the Trilogy films would come ever 3 years with spinoff in the 2 years in between. I can see the desire to get the Trilogy/pillar movies out of the Holiday release schedule and into the summer release schedule, but I don't know if they can produce a Star Wars film in 2 years while completing the one currently in post. It's a very ambitious schedule, and combined with the Marvel Civil War schedule would make Disney a Box Office Behemoth for the next 3 years.
My guess is it will change to "Disney Studios." The "Hollywood" moniker caused a lot of confusion with guests that were also visiting "Universal Studios." It brands the park far better.
Disney's film lineup for 2017 is insane: Star Wars 8, Guardians 2, Pirates 5, Toy Story 4, Thor 3, and whatever Disney cartoon will come out (too soon for Frozen 2?). Russell, "Behemoth" might be an understatement. Wow!
Disney Hollywood Adventure....That's the name I've seen bandied about most often.
I agree, Rob. I've heard Disney Hollywood Adventure. It's no longer, nor will it ever again be, an active production facility.
I suspect that Disney aims to treat Star Wars much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with multiple films in production at once and, ultimately, multiple releases a year.
Obviously this is another "knee-jerk reaction" demonstrating Disney's panic about the success of Universal's Harry Potter attractions.
There needs to be more panic. FP+ tickets sold out. People stop visiting Disney World because it is too crowded!!!
Disney's Other Park.... hahahaha
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Star Wars Land
They will probably make it Disney Studios to fit in line with Paris. Or Hollywood Adventure.
Disney's Acquisitions Park.
Disney's Pixar-Star Wars Land
3 Ride park - TS, TT, R N R coaster..
Well if they have to rename it than Disney Movie Land would be good.
The Park that remained to small
Disney's Holly Woody Wookie Adventure
Robert is there a way I can contact Disney or Marvel???
I would call the new park... and it's tagline:
My guess is that if they are planning to change the name, they are really going to change it, not to something that is basically the same.
How about Disney Cinematic Adventure? Though that would result in two DCAs.
Perhaps the most smirk-worthy irony of the expansion of the 'Star Wars' franchise's footprint is that the creative leader of its development is Scott Trowbridge - the guy who left Universal Creative to join the ranks of WDI.
AJ, at present DHS is something like 1/3 shut down by and area, with another 1/3 that could easily follow. It's more likely a drastic re-imagining of a park that was somewhat hastily imagined in the first place.
Disney Franchise Adventure
I like that one!
Disney's Conglomerate Land!
Actually Universal considered the "franchise adventure" thing when they embraced outside attraction concepts like Marvel, 'Ghostbusters,' 'Men In Black,' 'Barney,' 'The Simpsons,' Harry Potter, an army of comic strip characters that inhabit Toon Lagoon and Shrek ... They didn't think it would work
Disneys IP Kingdom or Disney-Pixar-Lucasfilm-Henson Adventure.
Disney's Magical Grotto of Movies. That way we can all just call it MGM again!
I suspect the other shoe may drop between August 14th and August 16th at the D23 Expo in Anaheim.
Iger suggested a possible expansion of the Disneyland Resort, but no third theme park. He did not say this is a definition decision so a third theme park could happen in the future. I wonder what the expansion should include? A new land in DCA? Downtown Disney expansion? A new hotel?
Disney's Wonderful World of Conglomeration
I've long believed that everything planned and under development at WDW has gravitated toward 2021 -- the Fiftieth anniversary. The infrastructure, resort renovations, DAK expansion and now DHS ... or ... whatever it's gonna be called.
I can't come up with a better name than those already suggested, so I'll just wait for the vote tomorrow. However, I will say that it would be somewhat foolish to rename it after what is currently regarded as the worst Disney park.
Disney's Fast Food Adventure
Mr. Niles uses the word "Renaming." I might assert the proper term MIGHT be "re-branding." And when it is re-branding at this level (the Bigs) that's ... substantial.
Thank you, Disney, for the name change! DHS just was not right. Though if they do add "Adventure" to the name, then I will give up all hope for this park, once my favorite and closest to my heart. I do not think Walt Disney Studios, the best name available, would work because of all the genius tourist that would get it confused with Walt Disney World.
I really don't care what they end up calling it but it would sure be nice for a real roller coaster to be introduced ANYwhere on Disney property at some point. ToT and RRR don't really fit the mold and Disney kids DO get older
Disneys Half Day Park
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We've Run Out of Original Ideas Continent
I saw this on another site...Iger & Stagg's Excellent Adventure
The Little Park That Couldn't
The only one i can think of that fits a Disney Corporate mind is... Cinema Kingdom.
Disneys Frozen Park (and other stuff too)
Disney's Ultimate Movie Park (DUM Park).
The new name will be "Something Something Something Darkside!!!!"
"Mr. Niles uses the word "Renaming." I might assert the proper term MIGHT be "re-branding." And when it is re-branding at this level (the Bigs) that's ... substantial."
Gabriel....said...."Disnudios"....SMH, I can't....
The park transformation has to be big, not a mere Star Wars Land add-on. I wonder what they have in mind. California Adventure had a big transformation, but the name didn't change although I felt it should be less tongue twisting. They should double the number of attractions to alleviate the extreme congestion of Toy Story Mania. The next park name change should be EPCOT for the obvious reason that it isn't EPCOT anymore and it just sucks as a theme park name.
I expect they'll remove the word "Studios" from the title. They want to sell the fun of the park, especially after possibly adding Star Wars and Toy Story attractions. I doubt we'll see anything new that fits with the Studio concept. Disney Hollywood Adventure sounds legit and connects to DCA.
AAron, what should Epot become? My idea would be Disney World Park. Replace Future World with a a harbor similar to DisneySea. By having the harbor and keeping the world showcase, the park would have finally have one theme. Test Track could could move to the Magic Kingdom and replace the Tomorrowland Speedway. I would hate to lose Epcot, even if its almost nothing like Walt's original idea, but it's time for a change.
Losing the EPCOT names doesn't mean a wholesale change of Future World. Why would you move a $200 million Test Track attraction to the Magic Kingdom? EPCOT attractions are HUGE. They don't fit in the smaller scaled Magic Kingdom.
Here is my suggestion: Disney's Anti-Studio or Disney's Lost Our Direction Park. I could also see the name Confusion Fusion Park.
How about Disney's Salute To All Movies But Mostly The Ones We Own That We Own, Heck There 's Only 3 Things In The Park That Aren't Based Off Something We Own And No We We Don't Have An Indiana Jones Ride We Just Have A Show But Hey You Can Ride Some More Star Wars Rides In 2018 But As Of 2015 We Barley Have Anything To Do And Good Luck Trying To Get Our Seat For Our Fantasmic But At least We Have Seats Adventure?
How about "We stole the idea from Universal Studios"
This is easy.. being 1/3 of the place is shut down for refurbishing..
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