Of all the parks at Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has arguably altered the most since its opening in1989 While originally planned to be both a functioning studio and destination for informing visitors on the film industry, the park today is all about putting visitors into the movies. So for today’s installation of Tourist attraction Archaeology, we’re digging for antiques from a past tourist attraction which best recorded the park’s initial vision: the Studio Backlot Tour!
Archaeology What was the Studio Backlot Trip?
When the park initially opened, its piece de resistance was the two-hour Backstage Studio Trip. Guests boarded a cable car where Star Wars Introduce Bay lies today to visit outside sets and experience an unique effects presentation at Disaster Canyon. The second half of the tour was a strolling tour. Guests experienced other special impacts demonstrations, in addition to illustrations in sound, editing, and animation.
Over the next few years, the Backstage Studio Trip experienced frequent modifications, and its length was significantly reduced. In 1996, it was relabelled the Studio Backlot Trip. The entrance was moved to where the strolling trip once started. Likewise, the water tank special impacts presentation, which would have a Pearl Harbor theme throughout the 2000 s until the attraction closed in 2014, functioned as the tourist attraction’s pre-show.
After the demonstration, visitors got in a prop storage facility showing props from films and television programs. It functioned as the line for the tram portion of the destination.
The tram portion altered rather a bit through the years. Some of the sights guests took pleasure in included the park’s greens department with character-shaped topiaries, a costume department, the Boneyard filled with prop vehicles from different films and television shows, and the finest view of the park’s original icon, the Earffel Tower.
For a variety of years, the cable car drove visitors down property street where the outside shots for the Golden Girls television series and Ernest Conserves Christmas was shot. Nevertheless, this street was gotten rid of, and the trip was rerouted for the Lights, Motors, Actions! Severe Stunt Show in 2003.
The ending and emphasize of the Studio Backlot Trip was Catastrophe Canyon. Here visitors experienced an incredible special results show consisting of a simulated earthquake, falling power lines and fire effects, and after that a massive flash flood and extra water impacts.
Archaeology Why Did it Close?
Sadly, the initial vision of the Studio Backlot Tour was never ever fully recognized because actual production never ever actually got off the ground at Disney-MGM Studios. The tourist attraction closed September 27, 2014 and was changed by Toy Story Land and parts of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Archaeology Where Can You Find Remnants of the Studio Backlot Trip?
When entering Star Wars Release Bay, visitors may observe a big opening at the back of the structure. This was the original entrance for the Backstage Studio trip before it became the Studio Backlot Trip. The rest of Star Wars Launch Bay is what stays of the Magic of Disney Animation. This structure belonged to the tour during the destination’s early years. Even today, there are still indications and design elements in the nearby area motivated by the destination’s original signs and color palette.
While this has yet to be confirmed, some say the toy aircraft and helicopter showed in the exit of Toy Story Land’s Toy Story Midway Mania may be a nod to the automobiles from the trip’s Boneyard. Also, the rock work behind Centuries Falcon: Smuggler’s Run might be an ode to the rock canyon of Disaster Canyon because they both occupied the very same vicinity.
Last but not least, the old mining equipment discovered around the Stone Ridge Cove Pool at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge was re-purposed from Disaster Canyon.
While I enjoy what the Disney Parks need to use now, I likewise take pleasure in discovering antiques and homages to the magic and memories that came before and their existence in the parks today. Did you ever experience the Studio Backlot Trip? If so, please share your experiences!