Disney-MGM Studios will be renamed Disney’s Hollywood Studios, effective January 2008, according to Meg Crofton, president of Walt Disney World Resort. “The new name reflects how the park has grown from representing the golden age of movies to a celebration of the new entertainment that today’s Hollywood has to offer — in music, television, movies and theater,” she said. Crofton also said that the park will soon welcome new attractions and experiences. “As Disney continues to grow and invest in our family entertainment business, we constantly explore new ways to deliver high-quality, immersive experiences for our guests,” she said. “As a park all about entertainment, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will deliver like never before. Now we can say that Hollywood is literally our middle name.”
Among the new offerings will be Toy Story Mania, an interactive competition inspired by Disney Pixar’s “Toy Story” films. Past a queuing area featuring a giant Mr. Potato Head, guests grab 3-D glasses, board ride vehicles and zip into a world of midway-style games hosted by many of “Toy Story” characters including Woody, Hamm and Rex. The attraction will debut next summer. Block Party Bash, an interactive parade, will be another new feature. When it debuts next spring, guests will be invited to rock to retro music and enjoy acrobatics as 20 Disney Pixar Film Pals fill the theme park streets. This immersive rolling spectacle will feature favorite characters from “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “A Bug’s Life.” This parade will replace the Disney Stars and Motor Cars parade.
Additionally, Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage! will feature a new cast from Playhouse Disney as of next February while Disney High School Musical 2: School’s Out! will feature new songs when it replaces High School Musical Pep Rally this fall. Plus, Disney Channel stars JoJo and Goliath and the Little Einsteins welcome guests in the Animation Courtyard next to “Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage!” and will be joined for the first time by Handy Manny later this year. Disney’s Hollywood Studios will also host the Harlem Gospel Choir from Nov. 30 to Dec. 25, 2007.