UPDATE: Half of the rumor can be confirmed. The Studio Backlot Tour will be closing on September 28th. The original article is below.


With Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post leaving Soundstage 1, rumors of a third track for Toy Story Midway Mania are starting to pick up steam, but that’s not the best of it!  It looks like an expansion to Pixar Place is in the works for the entire Backlot area.

SC2-81 Catastrophe Canyon September 1999


Operating hours for the Studio Backlot Tour, Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set, Coke Bottle Food Stand, Studio Catering Company, and the High Octane Refreshments all end by October 11. In essence, that entire area could be closed in three weeks! All other attraction operating hours for Disney’s Hollywood Studios run through January. So either all of these attractions, that are close in proximity, are missing those dates as part of a scheduling glitch, or they are closing to make room for something better!



Here’s a look at the affected area:



So what would this something better look like? It could be anything, but the internal rumor mill points to an expansion of Pixar Place into a true land. What do you think Disney could be bringing to this area? Let us know in the comments section below!


Credit to WDWNT (seriously, check out their site, it’s awesome)


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  • Minnie Mouse is the best

    Monsters University land, Gusteau’s restaurant, an attraction where you travel through the different Pixar movies by going through doors as in Monsters Inc., the house from Up, CARS raceway

    • Mike Hannaford

      I know I would love a ride through the Monsters Inc. doors!

  • Vanessa Gordon

    Well, it is actually also next door to Star Tours, and I’ve already heard news conferance hints at a larger SW presence in DHS…so look and listen, I hear the Star Wars Theme ….

    • Mike Hannaford

      Star Tours is at the end of the Streets of America. I’ve heard that the Muppets area is on the chopping block for the Star Wars expansion, but it’s just rumblings as of now

  • disneywfan

    How about the long rumored Monsters Inc. rollercoaster, Radiator Springs Racers, a Bugs Life dark ride,

    • mike

      I’d love to see them overhaul Honey I Shrunk the Kids into Bug Life and make it more adult friendly

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  • Star Wars!!!