That name change for Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Not so fast, my friends.
The name of Walt Disney World’s most in-flux theme park will remain the same for the “foreseeable future,” according to a Wednesday post on the official Disney Parks Blog.
At the tail-end of a post about the Alien Swirling Saucers ride at the upcoming Toy Story Land is a paragraph about the park’s name. It reads: “In response to questions we have been receiving, we also want to let fans know that the Disney’s Hollywood Studios name will remain the same for the foreseeable future since we are immersing our guests in a place where imagined worlds of Hollywood unfold around them from movies and music, to television and theater.”
Toy Story Land is scheduled to open this summer at Hollywood Studios, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions are expected in 2019.
The subject was broached at a Walt Disney Co. shareholders meeting in 2015. Disney CEO Bob Iger responded to a name-change question by a 6-year-old.
“It's not announced. We used to be MGM Studios, we changed to Hollywood Studios and we're doing some significant work there right now that I guess will result in a name change," Iger said at the time. "Now we can announce that. It's not been announced, right? No.
"We'll announce that we're changing the name, but we won't announce what we're changing it to. How's that?"
At that point, neither “Toy Story” nor “Star Wars” projects had been announced for DHS, but change was in the air. The big ol’ sorcerer's hat, had been removed, and the American Idol Experience and Studio Backlot Tour had been closed. The Great Movie Ride — now also shuttered — was undergoing tweaks then.
The park opened as Disney-MGM Studios in 1989 and switched to become Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2008.
More recently, buzz around social-media circles — frequently presented as rumor — had Disney changing the name to something that incorporated the word “Cinemagine,” an apparent blend of “cinema” and imagine.”