On April 1, 2009, a friend of mine, Jeff Davis, and I pulled a heck of an April Fool's Day prank: Lets tell listeners of our Disney radio program that The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is closing indefintely. This was around the time that a lady tried to sue Disney for allegedly stopping her from riding the attraction continuously. She said she had a medical condition and riding the elevators of The Hollywood Tower Hotel made her feel good. Strange, yes.
Anyhow, the prank played out on-air like Jeff went down to Disney's Hollywood Studios where Jay Rasulo, Senior Executive VP and CFO of the The Walt Disney Company, announced that the Tower of Terror is no more.
After the prank was over at the end of the show, we all had a good laugh on and off the air about it.
But that got me to thinking: What if The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror wasn't part of Disney's Hollywood Studios anymore? What if the grand masterpiece that is was "once a beacon for the showbusiness elite" sat empty? Scary, you bet.
What would the next most popular attraction be in the Studios? Likely Toy Story Mania or Rock 'n' Rollercoaster.
But then you think back to the early 90's and...none of this WAS there. Which brings me to my next point.
The evolution of Disney's Hollywood Studios in the past decade and a half has been fascinating! The classic, original attractions such as Star Tours and Muppet Vision still exist and are truly loved by all to this day. But now, if you mix in Pixar, Aerosmith, Tower of Terror and more - it has evolutionized in to a whole new park, more than just a studio's backlot.
Disney's Hollywood Studios has the potential to grow even more - and this is where I hand it over to you. What do you want to see added to Disney's Hollywood Studios? What attraction are you wanting to either come back, or have Imagineers create?
The possibilities are endless - and I'd like to see your thoughts!