While not an official announcement, the new Mickey Mouse ride is just another change happening at Disney Hollywood Studios which is becoming a whole different theme park from when it first opened. The concept for the Disney MGM Studios (the original name of the theme park) was to operate much like Universal Studios Hollywood where both movies and TV shows would be filmed on site and guests could see the magic of movie-making on tram tours and stage shows. A handful of TV shows and movies did actually film there once upon a time, but it didn’t continue for long. The Art of Animation building actually featured Disney animators and guests to watch them working on upcoming Disney films. Over time, the park began to phase out certain shows, took out the animators, cut down on the length of the tram tour and then took it away completely.
Recent changes to Disney Hollywood Studios have included the increased Star Wars presence including the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show, the construction of an all new Toy Story-themed land and the latest news regarding the old Pizza Planet restaurant being re-themed as PizzeRizzo, named after the Muppet character Rizzo the Rat.
All four the Florida Disney theme parks and the two southern California parks are being re-tooled in big and small ways to keep up the completion that Universal’s theme parks are creating, but not all of the plans are sitting well with fans.