The Examiner, knowing how the Mouse managers think, believes that the Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be renamed Disney’s Hollywood Adventure once the being built-Star Wars land rolls out.
Listed below are the reasons that this name change would make sense and is likely to occur.
Naming for clarity – The studio park has slowly evolved its name to more accurately reflect reality. Beginning as the Studio Tour, it was renamed Disney-MGM Studios prior to opening, and then Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park because of the lack of film production. Once the lack of filming was apparent to park visitors, the name reverted to Disney-MGM Studios. When the MGM name became too costly to rent, the park became Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Changing the name to Disney’s Hollywood Adventure is another small, incremental step towards clarity that would finally drop the movie making fiction.
Closing attractions – Many of the movie making attractions have closed. Closed attractions include The Studios riding and walking tours, Sounds Dangerous, The American Idol Experience, and (upcoming) the Art of Disney Animation. Remaining attractions pay homage to Hollywood without explanations of how films and TV shows are made.
Maintaining Hollywood – Disney’s Hollywood Studios features a main street that is all Hollywood. Rebuilding that entire street is unnecessary. It would be far more cost effective to maintain that street and the other existing aspects of Hollywood while dropping all the movie making attractions.
Aligning with California – The Disney Company built Disney’s California Adventure to celebrate the California experience. Guests response was lackluster. Many skipped the Disney fictionalized version and opted instead to see the real thing right outside the park gates. Disney, recognizing this reality, eventually gave the park an extreme makeover. It became, instead of modern-day California, a recreation of the California Walt Disney would have experienced in 1930s-40s. The entryway to the park and its main street were redesigned to mirror the entryway to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Aligning the two parks names would make sense. Attractions, food offerings and merchandise developed for one would then fit in the other.
Given these factors, this examiner believes that someday soon we will be seeing the advent of Disney’s Hollywood Adventure. Perhaps then that park will have a name it can keep forever.