Anyone who’s been there knows the layout of Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be a bit confusing to navigate. This is especially true in the park’s backlot areas. Fortunately, Disney realized this and placed a series of signs around the park to direct guests towards any location they might be trying to find.
An image of Mickey Mouse reading a map located on top of the sign pictured above, which can be found on the Streets of America, explains its purpose quickly and visually with a touch of Disney fun. Perhaps the image is also meant to be a comfort to lost guests in that it shows even someone who spends as much time at Walt Disney World as Mickey Mouse himself needs to check the map once in a while too. At the rate things are changing within the park, though, finding you way around will no doubt get even more confusing once all the construction walls go up.
Much like a tourist reading this sign, Hollywood Studios itself has reached a crossroads. No longer a working movie studio, the park is in the process of creating a new identity for itself as a park that seeks to make you a part of your favorite movies rather than take you behind the scenes of them. Over the last year, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has begun closing more and more of its attractions with even more closures rumored to follow in the near future. In fact, two of the attractions listed on this sign have closed just in the year between when this photo was taken and today. All of this is in preparation for a major redesign of the park that will start with massive new lands inspired by “Star Wars” and “Toy Story,” both of which were announced at the D23 Expo over the weekend.
Whenever any major changed come to the parks, there are generally two reactions. One, of course, is excitement over getting something new. However, it can also be sad saying goodbye to so many classic attractions we’ve known and loved over the years. Hopefully the end results will be worth the losses in order to bring much needed new life and new direction to the park.
What are you most looking forward to as part of the expansions going on at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Let me know in the comments section!