It looks like even more changes are coming to the Walt Disney World resort. A recently distributed Disney survey is hinting at some possible significant changes coming to Hollywood Studios.
The park, which will soon be the home of both Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, looks like it will be getting a name change for the second time since its opening as Disney-MGM Studios in 1989. Some of the names being discussed in the survey look, interesting, to say the least.
- Disney Hollywood Studios
- Disney Kaleidoscope Park
- Disney Storyverse Park
- Disney Hyperia Park
- Disney Beyond Park
- Disney Cinemagic Park
- Disney Legends Park
- Disney XL Park
- Disney Cinemagine Park
10 out of 10 for imagination. But I can’t say I’m overly hyped for the idea of “Disney Hyperia Park.” I could get behind Cinemagic though, as it ties closely with the original MGM Studios’ beginnings.
As if the new names weren’t enough, the survey also contained some juicy info on other proposed changes to the overall park experience:
“Enter this newly named Disney Theme Park and completely immerse yourself in the realm of some of your favorite stories. Step into imagined worlds made real and take the lead in an adventure that surrounds you at every turn. From the edge of the galaxy to the imaginative world of toys, familiar locales become the settings of exhilarating quests to call your own. Explore them all alongside world-renowned Characters, and a supporting cast made up of your family and friends. Magnificent memories are unbound as you discover this collection of amazing adventures together.”
Given the company’s seeming urgency on pushing “immersive” experiences – with the immersive hotel experience at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the Star Wars VR experience soon to be replacing DisneyQuest, and Disney’s description of the new Explorers Lodge hotel at Hong Kong Disneyland as “one of the most immersive resort hotels we’ve ever created” – this new direction for the park feels very in-line with what we’re likely to be seeing more of from Disney theme parks in the future.
Add all of this excitement to the changes at Epcot, the rumored further expansions at the Animal Kingdom and the overhaul of Tomorrowland at Magic Kingdom, and it looks like the Disney World we know today is set to transform by the time the resort’s 50th anniversary comes round in 2021. We’re ready for the change, for sure. But please Disney, for Hollywood Studios, “XL Park” is just one step too far.