The operating day has just ended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and with it the sun has set on the final day for the park’s Studio Backlot Tour and Catastrophe Canyon. The behind-the-scenes tram tour, which saw its closing day of operations today (Saturday, September 27, 2014), ended its career a pale shadow of its former self. But the tour originally served as the thesis attraction of the Disney/MGM Studios park, much as Spaceship Earth is for Epcot and Killimajaro Safaris for Animal Kingdom.
What was once a multi-part, multi-hour tour that delved into nearly every aspect of old-school movie making had long ago been whittled down to a brief special effects water tank demonstration, followed by a tram ride through the park’s mostly dormant backlot. Even so, there were still glimmers of the epic original attraction to be found along the Studio Backlot Tour, especially in its explosive Catastrophe Canyon centerpiece, which continued to wow guests right up until closing day.
I took a nostalgic lap around the Studio Backlot Tour earlier in the week, and captured the following video of the the Catastrophe Canyon climax as a reminder of what once made this attraction, and the park that was built around it, so memorable.
Disney is thus far officially mum on what may replace the Studio Backlot Tour, and the largely dormant soundstages that surround it, though reliable rumors suggest an expansion of Toy Story Mania and other Pixar-themed attractions may be on the drawing board. In the meantime, raise a glass to the Studios that once were, and bid farewell to the original ideal of filmmaking edutainment that is now apparently extinct inside Walt Disney World.
Will you miss the Studio Backlot Tour and Catastrophe Canyon? Leave your memories of the attraction in the comments below!