Disney has filed permit paperwork for what is expected to be a major project in Soundstage 1 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The soundstage which is located between Toy Story Mania and the Studio Backlot Tour, has recently been used as gift shop during Star Wars Weekends, a base for MyMagic+ testing, and most recently as the home to Wondering Oaken’s during Frozen Summer Fun.
Simply titled, ‘Project 3 – DHS Soundstage 1 Renovation,’ the permits do not give away any details, other than the expiration date of 9/30/2016, and Whiting Turner being involved in the project. The long expiration date for the permit suggests something on a large scale.
Adding further weight to a coming addition is the appearance of several key executives and Imagineers at the park today. WDI’s Tom Fitzgerald, Tom Staggs, George Kalogridis, and Meg Crofton were reportedly seen in the area of Soundstage 1.
Some recent rumors have suggested one possible use of Soundstage 1 may be for an expansion of Toy Story Mania to provide additional capacity. Personally, I’m not buying into that rumor. This appears to be a much bigger project than simply an expansion of Toy Story Mania. Other rumors for Soundstage 1 have also mentioned a Monsters Inc themed roller coaster attraction, expanding the Pixar Place mini-land.
The upcoming closure of the Studios Backlot Tour this weekend would appear to also be a significant step in this project, given its close proximity to Soundstage 1.
Disney has not yet commented on any expansion, or given any indication of what will replace the Studios Backlot Tour.