According to reports, Cast Members working at the American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios have been recently told that the attraction will be closing in early January 2015.
The live theme park show, based on the hit Fox TV series, opened in early 2009. Rather surprisingly, the show struggled to recruit performers from the guests at the park, and never really found its feet as a staple Studios attraction. With ratings also declining on the network TV show, it seems Disney may have taken the decision to cut the show once and for all.
According to those familiar with the situation, expect to see a reduction in the number of shows this summer, with a complete closure on or around January 4 2015.
Of most interest to fans of the park will be how Disney plan to use the area vacated by the show. Along with the vacant space next door at the former Sounds Dangerous stage, there is a considerable amount of space that can be repurposed as a new attraction.
Disney has not yet made any public announcements about the future of the show, so as always, this information should be treated as speculation until announced by Disney.
Jun 13, 2014 / 6:18pm EDT