Interactive attraction closures have been pretty high in the past couple of years, especially in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Attractions such as the Backlot Tour (closed Sept 2014), the American Idol experience (closed Aug 2014), the Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow (closed Nov 2014) and One Man’s Dream (closed until Dec 2015) have all ceased operation. This holiday season is also the last time the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights will be displayed. In retrospect, it’s obvious all these closures were made because Disney wanted to allot room for Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land which will both be located within DHS.
It would appear that Disney is trying to compensate for all the closures of interactive attractions and lack of significant new ones for a while by creating a different type of interactive experience that is not truly an attraction. Yesterday Disney announced that DHS will be featuring a kid’s friendly dance party with an electric club atmosphere featuring Mickey and some of his closest pals. The DJ will be playing a mix of Top 40 Radio Disney music while pictures of classic animation fill the walls. If you and your little one get tired from all the dancing or just need a break before heading back out into DHS, there will be a cooled seating area, a snack table and a phone charging station. Disney Club will premiere December 5th, 2015 in the Sunset Showcase next to Rock n’ Roller Coaster.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve never really been a huge fan of the dance parties at Disney. Now, don’t get me wrong it’s not that they’re horrible; it’s just that they haven’t peaked my interest in the past. But, with that being said, I do think that this type of dance party/immersive experience will be great for the parents of small children. It offers a break from walking around the huge park and the relief for exhaustion and hunger. It’s also just really nice that Disney is adding this because it offers a different type of stimulus than rollercoasters for children (which all of the closed attraction also provided), offers a way for them to tire themselves out and maybe even a way to make a couple of friends to party with. All in all, I would say this will be worth checking out even if it’s just for the relief of walking or keep your little one occupied as you charge your phone.