An unofficial “half” refurbishment is taking place at a few attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here is the latest.
Unofficial refurbishment for Tower of Terror
While Hollywood Studios does not have any “official” refurbishments on the calendar, that does not mean work is not taking place throughout the park.
Tower of Terror has been under an unofficial refurbishment since the beginning of 2022. For the past 6 months, at least one elevator is closed. Oftentimes two elevators are closed. This creates exceptionally long wait times for the attraction. During peak hours of the day you may be waiting two hours to enter the 5th dimension.
This used to be a second tier ride that you could grab a Lightning Lane later in the afternoon or head to after your first rope drops of the day. Now it’s competing with Slinky Dog Dash and Rise of the Resistance.
Unfortunately, work continues on this attraction despite the length of time. By working on only a couple elevators at a time, this allows Disney to keep the ride open. Hollywood Studios can be a ridiculously hard park to tour due to the size of the park and the number of popular attractions.
Unofficial refurbishment for Alien Swirling Saucers
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Alien Swirling Saucers is not considered a headliner attraction. In fact, many skip it all together in favor of experiencing other attractions.
Most of the time, wait times only reach 30-45 minutes on a regular day. About a month ago, we noticed one of the ride vehicles on Alien Swirling Saucers was broken and unusable. Wait times continue to peak around 60 minutes which is a lot when you consider the popularity of the ride.
Half of the attraction remains in operation while the other half is surrounded by blue construction walls. Hopefully the issue is resolved soon so Guests can use both sides of the attraction once again.
What do you think of these “unofficial” closures or refurbishments? Do you like that they keep the ride half open, or would you prefer they just close the ride completely? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.