This past weekend saw Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage give way to Disney Junior - Live on Stage, which we've seen as little more than a name change and an added scene. Basically, it was a glorified update to the attraction that proceeded it and it's perhaps one in a growing trend of updates that we could be seeing more of.
Often we view Disney World attractions as these never changing, tributes to the films they depict. Guests love the fact that they can return to Walt Disney World year after year and experience a favorite attraction in almost the same exact way they did in past vists. At Hollywood Studios, we've perhaps seen the most change to attractions than at any other American Disney park. The Playhouse Disney attraction had experienced updates to its lineup in the past to reflect what shows were on television and the new Disney Junior monicker is yet another update to reflect the programming block's new name and to replace one defunct show (My Friends Tigger and Pooh) with a new one (Jake and the Neverland Pirates).
Aside from Disney Junior, we saw Toy Story Midway Mania recieve a Toy Story 3 update last summer, the Tower of Terror received a brief update for Summer Nightastic in addition to the various ride sequence updates it had seen in years past. American Idol Experience recently updated its introduction to reflect the Season 10 introduction and of course Star Tours is closed currently to make way for a completely new update.
So with the updates we've seen at Disney's Hollywood Studios, perhaps there are other attractions that could benefit from a facelift. I'm not talking about complete makeovers (cough Backlot Tour cough), rather, attractions that are still viable but could get something new to keep them fresh. Just like Toy Story Midway Mania added a Toy Story 3 overlay, other attractions in the park could benefit from that sort of a change.
I know it's not even open yet, but once Star Tours: The Adventures Continue opens on May 20, it will feature 54 destinations that you could possibly see. But why limit yourself to just that? Once that new ride smell leaves and the glitz subsides, Imagineers could and should add even more destinations to keep this attraction from sliding out of prominence.
I love both of these stage shows but considering they've been giving performances for over 20 years, it may be time to add something new rather than replace them completely. Both of these shows have a rich musical selection to choose from and I'd love to see a new song sequence added to both. Considering they both have Broadway musicals based on them, it shouldn't be too difficult to find something to fit into the show. And considering both shows really skip over quite a bit of the second act of their respective films, it would go a long way to making the story flow better.
I'm not breaking any new ground with this idea, but I wouldn't mind seeing one or two scenes changing on this classic Disney attraction. I'm okay with the overwhelming majority of this attraction staying the same, but let's swap out a scene with something else. It doesn't even have to be a contemporary change. They could change Footlight Parade with Charlie Chaplin or Singing in the Rain with Ben Hur. Rather than spend a truckload of money to rehaul the entire ride, one or two scenes being changed would breathe new interest into this classic.