the WHY?! dept

I don’t care what they change the signs to – I’m still calling it MGM…

Disney-MGM Studios Will Change Its Name

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—Disney-MGM Studios is changing its name to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, starting January 2008.

“The new name reflects how the park has grown from representing the golden age of movies to a celebration of the new entertainment that today’s Hollywood has to offer—in music, television, movies and theater,” said Walt Disney World Resort president Meg Crofton in a statement.

“As a park all about entertainment, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will deliver like never before. Now we can say that Hollywood is literally our middle name,” Crofton wrote.

The park opened May 1, 1989.

Funny because if anything, I would’ve expected something more along the lines of Disney-Pixar Studios or something.


  1. Maybe it’s because, aside from a few things here and there, MGM hasn’t really done anything of note in… 20 years?

    They’ve got James Bond, right? That’s about it?

  2. Well, technically they also did The Wizard of Oz, Doctor Zhivago, Ben-Hur and a few other classics, but recently … Bond is about it.

    Also, since the late 80s, there have been issues between Disney and MGM because first MGM wanted to sue Disney because they were operating a working studio at the park, and then vise-versa because MGM wanted to build their own theme park out in Vegas. The marketing of Disney’s park has been touchy ever since (there are only certain contexts where they’re allowed to actually even use the MGM name, otherwise it’s just “The Disney Studios” or something, which by the way, I think would still be better than Disney’s Hollywood Studios).

    Anyways, I’m sure that they’re not at all heartbroken to get away from the whole MGM fiasco, even though Disney claims that that has nothing to do with it. Regardless, I still think their final choice is a really, really lame one!

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