Idol Experience To Close in 2015

The Orlando Sentinel reports that American Idol Experience, a singing-competition attraction based on the popular Fox show, will close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios sometime in January 2015.

The attraction, which opened in Hollywood Studios in 2009, features theme-park guests as contestants. Winners of each show return for a grand finale at the end of the day.

The champion of that round, determined by audience vote, receives a “dream ticket” that lets the winner cut to the front of the line for auditions to the “American Idol” reality show.

“We are incredibly proud of the more than 2,000 Dream Tickets that have given guests a chance to live their very own Cinderella story and audition for American Idol,” Disney, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, the TV show’s production companies, said in a joint statement.

Three of the top 13 contestants of last season’s “American Idol” were discovered through the Hollywood Studios attraction, the release said.