A replacement for the long running Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage show has been rumored. Replacement rumors include a Villains show or a Tangled show.
October 27, 2020: Cast members are self reporting that Disney has announced the layoff of entertainment cast members at the following shows at Walt Disney World. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is among the shows with layoffs.
March 10, 2019: Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage reopened from refurbishment with no changes.
February 8, 2019: WDWMagic.com announced that Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be closed for refurbishment from February 24, 2019 – March 9, 2019. No significant changes are expected to the show during the refurbishment.
December 3, 2018: On Episode 190 of the Disney Dish Podcast, Jim Hill states that Disney is still considering replacing Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage with a Tangled show.
October 29, 2015: The Disney Parks Blog announced a new seasonal event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called, Club Villain. The event will feature many classic Disney Villains and debuts January 16, 2016. This is related to the casting call from August and does not appear to affect the Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage show.
August 28, 2015: WDWMagic.com user md1982 has reported that Disney has placed an audition on their auditions website the details of which are below:
Dr. Facilier – Male, 20s – 30s, 5’11” and above. A master of magic and voodoo. Charismatic baritone with pizazz. Sings “Friends On The Other Side.”
Comedic Male Actor– Inventive actor with a strong sense of comedic wit and timing. Portrays the club manager of Dr. Facilier’s Lounge. Well-polished with a bit of flair.
Also looking for female dancers.
Speculation is that this show would replace Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
August 11, 2015: WDWMagic.com user Chef Kronk has reported that a Villains show will be the replacement for Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage.
April 8, 2015: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that the Tangled: The Musical show that’s coming to the Disney Cruise line is still likely for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
April 2, 2015: The Disney Parks Blog reported that Tangled: The Musical is coming to the Disney Cruise Line this November.
August 17, 2014: WDWmagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that Tangled will not be replacing Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage.
August 10, 2014: On Episode 62 of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish podcast with Jim Hill, he mentioned that Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage may see updates based on the Broadway show that’s in production. The other option would be having the attraction replaced by a Tangled show.
July 9, 2013: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 has reported that Beauty and the Beast would be closing with no immediate replacement.
May 14, 2013: OrlandoParksNews.com has posted several rumors including a D23 announcement for the Beauty and the Beast show: A Princess and the Frog stage show.
May 13, 2013: Screamscape.com has posted a “Wild Rumor” that the theater structure for Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage may be in a state of disrepair. This would potentially lead to the theaters removal with a possible ride replacing it. Additionally this would provide access to the large area of land behind the theater.
September 24, 2012: WDWMagic.com user drew81 posted a rumor that the Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage should may be closing shortly after Chrsitmas to make way for a new stage show based on the movie Tangled.