Frequent park guests to Disney’s Hollywood Studios were quick to notice the construction walls being placed up in front of the bronze busts of notable celebrities at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza this week. While speculation is running rampant that these busts are being removed, we have it on good authority that the busts are just being updated with more modern celebrities.
Currently, the busts of Desi Arnaz, Bea Arthur, Lucille Ball, Diahann Carroll, Dick Clark, Andy Griffith, Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Barbara Walters, Betty White, Oprah Winfrey, and some dude named Walt Disney are displayed. Realizing that most park guests are unaware of who these people are, Disney has decided to update the busts with more current celebrities.
“We realized that many of our guests just walk right passed the busts,” admits Thomas Jefferson Geronimo III, Vice President of Disney’s Bronze Busts Division. “We took on the initiative to add the busts of more current celebrities, while still choosing people that we feel are incredible actors, upstanding individuals, and model citizens.”
The new busts will be as follows:
- John Cena, for his work as John Triton in The Marine
- Lynn Collins, for her work as Dejah Thoris in John Carter
- Ted DiBiase Jr, for his work as Joe Linwood in The Marine 2
- Chris Kattan, for his work as Corky Romano in Corky Romano
- Jennifer Lopez, for her work as Ricki in Gigli
- Melissa McCarthy, for her work as Tammy in Tammy
- Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, for his work as Sgt. Jake Carter in The Marine 3
- DJ Qualls, for his work as Dizzy in The New Guy
- Julia Roberts, for her work as Liz Gilbert in Eat, Pray, Love
- Pauly Shore, for his work as Bones Conway in In the Army Now
- Sharon Stone, for her work as Catherine Tramell in Basic Instinct 2
- John Travolta, for his work as Terl in Battlefield Earth
A final bust will be a bust of Sofia Vergara’s bust.
“We are very excited to add a new cast to our Hall of Fame Plaza,” Geronimo continued. “These celebrities are deserving of the honor and should be recognized for practicing their craft at the highest level.”
Geronimo went on to explain that the scheduled opening was moved up, since busts for Mike “The Miz” Mizanin and John Cena have already been completed, and will be on loan from Mizanin himself.
We reached out to the celebrities above to get their reaction and DJ Qualls was the only one to respond in time for our publication.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Hall of Fame Plaza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios,” Qualls said. “I am a little concerned, however, on how they plan to create my bust. Any bronze statues I’ve had made in the past have always had the nose fall off… something about not having enough of a support structure to keep it attached.”
Keep your eyes on TyphoidLagoon.com for updates on this exciting project!