American Idol Experience closing at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Attraction based on popular TV show

ORLANDO, Fla. – The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios is closing.

The attraction, a singing competition based on the TV show, will close in January.

The show, which debuted at Walt Disney World in 2009, includes a host and three judges who give feedback to the contestants.

"... we are very appreciative of the amazing cast and guests who have devoted their time and talent to make this experience special and memorable," a joint statement from Walt Disney World, FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment said.  "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 said three of the top 13 contestants on the TV show were  originally discovered through the American Idol Experience.

"We expect the attraction to continue providing top contestants for American Idol XIV in the coming year," the statement said.

It's not known what will replace the attraction.