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The American Idol Experience has ended

The lights were still on after the final American Idol Experience show
The lights were still on after the final American Idol Experience show
Paula Kennedy

The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios has officially come to an end. The final show was held at 7:00pm on Saturday, August 30, 2014. The live competition opened on February 14, 2009.

While the theater was often half-empty during the show's less than five year run, it was filled to capacity for the finale. The pre-show featured Mark Daniel on stage to warm up the crowd, but the air was already filled with energy. Three other show warm up cast members joined him for the finale.

The three female finalists had won the day's earlier shows, and they all sang their hearts out. In the end, it was Jessica Jarvis who walked away with the final Dream Ticket. Jessica had turned 14 just days earlier, so she was barely old enough to compete.

The judges for the finale were Patte DePova, Angela Napoleon, and Jon Barr. Greg Hutson was the host. Walt Disney World has not announced any future plans for the theater.