PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Hollywood Studios 5/3/17 (New York Street Lives, Pirates Preview, Star Wars & Toy Story Land, ETC.)

Our latest photo report brings us to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the midst of Disney’s Hollywood Studios appreciation week for a look around at what’s new and exciting in tinsel town. Ready when you are C.B.!

Hooray for Hollywood

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Streetmosphere characters Mayor Sonny Burbank and Evie Starlight welcome guests to the park.

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Officer Percival Peabody of the Hollywood Police Department also ensures that guests walk, and not run to their first destination.

Happy 28th Anniversary

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On May 1st 2017, Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrated its 28th birthday!

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The park of course opened as the Disney-MGM Studios in 1989, changing its name in Early 2008.

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The only opening day attraction left standing at this point is the Great Movie Ride, but rumors persist of even that closing in the next 2 years.

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MagicBand 2.0

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For whatever reason, the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival MagicBand is now available at the Studios.

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A number of older designs have been updated for the MagicBand 2, some even using the new white and black band base colors.

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Star Wars Launch Bay

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40th anniversary banners remain outside of Star Wars Launch Bay.

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Wait times for the character meet and greets have been short lately. Chewbacca was posted as 20 minutes.

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Only 15 for Kylo Ren.

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Even the new BB-8 meet and greet has had short wait times.

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That sadly hasn’t stopped guests from destroying the walls…

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It’s a pretty cute meet and greet experience if you haven’t seen it yet:

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New designs celebrating the 40th anniversary of Star Wars can be found at the D-Tech on Demand location inside of Star Wars Launch Bay.

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Skywalker Vineyards wines are also available now. We actually bought a bottle and tried the new flight at the Brown Derby, so we will dedicate a post to this in the coming days.

PIXAR Displaced

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Work continues on the Star Wars and Toy Story themed lands.

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This barrier for Star Wars land continues to rise over the walls.

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A peek through the walls at the beginning of PIXAR Place reveals the current state of Toy Story Land.

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There appears to be a structure of some kind being erected in the middle of the Slinky Dog Dash rollercoaster now.

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It appears that the coaster will barrel through it, whatever it is.

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These pics from a few days later show some progress on the walls going up at the other end of PIXAR Place.

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Pirates of the Caribbean: One Man’s Dream

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The Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales preview has moved in at Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream.

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The Moana meet and greet recently closed inside, leaving us to believe that the Star Lord and Groot meet and greet coming will be located here.

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The exit is currently boarded up as well.

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A costume worn by Javier Bardem in Dead Men Tell No Tales is now on display.

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The preview is quite good, leading me to believe we might just be returning to form in the series.

New York Street Lives!

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It is now certain that this lone standing section of New York Street will remain as modifications are being made to the structure.

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Meanwhile, Star Wars Land rises next door.

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Not only are the facades being touched up, but new elements are being added.

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A new awning was installed at the end of the street.

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With much of the original signage stripped, it will be interesting to see what becomes of this area.

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The former Writer’s Stop lies behind walls, amidst rumors that this may be the Club 33 location for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. How cool would it be to either here through a facade on New York Street?

Star Tours

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No trip to Hollywood Studios is complete without a ride on Star Tours.

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In Tatooine Traders, a number of new items can be found.

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The Droid Factory Build Your Own Astromech experience has moved towards the back of the store now.

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Build Your Own Protocol Droid now occupies the former space of the Astromech experience.

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Two new hoodies for sale, both $59.99 each.

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Time for New Merchandise Dr. Jones

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Some new Indiana Jones merchandise was recently released, including this puzzle for $19.99.

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Cars 3

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A selection of Cars 3 merchandise has moved in at Reel Vogue on Sunset Boulevard.

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Little Green Merchandise

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How cute is this Little Green Men emoji pillow?

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I also love this Little Green Men light-up bowling game that recently showed up.

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This and That

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Not only are the trolley lines back on Sunset Boulevard, they now run the entirety of the length of the street!

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How cool is that?

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I had my fortune told on Sunset Boulevard for free…

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Night Falls on the Studios

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I often find Hollywood Studios to be the prettiest of the four parks in the evening thanks to the neon lighting all around.

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Goodnight Studios!

6 comments

  1. Charles

    Those structures you mentioned that the Slinky Dog Coaster would race through … Weren’t there rings in the concept art that the track was supposed to run through? Could the structures be those?

    In any case, I always love seeing the construction progress, so thanks for putting these together.

  2. Chris P. Bacon

    Agreed on Studios at night, but it looks like a lot of burned out lighting. Was it as noticeable in person?

  3. Ryan Serowinski

    Still waiting on what would happen to the P&F meet, I would love to see a SVTFOE meet in place by the end of May

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