PHOTOS: A Look Behind the Walls at the Wreckage of “Streets of America” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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As you have probably seen by now, demolition of the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios began over the weekend, making room for the Star Wars and Toy Story Lands that will make up the park’s expansion project. On Saturday, we were lucky enough to get a look behind the walls and see the demolition up close and personal. We have some pictures of what we found to share with you today.

Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition

A whole section of what was San Francisco is now gone as well.

Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition

While I’m sure some pieces were saved and sent to various places, large sections of the facade were simply torn apart in a matter of hours.

Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition

I will be curious to see how they hid the Muppetvision 3-D building from sight in Star Wars Land.

Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition

Lights, Motors, Action looms off in the distance…

Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition
Streets of America demolition

Goodbye Streets of america, you will be missed… but certainly the long overdue expansion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be a worth replacement.

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  • Thanks for following this so closely. I’ve been unable to get there to see some of the progress, so I really appreciate this.

    What does the progress look like from the Toy Story Midway Mania side? Is the entrance to the Backlot Tour gone yet? What about Honey I Shrunk the Kids?

  • Good Bye, Streets of America, i had a lot of memories with you, except for 2010 which we didn’t go there much.
    2005: Had my little sister lost in the HISTK play area and being scared of the Canyon on the Backlot Tour
    2007: Me and my older sister met Kim Possible and i(almost)met Lightning McQueen in that area
    2011: Saw the awesome Christmas lights.
    (R.I.P. New York Street a.k.a. Streets of America 1989-2016)

  • I wonder why the couldn’t just expand south of Studio Drive…i am sure developing that land would cost a lot, but they eventually needs to expand anyway.

  • I can remember times in mid-summer when you could go down to Streets of America during the day and the place would be deserted, maybe 5 or 6 people roaming around, when the rest of the park was full if not crowded. So I can understand why Disney wants to repurpose the area for something that promises to be spectacular. Still, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights are a very fond memory and family tradition that will never be again. Let’s hope the future will prove the loss will be outweighed by a wonderful new beginning.

  • Walt is not happy. It’s all about MONEY, very sad. You take away what makes us come back every year. Shame on you ! !

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