PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 9/19/17 (Goodbye Backlot & New York Street, No Drinking Water, New Mugs, ETC.)

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In our latest photo report, we take a dark and dreary evening trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see the latest progress on the demolition around the back of the park, as well as some other minor changes and newsworthy happenings. Welcome to Hollywood!

New Mugs & Tumblers

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For some reason, Walt Disney World is currently rolling out dozens of new mugs and ceramic tumblers at the resort. I know mugs are one of the highest selling items at the parks, but I have never seen so many released at once, including the character sports team variety we had in our last Studios report.

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Bye-Bye Backlot

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The entrance of thew Backlot Studio Tour and the remains of the tank pre-show are were completely bulldozed over the last week.

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The end of PIXAR Place is now just a big open sky and some construction vehicles.

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This panorama does a pretty good job showing off the current scene. You may also want to check out this week’s expansion update for video of the area, as well as the removal of New York Street:

Cash Register Turns Dangerous Coloring Station

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I have seen some weird and wacky things at the parks in my time, but this is easily one of the weirdest… the second bank of cash registers at the Studio Store has been turned into a coloring station.

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That’s right, this store is down from 3 cash registers to 1, and the larger bank of registered was covered into a coloring station.

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While it is a nice gesture, it looks pretty terrible as it is a ragged piece of furniture that has been there for 25 years and is fairly decimated at this point. Beyond that, it has had Disney Junior characters shoddily laminated and plastered all over it.

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The worst part? There are easily exposed electrical outlets. While we had to peel this one back to find them, they were very much exposed nearby.

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I feel like this is something I might find at a Six Flags, but never any a Disney theme park. Hopefully this will be corrected.

Sorry, We Have No Water

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During construction on Saturday, a water main was struck, forcing Disney to close all of the park’s water fountains. On the plus side, any guest who asked about the water fountains was offered a complimentary bottle of water from a nearby location.

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Streets of America is No More

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Just the Chrysler building facade now stands at the end of the street where New York Street once stood.

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The walls were expanded outward to accommodate the latest phase of the demolition.

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I’m not sure why this one piece got left behind…

New Merchandise Stands

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A number of new merchandise carts and stands are on their way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the first of which arrived in Center Stage over the weekend.

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It carries on the art deco styles of the area, and actually is a big improvement over the silver carts that once stood here.

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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  • When you say you hope they correct it, what do you mean? They aren’t going to remove the cash register booths until they do a complete renovation of the stores. This won’t be awhile. Their removal will leave a giant hole that needs to be patched or they will replace the entire carpet. They can surely just remove the electrical panel or merely cover it up with a blank panel. This all takes effort. The coloring station will still remain, or perhaps just solve the problem by not having a coloring station and turn it into a merchandise display.

    • I think he means to correct the situation with the exposed/easy-to-get-to electrical outlets and other hazards that little fingers of budding artists shouldn’t get near.

  • I am not as familiar with the vistas around the Studios. It would be cool if you could post before and after shots from time to time.

  • I miss the old streets they tore down but I guess nothing can stay like it was. Seems like entire park is being turned upside down. What I really miss is the lights at Christmas reason being living in FL when you went there it made you feel like Christmas and the weather usually was cooler and having hot chocolate with family it made memories for our family. We only did it a couple times but it was something Mom always spoke of every year at Christmas until she passed away two years ago. Now all the walls are gone but nice while it lasted! ?❤️

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