PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

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Our latest photo report brings us back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to see the latest work on the two major themed-lands being added to the park, as well as on a  number of smaller projects. Let’s head on in…

Welcome to Hollywood!

Great Balls of Fire was playing on my radio while I was pulling in, which just made we wish that I had an ADR for the Sci-Fi-Fi Dine-In…

There is a lot of ground being ripped out around the perimeter of the park to run some new utility related pipes and wiring.

The large cranes towards the back of the park are quite visible from the parking lot.

PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

The current times guide for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

For a park that needs dining capacity, they don’t often keep many of the larger establishments open late.

Many more benches were installed around this planter and the roasted nuts cart has returned in a new location.

Toy Story Land

Work continues on the Toy Story themed land for the park, with dirt being moved just behind Toy Story Midway Mania at the moment.

You could make a little flip book of the next few pictures if you would like.

The desolate alley between Toy Story Mania and the former Jack Sparrow attraction offers a glimpse at the building for the Slinky Dog roller coaster, Slinky Dog Dash.

You can see it better in our last aerial flyover video:

PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

Dirt obscures the view behind the gate.

This and That

The signage o n the Joffrey’s cart by Tower of Terror was moved over so that guests could actually see the person serving them…

Billboards for Beauty and the Beast and Born in China up behind the Great Movie Ride.

PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

Sonny Burbank greeting guests outside of the Tower of Terror.

Fairfax Fare

We enjoyed a lunch at Fairfax Fair consisting of the salad and a giant baked potato.

A review of the baked potato can be found here, and a review of the new tex-mex menu here.

Mousecellaneous

The Fantasia projection in the Great Movie Ride has finally been switched to digital HD. This was the last screen in the ride to still utilize physical film.

The Disney Infinity play area in Star Wars Launch Bay is now closed. No word yet on what will replace it.

Additional signage was added outside of Red Carpet Dreams to make sure that guests know who is meeting there.

The remote control Mouse Droid is finally available, we found them at Tatooine Traders. They retail for $54.99 each.

It’s so nice to have a Tower of Terror…

Disney’s Hollywood Studios logo merchandise is now available inside Tower Hotel Gifts.

Guests can purchase a K2SO MagicBand at Star Wars Launch Bay.

PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

A set of Darth Vader and Stormtrooper hand towels are now on sale.

PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

It is $22.99 for the set.

The Darkroom and Cover Story are closed until March for refurbishment.

PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 1/26/17 (Star Wars & Toy Story Land, Goodbye Kermit & Darkroom, ETC.)

I took some pictures of the interiors before the closed as it is likely both shops will look quite different after they reopen.

Guests can meet Donald Duck outside of Sid’s currently.

Inside of Sid’s, guests will find the PhotoPass service center temporarily.

Star Wars Land

Work continues on the Star Wars themed land as the brick wall behind MuppetVision 3-D is now being torn down.

The Kermit the Frog hot air balloon should be coming down soon.

When will the ice cream fall?

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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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  • Your photo quality is great Tom. The parks, look like a freakin’ diseaster of boringness and construction. And the plans for new ‘lands’ are more sales joints, than looking like anything fun. I love Disney WAY more than Universal or others, but Disney is RAPING their brand here in Florida to make a buck, with as little put into it as possible. I have not been to their other parks, so I can’t speak for them. I know the crowds here at Disney are also more bleak, not so at Universal, and Disney is BETTER overall in what they own, and have done in the past. Any explanation why Tom? I know you visit a lot too.

    No wonder Comcast reported a 4X increase in their parks today, and Disney’s parks are down significantly, with huge discounts being offered to cast members and to foreign travelers mostly. Disney management needs a shake up. Very sad what they’re allowing to happen now, and the immediate future doesn’t look much better.

    • Our family has wondered what’s going on too. We have annual passes and live in Windermere. There’s many of ways they could have expanded Hollywood Studios without shutting down more attractions to put in less and then refurbished older areas. The ones they took out weren’t 100% sales generated, which we liked. Theme park is supposed to be fun too.

  • Behind the construction wall at near Muppets, there’s obviously still facade from SOA there. Do we know if they will be keeping this going forward & just absolve it into the Muppets Courtyard?

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