PHOTOS, VIDEO: Toy Story Land Entrance, Writer’s Stop Gutted, Star Wars Land Expands in Latest Studios Update

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Toy Story Land Entrance, Writer's Stop Gutted, Star Wars Land Expands in Latest Studios Update
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It has been a while since we have seen any major changes in the Hollywood Studios landscape, but now with the expansion of Disney’s Animal Kingdom complete, it’s full speed ahead to Toy Story Land and the much-anticipated Star Wars themed land.

We have a video of all of the construction to share with you below, but we’ll then share pictures and give you a more in-depth description of the work following that.

We start over by MuppetVision 3-D…

The former Writer’s Stop has been stripped down to its bare steel.

A lot of work now happening in the area the was New York Street.

The barrier of Star Wars Land is just steps away, still rising.

A look from the balcony of PizzeRizzo doesn’t reveal much.

Most of the facade of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is covered with tarps, with the image of Walt removed from the marquee.

The backside of the marquee is completely gone.

This area will be the entrance to Toy Story Land, but it remains unclear how this transition will work.

For now, it appears that these original structures from 1989 will survive the demolition.

At the end of PIXAR Place, the walls are now appropriately Star Wars-related, as Toy Story Land is not actually located on this side. The walls also extended right up to the exit of the 3rd track at Toy Story Midway Mania.

The walls feature the artwork for Star Wars Land, but it is strangely not-centered and instead located in an alley behind some trees.

A cast member access pathway is all that is down this alleyway.

As always, stay tuned for more updates on the expansion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios as it progresses.

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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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I feel like I’m accompanying you on a secret mission when you post little peeks like these– thanks for bringing all of us along!

Trace Caan
Trace Caan

Me too! I feel like I’m right there standing on a trash can with him.


Help me understand how things are going to work Tom. Looks like they are keeping part of New York St. to go along with the Muppets area. What are they going to do with Star Tours and the shop? It’s not in Star Wars Land. I understand that Launch Bay is probably temporary and most of that will be sent over once SWL opens. Any ideas from your end or what you have heard?