PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Hollywood Studios 7/12/18 (Skyliner, Toy Story Land, PIXAR Place Removal, New Galaxy’s Edge Preview, ETC.)

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Our latest photo report brings us to Disney’s Hollywood Studios just days after the opening of Toy Story Land.

Welcome to Hollywood

The Skyliner station for the park is much further along in construction than any of the others on property.

Lots of extra security tables out to help handle the Toy Story Land crowds.

This view will become harder and harder to see as more opens in the park.

Toy Story Land has been added to directional signage around the park.

Toy Story Land is also featured on the new park maps.

For a brief moment, the Alien Popcorn Bucket was available, but it sold out pretty quick. Guests can still get the Woody’s Lunch Box inspired popcorn buck though.

The new Disney Vacation Club booth near Toy Story Land has opened. It’s pretty nice and matches the park esthetic well.

The coolest feature is these charging stations, which include USB outlets. Of course, these are included at the booth so a DVC salesperson can start a sales pitch while you’re charging.

If you don’t want to head into the land, a cast member is selling Alien Sipper cups from a cart outside.

PIXAR Place was left open just to handle overflow crowds from Toy Story Land, but most of the props and such were torn away.

I don’t ever recall seeing PIXAR Place so empty.

All of the giant toys were removed to prevent confusion that this was part of Toy Story Land.

All signage for Toy Story Midway Mania is gone.

It’s worth noting that the area has since closed.

For some reason, Cruz Ramirez was still meeting guests. This offering is now gone.

Signage points guests to Toy Story Land.

Just A Year(ish) Away…

With Toy Story Land opening and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening next year, the exhibits in Walt Disney Presents were changed to just focus on Star Wars.

Here is a model of the transport ship that will act as the pre-show experience for the “Battle Escape” attraction.

A large model of the First Order AT-AT is on display.

A five minute film showcasing concept art and more from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge was also added:

Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land opened on June 30th to massive crowds, but they have been shrinking (pun intended) fast. Earlier this week, we shared our strategy to complete the new rides in the land in less than an hour with no FastPass+, so be sure to check that out.

 

Whether doing a show or just roaming, the Tree Army Men always seem to be out. It’s a nice touch that makes the land feel alive.

The Green Army Man is probably looking for shade in this new land. He’s not going to find it. Cast members and guests alike have been complaining that there is little shade from the sun in Toy Story Land, a real problem in Orlando in the Summer.

My personal favorite detail: the Alien Swirling Saucers sign is “snapped” into the marquee. Anyone who has ever assembled a playset will appreciate this.

Be sure to check out our full reviews of breakfast and lunch/dinner at Woody’s Lunchbox. The Monte Cristo is a staff favorite!

Yes, Slinky Dog Dash has reached wait times of 270 minutes, but it’s down to about 90 on average now.

The price tag on the book says $19.95, a reference to the year Toy Story was released in theaters.

A rather cute map on the load area wall shows Andy’s Backyard and the route of the coaster. Sadly, most of these were going to be scenes on the ride until they were cut from the budget.

The queue is very uncovered and brutally hot despite the fans. The covered queue isn’t much better thanks to the Florida humidity.

THERE’S COOTIES IN THE BATHROOM!

Restroom issues? More on that in a coming story…

Toy Story Land is certainly cute and charming, but it really shines at night thanks to a thoughtful lighting package. Alien Swirling Saucers has synchronized light to all 8 different songs that play.

Slinky Dog Dash is a very different experience between night and day. I guess you could say that the difference is like night and day…

This and That

Some cute new ear hat keychains for sale at Mickey’s of Hollywood.

Some new men’s tees for sale at Keystone Clothiers.

D-Tech on Demand has six different Toy Story Land MagicBand designs guests can choose from.

New “Power Couple” tees for sale, also at Keystone Clothiers.

The Walt Disney Records kiosk at Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster was turned into a face painting kiosk.

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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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  • The Rex price sticker actually references the release date of Toy Story, not just the year. In the top corners there is an 11 and a 22 with the price of $19.95. Toy Story was released on November 22, 1995.

  • Excellent details in this new land. Can’t wait to see it for myself right before Christmas. Too bad there isn’t more seating at Woody’s Lunchbox or any shade anywhere other than inside TSM’s queue but maybe someday they’ll work on that.

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