PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Hollywood Studios 10/31/18 (Tatooine Traders Overhaul, Skyliner & Bus Loop Construction, Galaxy’s Edge, New Merchandise, ETC.)

Our latest photo report brings us back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios…

Hooray for Preferred Parking

Work continues on the new bus loops for the park at a feverish pace.

Luckily temperatures have finally cooled down, but the sooner this temporary bus loop is behind us, the better.

Foliage and pavement is all already in place, just awaiting the completion of these bus shelters.

Some are further along than others.

Work continues on the Disney Skyliner station, as well as the mystery structure.

Until completed, this is still how guests enter Hollywood Studios.

On the left side, it looks as if we have a new disability and preferred parking lot. Considering the layout of the parking lot and how close this is to the entrance, this might actually be worth preferred parking once Galaxy’s Edge opens.

Almost there…

We suspect this work closer to the park entrance will be the new security checkpoint, or at least part of it.

Paint fumes were pouring into the guest walkway from the Disney Skyliner station.

They Already Wrecked It

Ralph Breaks the Internet Disney Princess phone cases can be found at D-Tech on Demand kiosks in the park.

So, will there actually be anything with Ralph on it or are we only selling characters from other movies?

If you don’t want to wait, some devices have these cases already packaged for purchase.

A new Luxo Lamp ornament for sale.

Updated signage at Legends of Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard.

The sequin Spirit Jerseys have arrived.


Not to be outdone, there are some other glitter apparel options.


More Holiday items continue to put in, including this ceramic, light-up castle for $64.99.


A little pricey at $69.99, but I love this tree skirt.

All of the ceramic attraction icon ornaments can be found at most locations now. They’re $24.99 each.

Some new Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster drink ware for sale.

Center Stage

The repaving of the Center Stage area continues while Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away is dark.

With every paving, we lose more of the old, gold lines in the pavement.

Tarps came down from the facade of the Chinese Theater, but the small hut above the entrance is still missing.

With little to no fanfare, Path of the Jedi has gone seasonal and is now closed.

Some fun attraction related magnet sets can now be found at the parks for $19.99 each.

Construction walls are still up inside of Backlot Express.

Some new Toy Story pens for sale, $7.99 each.

Animation(?) Courtyard

The Animation Courtyard banners now promote the animated series Star Wars Resistance.

The poster outside of Launch Bay was changed as well.

Work continues on the Disney Junior Dance Party, opening in December.

Guests can now meet Vampirina from Disney Junior outside in front of the building. She’s proving to be quite popular.


Inside Star Wars Launch Bay, you’ll find a new LucasFilm merchandise collection made just for Disney Parks. See the entire line here.

The Droid Factory Jawa Sandcrawler playlet has finally been released at the parks. It’s $99.99.


Even though it’s becoming Metroville in January, the PIXAR Place area is still getting walled-off from guests.

We assume they’ll open this gate, but the side entrance is now off limits.

A set of walls that would typically lead to a backstage area were constructed, even though this will be open to guests in early 2019.

Even though they refused to build a store for Toy Story Land, they continue to expand the makeshift shop outside. What was one small kiosk now has additional racks, carts, and even a Pressed Penny machine.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

We head back into Toy Story Land to get our best look at the ongoing construction of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

Tatooine Traders Overhaul

The remodel of Tatooine Traders at the exit of Star Tours continues.

Build Your Own Lightsaber has moved into a larger space where Amazing Pictures was located.

One section towards the front remains unfinished.

We spotted some new Star Wars mugs while in the shop.

Outside, work continues on the new path through the planter on Grand Avenue.

PizzeRizzo is now closed for seasonal operation. It will return at an undisclosed time in 2019.

Don’t worry, if you need terrible pizza, Catalina Eddie’s is open most of the day again.

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  1. WOW does Animation Courtyard look drab and boring!!! They need to do a little something with that area to liven it up

    1. LOL, I recognized the camera first! (j/k!)

      But do these guys swarm in a continuous pack through the parks like an unending plague of locusts? Must be a CM’s worst member to see 6 bloggers huddled around a trash can.


  2. When’s your guess that the new bus station will open up? I’m really hoping by our visit the second week of December.

  3. Great Update. I love the Luxo Lamp ornament, I’ll look for out here at Disneyland.

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