PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 3/20/19 (Lightning McQueen Nears Open, Security Checkpoint & Skyliner Progress, Jedi Master Stitch, ETC.)

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The changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have struck again! During my latest trip around the park, I noticed some fast-paced construction progress, and things are much different than the last time I was there. The new security checkpoint is coming along quickly, so much so that a few walls are now down. The new bus loop is officially open, and there are some neat new Dumbo costumes inside of Walt Disney Presents. Let’s take a look!

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Ahead of the grand opening of Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at the end of the month, work is well underway outside the main entrance.

The Cruz Ramirez meet and greet looks near complete.

This new machine has been installed. It appears to be an automatic guest counter.

Disney Skyliner

Over at the Hollywood Studios Skyliner Station, gondola testing is still regularly in progress. Workers were also spotted putting this decorative casing on some of the spires on top of the station.

Just inside the park, sidewalk refurbishment is taking place. Here is a look at the old vs. the new.

Dumbo Screen Costumes at Walt Disney Presents

Tim Burton’s Dumbo previews have been taking place inside Walt Disney Presents for a while now. A realistic Dumbo statue was also moved into the space a few weeks ago. There are now screen-used costumes from the movie on display in the lobby. This was the former display case of screen used outfits from Saving Mr. Banks.

Tatooine Traders Floor Decals

Over at Tatooine Traders, there’s a new decal on the ground next to the “Create Your Own Lightsaber” area. We expect to see more directional decals being added around this area soon.

Merchandise

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Disney Artist Tee – $39.99

The new set of park-specific Disney Artist shirts have begun popping up in their respective parks. They’ve been sold exclusively at Disney Springs for the past month or so, and we’ve now seen Animal Kingdom’s in Riverside Depot, and now Hollywood Studios in Mickey’s of Hollywood.

New Security Checkpoint Construction

The new and improved security checkpoint is moving full steam ahead for construction. Wooden boards now line the entire structure, and walls have already begun to come down toward the back by Guest Services.

The walls aren’t entirely down quite yet, most of the area is still fenced.

Here’s a look at the current progress as seen from the planters.

As you can see, lots of wood is in place all the way around the structure.

That’s all from Jedi Master Stitch and Hollywood Studios. As always, be sure to check back at WDWNT as we bring you the latest happenings from around Disney World and beyond!

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Cameron is an Orlando local who has had a life long passion for Central Florida's theme parks.

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