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PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 3/22/19 (Rainy Day Park Protocol, Construction Updates, High-End Collectables, and More!)

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is in a constant state of change. The projects are starting to wind down, however. Let’s see where things are!

Construction Updates

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Construction continues on the new tram loop and security checkpoint. It’s really starting to take shape and I look forward to the final result.

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Looks like there will be new landscaping near the guest services window and restrooms. This will probably re-open before the loop itself is finished.

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The bus loop is finally finished! It looks gorgeous, as well. Check out our full coverage of it right here.

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One of the final steps in the transformation of the Hollywood Studios parking lot was re-naming the lots.

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They’re hard at work finishing up Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The opening date will be here before we know it.

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Assorted Changes

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While I was in Toy Story Land, I noticed that they added a switchback to the overflow line for Slinky Dog Dash. I think they’re trying really hard to keep the line from leaving the land on busy days.

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The Fantasmic! sign is actually on for once! It’s been turned off for several weeks now. Looking good, Mickey.

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Rainy Day Park Protocol

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No Super Shindig… because it’s raining.

When the rain rolls in, as it so often does in Florida, what do you do? In the Summer, you can just wait it out. This time of year, however, it can linger.

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The dance party in Pixar Place doesn’t happen for safety reasons if it’s too rainy. Mr. Incredible was meeting guests under cover as a plan B today.

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Even the characters need an umbrella on days like this.

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All the merchandise carts have to seek shelter from the rain as well.

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I swear, the only time I’ve ever seen people actually playing these consoles is when it’s raining.

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Another solid option is to go to an indoor meet and greet. Mickey’s always happy to see you no matter what the weather looks like.

Merchandise

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I thought I’d show off some of the more interesting “big ticket” things you can buy in the park. These C-3PO and R2-D2 figures are gorgeous, albeit pricey.

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Yikes.

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If you’re a big Star Wars history buff, this archival book can be yours for only $200. It’s published by Taschen, one of the high-end art and children’s book publishers.

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It’s only $500.

The never-ending parade of old collectible cels continues at Stage 1 Company Store. Today’s gem was this Jiminy Cricket piece.

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How old is this thing? It has been sitting in storage at Hollywood Studios since before the Walt Disney Feature Animation Studio closed. The park was still Disney MGM Studios when this was retired. Michael Eisner was still CEO! Some of the college program students working in the park weren’t even born yet! Okay, that last one is a joke, but still…

That’s it for today! Keep checking back for more park updates!