PHOTOS: Phase One of New Parking Tram Area, Security Checkpoints Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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While walking past it yesterday, we commented how close to completion that the first half of the new security checkpoints at Disney’s Hollywood Studios appeared to be. Well, little did we know they would be unveiled the next morning.

Guests arriving at Hollywood Studios will finally find a permanent tram stop at the front of the park after 9 months of bulldozing, repaving, and reimagining what was the bus loop, handicap parking, and old tram loading/unloading area.

Guests no longer walk through a maze of construction walls to get to the park.

The new tram loading/unloading area in use as of today.

Here is where guests will board when exiting the park, the exit the tram on the other side, funneling into the new security checkpoints.

The completed side of the new security checkpoints opened today.

The park finally feels somewhat ready for Galaxy’s Edge with tons of room for guests out here and a lot more bag check and security lanes.

The area to the left is now gated off from the park, including the outside restrooms next to Guest Relations.

They fixed up the outside with new signage, but the restrooms are the same inside.

A fence now separates the restrooms from the park, while a park exit stands between the restroom area and new security checkpoints.

A tram drives through the new area for the first time.

Here’s where guests will exit back to the parking lot.

Here’s where the tram unloads guests from the parking lot.

A look from the other side after guests have cleared security.

Work has now started on the former security checkpoint area to finish the overhaul project.

The other half of this new security structure needs to be erected now, hopefully they can make it by August 29th.

Guests can also exit out to the other side from here currently (this is faster to busses and the handicap parking lot (and eventually the Disney Skyliner station). This is a temporary fix until the rest of the security area is built.

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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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