PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 7/9/19 Construction Progress, Sign Changes and the Dockside Diner Water Hose Returns!)

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It’s a warm July morning at Hollywood Studios. Let’s see what’s going on inside and outside the park!


Baymax Phone Case ($34.99)

Here’s a quick look at some of the stuff I found in The Dark Room today, right there on the corner as you enter the park. I love this Baymax phone case! We saw it first at Disneyland, and I’m glad it’s made it to the East coast.

Baymax Phone Case ($34.99)

New today was this Lion King folding phone case. You can see even more pictures of it here.

Today was also the release day for this limited run Little Mermaid magic band. Very cute!

Around the Park

I feel like I’ve been talking about this stupid sign for the better part of a year. It’s the “Fantasmic!” billboard. It’s supposed to light up and advertise the show. It hasn’t been working reliably for months. For a while now it had been covered up with a vinyl tarp displaying the Fantasmic! signage. They finally took the tarp off, but alas, the sign is still dark.

One of the weird things about mornings in this park is how unevenly the crowd is dispersed. Obviously, places like Toy Story Land will be swamped. This is the queue for Rock N’ Rollercoaster about a half hour after opening.

…and here is the courtyard for the Lightning McQueen Racing Academy, literally 10 feet away. It takes several hours for the park’s crowds to spread out.

Here’s a fun bit of news: they turned the water hose effect on the Dockside Diner on! It’s been off since…well, none of us could remember when the last time we saw it on. It’s nice to see these little details return.

In case you weren’t aware, the “March of the First Order” is no more. The screens in the center of the park now only shows times for the stage show.

Honestly, I’m not going to miss the march. It always seemed to get in the way of an already congested street.

No visible progress over across from Star Tours. I’m hoping these walls come down soon because I’m really curious what it is.

The future home of the re-imagined Oasis Canteen (now just a bar) should start showing some vertical progress here soon. We’ll keep an eye on it.

The walls over by the former Great Movie Ride are still up (and probably will be for a while). They’re impacting the handicap ramp to the “lower lot”, a.k.a. the path to Toy Story Land.

There’s lots of signage to let guests know about the change.

Signs don’t always work though, so they have cast members stationed here as well to direct guests through to the right.

Once you’re down that direction, check out the Super Shindig if you haven’t. It’s a fun dance party.

When it started earlier this year, it was continuous. Now they have pre-determined showtimes.

Good news! They fixed this penny press. Muppet fans can rejoice.

Outside the Park

The last bit of concrete work at the redesigned park entrance is under way.

They rearranged some of these construction fences to allow for the work.

They’re making great progress on the last chunk of the security check building!

Sadly it looks like the Sorcerer Mickey planter didn’t survive, at least in its original form. Hopefully he makes a come back.

That’s all for today. We’ll keep you updated as these projects get closer to their conclusion!

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Henry Taylor

Henry has been a Disney fan essentially since birth, and enjoys all things theme park related. He lives in Orlando, FL with his wife and pet dog.

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I feel like now with Galaxy’s Edge coming up, and them slowly condensing Star Wars into one area, the front half of Hollywood Studios will be more thematically sound, and as such, Disney is starting to focus back on the little details that make the park great, like the spinning Mickey and the hose on the Diner.

Phillip Ratter
Phillip Ratter

Time to let the Art Monkey flag fly high…. That photo with the times for the Super Shindig.. UGH. The times DO NOT LINE UP! It really bugs me. I can see that the times are center aligned for each column, and the typeface itself is to blame due to the size of the “0” but, C’MON! FIX THE KERNING, MAKE IT LINE UP!!! The wiggle that the “:” does in both columns is driving me batty. How did that make it to the stage floor????? Why didn’t they place the logo on the left, and keep all the times… Read more »