PHOTO REPORT: Hollywood Studios 8/27/19 (Refurbishments Are Wrapping Up, Fun With The Citizens of Hollywood, Galaxy’s Edge Prep, and More!)

Good morning from Hollywood! Let’s see what’s happening in the land of movie magic.

Outside the Park

The Disney Skyliner looks about ready to open. It’s scheduled to be up and running by the end of September.

I noticed today that they have neon lighting on the spires of the station, which is a great detail.

It’s hard to see in the daylight, but it will make quite a statement at night.

This little building is finally out from behind walls again. This is the only part of the original bus and tram loop to have survived the overhaul of the entrance. They literally rebuilt everything around it.

Hollywood Boulevard

Speaking of construction, Mickey’s of Hollywood and Keystone Clothiers at the front of the park are still under refurbishment. Mickey’s is scheduled to reopen next month.

Keystone, which has been closed since March, should open any day. I caught a brief glimpse inside, and it looks ready to go. They have items on the shelves already. (Spoiler alert: It’s going to be all Star Wars merchandise.)

Legends of Hollywood finally reopened this week, after having been transformed into a Pandora jewelry location.

The other half, which used to be Planet Hollywood, now sells dresses and purses and such. Unfortunately, no replacement neon signage was installed where the Planet Hollywood sign used to be.

Still plenty of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster anniversary pins to be found, but no Tower of Terror pins? They must have gone quickly.

I did find a handful left in the exit shop from Tower of Terror. They’re behind the counter, but who knows for how long.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular turned 30 this week! It’s the oldest attraction in the park, and it’s essentially unchanged from its opening day. It’s a true piece of park history.

The (new) Oasis Canteen next door looks almost ready to open. No word as to when it will, though.

The mystery project (restrooms) across from Star Tours also look almost finished. Will it be finished by Thursday, for Galaxy’s Edge? No, probably not.

Some of the construction barriers have been reduced, though. You can almost go right up to this wall now.

The barriers near the Sci-Fi Dine-In have also shrunk a bit. The landscaping here must also be nearing completion.

Star Wars

With just a few days left until opening, the bushes have been pushed back to the tunnel entrance on Grand Avenue. This will be the entrance for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

The merchandise stand that had been in this location went missing when the cast previews for Galaxy’s Edge started. It hasn’t returned yet, obviously.

Even the times guide doesn’t want you to forget what’s happening on Thursday.

I’m curious to see how much of the Galaxy’s Edge model stays on display in Walt Disney Presents after opening, and for how long.

This model has been here longer than most of the college program cast members.

This is a part of Rise of the Resistance, the second attraction opening in Galaxy’s Edge here in December.

Calm Before the Storm

The crowds really weren’t bad today. I use Toy Story Land as the barometer for how busy it is.

Slinky was only a 55 minute wait at about 10 AM.

This stall is 90% Slinky Dog merchandise.

Citizens of Hollywood

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Citizens of Hollywood make this park.

Today, Beau Wrangler and Evie Starlight were rehearsing “Romeo and Juliet” as directed by Oscar Meyer-Weiner.

Needless to say, they weren’t cooperating very well.

They didn’t seemed fazed by Oscar’s outbursts, though.

I even got their autographs!


That’s it from Hollywood Studios for today. I’ll probably see ya’ll in the chaos on Thursday. If I can make it in and out of the park alive, that is.


For more information on booking your next trip with our official travel agent sponsor, the Vacationeer, visit

0 0 vote
Article Rating
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Mark Lopa
Mark Lopa
1 year ago

I always love your reports, Henry!

Ethan Anania
Ethan Anania
1 year ago

Why is the Indy show still a thing, it wasn’t allowed to be the oldest attraction in the park, The Great Movie Ride deserved that title, but no they lost the license to the classic movies NOT from Disney and its sponsor Turner Classic Movies. It’s NOT a true piece of park history. Fuck that show, it’s garbage and a piece of shit

I hope this park will phase out 50% of the SW stuff by the start of the new year. or else we riot, because the Avengers aren’t coming to WDW.