In May of 2018, it was announced that the iconic “film strip” entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be dismantled ahead of the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. While the World Drive entrance did not open with the park, it had been a staple since the early 1990’s for its iconic Pan Pacific Auditorium architecture and film strip design, offering guests previews of the attractions and shows they would be able to see during their visit to the park.
The filmstrip designs were slowly removed until the bridge and adjacent area were left bare by late October 2018. Since then, a new parking entrance opened in November 2018, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios has never been the same.
The bridge that framed the entrance sign is now set to be demolished, with work set to take place soon.
One of the roads through the bridge leads to an entrance to Cast Member parking. This road will only be accessible from Osceola Parkway starting Tuesday, November 5.
To enter the Cast parking lot from World Drive, drivers will need to exit onto eastbound Osceola Parkway (towards ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex), make a legal U-turn at Victory Way, and enter the BB-8 parking lot from Osceola Parkway.
While this entrance has long since left abandoned, it will be missed by many who regarded this as the “golden” era of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.