Yesterday, the Studio Arch that leads into the Animation Courtyard of Disney’s Hollywood Studios received an all-new paint job, and the iconic arch was given a dark blue and cream-colored accents over what used to be tan and beige coloring. We half expected the new logo sign to be up today, but it seems that overnight, the former logo was merely removed.
The archway now stands logo-less, however the center portion seems to be primed for the arrival of the new sign.
It’s currently covered with a matching cream-colored tarp to hide any imperfections caused by the removal of the old sign.
Other overnight changes to the archway include the addition of dark blue paint to the outer edges of the two smaller side archways that flank the main arch.
The sculpted inner frames of the arches, which feature scenes from the Golden Age of Hollywood, remain thankfully untouched.
Off to the sides, the corners with wet paint are blocked off from guests. (You can see some dark blue paint drippings on the bottom, which will need to be cleaned.)
The dark blue paint continues on the back of the archways.
Here’s a look at what the Animation Courtyard arch looked like just yesterday, with some of the new dark blue and cream accents, and the iconic Disney’s Hollywood Studios logo still intact. The sign has graced these arches since the park underwent the change to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2008. (It was the Disney-MGM Studios sign from 1989 though 2008 before then.)
Here’s a look at the concept art for the new archway that was revealed alongside the park’s new logo as part of the 30th anniversary celebration earlier this year in May. The new logo signage will feature a sterile new design with character accents, including BB-8, Woody, and Mickey Mouse from the new animated shorts and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
What do you think of the new look for the Animation Courtyard arch, now that we’ve reached the point of no return?