PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Hollywood Studios 9/9/20 (Long Lines For Attractions, New Pride Magnets, Voyage of The Little Mermaid Refurbishment, and More)
Hi ho, WDW News Today here, ready for another day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! With all the new Halloween treats debuting yesterday, we were in for a quieter day today, but that doesn’t mean we didn’t have some fun finding new things. Let’s get started!
One of our first stops this morning was to check in on the Voyage of the Little Mermaid to see if anything else had been removed overnight. Thankfully not only was the rest of the sign intact, but Disney has released a statement saying that yesterday’s removal of the billboard on the side of the theater is planned maintenance, and does not herald the closure of the show. We certainly breathed a sigh of relief after hearing that! (Note: At time of publishing, the billboards have been restored!)
We stopped in the Darkroom to see if what the Limited Edition merch situation was there, and found plenty of Black Widow and Star Wars MagicBands in stock.
We also found the latest installment in the Disney Vacation Club Limited Edition exclusive pin series, which features Goofy, and retails for $17.99.
We got an early boarding group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, but when we got there, we found that the attraction had gone down for technical difficulties almost immediately after opening. It was down for about an hour, after which it ran smoothly for the rest of the time that we were in the park.
With Mobile Order being the only option for guests wishing to order food, crowds tend to gather around the outside of restaurants around popular meal times. Around lunch time, we found this crowd around the entrance to Ronto Roasters.
We found the line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run stretching far longer than we’ve seen it since the reopening of the parks, and without a drastic change in the wait time, which was strange. Around midday, the attraction’s wait time was 55 minutes, and the end of the line was in between the Milk Stand and the entrance to the Droid Depot. Impressive!
Another line we haven’t seen this long in a while was the line for Alien Swirling Saucers, which at just 35 minutes (although the handheld sign said 30 minutes) looped once in front of the attraction and then snaked its way towards Galaxy’s Edge.
A little bit of construction popped up overnight over by Rosie’s All-American Cafe in the form of this ground work, which was blocked off by simple rope stantions. The concrete appears to have been cut and removed in some areas, so plumbing or electrical work is most likely taking place.
The Studios Store, which has remained closed since the park’s reopening, had its windows covered with black plastic today. We’ve seen this happen to several other stores across Disney property, but it looks like The Studio Store will not be reopening any time soon.
We found a couple pieces of merchandise today that made us smile. First of all, while they’ve been in many stores across Disney property, we have yet to see the Coco Plaza De La Familia Wishables blind bag in person, and we finally did today. We love this collection!
Next, this Millennium Falcon adult long sleeve shirt caught our attention in Tatooine Traders. We think it would be perfect to wear when the weather gets cooler (which it’ll be doing any day now, right?) It retails for $39.99.
We found the shirts for Baseline Tap House for sale in Once Upon A Time, and while we’ve seen these before, it made us happy to see them available again. Go get yours while they’re still available and represent the bar with the best soundtrack around (who doesn’t have a robot DJ.)
In the Darkroom, we found a fun new rainbow Pride magnet featuring a silhouette of Cinderella Castle on a rainbow Mickey head with the word “Love” written above it. This magnet was ready to purchase, but is part of a collection we found recently at Disney Springs in the maDe kiosk in the Marketplace Co-Op.
We found three other designs there in addition to the “Love” Mickey one, including this “My Happy Place” park icons magnet. Some of these also have matching phone cases if you want the set!
This one was a bit more subtle, with an ombré wash used for the “Magical” in the iconic phrase “The Most Magical Place On Earth!”
And finally, our personal favorite, a simple rainbow with a negative space Mickey silhouette, which incidentally matches this adorable umbrella in this year’s rainbow pride merchandise line. All of these magnets are available in the maDe kiosk at the Marketplace Co-Op in Disney Springs or at Tomorrowland Light & Power Co in Magic Kingdom, and they retail for $14.99.
We had a great time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today, and we hope you enjoyed coming along with us. Have a magical day!