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PHOTO REPORT: Disney’s Hollywood Studios & Disney’s Animal Kingdom 2/7/21 (Tree of Life Trinket Tray, Missing Entertainment, New Pressed Pennies, and More)

Howdy from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! We’re coming to you from Walt Disney World after an evening full of tornado watches, though thankfully we’re only feeling slight after effects of the storms. We’ll also be heading over to Disney’s Animal Kingdom later in the day. With all of that being established, there’s a busy day in store, so let’s get going.

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Upon arriving to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Skyliner wasn’t operational due to thunderstorms having recently moved through the area.

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Hollywood Boulevard wasn’t bursting with sunshine, though the wet surfaces and cloudy skies made for a lovely morning scene.

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We decided to make Toy Story Land one of our first stops of the day while the park was still relatively quiet.

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While there’s been talk recently of construction resuming at the future home of Roundup Rodeo BBQ, little has been seen at the site in nearly a year beyond some slight exterior changes which have amounted to little in the way of meaningful change.

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However, one nice change we saw in Toy Story Land was the replacement of the ‘burnt’ decal on the Play Family Camper. The updated decal (above) replaced the charred version that was present all of last year (below).

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We made it over to Grand Avenue early enough to catch the area in an empty state, ahead of its usual crowding of guests waiting to enter PizzeRizzo.

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At the end of Sunset Boulevard, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror had a short — and fitting — 13 minute wait early this morning. Naturally, that wait would balloon to 45 minutes as the day progressed.

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Later in the morning, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway would be home to one of the longest lines in the park, as it often is.

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While For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration returned to The Hyperion in October to help distribute guests and provide more options in the park, it represents the only show within Disney’s Hollywood Studios to do so.

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Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular remains shuttered with no end in sight to the closure. The same seems to be true for Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage which has remained closed, even after the temporary replacement Disney Society Orchestra was given the axe in early October.

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Trials of the Temple has similarly remained closed, although it did much less in the way of pulling guests away from the busier attractions.

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Thankfully, Star Tours has rescinded its surcharge that was in place last week.

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In other Star Wars news, we did our best not to draw the ire of Stormtroopers within Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

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At Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, this baby Sarlacc is another creature we didn’t wish to cross paths with, so we kept things moving back to the front of the park.

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A few hours after we arrived, Hollywood Boulevard was much brighter and bustling with activity than when we arrived. Regardless, it was time to make our way to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

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For those who aren’t aware, the park has a really big tree in the center of it.

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Paying homage to that large tree is this really small version which is part of a trinket tray to hold, well, whatever small items you’d like it to.

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We were lucky enough to arrive just in time for the Winged Encounters – The Kingdom Takes Flight demonstration, which involves over a dozen large birds flying around in unison, and occasionally scaring guests with their low altitude.

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Outside of Island Mercantile, a new 2021 pressed penny could be found, which joins an earlier Tree of Life 2021 penny which debuted just after the first of the year.

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Back in the Africa continent, shared pathways are still in use as Gorilla Falls Exploration Trails undergoes some construction.

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Heading out of Asia, we caught a couple flotillas with some of our favorite characters, including Mickey, Pluto, Donald, and Daisy.

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Timon, however, decided to be the star of the show, flexing his many moves as his pontoon glided along.

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Much like the shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the theaters in Disney’s Animal Kingdom are still closed, including Theater in the Wild which houses Finding Nemo: The Musical.

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If missing entertainment isn’t enough, we of course have closed attractions which are expected to be dismantled as permits are filed for work on the permanently closed ride and some track has already been removed.

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Finally, we finish our day outside of Chester and Hester’s Dinosaur Treasures, the building which this fun art is attached to. The impending extinction of the dinosaurs feels a lot like the what is happening in Chester and Hester’s Dino-Rama, for which the removal of Primeval Whirl seems like the first step in many to changing the land into — well, who knows what.

That’s going to do it for our day of park hopping around Walt Disney World. If you enjoy our photo reports, you’ll love our Instagram page! Follow @WDWNT for the latest news, and our best photos, from the Disney parks!

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Prince Naveen
Prince Naveen
2 months ago

What is the backstory of the “burnt” decal on the Play Family Camper in TS Land?