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.
Upon arriving to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Skyliner wasn’t operational due to thunderstorms having recently moved through the area.
Hollywood Boulevard wasn’t bursting with sunshine, though the wet surfaces and cloudy skies made for a lovely morning scene.
We decided to make Toy Story Land one of our first stops of the day while the park was still relatively quiet.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trials of the Temple has similarly remained closed, although it did much less in the way of pulling guests away from the busier attractions.
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.
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.