Welcome to the second edition of the weekly State of the Studios Address. This is every fan’s weekly one stop view for all the newest Studios happenings and timely updates for the past week. Be the first to know. For the complete details, be sure to view all links to articles, photos, and videos conveniently located at the bottom of this article.
Before guests even exit their vehicles to head to the gates, they are greeted by new LED pole lighting being installed throughout the parking lot. This week visitor will encounter crews busy in the “music section” with two more rows to install before moving to the next section. The light posts have returned to the walkway between the Studios and other EPCOT resorts such as Boardwalk.
We have a new hidden gem next to Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. ! Everyone is most familiar with “Dig Site #1” by Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. That’s where you can find the famous “do not pull rope” which I encourage you to pull and you will hear a familiar voice gasp in horror. But our brand new detail is behind us near Echo Lake. If you turn 180 degrees from dig site #1 you will see a brand new dig site, and yes it is called number 2. This one is still awaiting the grid crew to get started. It also gives us warning that any trespassers or looters will be “dealt with. Check out the link for the article at the bottom of this page for photos and video of this hidden gem.
A Wrinkle in Time that is the premiere in the Walt Disney Theater in Walt Disney Presents now has banners on the lightposts outside of the building and now is also featured in the nighttime show Disney Movie Magic.
Over at Pixar Place, We have two new signs in the form of stars on the Toy Story Land construction wall informing guests that the land will open on June 30th. If you face the wall and walk backwards all the way to face paint station you can see a top of a tower in the land formed of Andy’s toys. You can really see this at night because Disney has spotlights on behind construction walls inside the land. Check out the link for the article at the bottom of this page for photos and video of the construction updates
Thanks to unusual high temperatures in February, guests will be flocking to the new selection of Disney beach merchandise awaiting customers on shelves at Carthay Circle. Check out the link for this subject at the bottom of this page to view enticing photos and a video that make this apparel irresistible.
All Studios merchandise is now also featured in Mickey’s of Hollywood, in addition to the month long selection at The Tower of Terror gift shop. Mugs, sweatshirts, shirts, button down shirts, luggage tags and so much more await those shopping for merchandise with a special Studios touch.
Want a quiet place to have lunch and check out some pretty cool studios gems? Check out the second level of PizzeRizzos, even at lunch rush hour there is hardly anyone sitting up on the second level. Most importantly they have some cool studios gems; they have Muppet portraits and all the Streets of America street signs. Check out the link for both articles at the bottom of this page for photos and video of these hidden gems.
What a week to see all the construction of Batuu this week! Most workers were using their painting skills, painting one of the many mountains on the skyline of Batuu. We had a very special treat at the exit of Muppet Vision 3D on top of the main building of this new amazing land a worker was wielding! Needless to say they are working each day to make this land ready come 2019. Check out the link at the bottom of this article for all the photos and video of the construction.
Thank you for joining me for this weekly address.
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