Guests with young family members ready to put their Jedi skills to the test against the dark side can now do so daily at the last two adjusted show times: Trials of the Temple begin at 6:20pm and 7:00pm. Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by John Capos

State of the Studios Address Week of April 16th 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios HQ welcomes readers back to the latest edition. The surge of spring break guests have eased.


Visitors traveling from guest parking to the main Park entrance will now notice the completion of five Skyliner Transportation System towers visible in the parking areas. Construction focus will likely turn to installation of gondola cabling for the route  to the  Caribbean Beach Resort as well as completion of the Hollywood Studios arrival and departure station near the main entrance. In case any old timers are wondering, the original ticket booth that greeted guests for many years is completely gone from the Lake Buena Vista Drive entrance location and awaiting final removal as visible in the photo below. The latest signs of future parking lot construction progress are found across from the cast member parking lot. Here crews have been busy paving new roadway. Click the link below for full coverage.

Unfortunately today guests had to say goodbye to their favorite goodies from Sweet Spells, as the production kitchen with their selection of delicious treats closed to make way for the Park’s number one Pixar merchandise location. The refurbished store will coincide its opening with the new Toy Story Land on June 30, 2018.

The popular 50’s –style Sci -Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is missing their front entrance photo op classic Chevy. No confirmation as to whether these “wheels” have been removed for refurbishment or if a diner borrowed the keys for a spin around the Park. Click the link below for full coverage.

As reported last week, Monsters Inc. T-shirts have arrived for shoppers in Reel Vogue Apparel. Additional Sully, Boo, Mike, and other Pixar character themed merchandise is filling up the sales floor. Monsters Inc. has a large array of hats, mugs, and T-shirts in anticipation of future expansion into the outgoing Sweet Spells store space. Wall-E, Inside Out, and Up also show their presence in the form of merchandise inside Reel Vogue. Accordingly, Toy Story merchandise continues with a dominant   presence of sales items in the middle of the store. Click the link below for full coverage

Guests visiting this week at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be better directed by new signs recently installed in the Grand Avenue area. New handicap signs indicate access for wheelchairs and motorized scooters to conveniently access the sidewalks.  A decorative new sign partially down Grand Avenue directs guests to the Muppet Vision 3-D attraction, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano restaurant,   as well as the restrooms. Some new flowers are blooming as well on Grand Avenue. The adorable Muppet Babies from the Disney Junior weekday series on the Disney Channel are promoted courtesy of a new billboard at the Muppet Vision 3-D main entrance. PizzeRizzo patrons take note; you need to enjoy the great pizza, meatball subs, or antipasto salad before the daily 4pm closing time, now that the spring break crowd has subsided. Click the link below for full coverage.


Guests with young family members ready to put their Jedi skills to the test against the dark side can now do so daily at the last two adjusted show times: Trials of the Temple begin at 6:20pm and 7:00pm.

Make a point to sample the brand new S’mores Brownie now served for lunch and dinner at the Dockside Diner next to Echo Lake.  Enjoy this double-chocolate brownie topped with toasted graham cracker and marshmallows for $4.79. A perfect treat and a great viewing location for the evening fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Guests can fill up their park water supply with a new themed purple water bottle available in the Tower Hotel Gifts. Stop by after the accelerated drop dark experience on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, which opened by the way back on July 22, 1994. Hold tight with a drop speed of 39 miles per hour.

Perfect for everyone’s leisure relaxation, whether lounging at home or in a Walt Disney World Resort, are the brand new Minnie Mouse feet slippers, complete with a Minnie bow adorning each slipper,   now lining the shelves of Mickey’s of Hollywood Shop. Need a new way to organize favorite Disney jewelry or pins? Try an adorable Minnie Mouse bow-shaped jewelry box. Also available in the Shop is the Minnie Mouse exclusive limited edition statue, created from original Disney concept art, with an authenticity count of 6,000. Great selections of Disney apparel, camera & media, as well as adorable mouse mementos are await shoppers. Click the link below for full coverage

Nothing major to report this week on this highly anticipated planet set to open in 2019. Construction crews are still working hard around the clock on this immersive land. Visit Hollywood Studios HQ weekly to be the first to view new construction photos and video! Click the link below for full coverage

Click “here” for full coverage of Sweet Spells.

Click “here” for full coverage of Sci Fi.

Click “here” for full coverage of Grand Avenue signage

Click “here” for full coverage of  Pixar merchandise.

Click “here” for full coverage of parking lot and skyliner update this week.

Click “here” for full coverage of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge update this week

Click “here” for full coverage of new Minnie Mouse merchandise.

Thank you for joining me again this week.


John Capos

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