State of the Studios Address Week of April 23rd 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

This edition for April 23rd 2018 kicks off with construction updates.

All eyes this week are on the new paved section across from the cast member parking lot. With the removal of some construction fencing, curious visitors will behold new large completed paved areas. Pictured below are semi-trucks delivering metal structures to be utilized in this project. Turning attention to the Stage parking area, paving crews have been observed around the clock diligently working to complete their work. Likewise, the Music section has enough construction walls lowered to reveal multiple parking spaces awaiting the large number of guests anticipated for the Toy Story Land opening and beyond. Meanwhile, transportation crews are loading up flatbed trailers to return perhaps for more loads to deliver.  Click the link below for full coverage.

Guests said goodbye last Monday to Sweet Spells inside Beverly Sunset which has featured goodies for years like whoopie pies and decorated caramel apples. In place of the all-day menu of dessert and treat delights will be an expanded collection of Pixar merchandise. Refurbishment work for this new Toy Story Land shopping area will begin immediately. Click the link below for full coverage.

Guests traveling on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror have a limited opportunity for a special lenticular print photo of their family once they are back on the ground floor at the end of the attraction near the photo desk. For $19.95 during the next 3 months, a guest’s keepsake Tower of Terror photo will provide an illusion of depth or even change and move when viewed from different angles. Be sure to take advantage of the pilot promotion during the next 3 months. Click the link below for full coverage.

We see some new construction progress from Toy Story Land this week. Revealed behind construction walls, Hollywood Studios HQ spotted that crews have erected two new lighting fixtures with trees around those fixtures, and as well placed brown colored screening around their scaffolding. Likewise, a crane keeps busy in the construction efforts. Click the link below for full coverage.

In preparation for this motion picture debut in theatres next month, the Park is loading up with all the great Hon Solo gear and other movie themed merchandise to delight fans of all ages. Guests can get select between their own LEGO sets featuring the Millennium Falcon, a TIE fighter as the symbol of the Imperial fleet, and even a land speeder from straight out of the motion picture when shopping at Mickey’s of Hollywood. There are action figures, baseball caps, and children’s apparel, all in support of the new movie. Be sure to click here to see their tempting new store displays. Star Wars fans in pursuit of expanded Solo merchandise should set their course for Star Wars Launch Bay Cargo! Stunning Star Wars art pieces, life size statues of Han and Chewbacca, as well as autographed memorabilia and movie prop replicas are available. Click the link below for full coverage.

In addition to new Han Solo merchandise flooding the shelves of select Hollywood Studios shops, the pending arrival of this much anticipated film has been proclaimed throughout the Animation Courtyard as guests proceed toward the Star Wars Launch Bay entrance. Light post banners and a Launch Bay entrance poster all promote this motion picture. Click the link below for full coverage.

New arrivals of Disney’s patriotic apparel and accessories have landed in this Hollywood Studio’s flagship store just in time for celebrating the red, white and blue this spring and summer.  Shoppers can select from an assortment of adult Mickey Mouse shirts and sweatshirts in addition to kid’s clothing and neat backpacks for both boys and girls. Plush character animals await guests on a new wall display that replaces previous Star Wars merchandise. For a complete look at all the keepsakes, apparel, toys, and more at Mickey’s of Hollywood, please click the link below for full coverage.

New this week is an exclusive view of building crews applying steel wire molding to future mountains and other structures inside the long anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Visible in the photos below are a small building now completely enclosed while workers continue to close up the main show building. Click the link below for full coverage.

Thank you for joining the most accurate and up to date source for Hollywood Studios news. Make sure to check the website daily for fast-breaking Park updates affecting guests.

John Capos

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