Carthay Circle at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by John Capos

State of the Studios Address Week of May 28th, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Worker efforts are still focused on the Hollywood Studios gondola arrival and departure station near the main park guest entrance. Additional steel horizontal beams were placed above the platform foundation along with bright red metal panels. A wide clearing was previously carved out through the wooded area on the edge of the current guest parking lot to accommodate the now completed vertical support towers. This will facilitate the Skyliner routing from Hollywood Studios to the Caribbean Beach Resort station. Click the link below for full coverage.

Construction crews continued progress on completing the Park’s future main vehicle entrance. New pictures below convey the extent of this effort through first hand views. First, from across the current Film parking area where multiple steel beam are in place.  Second, a glimpse of the unpaved roadway from the ESPN complex which will be the actual new entrance beginning from the corner of Victory Way and Osceola Parkway. Click the link below for full coverage.

Guests may notice additional special lighting placed in readiness for the Star Wars: Galactic Nights special ticketed event scheduled for May 27. Studio lighting clusters have appeared on roof tops in various locations. Included are the clusters above the Park entrance and exit and ticket booths. Hollywood Blvd and center stage have visible lighting attached to green vertical truss columns. Fans attending this special event will undoubtedly enjoy a unique lighting effect. Click the link below for full coverage.

Two new multi directional outdoor signs guide guests to and from Toy Story Mania and related areas. Replacing flower planters on two lamp posts to the right hand side of the Chinese Theatre, these two sided signs provide guest directions to Disney Junior Live On Stage, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, A Frozen Sing-Along, Star Tours, Star Wars Launch Bay, Walt Disney Presents, as well as restrooms. Click the link below for full coverage.

Three new entries are featured on the Sci-Fi Dine In Theatre menu . These include Vegan Tofu Lettuce Wraps featuring salt and pepper crispy fried tofu. Barbecue lovers will be sure to select the next new addition of the Sci-Fi Barbecue Platter. This scrumptious dinner consists of smoked pulled pork, St. Louis styled ribs, grilled chicken, sausage, all of which are served with jalapeño cheddar corn bread, southern Cole slaw, and cowboy beans, and of course finished with Coca Cola BBQ sauce. The third new addition menu choice is a delicious Smoked Prime Rib Sandwich, complete with pastrami style smoked prime rib served on grilled marble rye along with grain mustard cole slaw, caramelized onions and Swiss cheese. While waiting for one of these new exciting entries, diners can enjoy the latest appetizer addition of a shrimp and crab fondue.  This blend of shrimp, crab, and cheeses with roasted red peppers, fresh dill, and corn tortilla chips is a great way to begin a memorable Sci-Fi Drive In dining experience. Click the link below for full coverage.

A contemporary Belle image is now portrayed on select new merchandise on display at the Carthay Circle. Shoppers will want to definitely see the new array of products that include the beautiful Belle image featured on teapots, a journal book, nifty carry bag, a women’s shirt with matching fashion scarf, as well as an attractive Lumiere figurine for office or home. Belle has even included the choice of a Chip or adventurous and brave tea cup to enjoy one’s favorite hot beverage. Click the link below for full coverage.

Guests can prepare now for their future ride on the Millennium Falcon in Star Wars: Galaxy Edge with a choice of two new themed jackets available in Star Wars Launch Bay Cargo. When worn by shoppers, these adult size jackets will show their support of the fastest ship in the Galaxy.

Incredibles 2 motion picture merchandise now occupies the Reel Vogue store main display location that formerly highlighted Toy Story themed products. Fans of this soon to be released motion picture truly have an incredible selection of Incredibles 2 products. Shoppers can select from realistic adult and child size Mr. Incredible costumes, detailed action figures, a 72- piece tub of miniature heroes and villains, infant themed clothing as well as Incredible Dad and Mom mugs. Merchandise also includes matching Couples tee shirts, Pop figures of the Incredibles 2 family, and toy cars for the youngsters, a variety of family character plush, and even a unique Edna wig. All these themed products are pictured below. Toy Story fans still have a plentiful merchandise selection which has been magical relocated inside Reel Vogue by replacing other Pixar film products. Click the link below for full coverage.

Riders will notice new construction walls erected on the 2nd floor que hall way at Toy Story Midway Mania covering the windows that look out on the rider load and unload areas. Also, new wall are up near the wheel chair loading platform. This is part of the final construction effort in preparation for the June 30 Toy Story Land grand opening. Click the link below for full coverage.

Incredible 2 characters from the upcoming motion picture inhabit lamp post banners directly across from Walt Disney Presents. Edna Mode as well as Incredibles 2 family members welcome guests to their 10 minute film  preview shown daily in the Walt Disney Theatre from Park opening  until 8 pm.

Two new giant billboards mounted on the Little Mermaid attraction building greet guests entering the Animation Courtyard area. Having replaced the prior The Last Jedi blue ray release announcement, these colorful posters picture all the main film characters ready to invade theaters beginning May 25, 2018. These outdoor announcements arrived just in time to enhance the May 27 Galactic Nights special event atmosphere. Click the link below for full coverage.

Workers recently positioned seven man made boulders at the end of Grand Avenue in an attempt to prevent guests from touching the giant Star Wars: Galaxy Edge mural. This giant pictorial of the Millennium Falcon surrounded by the Planet Batuu landscape is currently a special background for fan photographs. The photo op will eventually be removed when this location becomes the main entrance to the new land in late Fall 2019. Click the link below for full coverage.

Star Wars: Galaxy Edge was cleared for landing by Disney with the announcement of the Batuu Planet opening now scheduled for late Fall 2019. Meanwhile, construction continues with main building wall enclosure work as well as additional metal structure placement on roofs. Until the final landing date, stay tuned to Hollywood Studios HQ for the latest updates! Click the link below.


The force will be with you always!

John Capos

Click “here” for full coverage of Disney’s Skyliner.

Click “here” for full coverage of Star Wars Galactic Nights preparation.

Click “here” for full coverage of new park signage.

Click “here” for full coverage of parking lot construction.

Click “here” for full coverage of Incredibles 2 merchandise.

Click “here” for full coverage of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge construction.

Click “here” for full coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story billboards.

Click “here” for full coverage of new menu items at Sci-Fi Dine In.

Click “here” for full coverage of Belle merchandise at Carthay Circle.

Click “here” for full coverage of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge boulders.


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