With all the work going on at Disney’s Hollywood Studios it’s almost impossible to keep up with it all as the park is literally transforming before our eyes. It’s about time to take a look at the changes this month to Toy Story Land, Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and Grand Avenue which have all changed drastically, including some Millennium Falcon ride progress. Thanks to @Bioreconstruct for the amazing shots as always, he’s a great follow!
First let’s start out in Toy Story Land:
We can see the entrance to Toy Story Land being built behind the Chinese Theater off the current Pixar Place. This will lead back to Toy Story Land:
One change coming with Toy Story Land is a new entrance to the attraction Toy Story Midway Mania. Here below is the new entrance which will be around the back of the building and rightly inside the land. There it is in the grey covered area:
Since last time the Alien Spinning Saucers are getting a new roof. That’s the attraction half covered in grey and sitting next to the Slinky Dog Dash Coaster:
Just look at it how it was last month:
As part of the theming there’s a wooden fence going around Toy Story Land. You are after all in Andy’s backyard, now the fence is starting to go up:
Another cool thing we’re starting to see now are the blocks getting put in all along the track to Slinky Dog Dash. Notice the start/finish flags laid down along the straight part of the track:
It’s great to see the progress on this attraction, as well as the first look we got recently at the Slinky Dog ride vehicle!
We learned recently about the Grand Avenue area coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which will be reminiscent of a hip Los Angeles neighborhood. This is the last remaining part of the Streets of New York which is being combined with the Muppets Courtyard to create this new area.
One of the highlights of Grand Avenue will be the Baseline Tap House, which you can see in the photo with the street lights having just gone up on the side of the building:
Nice shot of the Grand Avenue Facade:
Here’s an overhead shot of Grand Avenue. Notice the new backstage gates below and the newly paved road which is protected by plywood:
Here’s what’s left of the Miss Piggy Fountain from the old Muppets Courtyard:
In this shot you can see Grand Avenue on the left and Star Tours all the way on the top right and the new Grand Park(old Muppets Courtyard on the right). Notice the arrow on the left which indicates the retaining walls of a hillside. This will likely be a barrier separating Galaxy’s Edge from the rest of the park.
Those concrete walls in the middle will be one of the entrances to Galaxy’s Edge and look quite imposing:
The transitions from all these different lands which are so different from one another is going to be difficult for Disney to pull off, but I’m optimistic that even if it seems strange going from L.A. to a galaxy far, far away, once we step inside we won’t even think twice about how we got there.
Here’s a bigger shot of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge:
In this picture you can see the First Order Battle Escape attraction which is getting covered up quite nicely, but you can also see new foundations starting down by the yellow arrow. What are they to?
Disney has been quiet about both attractions, but even more so the Millennium Falcon attraction. We know it’s going to be a simulation on our favorite Star Wars spaceship, and two of the ride circles are progressing fine, while it looks like 2 more are starting to form on the right side:
Disney hasn’t given us any capacity numbers yet on the ride but each circle looks like part of a separate ride mechanism, so there will most likely be 4 “halls” to put riders into:
Now just to the right of Galaxy’s Edge you can see the expansion of the Hollywood Studios parking lot and a new cast wardrobe building going up at the top right which will be heavily used for the Star Wars Land:
Things are going fast and furious and don’t show any signs of slowing down and Toy Story Land looks on track for a 2018 opening. It’ll be nice to see the new Welcoming Center soon which will give guests a preview at these new and exciting lands! Stay tuned for more construction updates to Hollywood Studios (if that’s what they continue to call it) in the near future.
I want to know what you think about the Millennium Falcon Ride progress, as well as updates to the rest of Hollywood Studios. Which area of Hollywood Studios are you most excited for? What do you think of the Miss Piggy fountain turning into a bush? Let us know in the comments section below!
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