We recent had a quick look at the exterior changes to what will soon be the Star Wars Launch Bay at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But that’s not the only change going on at the park.
Watto’s Grotto just reopened full of merchandise for Star Wars movies, mostly the new stuff, but some classic toys too.
The merchandise in the exit of Star Tours doesn’t have any “Force Awakens” stuff. But it did have some great new Star Wars/Disney t-shirts.
The collectibles moved from the Magic of Disney Animation store to the store near Muppets 3D. And Villains in Vogue has a brighter look with new board game collectibles and hats. There is a bit of Halloween stuff in there, but the Villains stuff is gone.
Over by Rock-n-Roller Coaster Disney is building a new ‘blackbox’ theater that can easily be configured to hold different types of shows and seating arrangements inside. The exterior is still under construction, but the basic outline is now evident. Nothing official has been announced for this space, heck Disney hasn’t even officially admitted they’re building anything new there.
Finally, I saw a new billboard on Hollywood Blvd. It might just be new to me, but I don’t remember the Donald Duck movie being there before. There are a number of billboards around the park that need some TLC. Hopefully this is a sign that is in process.
That’s it for now from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Remember we have one final season of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights and then large sections of the park will close down to make way for Star Wars Land, which will break ground in 2016. You’ll also want to go get your photos of “Pixar Place” as that will soon become ‘Backstage’ when Toy Story Land opens.
What do you think of the changes coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Will it change whether you want to visit the park sooner or later?
I am a Villian’s fan and I will miss the Villian’s shop. Sorry to see it go.
We go to Disney from Texas every year in early November. I am excited about the changes coming to DHS (long time coming) but feel it will be a “lesser” park for several years as the new lands make their way into production. Five years from now I think the park will rival California Adventure. Until then, it will probably only be worth a days visit each year.
Glad to see additions. I don’t hate the park but there is just not enough rides there.
How about a Soarin that flys through the movies?
Needs more attractions. How about a Soarin ride that takes us through great movies?
We actually decided to book a “one last time” trip for December. We saw the Osborne Spectacle of Lights once in 2008 and said we’d like to see them again. We usually travel to WDW in April, already booked for 2016, so we just added to our travel budget.