As you might already know, Saturday, April 2 2016, was the last operating day for several attractions Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including the Lights Motors Action Extreme Stunt Show, The Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Play Set Adventure and the entire Streets of America area.  We’ve known this was coming for some time, but after what was likely the largest mass closing at a standing Walt Disney World park ever, Disney's Hollywood Studios is looking a little thin. We visited the park just one day after the closures, and here's what we found... 

1. Welcome to Disney’s Wall-ywood Studios 

There’s no escaping it, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now firmly a park in transition. With the exception of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, every single land at this park has construction walls up somewhere. Take a look below at just a few of the walls now up at this park:


Of course, all of these walls are for vastly different projects, which include Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land in the long term, and the new Pizza Planet restaurant and Echo Lake character meet and greet in the short term. Though we're excited to see what the next chapter is for Disney's Hollywood Studios, with so many projects in the works right now, it's hard not to feel like you’re walking into a giant construction zone instead of a theme park.

2. Captain Phasma marches in 

Though much of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now inaccessible and the park is down several attractions, Disney is at least trying to make up the difference with some new entertainment additions. Disney surprised guests on Sunday, April 3rd, by soft opening two new Star Wars experiences at the park that are designed to help keep guests in the center of the park during the late morning and afternoon. 

The first is a small character experience where guests can see fan-favorite Captain Phasma lead a platoon of First Order stormtroopers in formation on a march from Star Wars Launch Bay to Center Stage several times per day (typically on the hour). This experience is pretty cool, but with Captain Phasma only saying a few lines of dialogue before leading her troops, this isn’t exactly the most exciting experience, and most guests who stop to watch this procession are actually waiting for the other new Star Wars addition to this park….



I'm very disappointed that certain Hollywood Studios staples have closed, but mostly because of the nostalgia. But with all due respect, I feel like maybe I'm missing something? The park lost LMA, which yes, was an impressive high-energy offering, but it also lost the playground (which I think we can admit is quite outdated) and a street whose large attraction was photo ops and a seasonal offering (ok, I'm REALLY sad about the Osborne Lights). I just don't see how these are reasons to avoid the park. Really, what has it lost? Especially with the promise of a huge gain? We still have ToT, Rockin' Rollercoaster, Beauty and the Beast, Indiana Jones, Muppets, Star Tours, all of the Disney Junior offerings, Trials of the Temple, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Toy Story Mania, Launch Bay, the Frozen Sing-Along, Great Movie Ride, the new Star Wars march, fireworks, Fantasmic, and plenty of character offerings. There are also still SEVERAL options for quick-service and sit-down meals (Backlot Express, ABC Commissary, all of the quick-service kiosks near ToT, Hollywood and Vine, Sci-Fi, Prime Time, etc). I'm not saying the walls don't suck and that paying full price isn't unreasonable, but I feel like there is still so much to enjoy! It may even still take a full day to see it all! No progress without a few steps back. And there really still is SO much you'd be missing out on if you skip this park. I think when it's all done, it'll all have been worth it.

Too much at once! I'm a pass holder, so I know to avoid HS for the time being. If I were a visitor paying full price for a day's admission, I would be very angry. These closures are going to mean longer wait times for the few attractions still open and more crowds at the other parks...

I'm travelling from England in September to spend 15 nights in Orlando and it's sad one of my favourite parks will be half the size it should be. I love the idea of food stalls - it would brighten things up.

I'm back in September/October. With all this construction, I am tempted just to avoid the park altogether. However, like many others, i'm sure, I will come back, even if only to ride Tower of Terror and Rockin' Roller Coaster a few times each, and then head back to MK.

This gutting of Hollywood Studios is really sad. What I don't understand is why they can't simply add on to the park instead of gutting and replacing things. It's not like they don't have the space and HS is a small park to begin with. I fell in love with HS for it's retro Hollywood charm and this reconstruction feels like it's trying to make the park something it was never meant to be. Look I am all for change, as was Walt himself, but this project is more like giving plastic surgery to an already gorgeous girl. My biggest fear is that they are going to do the same thing to this park as they did with the Norway pavilion in EPCOT- spend too much time and money on something permanent to chase a fad that will be over by the time they finally finish it. I guess all we can do is hope the walls come down soon and the change was worth it

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