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….