It's no secret that Disney's Hollywood Studios is in a state of flux at the moment, with walls up all around the park and only a handful of rides currently operating. Though the majority of the closures happened earlier this year, fans lost another classic piece of the park just a few days ago when the Writer's Stop snack location (which was already existing on borrowed time) finally closed up for good late last month.
However, even though the current downsized state of this park is regrettable, not all of the news out of Disney's Hollywood Studios is bad. In fact, the park has made some positive moves over the past few weeks that should (hopefully) get it back on track sometime in the near future. Here's everything going on at Disney's Hollywood Studios that you need to know about...
1. The March of the First Order pre-show gets a longer route and a technical upgrade
Beginning this week there will be a bit of a change to the March of the First Order pre-show that precedes Star Wars: A Galaxy Far Far Away. Captain Phasma and her division of Stormtroopers will no longer be beginning their procession from the Star Wars Launch Bay in the Animation Courtyard, instead starting their regular march down on Hollywood Boulevard, near the Crossroads of the World at the park's entrance. From here, Captain Phasma will march down the park's main thoroughfare, briefly stopping at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard, and then continuing on to the Center Stage area of the park before the pre-show concludes.
Interestingly, in addition to the new route, a camera will now also travel along with Captain Phasma and the First Order Stormtroopers as well, presenting video of the procession on the screens located in the Center Stage area, which means guests who are lined up in this area will be able to see the action from the central viewing area for the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show.
2. Early Morning Magic returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Saturdays this fall
Early Morning Magic, an upcharge experience which first debuted earlier this year and allows guests to enjoy an in-park breakfast and pre-opening access to select rides and characters, has been confirmed to be coming back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Saturdays this fall, beginning in just a few days on October 8.
The autumnal return of this event will be essentially the same as the summer version, with guests able to enjoy exclusive access to a number of attractions beginning at 7:45AM, before the park opens, including Star Tours and Toy Story Midway Mania. Guests well also get the chance to meet several characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf. And of course, once you've had your fill of pre-opening fun, there's also an all-you-care-to-enjoy buffet at ABC Commissary that features a number of breakfast pastries, eggs, bacon, sausage and more (you can view a complete menu here)
Unlike after-hours upcharge experiences (like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and the short-lived Disney After Hours) regular park admission is required for Early Morning Magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Pricing for this additional experience is $69 plus tax for adults and $59 plus tax for children ages 3-9.