Though there are a lot of construction projects in the works at the Magic Kingdom and Epcot, no other park is going through quite as much as Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which currently has only four rides and less than a dozen additional attractions to experience while much of it is under construction. However, that will of course change in the near future with the completion of several, high-profile projects, beginning with one that is actually almost finished….
Toy Story Land
Confirmed to be completed by Summer 2018
Over the past few months we’ve gotten a pretty good look at the construction progress for this land, and with Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers all but completed, you might be tempted to think that Disney would be ready to open this land in the next few weeks. However, Disney has declined to provide an opening date for this new land, simply saying that they are looking at least six months down the line, targeting a “Summer 2018” opening date for Toy Story Land. Though not confirmed, we’d guess that Disney is probably thinking about Memorial Day for a grand opening, as this date is the unofficial start to summer and worked out very well in 2017 for the opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar.
Though there’s no specifics available quite yet about the exact opening date, we do know that it won't be too long until the first big project at this park opens.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Rumored to be completed by early 2019
Though The Great Movie Ride has only been closed for a few months, construction on Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway has been ramping up, with some sources reporting that Disney is looking to get this new attraction ready in just over a year, with a target opening date of early 2019. Though we learned plenty of preliminary details about this new attraction when it was announced earlier this year, WDWNT has reported that this attraction will be one of the most technically impressive yet to be constructed at Walt Disney World, with trackless elements that will see ride vehicles break apart and come back together as 4D elements pull guests in different directions while next-generation animatronics guide the storyline.
This ride certainly sounds ambitious, and while it sounds like the actual structure that houses the attraction isn’t changing, because there is such extensive technology going into this attraction, it will be at least 13 months before this attraction will open, which is a bit of a bummer. However, there's even more to the reimagining of Disney's Hollywood Studios to come before the next decade...