The biggest news this summer out of Disney's Hollywood Studios has been the opening of Toy Story Land last month. And though this new land had a blockbuster debut, demand has cooled somewhat for the two new attractions in this area. However, though it remains to be seen how popular this land will be after the busy summer season, there are some other things happening at the park that guests visiting in the near future should know about.
1. Blockout dates for Disney's Hollywood Studios remain in place with new ticket types
Last week Disney changed its annual passholder program, introducing a new pass named the Florida Resident Theme Park Select Pass, which costs $439 and includes access to at least one theme park during most times of the year with 325 days of access at select theme parks and at least 175 days of access to all four theme parks throughout the year. In addition, Disney announced an $89 upcharge that would allow guests to pay to lift summer blockout dates through August 9, 2018.
However, though both of these new options sound great for guests trying to get to the theme parks this summer, it is important to note that even though you can get into the Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios is blocked out for the remainder of the season, unless you have a Gold annual pass or higher.
2. Construction on Star Wars hotel connected to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to begin soon
Last year it was revealed that in an effort to extend the Star Wars experience beyond Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (opening in 2019 at Disney's Hollywood Studios) a specialty hotel was being built that would allow fans to experience the Star Wars universe in a whole new way. Instead of just having decor "inspired" by Star Wars (like the movie-based wings of the Art of Animation) guests who stay in this hotel will be able to take part in an immersive experience designed from the ground up to be a living adventure that gives guests the chance to become the star of their own Star Wars Story.
To help facilitate this, Disney is building this now hotel right across from where Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge will be on the south side of Disney's Hollywood Studios. And while construction hasn't officially kicked off yet, last month permits were filed with the South Florida Water Management District, which means that this experience will be a lot more exclusive than we thought, with the building only being two stories tall, and occupying a small footprint on the side of the park with a simple bus loop for transportation, and not much else.