Hollywood Studios Update: Grand Avenue Area Takes Shape

A few days ago, we stopped by Disney's Hollywood Studios to see what's new around the park. As part of the massive expansion that's currently taking place, multiple areas of the park are not accessible by the general public, but all of them will reopen in just two years, as Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway (which will soon replace The Great Movie Ride) are all scheduled to open by the end of 2019. Let's take a look around, shall we?


Welcome to Hollywoodland:

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This is how the parks will look when hurricane Irma gets closer:

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We miss this ride...

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Let's move on to Echo Lake:

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Grand Avenue:

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Notice Star Wars themed land in the background:

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Grand Avenue now has trees, streetlights, and more:

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The new brick wall that will separate Grand Avenue from Grand Park is also starting to look great:

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New doors have been installed in this area:

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The Muppet fountain will return in mid-October:

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Let's take a look at the area from the second floor of PizzeRizzo:

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The fountain:

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One of the two future Star Wars land entrances:

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Grand Avenue:

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PizzeRizzo still sells underwhelming food:

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The building that will soon house the "Battle Escape" attraction looks massive:

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It appears that this facade will remain:

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Animation Courtyard:

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The sign of Walt Disney: One Man's Dream was still missing during our visit. A new marquee was installed this morning.

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The rest of the former soundstage next door is still behind walls:

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Pixar Place:

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It was a fairly quiet evening:

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Let's conclude with a few more photos of the future Star Wars themed land:

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And that is all for now. Before concluding, remember to like us on our official Facebook page and follow us on Twitter for live updates from the parks. If you'd like to make a donation to OTPN, feel free to use the "donate" button on the sidebar. Thanks for your support.

PHOTOS: Alex, Official Orlando Theme Park News Team Member and Photographer.

Comments

  1. When will Celebrity Spotlight change characters, as the backdrop can change at anytime?(wait until Olaf's Frozen Adventure is out, then the change will happen)


    Will the former Phineas and Ferb meet facade have some Star vs the Forces of Evil theming for a meet and greet with the show's two main characters, Star and Marco?(honestly SVTFOE fans will go crazy for these two characters)

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  2. Only at Disney World could the park be at preternaturally low crowd levels and still have a 20 minute wait for a meet & greet. Incidentally, I can't decide whether I should be heartened that Disney would send an employee into the park to do nothing but blow bubbles to try to lighten the mood, or feel pity for the cast member who got stuck doing it.

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  3. If you cant say something nice why bother. Meet and Greet times are a guess and they will always be on the heavy side no matter what to make sure the guests have plenty of time to interact with their favorite character. The fine custodian blowing bubbles is a chance for her to interact with guests and make her job a little more fun. Wouldn't you like to blow bubbles every once in a while to break up the work day. Don't be so closed minded.

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    1. I do not pay $100 pp and expect to be entertained by a bubble blowing castmember. Iexpect quality shows and attractions. To not express dissatisfaction is letting Disney believe the state of this park is somehow acceptable

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