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A Time of Transition: Disney's Hollywood Studios

If you are a first-time visitor to Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World, you probably will notice the Pardon our Pixie Dust signs, but still enjoy the park and the many shows, attractions and adventures. However, if you are a returning guest, you may find yourself noticing more of what is missing than what is remaining.

Gone are Backlot Tour, The Great Movie Ride, and the iconic New York City set. It is a time of transition at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

So, what is there to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during this time of transition?

For starters, Sunset Boulevard is relatively unchanged. Tower of Terror is still the premier haunted destination at the end of the road, and Rockin’ Rollercoaster is still screaming fun. Beauty and the Beast has showings throughout the day, with Fantasmic capping off the night with their unique water and light show.

The Animation Courtyard still hosts The Little Mermaid and Disney Jr, and is also home to the Star Wars Launch Bay, where guests can meet their favorite Star Wars Characters and more. Stars Wars fun throughout the park include the Star Tours attraction, catching a viewing of Star Wars: Path of the Jedi or the Jedi Training experience for kids.

Other favorites still available include: Muppet Vision 3D, Toy Story Mania, and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. Guest also have the opportunity to “Let it Go” at the Frozen Singalong.

Is this still a full day park?

Honestly, it still can be, especially for those who have a Jedi in training and love all things Star Wars. Plan to eat at one of the full-service restaurants (Hollywood and Vine, Mama Melrose, 50’s Prime Time Café, Sci Fi Diner or The Brown Derby). Make sure to take in all the shows and character meet and greets. Since you will be there the full day, catch a March of the First Order and be awed by The Galactic Spectacular fireworks show to finish off the night.

And, don’t worry – the reason for all of the Pardon our Pixie Dust signs is because there are some fantastic things underway including: Toy Story Land and Grand Avenue as well as a whole new land – Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, set to debut in 2019.

Pardon our Dust

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