Every time I think things have gotten bad at Hollywood Studios, I feel like the Park laughs and bellows, “THIS IS NOT EVEN MY FINAL FORM!”
The good news is that once you actually get inside the Park, things are pretty chill on the construction front. There’s a couple of walls blocking access to what will become Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but that’s about the extent of it. Outside is another story as the bus stops have moved to a temporary location a little further away from the entrance.
In peak DISboards fashion, they ran a story stating that the bus stops were at least 20 minutes away from the entrance:
A 10+ page thread followed with a number of people swearing off visiting the Studios in its entirety due to the length of the walk.
As an overweight blogger that’s an inexperienced and slow runner, it took me just over seven minutes while taking a picture over the wall every five steps.
That 7-minute walk was also from Bus Stop 1, which is actually the furthest from the entrance. Obviously, walking outside in Florida with no cover is not high on anybody’s list, but I wouldn’t let the fact that the walk from the bus might be two minutes longer than before deter you from visiting the Studios. There are hundreds of other, legitimate reasons for that.
Speaking of bus stops, the old ones are gone.
As recently as last week you would have seen this.
Last week, the old bus stops stood right next to the new gondola station.
Here’s the current look.
Amusingly, I had taken the “first” photo of the first gondola appearing inside the gondola station.
But I didn’t notice. Such is life when you shoot at 11mm.
But there it is. There is no known timeline on when the gondola system will open, but you’d think “summer 2k19” would be a logical bet.
Whether or not the flying closets of death will be air-conditioned remains to be seen. You would think that they would have to be considering they are outdoors in Florida, but I suppose if they are vented and constantly moving that it might not be so bad. One wonders how much they’re going to have to slow down for wheelchairs and bloggers that just want a picture of an empty cabin, but we’ll see.
Otherwise, you’ll want to be prepared for an unattractive walk to the Park.
Whether you’re driving, walking, or taking the bus.
You can avoid the mess via the boat.
Not even a sunburst can save us.
Construction has also closed this side exit, which allowed a quicker getaway to the parking lot. It had been closed as an entrance for a while.
Guest pickup/drop-off/Uber/Lyft/etc. has also recently moved to this lot on the right. It’s a big improvement from the previous location.
Here’s the view if you’re heading in from over there.
Inside, you’ll find a small wall around what was The Great Movie Ride as Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway construction continues.
Word seemed to be that the ride would open in May, but it sounds like that’s been pushed back to September-ish.
Construction noise is audible. One does wonder why the Railway couldn’t have been new construction with The Great Movie Ride potentially seeing an upgrade.
Galaxy’s Edge construction is almost completely hidden along Grand Avenue. Obviously you will run into a wall down there and a construction crane continues to fly high, but the trees do a nice job of protecting us from the exposed metal.
Here’s a reminder of how Galaxy’s Edge is coming along.
I think it’s going to be on a level that we’ve never seen before. I’m not sure if Disney will regret not doing something much larger, but you’d think Studios’ attendance in 2020 will be ten million guests higher. I joke about how bad things are going to get here, but it still pales in comparison to the nightmare that is going to be Disneyland. I’d definitely get over there before Star Wars opens if you can.
I thought this was going to be a more substantial update, but I think that covers most of what’s going on at the Studios in front of the new entrance opening, which may not be too far off as paving work concludes.