There isn’t a lot going on at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but some pictures from this past Sunday and a couple more from today (7/23) should help cover some recent happenings at The Little Park That Might.
Frozen Summer Fun officially continues through September 7th. I have a very long post covering all of those events here.
I’m not sure if it was years of making fun of the cast members standing directly in front of the wait times board or what, but Disney decided to take it down. Actually, it’s the third of four to go. Disney took Magic Kingdom’s physical wait times sign down back when Hub construction began in what now seems like years ago. Animal Kingdom’s was taken down a long time ago now. Epcot’s digital wait times board still sits in front of the Fountain of Nations.
Primeval Whirl might be an off-the-shelf carnival ride, but at least you can’t make your own for $3.50 using the instructions from a four-minute-long YouTube video.
The last Studios post covered the closing of everything inside the Animation Building back on July 12th. That’s with the exception of the Art Gallery, which is expected to be open at least well into next month.
A sign and two cast members block the entrance from the wanderers. There is some chatter that this will turn into a staging area to display what’s coming to the Park in what may or may not be either of our lifetimes. When you’re primarily in the business of “once-in-a-lifetime” vacations, I’m not sure how smart it is to be going into much detail about what amazing additions are coming four or five years down the line. There’s a reason the Parks keep mum about upcoming feature attractions. You’ve already got people trying to wait until “everything is done” to go. There’s no telling how much longer they’ll decide to keep their money if Disney announces major additions.
“Soon” is a relative word.
As a reminder, Disney Jr. Live on Stage’s entrance has moved over to the left with Doc McStuffins greeting directly to the right, currently from 9:30am – 4:30pm. Here at 11:20am, there look to be about 12 groups in line, resulting in a wait that should be around 15 minutes plus a potential break.
It sounds like Mickey is going to move in here too, perhaps in the area currently surrounded by a box.
Signage still points guests towards The Magic of Disney Animation while another sign is directing guests to the 1pm Beauty and the Beast show on Sunset Boulevard.
Contrary to “rumors” perpetuated by a few of the various websites, One Man’s Dream continues operating.
There’s a new lounge around the corner. There’s a small bar area with some snacks, bottled beverages, beer (nothing interesting), and pre-mixed cocktails. The lounge inside is just the space that used to comprise the Legend of Jack Sparrow pre-show area. And then there’s just a picnic table for coloring for the kids and those same benches on the right for parents to sit on. It is comfortably air-conditioned though.
We arrived at 11:24am to a 90 minute wait and were on the ride just four minutes later, which is just about a record.
And two minutes after that, at 11:30am, I took this picture after completing the first game. The ride had broken down and we were slowly evacuated. I’m not sure how many people have been evacuated at Toy Story Mania, but the process is similar to other attractions. For the first few minutes, you hear the recorded temporary stoppage message intermittently. At this point, it’s likely that the ride will start working again. If it doesn’t, a live person comes on the intercom to reassure and update riders on the situation. If the problem still isn’t resolved, then it’s likely evacuation time. We waited in the vehicle for several minutes waiting for our turn to get going. Then a cast member arrived, turned the vehicle around to face the wall and we were directed down the little staircase that leads down to the floor. And we were walked out a short distance out the back door and given paper FastPasses for Toy Story Mania or another attraction for use before 7/31/15.
Are hula hoops a ride?
Mickey is temporarily meeting in the old Backlot Tour queue space across from Studio Catering Co.
As long as you zoom in, the background works. Lines seemed reasonable here before noon – 20ish minutes. It’s such a classic outfit that I hope it doesn’t go away if he does indeed move near Disney Jr.
An advertisement for this year’s Osborne Lights, which run from November 6th – January 3rd this year.
The Animation Building closure displaced Minnie Mouse as well. She greets somewhere in between The Great Movie Ride entrance and the front of the Frozen stage with a few other characters like Donald and Daisy. Currently, she switches off intermittently between 9am – 1pm and 1:40pm-4pm.
Disney announced that a Frozen version of the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique is coming to Hollywood Studios beginning the 26th. The entrance is supposed to be around here; I’m guessing where guests tried out for the defunct American Idol Experience. Packages start at $75 and go up to $240. More information is available here: http://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2015/07/ice-palace-boutique-coming-to-disneys-hollywood-studios-for-frozen-summer-fun-this-july/.
Another shot of the Reel Vogue store Replacing Villains in Vogue on Sunset Boulevard.
Disney is running quite the test this week at Fantasmic. The Park is issuing paper tickets with specific sections, rows, and seats for the show. On July 21st and 22nd, the tickets were for specific seats in specific rows in specific sections. On July 23rd and 24th, the tickets are for just sections and rows, but not seats. And from July 27th to 28th, the tickets will be for just a specific section.
Each FastPass+ kiosk had a table with stacks of paper tickets about the size of six legacy FASTPASSes. While the tickets were distributed at the kiosk, they weren’t at all tied to the FastPass+ system. Tickets to the second show were still available after 8pm with the return window that’s between 15 and 35 minutes before showtime. Considering the row is supposedly saved, there isn’t much point in showing up super early, which is exactly the point.
I like the theoretical idea of being able to reserve seats for the show. Who wants to show up 90 minutes early to secure a seat? When people line up early for parades, I always want to ask, “Can’t we just agree to come back in an hour?” But I’m not sure how practical it is with no-shows. Staying for the Park’s nighttime extravaganza might seem like a good idea at 12:30pm, but fast forward eight hours in the Florida summer heat and humidity and a trip back to the resort and a pizza from the food court might sound better. And if you just assign rows, you’re probably going to want to overbook each to compensate for no-shows. But it’s impossible to say which rows will be full, so you’ve got one overflowing row and another half that’s empty. And then you move the overflow to the row that has room only for the group that was originally supposed to sit there to arrive late.
But it’s impossible to say how Disney would allocate tickets through MyMagic+ in the future, if they decide to go that route.. This seems like a very early, “Let’s see if what we think will happen will happen” kind of thing. On the other hand, it isn’t like somebody just thought this up three days ago. It’s been planned for well over two months.
Bar’s closed. I’m out.