This Week at Studios – December 5, 2017

Welcome back Nerds to a fresh look at all that’s new here at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We have a lot to cover this week so fasten your Starspeeder 1000 seat belt as we move into hyperdrive!

Calling all Annual Passes holders…you can pick up a free Annual Pass Christmas magnet now through December 19th.  Stop by either Mickey’s of Hollywood, Celebrity 5 & 10, or Once Upon A Time stores. Make sure you have your passholder card and a photo ID. Whether on your car bumper or kitchen refrigerator, this magnet will look great.

Free Annual Passholder Holiday Magnet available at Hollywood Studios while supplies last.
Free Annual Passholder Holiday Magnet available at Hollywood Studios while supplies last.
The gate mentioned last week at the end of Muppet Vision 3D now has a fresh coat of green paint. Since construction appears complete with the wall and gate, get ready for the blue construction wall to disappear soon
The gate mentioned last week at the end of Muppet Vision 3D now has a fresh coat of green paint. Since construction appears complete with the wall and gate, get ready for the blue construction wall to disappear soon

Meanwhile, the case of the missing wood and concrete sidewalk benches that were removed from Sunset Blvd. for better viewing of  Sunset Seasons Greetings has been solved! They now have magically reappeared on Grand Avenue.  Enjoy a seat your next park visit if you care to view the building facade…. and remember the good ole Streets of America!!

Enjoy a seat your next park visit if you care to view the building facade…. and remember the good ole Streets of America!!
Enjoy a seat your next park visit if you care to view the building facade…. and remember the good ole Streets of America!!

With the Crait debuted in Star Tours three weeks ago, the banners outside of Star Tours attraction are now changed from Jakku to Crait. A colorful addition and taste of what guests can expect on their travel aboard the Starspeeder 1000.

With the Crait debuted in Star Tours three weeks ago, the banners outside of Star Tours attraction are now changed from Jakku to Crait. A colorful addition and taste of what guests can expect on their travel aboard the Starspeeder 1000.
With the Crait debuted in Star Tours three weeks ago, the banners outside of Star Tours attraction are now changed from Jakku to Crait. A colorful addition and taste of what guests can expect on their travel aboard the Starspeeder 1000.
Stop by Walt Disney Presents to find partner statue Christmas ornaments in the far back store. The second row of hats for sale that were removed last week apparently  made way for these favorite Disney ornament collectibles. Get one or more for your family Christmas tree next park visit!
Stop by Walt Disney Presents to find partner statue Christmas ornaments in the far back store. The second row of hats for sale that were removed last week apparently  made way for these favorite Disney ornament collectibles. Get one or more for your family Christmas tree next park visit!
Stop by Walt Disney Presents to find partner statue Christmas ornaments in the far back store.
Stop by Walt Disney Presents to find partner statue Christmas ornaments in the far back store.
Hold on…brand new at Launch Bay Cargo is a make- your- own droid station. You will find this shop’s fun merchandise location is less crowded then Tatooine Traders gift shop.  What is really cool about this make- a- droid station is one side is R2 units while the other side features 3pio pieces.  The price is currently 2 selections for $21.95.
Hold on…brand new at Launch Bay Cargo is a make- your- own droid station. You will find this shop’s fun merchandise location is less crowded then Tatooine Traders gift shop.  What is really cool about this make- a- droid station is one side is R2 units while the other side features 3pio pieces.  The price is currently 2 selections for $21.95.

 

previously blank lease billboard that sits on Carthay Circle finally has a sponsor. As you can see in the photo below, Coca Cola now adorns this billboard.
Previously blank lease billboard that sits on Carthay Circle finally has a sponsor. As you can see in the photo below, Coca Cola now adorns this billboard.
No wonder Coke is the official soft drink of Walt Disney World. You will find all the remaining billboards on both Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards are now leased to a company. Fortunately, all these ads still retain a 1940’s look and feel.
No wonder Coke is the official soft drink of Walt Disney World. You will find all the remaining billboards on both Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards are now leased to a company. Fortunately, all these ads still retain a 1940’s look and feel.
Bring your Disney VISA card in hand for all the Christmas merchandise now displayed in the stores this week.  Minnie and Mickey 2018 New Year ornaments, edible Christmas light gummies, gingerbread popcorn, plus much more await the holiday shopper .  Look for these exclusive new arrival items in the “New this week” section of each store.
Bring your Disney VISA card in hand for all the Christmas merchandise now displayed in the stores this week.  Minnie and Mickey 2018 New Year ornaments, edible Christmas light gummies, gingerbread popcorn, plus much more await the holiday shopper .  Look for these exclusive new arrival items in the “New this week” section of each store.
New Holiday Merchandise available at Mickey's of Hollywood
New Holiday Merchandise available at Mickey’s of Hollywood
New Holiday Merchandise available at Mickey's of Hollywood
New Holiday Merchandise available at Mickey’s of Hollywood
New Holiday Merchandise available at Mickey's of Hollywood - Minnie Mouse
New Holiday Merchandise available at Mickey’s of Hollywood – Minnie Mouse
New Holiday Merchandise available at Mickey's of Hollywood - Mickey
New Holiday Merchandise available at Mickey’s of Hollywood – Mickey
Step inside the Cover Story store, and prepare to make your own unique, one of a kind phone case and or MagicBand at this merchandise counter. You will find this opportunity in all the parks including one more here in Launch Bay Cargo. Get ready to customize Disney Characters, theme park rides etc., on a number of phone models, ranging from the IPhone 5 and all the way up to the new IPhone X.  Want to add your name to the phone or magicband? This is easily accomplished for an additional cost.
Step inside the Cover Story store, and prepare to make your own unique, one of a kind phone case and or MagicBand at this merchandise counter. You will find this opportunity in all the parks including one more here in Launch Bay Cargo. Get ready to customize Disney Characters, theme park rides etc., on a number of phone models, ranging from the IPhone 5 and all the way up to the new IPhone X.  Want to add your name to the phone or magicband? This is easily accomplished for an additional cost.
A look at additional customization phone cases - Cover Story
A look at additional customization phone cases – Cover Story
Now for some more brick and mortar news regarding Grand Avenue. Right after the construction wall but before the entrance to Battu, you will notice freshly planted palm trees at the end of Grand Avenue. As you can see in the pictures below, Disney is putting the final touches on the corner store front. Looks like a new music store. Hopefully, this should be done early next year.
Now for some more brick and mortar news regarding Grand Avenue. Right after the construction wall but before the entrance to Battu, you will notice freshly planted palm trees at the end of Grand Avenue. As you can see in the pictures below, Disney is putting the final touches on the corner store front. Looks like a new music store. Hopefully, this should be done early next year.
Now for some more brick and mortar news regarding Grand Avenue. Right after the construction wall but before the entrance to Battu, you will notice freshly planted palm trees at the end of Grand Avenue. As you can see in the pictures below, Disney is putting the final touches on the corner store front. Looks like a new music store. Hopefully, this should be done early next year.
Now for some more brick and mortar news regarding Grand Avenue. Right after the construction wall but before the entrance to Battu, you will notice freshly planted palm trees at the end of Grand Avenue. As you can see in the pictures below, Disney is putting the final touches on the corner store front. Looks like a new music store. Hopefully, this should be done early next year.
Now for some more brick and mortar news regarding Grand Avenue. Right after the construction wall but before the entrance to Battu, you will notice freshly planted palm trees at the end of Grand Avenue. As you can see in the pictures below, Disney is putting the final touches on the corner store front. Looks like a new music store. Hopefully, this should be done early next year.
Now for some more brick and mortar news regarding Grand Avenue. Right after the construction wall but before the entrance to Battu, you will notice freshly planted palm trees at the end of Grand Avenue. As you can see in the pictures below, Disney is putting the final touches on the corner store front. Looks like a new music store. Hopefully, this should be done early next year.

We wrap up with exciting news this week from the Star Wars planet Battu. As you can see in the photos below, there is a tree standing on the tallest structure. While some guests may equate this addition as a Christmas touch, more importantly, this tree signifies that the last piece of steel is now in place on the building. Additionally thrilling is the new lighting added on the entrance of the gateway to Battu. Unfortunately, builders have placed wood in the gateway so the view into the land is now temporarily blocked.

 

 

Do yourself a favor and check out my friends at Once Upon a Time Travel on Facebook. The cooler weather and the Disney holiday excitement make December as well as January great times to visit the Studio as well as all three other parks. These travel experts are the best at making any Orlando vacation dream a reality.

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Johnny Hollywood

Hey Everyone: I have enjoyed going to the Studios faithfully twice a week since 2011. My most memorable experience was camping out in front of the main gate for each of the four Star Wars Weekends in 2015!

3 thoughts on “This Week at Studios – December 5, 2017

  • December 5, 2017 at 10:11 pm
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    Love the touch of the Christmas Tree high atop Galaxy Edge. Keep the reports coming!!!

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    • December 6, 2017 at 9:05 pm
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      Yes, progress is always a good sign with Galaxy Edge. Thank you for reading!

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  • December 6, 2017 at 10:29 am
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    Love that partners statue ornament and that vintage Coca Cola billboard!!!!

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