With Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land currently under construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the park is truly in the middle of an exciting transformation.
The One Man’s Dream attraction is currently being reimagined into Walt Disney Presents, which like its predecessor, will continue showcasing historic items from Walt Disney’s history, such as sketches, photos and storyboards. But wait – Walt Disney Presents will also act as a preview center where guests explore what’s next for the park. Starting in mid-September, you’ll be able to view concept art, ride vehicle maquettes and a never-before-seen model for Toy Story Land. A portion of the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge model also will be on display, as well as concept art for the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.
The attraction will also continue to host greetings with characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, plus special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films.
Many of you know that Toy Story Land is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At D23 Expo 2017, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts announced that the land will open next summer!
In 2018, guests will find themselves shrunk to the size of a toy to explore the world of Andy’s backyard with their favorite Toy Story characters, including Woody and Buzz. And Toy Story Land will feature two new themed attractions.
Slinky Dog Dash will be a family coaster attraction where you’ll zip, dodge and dash around many turns and drops that Andy has created to really make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits.
Alien Swirling Saucers will also be a new attraction at Toy Story Land. It’s designed as a toy play set that Andy got from Pizza Planet, inspired by the first “Toy Story” film. Aliens are flying around in their toy flying saucers and trying to capture your rocket toy vehicle with “The Claw.”
Just four months after its launch, Shanghai Disneyland has already broken ground on an expansion. Construction of Toy Story Land, the park’s seventh themed area, is now underway, the Walt Disney Co. said in a statement Thursday.
Based on the hit Pixar franchise featuring the characters Woody and Buzz Lightyear, the new attraction is expected to open in 2018. Neither Disney nor its Chinese partner, the Shanghai Shendi Group, which holds majority control, shared how much would be invested in the expansion.
But Disney offered that the addition should be taken as a sign of the company’s confidence in the growing demand for themed entertainment in China.
Earlier this week, a new study projected that the Chinese theme-park industry was on track to surpass that of the U.S. in the next few years. By 2020, ticket sales at Chinese theme parks will surge to $12 billion from $4.6 billion last year, according to a joint report by market research firm Euromonitor International and World Travel Market.
Theme park revenue in the U.S., meanwhile, is expected to inch upwards to $9 billion in 2020 from $8 billion in 2015, the researchers said.
The iconic Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been removed, bringing an end to the parks original symbol and icon.
The tower which stood at 130 ft, and as every Disney fan knew had a hat size of 342 3/8. The top tower weighed 32,000 lbs, and each ear weighed in at 5000 lbs.
Although the tower actually never held water, the Disney’s Hollywood Studios version represented the common sight of water towers at motion picture studios.
Disney announced back in January 2016 that the Earffel Tower would be removed. The area that the tower occupied will soon be home to Toy Story Land.
Even though the tower served as the parks official icon, Disney has often used both the Chinese Theater and The Hollywood Tower Hotel in promotional material to represent the park.
As many of you know, our historic expansion at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will bring new, spectacular experiences to the park, including entire lands inspired by the blockbuster Star Wars and Toy Story films.
Recently, Disney shared that the park’s Star Wars-themed land will transport guests to a never-before-seen planet with new experiences that’ll include a customized secret mission on the Millennium Falcon and an epic Star Warsadventure that puts everyone in the middle of a climactic battle.
And in Toy Story Land, Andy’s backyard will come to life and the famous little green aliens from the movie will take you for a spin in their very own flying saucers. A family-friendly roller coaster will also have you riding on the back of Slinky Dog.
In order to bring our new lands to life, the first steps of the expansion will be happening soon. We wanted to let you know that Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and nearby locations around Streets of America will be closing on April 2, 2016. The Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show attraction will continue its daily shows until the closing date.
While the new areas of the park come to life, we’ll continue bringing new things to Disney’s Hollywood Studios such as the recent opening of Star Wars Launch Bay, the nighttime spectacular “Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular” and Sunset Showcase.
Disney has just announced at D23 Expo 2015 that Toy Story Land will be coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
In the all-new 11-acre Toy Story Land guests will become part of the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard.
Two attractions are part of the expansion:
Family-friendly roller coaster – This coaster will zip and zoom, plunge and coast as it takes guests on a thrilling, toy-filled adventure throughout the new land on the back of Slinky Dog.
Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers.