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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

As we await an official opening date, Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios is taking shape quickly

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 10:36 AM

  • Image via Bioreconstruct | Twitter
Local theme park construction photographer Bioreconstruct recently posted new aerial shots Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The majority of the construction is well-hidden from most guests' views, so it takes helicopters to truly understand what progress we’re seeing on the transformation of the former "Hollywood East" park.

Star Wars land, which will open in 2019, looks to be roughly six months or so behind its West Coast counterpart. This could mean the Disneyland version will open before the one at DHS, or it could point to a quicker build here further down the line.

  • Image via Bioreconstruct | Twitter
One interesting note is large sections of the former Streets of America facades, all of which are behind walls and thought to be gone, are still standing, though they look to be very stripped down from what they were.

Nearby, close to what looks like the entrance of the Star Wars land, new Streets of America facades are being constructed. There’s no detail on what this section will become, but there are rumors of the nearby Muppets Courtyard expanding, which may include this area.

The bigger story is the major construction milestone that recently took place in Toy Story Land, which is currently being built behind Toy Story Mania. The new expansion is in an area that formerly housed part of the Studio Backlot Tour tram ride attraction and backstage offices. Two new attractions have been confirmed for Toy Story Land: the Alien Swirling Saucers and the Slinky Dog Dash.

The new aerial images show the Alien Swirling Saucers, a spinning ride similar to the Cars Quatre Rouse Rallye at the Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. Multiple connecting circular pads are already well-formed, but little vertical construction around the attraction has begun. The ride vehicles for the attraction are on-site, with some already in position on the ride.

Unlike the Toy Story Lands found in Paris and Hong Kong, the Orlando version will have a roller coaster themed to Slinky Dog instead of a simple carnival-style ride. The Slinky Dog Dash family coaster looks to be of a similar thrill level as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in Magic Kingdom, but with multiple launches instead of a traditional lift hill. The bright red track is nearly finished on the new coaster that will be the central feature in the new land. A large wall is being built behind the coaster that will block views of a castmember parking garage.

Along with the two new rides, the Toy Story Land will feature a new entrance for Toy Story Mania through what is currently the back of the building. New retail, dining and entertainment is also expected in the land.

An official opening date of Toy Story Land will be announced at the upcoming D23 Expo in July, but it's widely believed that it will open by next summer.

There's still no word on an exact opening date for Star Wars land or any of the other areas currently under construction at Hollywood Studios.

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