My Hollywood Studios (stress on the ‘my’)

September 27, 2013

There are loads of changes going on at Walt Disney World and that is to be expected when the founder says “It’s something that will never be finished. Something that I can keep developing…and adding to” and “Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

At the moment Downtown Disney, Jungle Cruise, Fantasyland, and Honey I Shrunk the Kids movie set are currently under renovation. Coming soon renovations are It’s A Small World, Splash Mountain, WD Railroad, Peter Pans Flight and several food and shopping locations.

Several times in the last couple months my husband and I have talked about how Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS from here on) needs a major update or renovation.

Below is a current map of DHS.

Hollywood Studios Map

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Just for fun here is a map from when the park first opened.

Hollywood Studios Map 1

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So below is what I would do with DHS, assuming unlimited money and resources. I want to make very clear this is my ideas; NONE of this is official or even officially a rumor. This is what I would want to see happen.

The shaded orange area would become Pixar related with a title like Pixarland, though that sounds too cheesy. I also like Pixar Place and World of Pixar. Since it runs like a street, so Pixar Ave, Ln, Blvd, or St would work as well.

  • I would like to see a Cars/Planes attraction that would take you on a tour of the town, Radiator Springs, in a standard tour bus, in a layout of the Time Rovers from Dinosaur.
  • I could see an archery range where people get to shoot with bow like Merida from Brave. Using a Nintendo type device, where you shoot with a plastic bow that simulates firing a real arrow at different objects, fruit, cans, and bottles.
  • I would love to see an Up ride where a similar technology to Soarin’ is used to fly over the scenes from the movie. It would appear as if you are riding in the basket.
  • And of course a restaurant from Ratatouille. My first thought was a fine dining/sit down place, but there are several of those already and Mama Melrose serves Italian. So my back up plan would be a quick service where there are TV monitors so that the characters move from screen to screen and semi- interacts with guests. If you have eaten at Artist’s Choice on the Disney Fantasy that is the style I am talking about.
  • I would like to see the defunct Honey, I shrunk the Kids play set be converted into a Bug’s Life world. I think this would take the least amount of work.

Back of Hollywood Studios

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The shaded white area would become Star Wars World. This part would be easier, since part of it is already done. I will admit I know very little about the Star Wars universe, so I am sure this could be a more detailed longer list.

  • Star Tours would stay the same. The gift shop could either stay the same or move to a larger location. I think it is very cramped now. I think in the same location should be the Build You Own Light Saber, the picture taking booth, a small selection of merchandise and maybe some arcade type games.
  • I could see a large shopping plaza, part outdoor like in the bazar at the very beginning of Ep 1. There would also be a larger indoor section, for regular merchandise. This larger store would allow some Star Wars Weekend merchandise to be there and more costumes.
  • I want to see the Star Wars stage show where the kids get to be padawans expanded and get its own larger stage with some seating. About the size of the Off Kilter stage in Canada at Epcot, or the Tomorrowland stage with they have the 626 Dance Party.
  • For food I see the bar scene in quick service format, including a separate cove area that is an actual bar.
  • I also would like a place for the kids where they meet with some of the favorite character similar to how you meet Crush in The Seas in Epcot.
  • There can also be a section for character meet and greets with different characters. I think this would be great for the character in hot and heavy armor.

Other notes: I think the Streets of America could be expanded to Streets of the World, or add more streets, like New Orleans and Miami. I don’t think the Backlot Tour should close completely, but just shortened. I would like the storage room and walkthrough costume room moved to the Animation Courtyard or closer to the Great Movie Ride or even use it as a queue. I would also like the see a pathway connecting the Rockin’ Roller Coaster courtyard to the back of Animation Courtyard; I think this would help the traffic flow up and down Sunset Blvd better. I see it acting as an outer rim on a wheel.

What do you think? What do you want to see stay, go or be added? Leave your comments in the comments.

Oh and one more old map:

Hollywood Studios Map 2

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