Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! Lots of things are changing and closing at Hollywood Studios, and we are there to cover it for you. Let’s take a look at what you need to know . . .

Welcome to the Studios!
Welcome to the Studios!
The new Star Wars stage show premiered this week.
The new Star Wars stage show premiered this week.
A good crowd turned out for it, but it got canceled at the last minute due to technical difficulties.
A good crowd turned out for it, but it got canceled at the last minute due to technical difficulties.
Walls up on Hollywood Blvd.
Walls up on Hollywood Blvd.

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Walls still up near the Path of the Jedi theater.
Walls still up near the Path of the Jedi theater.

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Streets of America are now closed.
Streets of America are now closed.
Pretty cool artwork on the walls.
Pretty cool artwork on the walls.
It seems as though Disney has big plans.
It seems as though Disney has big plans.
The Muppets are safe for now, as their area has officially been renamed Muppets Courtyard.
The Muppets are safe for now, as their area has officially been renamed Muppets Courtyard.

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The Pizza Planet sign has been taken down, furthering the idea that this will be a Muppet themed eatery.
The Pizza Planet sign has been taken down, furthering the idea that this will be a Muppet themed eatery.

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Can't get past the exit to Muppet Vision any longer as the Streets are now closed.
Can’t get past the exit to Muppet Vision any longer as the Streets are now closed.

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The new park map eliminates the whole Backlot/Streets of America area.
The new park map eliminates the whole Backlot/Streets of America area.

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Premier theater being torn down.
Premier theater being torn down.
New signage to help people find their way amongst the changes.
New signage to help people find their way amongst the changes.
Scrims up near the old American Idol audition building.
Scrims up near the old American Idol audition building.

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Writer's Stop is still open.
Writer’s Stop is still open.
It has more of a lounge feel now, with many alcoholic options.
It has more of a lounge feel now, with many alcoholic options.

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Big wait times since there are many less things to do in the park these days.
Big wait times since there are many less things to do in the park these days.
Walls up near the entrance to One Man's Dream, which is still open during all of this.
Walls up near the entrance to One Man’s Dream, which is still open during all of this.
They are previewing Jon Favreau's Jungle Book at the One Man's Dream theater.
They are previewing Jon Favreau’s Jungle Book at the One Man’s Dream theater.
Alice advertising has started.
Alice through the Looking Glass marketing has started.

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Toy Story Midway Mania still closing early for fireworks.
Toy Story Midway Mania still closing early for fireworks.
This is now the dead end before the backlot area.
This is now the dead end before the backlot area.

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New Toy Story Land concept art on the walls!
New Toy Story Land concept art on the walls!

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Things have changed on the art a little bit since the original announcement.
Things have changed on the art a little bit since the original announcement.

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Most interesting thing here is all the way to the left. Looks like a transition to Star Wars Land.
Most interesting thing here is all the way to the left. Looks like a transition to Star Wars Land.
Closeup of said transition.
Closeup of said transition.
More signs to help people through the closures.
More signs to help people through the closures.

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Star Wars merchandise has replaced Frozen here.
Star Wars merchandise has replaced Frozen here.

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Slightly less serious merchandise than you'll find at the Launch Bay.
Slightly less serious merchandise than you’ll find at the Launch Bay.

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What else is going on in the Disney World:

  • The Magic Kingdom started welcoming  Guests back to the wonderful Diamond Horseshoe Restaurant last month. Located next to the Liberty Tree Tavern inside Liberty square, the Diamond Horseshoe is offering a special Lunch and Dinner “ all you care to eat” menu until the end of May. Over the years, this location has only offered quick service/ grab &  go type menus, so it’s exciting to have another great table service option this spring!
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios started hosting a special preview of the soon to release live action film  “ The Jungle Book”. Located on Mickey Avenue, at the Walt Disney: One Mans Dream attraction, this advance look at clips from the film will feature a special introduction from the director Jon Favreau.
  • The Epcot International Flower and Garden festival is in full swing.
  • New this year to the festival is La Isle Fresca, an outdoor kitchen, located in the World Showcase Promenade. Featured items include Jerk-spice Chicken and Grouper, Jamaican-braised Beef and ice cold frozen beverages both alcoholic and non- alcoholic.
  •  The America Gardens Theater, located at the American Adventure in World Showcase, will be hosting The Guess Who  this weekend as part of the 2016 Garden Rocks Series.
  • This weekend, Outdoor Family Fun will be celebrated through out the Festival Gardens.
  • Disney Animal Kingdom specialists will be on hand from 10am to 5pm each weekend day, sharing insights about bugs and other creatures roles in nature.
That's it for this week!
That’s it for this week!

That does it for this week. How do you feel about all the closures in the park? Excited for what’s to come? Let us know in the comments below!!

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