Star Wars Land: First Vertical Construction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

March 5, 2017 – Framing for the first vertical walls for the future Star Wars Land in Orlando was observed just days ago at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The steel framing, which lies beyond the Muppet Vision 3D brick tower and the end of the last standing building façade of the former Streets of America, could be the start of an entrance tunnel to Star Wars Land.

Just beyond the Muppet Vision 3D attraction at left and the building façade at right will be a large cave-like entrance to the new Star Wars Land. (Photo Credit: blogmickey.com)

Just beyond the Muppet Vision 3D attraction at left and the building façade at right will be a large cave-like entrance to the new Star Wars Land. (Photo Credit: blogmickey.com)

The first vertical construction is a significant milestone as Disney has spent the last eleven months tearing down the back one-third section of Hollywood Studios and doing some foundation and other prep work. Construction walls first went up on April 3, 2016.

In this photo taken from the second floor of PizzeRizzo, vertical construction can be seen for the first time. (Photo Credit: blogmickey.com)

In this photo taken from the second floor of PizzeRizzo, vertical construction can be seen for the first time. (Photo Credit: blogmickey.com)

The gap between the two framed walls may be the tunnel entrance to Star Wars Land. A stone-like façade will be built over the framing to suggest the start of a mountain and to hide views of Star Wars Land from the Muppet Vision 3D courtyard. (Photo Credit: blogmickey.com)

The gap between the two framed walls may be the tunnel entrance to Star Wars Land. A stone-like façade will be built over the framing to suggest the start of a mountain and to hide views of Star Wars Land from the Muppet Vision 3D courtyard. (Photo Credit: blogmickey.com)

With the former Streets of America all but demolished, speculation has been that the last standing New York building façade would soon be torn down as well.

The photo below, however, suggests an alternative: Could the building façade remain and serve as one boundary to a newly expanded Muppet Courtyard? An expansive courtyard could serve as a wide-open space to accommodate street characters, performers, mobile kiosks and vendors and, of course, the hordes of guests headed toward Star Wars Land.

This aerial shot, taken in late February 2017, suggests two entrances to Star Wars Land - and a greatly expanded Muppet Courtyard (Photo Credit: twitter.com/bioreconstruct)

This aerial shot, taken in late February 2017, suggests two entrances to Star Wars Land – and a greatly expanded Muppet Courtyard (Photo Credit: twitter.com/bioreconstruct)

Click HERE to see additional construction photos and video from blogmickey.com.

Meanwhile, in Anaheim….


On the west coast, construction of Star Wars Land at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, is much further along. The video below shows progress through March 3, 2017.


Opening Dates and a Rumored Skyway


Disney has announced the opening date of Star Wars Land on both coasts for sometime in 2019. Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will likely open first (in 2018). Because of the Orlando location’s later construction start, Star Wars Land in Orlando could end up with a delayed full opening date of 2020.

A rumored gondola aerial skyway, connecting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Disney’s moderate-budget Caribbean Beach Resort, and Disney’s value-budget Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts, could be constructed by 2019-2020 as well. While Disney has not yet made an official announcement, a permit application was filed in Orange County, Florida.

Rumors of a gondola-style skyway system began in February, 2017. The unconfirmed skyway could offer direct connections between 2 or 3 Disney World resorts, Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

Rumors of a gondola-style skyway system began in February, 2017. The unconfirmed skyway could offer direct connections between 2 or 3 Disney World resorts, Epcot and Hollywood Studios.

A gondola skyway would expand transportation capacity to the fleet of Disney buses and boats which transport guests between the theme parks and resorts.

Artist's concept of Star Wars Land (Image Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Artist’s concept of Star Wars Land (Image Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s