Building Facades Disappearing From Hollywood Studios Streets of America

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The building facades, that line the Streets of America at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, are slowly disappearing.  The Streets of America gave access to the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure, and Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.  They provided a cross-over to the Backlot Tour, which has disappeared from the map to make way for Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land. The Streets of America also provided the back-drop for the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights.  Today, one entire side of the Streets of America’s building facades have disappeared, thus changing the landscape forever.

You can imagine my surprise as I entered Muppets Courtyard and discovered I could see the building facades on the other side of the Streets of America.  No longer was a I looking at the back side of the building facades that formerly graced that space.  The Empire State Building facade still stands tall and visible, although I am almost certain that this too shall disappear.

As you step out of Writer’s Stop, next door to the Sci-Fi Dine In Theater,  you will notice that you can see clear across to Muppets Courtyard now.  Your line of vision is drawn to the clock tower and Kermit’s giant balloon atop Muppet Vision 3-D.  You can also see the brick building of the former Toy Story Pizza Planet; currently undergoing a refurbishment and soon to be the newly themed PizzeRizzo.

With time, comes change.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios is undergoing its largest change since opening as Disney’s MGM Studios on May 1, 1989.  As we eagerly await the opening of Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, news and photos of their progress are helpful as we are faced with a very long wait ahead of us.

I have wonderful memories of shrinking to the size of bug, with my children, at the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set.  My son’s favorite thing to see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.  He loved the explosions and learning about how the stunts were performed.  My daughter loved the Backlot Studios Tour with the rush of the water after the truck explosion portion of the tour.  For many of us the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights was the greatest holiday light show ever to be presented at the Walt Disney World Resort.  I was fortunate to attend the very last night of this event and I can assure you, there was not one dry eye on the Streets of America at the moment that the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights became dark forever.  While we will sorely miss this display, we eagerly anticipate the future of these disappearing building facades and what will someday exist in their space.

We have to have faith in the Disney Imagineers.  I tell friends and family all the time to wait a minute, take a short pause, and then you will see the next great thing that Disney has to offer.  They have a reason for everything they do and we just have to be patient for a bit. While we can never again walk the Streets of America as they were in their original form, may our memories of this space live on, never to disappear from our hearts or our minds.

What will you miss the most from the glory days of the Streets of America?  Please leave your comments in the box below.



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Lisette R lives in Orlando, FL and is a local writer for Chip and Co. She loves all things Disney. She can primarily be found exploring the Walt Disney World Parks, Walt Disney World Resorts, and Disney Springs. When she is not at Walt Disney World she enjoys spending time researching and planning her next cruise on the Disney Cruise LIne or a visit to Disney Land.
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One thought on “Building Facades Disappearing From Hollywood Studios Streets of America

  1. Yes, i actually miss these days of Streets of America, some memories i had there were me being scared of the canyon on the Backlot Tour, having my little sister lost in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area, meeting Kim Possible(remember that show?) with her friend Ron, (almost)meeting Lightning McQueen from Cars on SOA, and of course seeing the Christmas lights as well.

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