How do you solve a problem like Hollywood Studios? While the changes taking place there will be exciting in a few years, it's hard to know what to do in the meantime.
I have advice on how you might want to handle it. I also have news, a featured company that will help you save money on Deluxe Resorts, and a quick tip on which Deluxe Resorts you might pick.
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Planning for Hollywood Studios
- Recent closures (or closure announcements) include: Backlot Tour, American Idol, Magic of Disney Animation Building, Mulch Sweat & Shears, Osborne Lights, and Frozen Summer Fun has ended
- Rumored upcoming closures: Voyage of the Little Mermaid, One Man's Dream, Fantasmic (could just be temporary as none are scheduled after January), Lights Motors Action, and Star Wars Weekends
- New things coming: Great Movie Ride updates, 3rd track coming soon to Toy Story Mania, Star Wars Launch Bay, Star Wars show, Season of the Force
- People that will be most happy with Hollywood Studios are those who are fans of Star Wars, Frozen (especially if Frozen Fun returns in some form), Disney Jr characters, and the main attractions at Hollywood Studios
- FastPass+ is very important since there are so few attractions to hold everybody
- Since so many of the filler attractions have closed (or are rumored to be closing), I really think Hollywood Studios is a half-day park. Might make sense to rope drop another park without any FP+ and then hop to Hollywood Studios later in the day.
- The Food and Wine Festival map is available. You can find that (plus overview info) in my F&W guide.
- April 2016 park hours are still not available.
- The 3rd track for Toy Story Mania was thought to be opening in 2016, but it might actually be opening in late 2015.
- Narcoossee's (located at The Grand Floridian) is now offering a waterfront brunch.
- Jock Lindsay's Hangar Bar is opening in Downtown Disney/Disney Springs on September 22.
Quick tip of the day
If you want to stay in a Deluxe Resort that is completely enclosed (lobby, restaurants, rooms, etc.), there are 3 great resorts for that - Animal Kingdom Lodge, Wilderness Lodge, and The Beach Club.
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