I was at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Monday to get some pictures of the new Toy Story 3 character, Lotso. (You can read more about him by clicking here.) But I figured while I was at the park I’d have a look around.
On my way to see Lotso in the Animation Building, I noticed they now have a way for you to get directly to the characters without having to see The Magic of Disney Animation show. I guess I don’t have to cut through the gift shop anymore.
Going this alternate route brings you by this seldom seen area. In this courtyard are the imprints from a group of animatiors that worked on early Disney animated films. Here you’ll find Marc Davis, Ken Anderson, Ken O’Connor, Ward Kimball, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas.
He wasn’t listed on the Times Guide, but Chewbacca was meeting guests outside of Star Tours. I guess he’s getting ready for Star Wars Weekends.
Muppet*Vision 3D is closed for refurbishment, but it’s supposed to reopen this Saturday. I spoke to a cast member outside the attraction who said the film has been transferred to Digital 3D and it looks “amazing.” I asked about the preshow possibly changing and she said it would be changing at least to remove the Kodak references, since they’re no longer a sponsor, but she didn’t know if it would be a whole new show. She said other improvements will include new flat-screen TVs for the preshow, and they’re fixing some things that had stopped working such as the fireworks on the ceiling and smoke during the show.
They’re refurbishing the large guitar outside of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. I couldn’t tell for sure, but it looked like the guitar was totally white. They’re probably stripping it down before painting it red again.