Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Early Closures and Frustrations

Laurie was there to see all of the new additions to Hollywood Studios (the “Frozen” additions).  She gives us an update on what is closing early and what you need to look out for.

The following are closing early: 

Starring Rolls – 4 PM; Studio Catering – 5:30 PM; Min and Bill’s – 6 PM; Backlot Express – 8 PM; ABC Commissary – 8:30 PM; and Pizza Planet – 8:30 PM.

Fireworks are causing the early closure of some of those restaurants. Studio Catering is by the Backlot Tour and High Octane refreshment stand is next to Studio Catering. Tune-In Lounge and Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge are open to 9:30 PM and Rosie’s on Sunset Blvd. is open until park closure.
By 9 pm all of Pixar Place Mickey Avenue, and Commissary Lane are closed. At 7 pm the Backlot Tour and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids play area close; The Great Movie Ride closes at 8 pm; and at 8:30 pm Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream and Toy Story Mania close. Any guest in line for Toy Story Mania at 8:15 pm will get to ride. Wandering Oaken closes at 8 pm and had a 2 hour wait.Oaken

Plan ahead if you want to shop in those areas. Unless the park is open until 11 pm or later they will not reopen those areas. All of the food kiosks around the hat were closed at about 8:30 pm, with most reopening after the fireworks. There was a long line for the temporary drink stand, so be prepared. The area behind the stage and to either side will remain closed until the Fire Marshall says they may reopen. Laurie watched someone with a flashlight walking around in circles as he looked for embers. The firemen and Cast Members take this very seriously.

Frozen stuff is awesome, but does cause congestion and early closures of 3 streets. This is monsoon season so be prepared for high winds and rain. The park still is easy to get around and the line at Rosie’s was about 7 minutes. Cast Members are making sure that traffic keeps moving. They had arrows made of tape on Sunset Blvd.