PHOTOS - Streets of America demolition underway at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Aug 22, 2016 in "Streets of America"

Streets of American demolition
Posted: Monday August 22, 2016 7:12am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

A large section of the Streets of America facades has now been completely demolished on the backlot at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The view from the Muppet Courtyard area is now very different, with the support structures of the facades no longer visible along the horizon.

And below is the view from the other side of the street, looking towards the Muppet Courtyard from the Writers Stop.

Work has been ongoing clearing the backlot in preparation for both Toy Story and Star Wars Lands. The Earfell Tower, Catastrophe Canyon, the Lights Motors Action set, all of the old production bungalows, creative costuming, the San Fransisco facades, the Premier Theater and the AFI Showcase building have all been removed.

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LieutLawwAug 17, 2017

Don't you go bringing sense to the discussion :P

rocketraccoonAug 17, 2017

Shouldn't we just use the dedicated Grand Avenue thread then?

Disney-TrainsAug 17, 2017

Why would you bulldoze a theatre you want to re-use? You would just take away the permanent signage... Like what has happened... Mama Melrose still exists as a non-Muppet themed restaurant. Pizza Planet retheme had more to do with the upcoming toy story land than anything else I think.

LieutLawwAug 17, 2017

Shouldn't this thread be renamed as it isn't Streets of America anymore :p But on a more serious note it seems Disney are trying to make this whole area inc The Muppet's into 1 cohesive whole.

MisterPenguinAug 17, 2017

There are things that make it seem that they're making it easy to jettison Muppets at a moment's notice. But the thing that speaks against that is theming of Grand Ave to match Muppet Courtyard (and vice versa). They doubled down on the urban street motif. So, if there's something in the wings to replace Muppets, what could it be that would fit with the Grand Ave theme? Certainly not an expansion of Indy.

MisterPenguinAug 17, 2017

K, then, here's my updated mock-up...

JohnDAug 17, 2017

Geez. The amount of "The Sky is Falling" here is amazing.

danlb_2000Aug 17, 2017

It definitely looks like incremental steps that would make it easy to eventually remove Muppets from that area.

Horizons '83Aug 17, 2017

If they wanted to do that they would have bulldozed Muppet's theater months ago and not converted Mama Melrose's in Pizza Rizzo.

Disney-TrainsAug 17, 2017

Have they given up on muppets? It sure seems like they are setting themselves up to sweep them under the rug if they want to.

JohnDAug 17, 2017

Disney Parks Blog: More Progress on Grand Avenue. Muppets Courtyard to be renamed Grand Park

marni1971Aug 17, 2017

Fire lane. Where the photo was taken will be backstage by Christmas.

MisterPenguinAug 17, 2017

Yep, that's the one...

Jon81ukAug 17, 2017

They were driving round Future World at Epcot last I saw them.