New Grand Avenue Structure Under Construction in Disney's Hollywood Studios
Jul 23, 2023
A new structure is rising behind construction walls in the Grand Avenue area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Construction walls went up around Muppets Courtyard in June and a wall was knocked down soon after. Now it’s clear this isn’t just a refurbishment or a project to widen the pathway—it looks like Disney is building a new food stand.
Grand Avenue is the section of Disney’s Hollywood Studios containing Muppets courtyard and Muppet*Vision 3D, as well as the street of city façades leading to the main Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge entrance.
Right now, the structure is just a black frame, situated at the front of Muppets Courtyard. Muppet*Vision 3D and PizzeRizzo remain open during this construction, guests just need to walk around the construction walls.
The structure’s frame is just a bit taller than the brick columns and lampposts around the courtyard.
The construction walls surround a section just in front of the restrooms (which also remain open).
The structure’s small size makes a food stand a likely candidate.
There is a small snack stand in the area that sells churros and ice cream products, which moved closer to the Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge entrance when this construction began.
What are you hoping to find at this potential new Grand Avenue food stand? Let us know in the comments.
Muppet*Vision 3D opened in 1991 as one of the first representations of the Muppets in Disney Parks, and the only permanent Muppets attraction since then. As production began on Muppet*Vision 3D, there was a tentative agreement for Disney to purchase the Jim Henson Company. However, Henson’s death in 1990 ended that agreement and delayed the attraction.
Directed by Henson, it was one of his and puppeteer Richard Hunt’s final Muppets projects. It was the last time Henson performed as Kermit the Frog, as well as Waldorf and The Swedish Chef, and the last time Hunt performed as Scooter, Statler, Beaker, and Sweetums. Hunt passed away in 1992, after the attraction premiered.
Disney never did acquire the Jim Henson Company in full, but purchased theme park rights to the Muppets, and eventually purchased the property entirely in 2004.
Muppet*Vision 3D has run mostly unchanged for 32 years, even as other Muppet attractions are closed and canceled, and as Disney’s Hollywood Studios changed around it. Until 2016, it was part of Streets of America. The area was then officially known as Muppets Courtyard, before becoming Grand Avenue in 2017.
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