Construction Update: Tatooine Traders Renovation Complete!

I had the chance to take a stroll around Disney’s Hollywood Studios the other night, so of course I made a beeline to one of my favorite attractions, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. That ride never gets old for me!

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue entrance

After my quick trip to Hoth and Naboo, with a special appearance by the rarely seen Admiral Ackbar, I exited into the gift shop — as one does after nearly every Disney ride — and discovered that the renovations that had been taking place for the past few months at Tatooine Traders were finally complete.

One of the biggest changes was the relocation of the “Build Your Own Light Saber” display. Instead of clogging up the shop entryway, this activity now has its own dedicated space at the bottom of the attraction’s exit ramp.

Build Your Own Light Saber at Tatooine Traders

This change had been desperately needed for a long time, as navigating and trying to leave the shop before were a nightmare!

Missing now, though, is the Droid Factory, where you could design and build your own little droid,  and Amazing Pictures, which allowed you to insert an image of yourself into iconic Star Wars posters and photos. If you miss either of these, don’t despair. There’s a Droid Factory located across the park in Star Wars Launch Bay, and  Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster‘s Rock Around the Shop has a similar Amazing Pictures area.

Cash registers have moved to the opposite side of Tatooine Traders, and the whole space seems brighter, roomier and less cluttered, with a better flow of traffic.

Check-out at Tatooine Traders
Less crowded and cluttered post-renovations at Tatooine Traders

Alas, the three Hidden Mickeys that were placed around the shop are no more!

Tatooine Traders Hidden Mickey
One of the Hidden Mickeys that used to be in Tatooine Traders… but are no more.

Although cast members told me there might be at least one new hidden image, I couldn’t find it. I’m not sure if they were just teasing, and enjoyed seeing me search around the space, or if there really is a Hidden Mickey lurking somewhere. If you find it, let me know!

In any case, I’m just glad that Tatooine Traders is still around! With all the changes occurring around Disney’s Hollywood Studios these days, I was afraid it might be going away altogether.

What do you think of Tatooine Traders’ new look? Drop us a note in the comments below.

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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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One Reply to “Construction Update: Tatooine Traders Renovation Complete!”

  1. Looks like the same folks who designed the World of Disney redesign did this. Doesn’t really evoke Tattooine. Looks like a store in an amusement park with some minimal wall decor, sadly.