Hollywood Studios

Julia’s Best Week Ever, March 16, 2017: Hooray for Hollywood! (Please Clap)

by on March 16, 2017

Does it seem a bit like Disney’s Hollywood Studios is that free add-on that you get when you order an As Seen On TV item? Visit Walt Disney World now, and we’ll throw in Disney’s Hollywood Studios! When you get down to it, though, the Studios still has a lot to offer, at least for a half day park. At least that’s what we told ourselves when we got up early Saturday morning to squeeze in as much fun as we could in a half day there.

When we arrived, the Citizens of Hollywood had been kind enough to roll out the red carpet for us.

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Your Top-Rated Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios Restaurants

by on March 6, 2017

Best Disney Restaurants

I’m back with more results from our recent Disney World dining survey. Today we’re looking at your top-rated Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios restaurants. (Here are the best Magic Kingdom restaurants, and here are Epcot’s best restaurants.) Like those earlier posts, today’s analysis is based on more than 122,000 Disney World dining surveys we received in 2016.

The Best Animal Kingdom Restaurants

Let’s start with the park’s quick-service restaurants. As before, restaurants in green are significantly better than average, while restaurants in red are significantly worse than average:

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Celebrate the Oscars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 20, 2017

Oscars

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Many people dream of walking the red carpet and holding that beautiful golden statue, thanking their friends and family. Well, since I doubt you’ll have the opportunity to do that, here’s the next best thing for those of you who are fans of The Oscars.

For a limited time, Guests who visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios’s One Man’s Dream will have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and take a photo with a gorgeous Oscar statuette.

During this unique experience, Guests will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet and pose with the Oscar statue, against a signature Oscar backdrop. Oh and make sure to share your experience on social media using the hashtag, #Oscars.

This wonderful opportunity will be available for Guests to take part in only until February 26.

The Oscars will air this Sunday, February 26, on ABC at 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT and will feature host Jimmy Kimmel.

 

 

 

Guests Will Be Able to Meet BB-8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 17, 2017

BB-8

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Ok, this is cool. Soon, Guests will have the opportunity to meet the lovable Star Wars droid, BB-8 at the Star Wars Launch Bay in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This meet and greet opportunity will begin later this spring.

BB-8 will appear in addition to Kylo Ren and Chewbacca, two characters who meet Guests regularly in the Star Wars Launch Bay.

The Star Wars Launch Bay is a fantastic overall experience for Guests who are Star Wars fans. Located in the Animation Courtyard, Star Wars Launch Bay is a multi-sensory space where Guests will see special concept art, tour galleries featuring memorabilia and replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, including ones from Rogue One, and have the ability to purchase special Star Wars merchandise.

Star Wars Land to Open in 2019 at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

by on February 7, 2017

Star Wars Land

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We are two years out from the official opening year of the Star Wars-themed lands for both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It was announced today that both will open at some point in the year 2019.

Star Wars Land on both coasts will be the largest ever, single-themed land expansions on each coast. The land will  have Guests transported to a never-before-seen planet that is going to be a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space.

Here’s what we know about the lands so far:

  • There will be two attractions, one centered around the Millennium Falcon where you will actually be able to pilot it; banking left, right and firing the laser cannons. You’ll be in complete control. The second one will find you in a battle between the resistance and the first order in a race against time.
  • In this new world, you’ll enter authentic locations and be able to meet droids and aliens.
  • You’ll be able to enter an other-worldly street market and taste local delicacies.
  • You can enjoy at meal at the best Star Wars themed-dinner club or you can choose to stop in at the local cantina.

You are most certainly going to want to stay tuned to the blog for more details about Star Wars Land as they get released!

Starring Rolls Now Closed at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 7, 2017

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This one hurts just a little. According to reports, Starring Rolls Cafe located on Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now closed.

Starring Rolls was a fan favorite, serving up fresh-baked goods and pastries. They were known for their incredible cupcake creations, such as the Butterfinger Cupcake and the Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcake.  Starring Rolls also offered unique to theme park lunch options, including fresh sandwiches, soups, and salads. Options included a Ham Sandwich, a Turkey Sandwich, and a Ruben. They also offered a Mixed Greens Salad and Tomato Bisque Soup.

With a semi-similar menu, Guests can now get many of the items sold at Starring Rolls at the Trolley Car Cafe (Starbucks) just across the way. This includes the Butterfinger Cupcake. (Now with the name of Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Cupcake). In addition, it seems as though Guests can also pick up things like the Fruit Tart and the Napoleon at Trolley Car Cafe.

It has been indicated that this move is a permanent one. No word on what will happen with the space going forward.

 

Lunch Now Offered During Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 1, 2017

Minnie's Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine

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I guess Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Hollywood and Vine has been popular! Originally offered just as a dinner option, now beginning May 14, Guests will be able to experience lunch with Minnie Mouse and friends soon too.

Minnie’s Seasonal Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a character meal that changes themes frequently. Minnie hosts a fabulous meal with each season will bringing about a new theme. During the winter, the meal celebrates the glitz and glamor of Hollywood, there is a holiday-themed soirée, a celebration of the delight of spring, the excitement of summer, and an event surrounding the spooktacular fun of Halloween.

Don’t worry! For those with little ones, Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine will still occur at breakfast and will include fun moments with favorite Disney Junior pals including Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia from Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny.

Guests can book their lunch reservations for Minnie’s Seasonal Dine now by calling (407) WDW-DINE.

Sneak Peek of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Live Action Film at Disney Parks

by on January 27, 2017

Beauty and the Beast

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As a child of the 90s, I have to say, I am super excited about the upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast. While Ariel got me into the Disney princess phenomenon, it was really Belle who was most like me, as I too always had my nose in a book.

If you, like me are anxiously awaiting this film, I am happy to tell you that if you’ll be visiting either the Walt Disney World or Disneyland Resorts, you’ll soon be able to catch a sneak peek.

At Walt Disney World, beginning February 10 through March 26, at One Man’s Dream in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests will be able to catch a preview scene from the film. In addition, two iconic props will be available for Guests to view – the yellow ballroom dress and the magical rose.

In addition, at Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, a performer will invite a father and daughter from the audience onstage where they will be able to participate in a magical moment prior to the show in which the performer will sing to them a new song from the film.

Over on the West Coast, at Disney California Adventure, beginning February 10, the preview of Beauty and the Beast will be presented in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. There will also be special props from the film available for Guests to view.

The film preview will last approximately eight minutes.

Beauty and the Beast will be released in theaters on March 17.

New Star Wars: Galactic Nights Special Event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on January 11, 2017

Star Wars: Galactic Nights

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If you are a Star Wars fan, the ultimate event will be taking place this April at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: Galactic Nights will occur on April 14 and invites Guests to celebrate the beloved Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: Galactic Nights Guests will be invited to dress as their favorite character while attending this family-friendly event, as well as experience fun and exclusive Star Wars activities and events.

Rebel Base

Guests will start at the Rebel Base, found at the center of the par, which will serve as the event hub. There will be multiple shows, events, and dance parties. Here, Guests will experience stunning, interactive projection featuring iconic Star Wars scenery.  Guests will also be able to experience “The Star Wars Show” on Location, where you’ll be able to join the hosts of the popular starwars.com show while they film their weekly program. You will also be able to experience Celebrate the Saga where you’ll have the opportunity to take off on an interactive journey that chronologically celebrates the milestones of Star Wars.

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Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine Back at Hollywood & Vine

by on January 4, 2017

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Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is offering Guests the opportunity to enjoy special themed dinners with Minnie’s Seasonal Dine. For awards season, we’ll have Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine which will begin on January 7 and will last until March 19.

Minnie serves as the host for this event and she is inviting all of her friends to join her as she hosts a fabulous dinner party celebrating the glamour of Hollywood! Characters will be dressed to the nines in their glitziest costumes, plus there will be unique music, décor and menu items.

The cost for Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine is $50.00 for adults ages 10 and up and $30.00 for children ages 3 to 9 (plus tax and gratuity).

Guests may also choose to add the Fantasmic Dining Package to this meal. The cost will be $57.00 per adult and $35 per child, plus tax and gratuity. In addition, some dining plans accepted.

Breakfast and lunch remains as the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine and will still feature Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and Handy Manny.

For more information and to make reservations for Minnie’s Silver Screen Dine, you can call (407) WDW-DINE.