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BaseLine Tap House Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 29, 2017

BaseLine Tap House

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Recently, Disney announced that there would be a brand new lounge introduced for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Called BaseLine Tap House, the restaurant’s theme would be that would be a cheerful corner pub that specializes in beer and wines from California. Plus, there would be small plate options to nibble on too!

Well, today, BaseLine Tap House officially opened for Guests! It can be found in the former location of the Writer’s Stop, near Sci Fi Din-In, in a brand new area of the theme park called Grand Avenue. Grand Avenue features vintage office buildings and warehouses in Downtown Los Angeles.

BaseLine Tap House pays homage to the Figueroa Printing Company, which at one time was a mom-and-pop print house that once enjoyed a flourishing partnership with Disney Studios. Guests can dine inside, or if they would prefer can sit in the shade on the the terrace outside.

The menu includes a Bavarian pretzel with fondue, a charcuterie board, and spiced almonds. Of course, the restaurant also includes many different beverages, including beers and wines from the Golden State of California, featuring craft ales, lagers and cider. Can’t choose which beer to choose? BaseLine Tap House features customizable beer flights, with up to 126 possible combinations of craft beers. That’s a lot of choices! There are also California wines on tap and specialty cocktails available. There are also non-alcoholic options in gourmet lemonade and soda on tap.

BaseLine Tap House will be open daily beginning at 11:00 a.m.

Sneak Preview of Pixar’s “Coco” Coming to Disney Parks

by on September 13, 2017

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Are you anxious for the upcoming Pixar film Coco? Well, soon, you’ll be able to catch a sneak preview of the movie at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.

Starting at Walt Disney World, the preview will be taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios inside the theater in the new Walt Disney Presents. (Formerly One Man’s Dream.) In addition to the special sneak peek, Guests will also be able to view character sculptures and artwork from the production that will be on display.

Moving over to the Disneyland Resort, Guests at Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look at scenes from Coco in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. In addition, Guests should also make sure to check out the Plaza de la Familia, an all-new festivity at Paradise Gardens that celebrates the film too which takes place from September 15 – November 2.

These special sneak previews are set to begin November 3. Coco hits theaters on November 22.

Sunset Seasons Greetings – A New Holiday Happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 7, 2017

The holidays are a magical time of year and with the end of the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ holiday festivities have been in flux. Sure, during last year’s festivities, we had the introduction of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! fireworks spectacular, but overall, things felt a little lackluster. That will be changing this year!

Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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New, for 2017 will be something known as Sunset Seasons Greetings. Guests will be able to experience falling snow, twinkling lights and stories from several iconic Disney characters all on Sunset Boulevard. This holiday season, with the Sunset Seasons Greetings projection show, billboards will suddenly begin to move into motion and tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season. Also, the Hollywood Tower Hotel will get in on the action as it magically transforms, bringing to life the characters’ stories.

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Minnie’s Halloween Dine Now Taking Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 6, 2017

Minnie's Halloween Dine

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Hollywood & Vine is getting in the fun spooky spirit, with its Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. During this character meal, Minnie is hosting a Halloween celebration and she’s inviting her friends to come dressed in their most festive costumes!

There will also be a special Halloween-inspired buffet. Dishes will include spiced pumpkin patch soup, Kraken squid ink pasta and vampire-repelling garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, enjoy spider-web coconut macaroons, worms and dirt Oreo cups and pumpkin cheesecake.

Minnie’s Halloween is now available for both lunch and dinner. Breakfast is now the only meal where you can experience the  Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine meal which  includes fun moments with favorite Disney Junior pals  like Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny.

Minnie’s Halloween Dine will last until November 5.

 

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Event Returning

by on September 6, 2017

Star Wars: Galactic Nights

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Earlier this year, Disney rolled out the first ever Star Wars: Galactic Nights event to correspond with Star Wars Celebration. It appears as though that wasn’t the only time that event would take place, as it is returning this December to tie in with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

This event is the ultimate one for a Star Wars fan. It will take place on December 16 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios 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.

Here’s what you can expect to experience at the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event:

Rebel Base

The Rebel Base will serve as the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event hub. Here, Guests will find a DJ dance party, as well as being the home for ongoing event information, hosted shows, interactive moments and more!

Epic Theater

Don’t miss this one-night-only panel discussion called “Inside the Saga: A Galaxy in the Making” about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This unique event will be taking place multiple times throughout the evening at The Epic Theater and will be the place where you learn about exciting developments about the new expansion opening in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Walt Disney Presents Debuts on September 8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 1, 2017

Walt Disney Presents

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I recently told you about the reimagining on Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The walk-through exhibit would be renamed as Walt Disney Presents and will debut on September 8.

The newly updated attraction will also include a preview of both new lands, as well as the attractions, coming to the park soon. There will now be a gallery featuring the model of Toy Story Land which opens in the summer of 2018, a model of the marketplace from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and concept art for the new ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Walt Disney Presents will still include the opportunity to take the self-guided tour about Walt Disney’s life, meet characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, and see special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films. (Or if there’s no preview at the time, you’ll be able to catch the wonderful film about Walt Disney.)

 

Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl

by on August 28, 2017

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Leave it to artist Donna Yan’s adorable Dole Whip couple to make us simultaneously want Dole Whip and a Mickey Bar!

I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute must-have indulgences at Walt Disney World is ice cream. Add into that my love of coming up with themes or challenges for our Disney trips, and you get a recipe for success. (Specifically, you get a Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl!) My husband and I are apt to try a variety of challenges on our trips. We might focus on only getting snacks from places we’ve never been to before. Or we might make all of our table service reservations for restaurants we’ve never visited. Or we’ll do a trip dedicated to resort dining. (I’m just now noticing the theme of food in a lot of our planning…) For our upcoming trek, we decided to crank it up a bit and focus on ice cream.

I knew from the very beginning that not only did I want to do an ice cream crawl, but I wanted it to have its very own passport. I was inspired by the Epcot festival passports that detail out what food items you can find where. Seriously, what better way to keep track of all the amazing ice cream options than to have a dedicated ice cream passport?! (You can download your very own passport later in the article.) Let’s back things up a bit and discuss how the ice cream crawl was formed.

Simply put, the ice cream crawl was born out of an intense desire for ice cream. (Okay, it was actually as a result of the Whole30 we were in the middle of, but don’t tell anyone else that. It’s not like we were dying for sugar or anything…) First, I needed to decide what locations would be fair game for inclusion in the passport. All four theme parks were obvious, but what about resorts? Water parks? Disney Springs? At the end of the day, I went with locations that we would be reasonably likely to frequent. This included all four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the area around Crescent Lake. It’s so easy to pop out of Epcot and over to the Crescent Lake resorts that including those seemed appropriate. (And we really needed Ample Hills Creamery in there!)

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Disney Shares More Details About New Grand Avenue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on August 17, 2017

Grand Avenue

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Recently, we got word that there would be a new lounge area at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called BaseLine Tap House. With that addition, we would also be getting a new area called Grand Avenue. Well, today, Disney shared a few more details about this new section of the park.

It was officially confirmed that this area would be found near Muppets Courtyard and that it would include the section of the Streets of America that the park ended up keeping. The new Grand Avenue is inspired by the vibrant culture of present-day downtown Los Angeles. On Grand Avenue you will find vintage office buildings and warehouses which have been converted. Guests will soon see facades for “merchants” appearing in this area including “shops” for a music shop, loft apartments, a tailor and more. Much like other areas around the theme park, each window found on the street will feature charming displays. (Will we see the return of the famed toilet paper tree?)

For those who are worried, the Muppet Courtyard isn’t going anywhere, but it will be renamed as Grand Park, which will be an urban square found right off of Grand Avenue. (Because nothing says Los Angeles like a New York themed pizza restaurant?) Changes have already taken place as the Muppet*Vision theater has been renamed as the Grand Arts Theatre and has a brand new sign, but the good news is that Muppet*Vision 3D doesn’t seem to be going anywhere!

Grand Avenue is slated to open this fall!

One Man’s Dream to be Renamed & Add Preview Center

by on August 11, 2017

It looks like Derek Burgan was right. The “Everything Must Go” sale appears to be on at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as that park continually grapples with what its identity is going to be going forward into the future.

 

Today, Disney announced that One Man’s Dream will be seeing a bit of an update….but the update mostly comes in a name change. The walk through attraction will soon be renamed as Walt Disney Presents.

The overall exhibit itself won’t change much. You’ll still be able to see those significant items from Walt Disney’s history, such as sketches, photos, storyboards, and more. Guests will also be able to still catch previews for upcoming Disney films. (Or if there’s no preview at the time, you’ll be able to catch the wonderful film about Walt Disney.) And yes, you’ll still be able to take part in meet and greet opportunities, like the current one where you can meet Star-Lord and Baby Groot! 

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Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! to Return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios this Holiday Season

by on August 9, 2017

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Jingle Bell….Jingle BAM! I just love shouting that.

That’s right – the nighttime spectacular during the holiday season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will be returning once again. The dazzling special effects and fireworks extravaganza will be back beginning November 9 through December 30.

During the show, the façade of the Chinese Theater serves as the main backdrop for this show, which is an immersive experience, that is paired with great musical score including holiday classics with a twist.

The show includes scenes from the ABC special Prep & LandingBeauty and the BeastBambiThe Nightmare Before Christmas, and two of my favorite Disney Christmas stories, Pluto’s Christmas Tree and Mickey’s Christmas Carol. The show will build to a very festive finale and a special message from Santa Claus.

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