Posts Tagged ‘Disney’s Hollywood Studios’

Ring in the New Year at Walt Disney World

by on December 16, 2014

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The time is upon us when we are close to bidding yet another year goodbye. Those who are lucky enough to be in Walt Disney World on December 31 can bring in the year 2015 with style by celebrating the festive holiday at either the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Each park has different fun and exciting activities that will help everyone to celebrate good times. (Come on! Let’s celebrate! Kool and the Gang? Anybody?)

Let’s start at the Magic Kingdom, which will be offering New Year’s Eve fireworks on not one, but two nights! Guests can catch the special fireworks extravaganza, “Fantasy in the Sky” at 11:50 p.m. on both December 30 and 31. (Holiday Wishes will also be performed at 7:30 p.m.)

Over at Epcot, you’ll be able to celebrate in World Showcase, with bands, DJs, and more! Dance under flame effects and a smoke-billowing dragon in China; dance to a British blast to the past in United Kingdom; jam to Euro-pop and watch as lasers fly in Italy; on the America Gardens Stage, groove to a Latin band or party with a DJ; finally, enjoy a DJ and light show at the Future World Fountain Stage. The evening will wrap up with IllmiNations: Reflections of Earth. There will be two showings of the fantastic show: one at 6:00 p.m. and one at 11:40 p.m. The 11:40 p.m. showing will also feature a special tag and countdown to ring in the New Year.

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The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 10, 2014

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Due to the busy holiday season, Disney brings out special entertainment offerings to entertain guests. One of the more popular offerings each year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special.

The holiday-themed show will feature hilarious improvisational comedy (a la, the former Comedy Warehouse at Pleasure Island or the TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? It’s the same premise). The show is completely interactive, and sometimes guests will be asked to participate in the hijinks. During the show, the live performers will field suggestions from the crowd, obtaining help composing funny Christmas songs, putting their own spin on classic stories, and creating hilarious scenarios. The entire act will be festive and family-friendly. One of the best part is that due to the improvisational nature, the show is different each time. These performers are extremely witty, quick, and talented.

The show takes place in the Superstar Television Theater (the former home of the American Idol Experience) from December 20 to January 4. The show lasts 20 minutes and show times are scheduled at

The show is sure to be a rip-roaring time for the whole family!

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Taste of Hollywood To Go Packages Returning for Holiday Season at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on December 9, 2014

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The busy holiday season is rapidly approaching, and over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios there is a great option for guests to have the chance to grab a quick meal, as well as a reserved seating for Fantasmic!

The Taste of Hollywood To Go Winter Fantasmic! Package Meals are pre-packaged offerings that are available from December 24 through 31. There will be five different picnic-style choices that guests can choose from. They are:

  • Golden fried chicken with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn and carrots and warm apple crisp
  • Veggie sandwich made with ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers, with quinoa salad, and chocolate cake
  • California and tuna sushi roll with avocado, orange and tomato salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and a spicy pecan chocolate cluster
  • shrimp salad with fresh pita, ginger-marinated tomato and cucumbers, and mandarin orange cheesecake
  • cold-cut roast beef with creamy horseradish, potato salad, grilled asparagus and chocolate cake

In addition, there will be two kids options:

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Star Wars Weekends Dates and More Announced for 2015

by on December 3, 2014

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Star Wars fans – Star Wars Weekends dates have officially been announced. The good news is that once again, for the second year in a row, this fantastic Disney’s Hollywood Studios special event will take place five weekends between the months of May and June. The special event is scheduled to take place on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays) from May 15 through June 14. Actual dates are:

  • Weekend I: May 15-17
  • Weekend II: May 22-24
  • Weekend III: May 29-31
  • Weekend IV: June 5-7
  • Weekend V: June 12-14

In addition, also returning this year are the special Star Wars character meals that was introduced last year. The first is the Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine, which is available daily from May 4 through June 14. At this character meal, guests can meet Disney characters dressed as those from the Star Wars universe, such as, Jedi Mickey, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Vader Goofy, Storm Trooper Donald, and Ewoks Chip ‘n’ Dale. The cost for this meal is $57.99 per adult (ages 10 and up) and $34.99 per child (ages 3 to 9). (Tax is included, but gratuity is not). The Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine is only available for dinner.

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Disney and Turner Classic Movies to Pair Up

by on November 26, 2014

Adco-superJumboWe all know that there are major changes on the horizon for Disney’s Hollywood Studios and now another interesting development has come to light – cable channel, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be the official sponsor for The Great Movie Ride.

This paring will marry the two in perfect harmony, with TCM receiving credit as the sponsor on all signage and marketing for the attraction. In the queue, guests will enjoy new digital movie posters and will be able to view a new pre-ride video featuring Robert Osborne, the host of many Turner Classic Movies programs, who will provide insights from movies guests will experience in the attraction. In addition, an updated finale will feature a new movie montage of classic movie moments. Finally, when guests exit the attraction, they’ll have the opportunity to take photos with a classic movie theme.

In addition, as part of this deal, Disney will allow TCM to play classic movies and TV programs in special reoccurring programming blocks that will happen approximately four to five times a year. These blocks will be called “Treasures from the Disney Vault.” (And I need to make sure that I have TCM on my satellite now…)  This programming will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST December 21 through 5:15 a.m. EST on December 22.

According to the initial report which was released late last night, TCM executives say the agreement began with an administrative assistant, Amanda Tymeson, who returned from a visit to Disney World and suggested “that TCM and Disney would be great partners” in revamping the Great Movie Ride.

These changes for The Great Movie Ride will take place in Spring 2015. The Great Movie Ride was an initial 1989 opening day attraction for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Meet the Characters from Big Hero 6 Beginning This Weekend

by on November 7, 2014

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Yay! It’s here! Big Hero 6 arrives in theaters today! (And you can bet I’ll be seeing it tonight.) I’ve heard such great things about this movie, so you can bet that the next time I’m down in Walt Disney World, I’ll want to give Baymax a huge hug. (Look how squishy he looks!)

The good news is that I won’t have to wait long to meet both Baymax and Hiro Hamada and neither will you! You see, beginning today, guests will have the opportunity to meet the pair at Walt Disney World.

To meet the two, you’ll need to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where inside The Magic of Disney Animation, you’ll be able to tour the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology’s lab. Guests will meet the two in Hiro’s garage workshop.  (The two are located where the former Wreck-It Ralph meet and greet was.)

At Disneyland, guests should also begin to be able to meet Hiro and Baymax by simply heading to to Tomorrowland’s Starcade, where you’ll be able to visit Hiro’s robotics workshop. In addition, The Magic Eye Theater will be showing an extended sneak peek of the Big Hero 6. (Where Captain EO was previously shown.)

Who else will be lining up like me to meet these two?

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Disney World Planning Challenges: Jedi Training Academy—A Guide to Being Part of the Show

by on November 4, 2014

Jedi Training Academy (photos by Sarah Graffam)

Jedi Training Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Photos by Sarah Graffam)

Jedi Training Academy is one of the most interactive and exciting experiences for kids ages 4-12 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World. However, despite the show’s many years of popularity, Disney doesn’t offer FastPass+ to become a Jedi Training Academy participant or any other way to sign up in advance. The result is that participating in Jedi Training Academy requires more planning than many other experiences at Disney World.

During the approximately 20-minute show, children train with a Jedi master and then test their lightsaber skills against the dark side. Following are some basics about the show as well as some tips to help your child become part of the action.

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The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to be Removed

by on October 24, 2014

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All day, I’ve been seeing the rumors, but it now appears to be official! The iconic Sorcerer’s Hat at the end of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is being removed.

The Sorcerer’s Hat was introduced into the park in 2001 as a part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration, which honored Walt Disney’s 100th birthday and was initially supposed to be temporary. According to Disney, the hat was built as a representation of the magic of show business and the entertainment wizardry of Disney that is captured throughout shows and attractions at the park.

Not a lot of news has been released about the removal, but it certainly appears that big changes are on tap for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with multiple attractions closing over the past few months. Just today, it was announced that The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is also closing.

Disney has not announced a date for the removal of the Sorcerer’s Hat; however, rumors are indicating that work will begin sometime in early 2015 (likely January).

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“The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to Close

by on October 24, 2014

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The lackluster attraction “The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is slated to close for good; its last day of operation is November 6.

The interactive attraction takes guests through different pirate adventures in a room designed like a pirate’s cave lair. The attraction was pretty poorly presented and included sections where guests were supposed to chant and stomp their feet, which seemed to be geared more towards very young children. The show also featured somewhat scary confrontations with skeletons, singing mermaids, and a Kraken, all utilizing state of the art technology.

Over the past year the attraction also featured an unusual queuing process where guests would obtain a paper ticket with a specific show time printed on it. Guests would then return about 10 minutes prior to the show time.

The walk-through show opened in December 2012, replacing the “Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian” attraction. Currently there has been no announcement of what may be taking the place of “The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow” attraction.

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Daisy Lauren’s Best Week Ever: October 23, 2014

by on October 23, 2014

1Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios to check out the new location for Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post and take a look at how Christmas is coming along. Then we’re heading over for a quick visit to the Magic Kingdom and ending at Epcot for Food & Wine Festival updates. We also might run into a lumberjack or two! ;) So let’s get started!

I’ll admit that when I saw the Studio Backlot Tour was closing and a Frozen gift shop was moving into this area, I had my doubts. But I’ll eat crow because it looks great! It’s obvious a lot of planning went into this move and I can only hope this much effort goes into the other changes coming to the studios. Want to check it out? Click to read more! 

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