Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World. This week we’ll be visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios for all the latest updates, stopping by Downtown Disney for a little food truck action, and finishing up at Magic Kingdom. Ready for some beautiful, blue Florida skies? Let’s get moving!
Early Saturday morning we set out for Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I knew with the holiday weekend and awesome weather that we’d be facing a crowd. You can see from the photo that it wasn’t too crowded when we arrived, but that changed fast. Speaking of fast, check out the progress removing the hat! I can’t believe how fast it’s coming down. In the bottom right hand side of the photo you can see the actual top of the hat behind the construction wall. It’s so much bigger than it looks! Want to see what other fun stuff we found this weekend? Be sure to click to read more!
Are you looking forward to the upcoming live-action version of Cinderella? Well guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will soon get two chances to participate in unique experiences that relate back to the film.
The first starts today. At the ABC Sound Studio (the former location of Sounds Dangerous, for those of you who remember that attraction), guests will be able to catch a special preview of the film. The experience will take place every 30 minutes, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and it will contain several clips from the movie, plus more. Overall, the preview will last approximately 10 minutes.
Clearly the ABC Sound Studio has become upcoming Disney movie sneak peek central, because previously the location has recently shown previews of The Lone Ranger, Maleficent, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
The Cinderella sneak peek will be presented until March 21.
I did mention that there will be one additional Cinderella experience that guests will be able to take part in. For that, Guests will be able to head to the Streets of America and will be able to take photos with Cinderella’s gorgeous golden coach, which is featured in the movie. The coach will be available for guests to see from February 1 until April 11.
So why would I include a photo of the Walt Disney World maingate entrance? You might recall that last week I recommended getting to the parks extra early this weekend because of the Disney Marathon. I’ve always enjoyed getting in extra early and getting ahead of the crowds during race weekends, but it had been years since I showed up at 11am. Well, showing up that late meant that traffic stopped right where I took this photo! I decided to tough it out this year so I could share what it looks like with you guys. Click to read more if you’d like to see why you should get there early!
It’s pretty widely known that the Magic Kingdom celebrates New Year’s Eve on the 30th and 31st. This year I decided to ring in the new year twice to bring you double the coverage! The night of the 30th, I arrived a little before 9pm and used my FastPass+ for The Haunted Mansion. I don’t want to jinx it, but FastPass+ has been working great lately. The weather was also a big help: it rained consistently all night which ran off a lot of the crowd. Want to see more from New Year’s Eve Eve? Click to read more!
As you can see, The Sorcerer’s Hat was in a bit of disrepair here at the end.
It’s here! The date is finally here! We now know that The Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will begin to be dismantled starting on January 7. The park icon’s removal won’t happen overnight; instead it will happen in phases. This work will also include other important enhancements for the area as well.
For years, the Hat has also served as a pin store location. The merchandise from this shop will be relocated to Sunset Ranch. So for those of you looking for pins, make sure to head to Sunset Boulevard.
The iconic Hat which is located at the end of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios was introduced in 2001 as a part of the “100 Years of Magic” celebration, honoring Walt Disney’s 100th birthday and was initially supposed to be temporary.
Hi, Everyone! Welcome to the Best Week Ever here at Walt Disney World! This week we’re stopping by Disney’s Hollywood Studios, checking out some sweet treats at the Contempo Cafe, and taking another detailed look at the Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. I can’t wait – so let’s get going!
Now, you might be asking yourself why I’m not covering the new Polynesian lobby or the Comedy Warehouse returning to the Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While I pride myself on bringing you guys the latest news from the parks every week, I’m home enjoying some time with my family for the holidays. Rather than leave you without any Disney goodness at all, I decided to pull some extra fun from the past couple of weeks to share with you. I’ll be back next week to share the latest news and to get ready for the craziness that is New Year’s Eve at Walt Disney World! I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday! How are you celebrating? I’d love to hear in the comment below!
We started celebrating a couple weeks ago in the Disney parks. As you can see to the left, we wanted to build a snowman! While it was only about six inches tall, it was the best these Floridians have done in a while. Want to see what else we did? Click to read more.
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.
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!
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
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.