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PizzeRizzo to Open in November at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on October 28, 2016

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Are you looking forward to enjoying your pizza with Rizzo the Rat? If so, the classic family restaurant that’s owned by Rizzo called PizzeRizzo will be opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the Muppet Courtyard on November 18.

The menu for PizzeRizzo will be similar to what it was when it the restaurant was known as Pizza Planet. Guests will still be able to enjoy personal-sized pizzas in four varieties – cheese, pepperoni, meat lovers, and vegetable; Caesar salads; an antipasto salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, mozzarella, Kalamata olives, ham, pepperoni, salami, and a balsamic vinaigrette; and a meatball sub. Dessert choices will include a cannoli and tiramisu. Beverages available will include a non-alcoholic peach Bellini, a wildberry-basil lemonade limoncello, and beer and wine.

Guests who visit PizzeRizzo will be able to grab their meal in this two-story quick-service location which will feature both indoor and outdoor seating. Guests will be able to dine in a “cheesy” banquet room or enjoy a special booth designed just for Rizzo’s celebrity friends. Those who visit will need to be on the lookout as Guests will be able to see hints of Rizzo, his extended family, and friends who’ve visited his family pizzeria over the years stashed around the restaurant.

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Club Villain Has Been Extended at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on October 21, 2016

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Club Villain has been extended! The dining event that celebrates your favorite Disney villains is now slated to take place on Fridays and Saturdays Disney’s Hollywood Studios at throughout November and December, as well as on Friday evenings in January. There are two times that Guests can choose from, either 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Club Villain, which takes place in the Sunset Showcase (located near Rock n’ Roller Coaster), is hosted by Dr. Facilier from The Princess and the Frog. During the event, Guests will be able to mix and mingle with Maleficent, Queen of Hearts, the Evil Queen and Cruella De Vil. Guests can also dance the night away courtesy of the tunes from a wicked good DJ!

The event will feature a delightful menu inspired after The Princess and The Frog‘s New Orleans location. Dishes will include beef striploin rubbed with herbes de Provence, Voodoo sticky “pig wings” with citrus gremolata and spicy shrimp sautéed with Andouille sausage, tomato, okra and onions over creamy polenta. There will also be great chilling cocktail concoctions, plus beer and wine at the Potions Bar. Keep in mind that seating for this event will be banquet style, so you may be seated with other guests, depending on your party’s size.

Tickets to Club Villain can be purchased for $129 per person, tax and gratuity included. Do keep in mind that separate admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is required, and is not included in the price of this package. Guests can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE.

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The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame to be Removed

by on October 20, 2016

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Another attraction is closing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame is being removed.

While many didn’t know that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame even existed, it was something unique to come across and browse through as you walked near the Hyperion Theater. The plaza area features rows of bronze sculpted heads of famous actors, television personalities, and more. Personalities featured in the exhibit included Oprah Winfrey, Betty White, Bob Newhart, Lucille Ball, Andy Griffith, and of course, Walt Disney. Most of the time, people just stopped here to take photos with their favorite celebrities.

The Orlando Sentinel shares that the busts will be returned to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

This section of the park will soon feature a food and beverage marketplace, which should be available for Guests to enjoy by Thanksgiving.

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Meet Santa at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on October 18, 2016

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It was announced last week that Disney’s Hollywood Studios would introduce a brand new fireworks spectacular to celebrate the holiday season called Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!, but also new this year is the news that Guests will be able to visit the one and only Santa Claus too!

Reminiscent of the old days when Santa would visit department stores, Guests will be able to stop by the Once Upon a Time shop found on Sunset Boulevard and share their wish lists with the big man himself! Santa will be available for Guests to meet from November 14 through December 24.

As you know though, on the eve of December 24, Santa has to deliver presents to all the good little girls and boys, and he will then return to the North Pole. This means that beginning December 25 through December 31, Guests will have the opportunity to meet Santa Goofy in this location instead!

During the holiday season, Disney’s Hollywood Studios takes the “Tinsel Town” moniker to a whole new level, with great tinsel holiday displays, colorful garlands, sparkling lights, and a giant Christmas tree outside the main entrance.

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Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime Spectacular to Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on October 14, 2016

We all knew that there would be some major changes with the holiday experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, thanks to the retirement of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights last year. This year, an all-new nighttime spectacular will debut to bring in merriment to the park.

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will premiere at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on November 14. This nighttime spectacular will feature a projection show, special effects, fireworks, and snow.

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Disney Early Morning Magic to Continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 29, 2016

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The Disney Early Morning Magic special event looks like it will be continuing at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This event allows guests to have first access to select attractions and characters, as well as enjoy a great breakfast.

The event, which kicks off again on October 8 and is available prior to park opening on Saturdays through December 17, allows a limited number of Guests to experience Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and Toy Story Mania! as well as being able to meet Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf.

Disney Early Morning Magic will take place from 7:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Official check-in will take place near the far-left turnstiles of the Main Entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning at 7:45 a.m. Guests will receive a wristband for identification upon check-in.

Breakfast takes place at ABC Commissary and will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Menu items will include:

  • Assorted chilled fruit juices
  • Sliced seasonal fruit and berries
  • A variety of freshly baked breakfast pastries, served with butter, preserves and marmalade
  • Fluffy scrambled eggs
  • Spinach and mushroom frittata
  • Bacon and pork sausage
  • Cheesy potatoes
  • Puffed French toast with butter & syrup
  • Muesli with assorted toppings
  • Coffee, decaf, milk, chocolate milk and a selection of teas

Guests must have both standard park admission, as well as a reservation to participate in Disney Early Morning Magic. Pricing is $69 plus tax for adults and $59 plus tax for children (ages 3-9). To make a reservation, Guests may call 407-827-7350

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Disney History: The Carthay Circle Theater

by on September 28, 2016

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Carthay Circle Theater

Do you remember the first Disney movie you saw in theaters? I sure do! Even though that first time was years ago, I still love going to see Disney’s film at the theater, and I bet you fellow Disney fans do too! But have you ever thought of the first theater to ever show a Disney movie?

That honor belongs to the Carthay Circle Theater which was the site of the premiere for the first full length animated film in history, Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. While the actual Carthay Circle Theater is no longer standing, it lives on in the Disney Parks! In this article, I’m taking a closer look at the presence of this historical theater at both the Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Disney History: The Carthay Circle Theater.

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Inside the Carthay Circle Restaurant

History of the Carthay Circle Theater

The Carthay Circle Theater first opened its doors in 1926 in Los Angeles, California. The design of theater was a tribute to California’s history with its Mission Revival style of architecture and interior paintings and artwork. It’s glittering sign, iconic octagonal bell tower, and sweeping floodlights could be seen from afar and served as the backdrop for a number of Hollywood premieres that rivaled that of Grauman’s Chinese Theater at the time. In addition to hosting the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiere in 1937, the Carthay Circle Theater also hosted the premieres for Gone with the Wind in 1939 and Fantasia in 1940.

These premieres were elaborate affairs. For the opening of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, a replica of the dwarfs’ cottage and diamond mine was constructed. Costumed characters from the film also entertained guests in attendance, and welcomed celebrities such as Shirley Temple, Charlie Chaplin, and Ginger Rodgers!

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Get a Peek of Doctor Strange at Disney Parks

by on September 19, 2016

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Beginning October 7, Guests will be able to see a sneak peek of the upcoming film Doctor Strange.

At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Guests can make a stop at One Man’s Dream’s theater while while Guests at Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look in 3D with in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater (formerly Crown Jewel Theater) in Hollywood Land. The sneak peek will last about 10 minutes.

Guests are invited to come see why the impossibilities are endless, when they experience Doctor Strange in theaters on November 4.

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SATURDAY SIX: Six Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exist (But Totally Should!)

by on September 17, 2016

This week’s SATURDAY SIX takes a look at Six Pieces of Disney Merchandise That Don’t Exist (But Totally Should!) Regular readers of this fine blog know very well that we are huge fans of theme park merchandise. Whether it’s the best souvenirs at Walt Disney World or Universaltheme park related comic books, or even our favorite souvenir cups, if the theme parks make it, there’s a good chance we’re going to buy it. But sometimes we see theme park merch that just needs a little extra magic to be truly great. Today we’ve worked hand in hand with the SATURDAY SIX Research and Development team based out of Pearland, Texas and came up with six pieces of Disney merchandise that we’d REALLY like to see. So sit back, hug your Duffy the Disney Bear as tight as you can, and let’s begin our list with…

# 6 – Lego Cinderella Castle Set with Vacation Ruining Accessory

When Disney released the official Lego Cinderella Castle set, it sent many a theme park fan’s heart aflutter. Finally, we all got a chance to recreate one of the world’s most iconic buildings in our very own home. However, one thing was missing. At first it was hard to put our finger on it, but something just wasn’t right. After a while we realized what was wrong; this Lego set was missing an obnoxiously large crane in the background that can ruin all the pictures your Lego figures try to take! So what about a set that includes the well known crane that is affectionately nicknamed “Ichabod?”

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Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! Now your Lego mini-figures can have the same frustrating time taking a castle photo as you! (photo by Matt Cleary)

# 5 – Toy Food for the EPCOT Food & Wine Garbage Can Salt and Pepper Shakers

Not since the Turkey Leg phenomenon have we been so confounded by Disney merchandise than the recent slew of WDW garbage can themed salt and pepper shakers. Readers of our sister blog series: the Magic, the Memories, and Merch! know that salt and pepper shakers themed to garbage cans of the Magic Kingdom appeared in the Disney Outlet Stores this summer. With the 2016 edition of the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival starting this very week, one of the pieces of new merchandise is miniature EPCOT Food & Wine garbage cans. But anyone who has been to the overcrowded Food & Wine in recent years knows that these garbage cans act more as defacto tables for people trying to eat than actual receptacles for trash. So let’s complete this ensemble by also offering miniature food items to place on the top of these garbage cans to give them a sense of authenticity.

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EPCOT Food & Wine garbage can salt and pepper shakers. Now with actual “food & wine” to scale! (photo by Michael Sheehy and Matt Cleary)

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Many guests know of the Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s, but true insiders know what the “Blogger’s Table” in EPCOT is. (photo by Michael Sheehy)

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The 5 W’s of Pre-Park-Open Dining at Disney World

by on August 19, 2016

Did you know that it’s possible to enter the parks at Walt Disney World before they officially open for the day? A valid park ticket and dining reservation for one of seven restaurants is all you need to get into the park before regular guests. Read on to learn about the who, what, where, when, and why of these reservations.

Who?

Regardless of whether you’re staying on or off site, guests with valid theme park admission are eligible to enter the park early if they have an Advanced Dining Reservation scheduled for before the park’s official opening time. Since these are some of the hardest reservations to score, guests staying at a Disney resort have an advantage due to the extended 180 day + length of stay window for dining reservations for on-site guests. Our dining Reservation Finder can also help you snag those hard to get reservations.

Walking through World Showcase before Epcot's official open

A perk of early reservations – walking through a nearly empty Epcot

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