Posts Tagged ‘Disney’s Hollywood Studios’

New Concept Art for Star Wars Land

by on February 22, 2016

Last night was the Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60 anniversary special and of course, the big topic of discussion was about what would be announced for Star Wars Land. We knew that Harrison Ford would be on hand to share some details about the land coming to both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and what we got was some fantastic concept art, with a few additional tidbits. (Keep in mind that these are screen shots from last night’s special.)

  • Imagine stepping on board the Millennium Falcon and actually piloting it; banking left, right and firing the laser cannons. You’ll be in complete control on board.

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New Star Wars-themed Events Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 19, 2016

So, Star Wars….pretty good franchise….am I right? Of course, I’m right! I know that there are those who are anxiously awaiting Star Wars Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While you may be waiting a little bit before the land opens, I do have some fun and exciting news to share with you about some new experiences you’ll be able to enjoy starting soon!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is quickly become Star Wars central and beginning on April 4, that fact will be ramped up even more, as new live entertainment will begin.

First, a brand new live stage show will debut called Star Wars: A Galaxy, Far, Far Away. This new show will celebrate all the iconic moments from the Star Wars stories. It will also feature characters from the universe including Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, Darth Maul, and Chewbacca. Guests will be able to experience this show multiple times a day at the Center Stage, found in the main hub of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in front of The Great Movie Ride.

In addition, there will also be a daily processional called the Stormtroopers March. Multiple times a day, Guests will be able to march with Captain Phasma who will lead First Order Stormtroopers from the Star Wars Launch Bay to the Center Stage.

Perhaps the most exciting news though is that beginning this summer, a brand new fireworks spectacular will debut, inspired by the Star Wars saga. This blockbuster new nightly showcase will be unprecedented because it will include not only fireworks, but also lasers, light projections, as well as other special effects. Oh and don’t forget that incredible John Williams score.

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New Character Meet and Greets Headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 16, 2016

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If you love to meet characters, get ready for some great changes taking place soon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

To start with, for the first time, well ever, Guests will be able to meet the huggable Olaf. Olaf will be located in the Echo Lake area at the all-new “Celebrity Spotlight.” He’ll be found chilling on the beach waiting for lots of warm hugs. This Celebrity Spotlight location will likely see rotating characters as time goes on. The chance to meet Olaf is currently open ended for now though.

Also, moving around again, will be Mickey and Minnie. These two will be meeting in an area known as “Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams.” They will be found off of Commissary Lane, near Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant. At this greeting area, Guests will be able celebrate the glitz and glam of Hollywood by walking the red carpet and stepping into a scene with Hollywood Starlet Minnie. After that, Guests will then be able to find Mickey portraying the infamous Sorcerer’s Apprentice from Fantasia.

These two new meet and greet opportunities are expected to debut sometime this spring.

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Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever February 11, 2016: Kylo Ren & Construction Walls at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 11, 2016

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Visit Kylo Ren and check out DHS construction with Best Week Ever! (Photos/video by Seth Kubersky)

Ed – Sorry to break in right at the start, but I would like to announce that this will be Seth’s last Best Week Ever for the time being. While Seth is focusing his considerable talent on other things, we will have some new Best Week Ever authors. Look for the first new Best Week Ever later today…that’s right, double Best Week Ever week! Now, on to Seth’s wonderful week.

It’s been a little while since Best Week Ever took a look at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so I stopped by the park several times in recent days for an update on this in-transition attraction. Construction walls may be rising on a daily basis, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the crowds from coming! We’ll look at some of the changes around DHS, culminating in an encounter with the newest patricidal Star Wars star, Kylo Ren.

 

First, let’s take a look around Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the first week of February. This is a typically moderate time of year according to our Crowd Calendar, but I encountered some long lines around DHS, especially on February 8th:

 

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Guests Can Now Meet Kylo Ren at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on February 7, 2016

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Are you anxious to meet the newest villain in the Star Wars universe? Well, now you can at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Kylo Ren, from Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now appearing and greeting Guests at the Star Wars Launch Bay.

Guests will be able to meet Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer in the Dark Side section of the Launch Bay. This means that Darth Vader will no longer be meeting Guests here, but he can still be seen in Jedi Training:

In the Launch Bay area, Guests will also be able to meet Chewbacca, come across Stormtroopers or even Jawas. Guests visiting this area can also experience a film showcasing some of the people behind the film, see concept art, tour galleries of memorabilia, see Star Wars artifacts, play video games and more.

The Star Wars Launch Bay is likely going to be a fluid experience going forward, with new artifacts, art work and more debuting as the upcoming Star Wars movies get ready to be released. Stay tuned for more information about this great area where you are able to get in touch with The Force. (Or the Dark Side…)

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Club Disney at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Now Seasonal

by on February 7, 2016

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The brand new flex space called Sunset Showcase over near Rock n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith recently debuted Club Disney back in early December. Club Disney was essentially a dance party space where Guests could interact and boogie down with their favorite Disney characters throughout the day. Guests were also able to digitally “color” giant screens that resembled coloring book pages, grab a snack, or just relax.

Well, now it appears that Club Disney at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has turned into just another seasonal offering for the park. There is no word on when the dance party offering will be available for Guests to visit going forward.

The Sunset Showcase is also currently holding a special event called Club Villain, where guests can enjoy a dinner party and mix and mingle with their favorite bad guys. Club Villain is going to continue in this space on select dates until March.

It is unclear what the Sunset Showcase space will be used for going forward after Club Villain has finished, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing more information soon.

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Walt Disney World Newsworthy Notes – 1/26/16

by on January 26, 2016

I’m back again! Looks like we have quite a few small nuggets for you all today that can help you with you next trip. These nuggets range from all four parks, as well as a few of the resorts too.

  • Habit Heroes at Epcot’s Innoventions has officially closed.
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at the Magic Kingdom will be closed for a lengthy refurbishment, from April 4 through sometime in July 2016.
  • The Writer’s Stop is officially on the chopping block for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
  • Flights of Wonder at Disney’s Animal Kingdom is closed for two months, until March 17. The attraction will be gaining the addition of a permanent roof over the seating area.

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Kylo Ren to Meet Guests at the Star Wars Launch Bay

by on January 15, 2016

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Ever since the Star Wars Launch Bay was introduced at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it has become the place to go to experience the Star Wars universe. The props, costumes, film, and meet and greets have all be extremely popular, especially since The Force Awakens debuted in theaters. However, there has been a disturbance in the force, causing a bit of a shakeup, because a brand new character will soon be greeting guests in the Launch Bay.

Kylo Ren, the newest Star Wars villain will soon be taking up residence here. Guests will be able to meet him on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

The Star Wars Launch Bay has always been designed to showcase a variety of characters. So, with the addition of Kylo Ren into the Dark Side Gallery, we must say good bye to the opportunity to meet Darth Vader. Guests looking to encounter Darth Vader will still be able to see him in the Jedi Training: Trips of the Temple experience.

Guests will be able to meet Kylo Ren beginning in February.

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Additional Closings Occuring at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on January 15, 2016

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So, in my earlier article today, I mentioned how Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show was closing, as well as a few other things on the Streets of America. At the time, I was unaware of what would be removed, but according to the Orlando Sentinel, it’s actually quite a list of attractions that will no longer be available for Guests to experience beginning April 2.

In addition to the stunt show, the Earful Tower, a staple and icon for the park, will be removed. (Though no official dates has been announced for the removal of the park’s landmark.)

Other attractions that are closing on April 2 will be the Honey I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure (which needed to go, a minimum of 10 years ago) and the Monsters Inc. meet and greet. Also slated to close will be the Studios Catering Co., a counter service restaurant found in the back of the park.

Again, as I mentioned before, I am sure that more news will be coming out here soon about other closures and removals as we move toward expansion of the park, so I’ll make sure to keep you posted!

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Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show to Close in April

by on January 15, 2016

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More changes are occurring as the expansion of Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues forward. Now there is another attraction slated for the chopping block. Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and other nearby locations around the Streets of America will be closing on April 2.

As you all know, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is going to be gaining two large lands with Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land, so the closure of this attraction comes as no real surprise to many.

Keep posted to the blog here, as I’m sure that more updates about Disney’s Hollywood Studios will get announced as we move forward this year and construction for the park ramps up.

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