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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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Doctor Strange

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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A Guide to Single Rider Lines at Walt Disney World

by on July 27, 2016

Hello TouringPlans readers! My name is Ben Crain and I’m so excited to be joining the tremendous team of bloggers here. I am the creator and host of the WDW Ride Guide Podcast, and an Authorized Disney Vacation Specialist. I’m passionate about helping others explore Walt Disney World one ride or attraction at a time. With my introduction out of the way, I would like to introduce you to the Single Rider Line at Walt Disney World.

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Expedition Everest, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, and Test Track are three of the most thrilling attractions in all of Walt Disney World. These attractions whisk you through exciting environments at speeds up to 65 mph! Thrill seekers live for inversions, loops, and 80 foot drops–however, chances are you will be visiting Walt Disney World with someone that isn’t quite ready to face the menacing Yeti, or have Aerosmith music pumping into their ears while racing through the dark. Or, maybe you have a little one that feels the need for speed, but doesn’t yet measure up to the height requirement.

Whatever the scenario, there is a way to satisfy the thrill seeker without sacrificing an hour separated from your group.  Say hello to the Single Rider Line!  This a way for one or several riders in your group to experience these 3 attractions with a shorter wait.  Here is how it works:

Step 1: Enter the queue designated Single Rider Line.

Step 2: Wave as you pass the poor souls in the standby queue!

Step 3: Proceed to the next Cast Member.

Step 4: Wait to fill a seat created by an odd number group in the standby queue.

The Single Rider Line offers varying degrees of time savings across the 3 attractions. Let’s break down each one.

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PizzeRizzo is Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on July 15, 2016

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Have you been wondering what’s been going on with Pizza Planet since it closed a few months ago? I certainly had been. Plus, if you mixed the refurbishment news together with the news that the entire area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios had been rebranded as Muppet Courtyard, you knew something was clearly up. Now, we know what that something is. Today, Disney announced that a new Muppets-themed restaurant called PizzeRizzo will be opening this fall!

Everyone knows and loves Rizzo the Rat and what better character to own and operate a pizzeria. (? Sure…why not. I mean what do the Guests know anyway…they’re tourists.) Guests will be able to grab some pizza or a cold beverage 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. You’ll also 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.

Of course, as many know, according to Jim Hill, the Muppets were always supposed to have a themed pizzeria, however the original version was to be themed around Gonzo – The Great Gonzo’s Pandemonium Pizza Parlor. Proof that no good idea dies at Disney; it just morphs into something else.

I look forward to learning more about PizzeRizzo and sharing them with you!

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Club Villain Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on July 14, 2016

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Looking to get spooky at Walt Disney World this fall? Club Villain is returning for select dates in September and October.

Club Villain, which takes place in the Sunset Showcase at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (located near Rock n’ Roller Coaster), is hosted by Dr. Facilier, the baddie from The Princess and the Frog. The evening features a night of dancing and dining, all while celebrating with your favorite Disney villains.

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.

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