Hollywood Studios

Sneak Preview of Pixar’s “Coco” Coming to Disney Parks

by on September 13, 2017

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Are you anxious for the upcoming Pixar film Coco? Well, soon, you’ll be able to catch a sneak preview of the movie at both Walt Disney World and the Disneyland Resort.

Starting at Walt Disney World, the preview will be taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios inside the theater in the new Walt Disney Presents. (Formerly One Man’s Dream.) In addition to the special sneak peek, Guests will also be able to view character sculptures and artwork from the production that will be on display.

Moving over to the Disneyland Resort, Guests at Disney California Adventure will get to see this advance look at scenes from Coco in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land. In addition, Guests should also make sure to check out the Plaza de la Familia, an all-new festivity at Paradise Gardens that celebrates the film too which takes place from September 15 – November 2.

These special sneak previews are set to begin November 3. Coco hits theaters on November 22.

Why Disney’s Hollywood Studios May Be Worth a Visit

by on September 12, 2017

With the closure of the Great Movie Ride, I’ve heard many comments about Disney’s Hollywood Studios such as “See you in 2019”, or “I can’t believe Disney is keeping this place open”, or “You’d never want to waste a day of park admission to visit”. Surprisingly enough, there may be reasons why the Studios may be the best park for one day of your visit.

Is There Anything Left There?

First, let’s look at the makeup of the Studios as it is today. In terms of attractions, the Studios has:

  • Three thrill rides (Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Star Tours)
  • Seven shows (Beauty and the Beast, Disney Junior Live on Stage, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Muppetvision 3D, Frozen Sing-Along, Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple)
  • One family-friendly ride (Toy Story Midway Mania)
  • Two (and a half) nighttime shows (Fantasmic, Star Wars fireworks, Disney Movie Magic)
  • An assortment of miscellany (Launch Bay, Star Wars Galaxy show, March of the First Order, meet and greets, Star Wars clip show movie)

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster may not be the best attraction for Grandma.

 

Shows, which are the bulk of the attractions at the Studios, eat up more time in a day than rides in a park. In terms of *just* rides and shows, here’s how the parks stack up against each other based on what’s open today.

  • Animal Kingdom: 162 minutes
  • Hollywood Studios: 195 minutes
  • Epcot: 219 minutes
  • Magic Kingdom: 226 minutes

 

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Daisy’s Best Week Ever, September 7, 2017: A Little Bit of Everything

by on September 7, 2017

Hello, friends! I can’t tell you how happy I am that nothing closed this week at Walt Disney World! 😉 It seems like all I’ve done lately is say goodbye to my favorite, old attractions. So this week I’m saying hello to all four parks, a character meal, and Food & Wine Festival! Let’s get started with a look at Epcot’s iconic entrance all decked out for the festival.

So far we’ve only stopped into Epcot for one evening of Food and Wine goodness. During that visit we tried the Seared Scallops, Truffled Celery Root Purée, Brussels Sprouts, and Wild Mushrooms. It was totally stellar! Of course, you can’t go wrong with a trio of cheeses too. These can both be found in the Future World booths. I’m still adjusting to the festival spreading out all over the park.

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Sunset Seasons Greetings – A New Holiday Happening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 7, 2017

The holidays are a magical time of year and with the end of the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ holiday festivities have been in flux. Sure, during last year’s festivities, we had the introduction of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! fireworks spectacular, but overall, things felt a little lackluster. That will be changing this year!

Sunset Seasons Greetings at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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New, for 2017 will be something known as Sunset Seasons Greetings. Guests will be able to experience falling snow, twinkling lights and stories from several iconic Disney characters all on Sunset Boulevard. This holiday season, with the Sunset Seasons Greetings projection show, billboards will suddenly begin to move into motion and tell a tale, courtesy of iconic characters sharing their love for the season. Also, the Hollywood Tower Hotel will get in on the action as it magically transforms, bringing to life the characters’ stories.

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Minnie’s Halloween Dine Now Taking Place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 6, 2017

Minnie's Halloween Dine

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Hollywood & Vine is getting in the fun spooky spirit, with its Minnie’s Halloween Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. During this character meal, Minnie is hosting a Halloween celebration and she’s inviting her friends to come dressed in their most festive costumes!

There will also be a special Halloween-inspired buffet. Dishes will include spiced pumpkin patch soup, Kraken squid ink pasta and vampire-repelling garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, enjoy spider-web coconut macaroons, worms and dirt Oreo cups and pumpkin cheesecake.

Minnie’s Halloween is now available for both lunch and dinner. Breakfast is now the only meal where you can experience the  Disney Junior Play ‘n’ Dine meal which  includes fun moments with favorite Disney Junior pals  like Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins and Handy Manny.

Minnie’s Halloween Dine will last until November 5.

 

Star Wars: Galactic Nights Event Returning

by on September 6, 2017

Star Wars: Galactic Nights

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Earlier this year, Disney rolled out the first ever Star Wars: Galactic Nights event to correspond with Star Wars Celebration. It appears as though that wasn’t the only time that event would take place, as it is returning this December to tie in with Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

This event is the ultimate one for a Star Wars fan. It will take place on December 16 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and invites Guests to celebrate the beloved Star Wars franchise. Star Wars: Galactic Nights Guests will be invited to dress as their favorite character while attending this family-friendly event, as well as experience fun and exclusive Star Wars activities and events.

Here’s what you can expect to experience at the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event:

Rebel Base

The Rebel Base will serve as the Star Wars: Galactic Nights event hub. Here, Guests will find a DJ dance party, as well as being the home for ongoing event information, hosted shows, interactive moments and more!

Epic Theater

Don’t miss this one-night-only panel discussion called “Inside the Saga: A Galaxy in the Making” about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. This unique event will be taking place multiple times throughout the evening at The Epic Theater and will be the place where you learn about exciting developments about the new expansion opening in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Walt Disney Presents Debuts on September 8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

by on September 1, 2017

Walt Disney Presents

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I recently told you about the reimagining on Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The walk-through exhibit would be renamed as Walt Disney Presents and will debut on September 8.

The newly updated attraction will also include a preview of both new lands, as well as the attractions, coming to the park soon. There will now be a gallery featuring the model of Toy Story Land which opens in the summer of 2018, a model of the marketplace from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and concept art for the new ride Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

Walt Disney Presents will still include the opportunity to take the self-guided tour about Walt Disney’s life, meet characters like Star-Lord and baby Groot, and see special sneak previews of upcoming Disney films. (Or if there’s no preview at the time, you’ll be able to catch the wonderful film about Walt Disney.)

 

The Best of Walt Disney World for Grade School Kids

by on August 29, 2017

Welcome back to Part 3 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. So far we’ve discussed favorites for babies and preschoolers. Next up are those fun-loving pirates and princesses, grade school kids (ages 6-12). When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the grade school kids surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl

by on August 28, 2017

ice cream crawl passport cover

Leave it to artist Donna Yan’s adorable Dole Whip couple to make us simultaneously want Dole Whip and a Mickey Bar!

I don’t know about you, but one of my absolute must-have indulgences at Walt Disney World is ice cream. Add into that my love of coming up with themes or challenges for our Disney trips, and you get a recipe for success. (Specifically, you get a Walt Disney World Ice Cream Crawl!) My husband and I are apt to try a variety of challenges on our trips. We might focus on only getting snacks from places we’ve never been to before. Or we might make all of our table service reservations for restaurants we’ve never visited. Or we’ll do a trip dedicated to resort dining. (I’m just now noticing the theme of food in a lot of our planning…) For our upcoming trek, we decided to crank it up a bit and focus on ice cream.

I knew from the very beginning that not only did I want to do an ice cream crawl, but I wanted it to have its very own passport. I was inspired by the Epcot festival passports that detail out what food items you can find where. Seriously, what better way to keep track of all the amazing ice cream options than to have a dedicated ice cream passport?! (You can download your very own passport later in the article.) Let’s back things up a bit and discuss how the ice cream crawl was formed.

Simply put, the ice cream crawl was born out of an intense desire for ice cream. (Okay, it was actually as a result of the Whole30 we were in the middle of, but don’t tell anyone else that. It’s not like we were dying for sugar or anything…) First, I needed to decide what locations would be fair game for inclusion in the passport. All four theme parks were obvious, but what about resorts? Water parks? Disney Springs? At the end of the day, I went with locations that we would be reasonably likely to frequent. This included all four theme parks, Disney Springs, and the area around Crescent Lake. It’s so easy to pop out of Epcot and over to the Crescent Lake resorts that including those seemed appropriate. (And we really needed Ample Hills Creamery in there!)

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The Best of Walt Disney World for Preschoolers

by on August 22, 2017

Welcome back to Part 2 of my blog series – The Best of Walt Disney World! In case you missed it, over the next several weeks, I’ll be sharing with you the top picks in attractions for various groups of travelers visiting the Walt Disney World theme parks. Last time we discussed favorites for babies, and next up are the adorable preschoolers. When checking out the list, keep in mind each attraction that made the cut scored at least four stars by the preschoolers surveyed. Come on, everybody, here we go!

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