The 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is fast approaching on May 1, and in honor of the upcoming park milestone, Disney Parks Blog author Nate Rasmussen and I will be taking a look back at some of the park’s original attractions.
One of my all-time favorites that you can still experience today is The Great Movie Ride. Housed inside a full-scale reproduction of Hollywood’s iconic Chinese Theater, the attraction offers a trip through movie history, starting with early black-and-white “talkies” and musicals to all-time classics like “Casablanca.” Other guest-favorite scenes include a spooky stop through some of the first horror films ever produced, a perilous scene for Indiana Jones in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, and the moment Dorothy and friends come into sight of the Emerald City.
Did you know that the Western scene, which features both Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, was designed to represent multiple films, instead of one film in particular? Fans of those ol’ Westerns may be interested to know that John Wayne’s horse isn’t one specific horse from a film, but was designed as a composite of horses from his different films.
Which film scene in The Great Movie Ride is your favorite? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
Have you spotted this sign on the side of an oversized cereal box at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? It describes everything you need in your cereal bowl for a perfect ___. What are the blurred words in the sign? You tell us in the “Comments” section below. We’ll update the post later today with the answer.
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This week’s photo of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was snapped from a unique angle – as if the Mine Train Cart was rushing down the first drop toward Belle’s Village.
What do you think? Will you ride the attraction when it debuts later this spring?
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If you’re a fan of the “Main Street Electrical Parade,” then this is a video from our archives that you absolutely must see.
In May 1999, a few weeks before “Main Street Electrical Parade” made its return to Magic Kingdom Park, the parade floats were taken out of the park for a rare overnight road test. See this amazing sight below.
Can you imagine passing some of these sights on your way to your Disney resort?
Disney Parks fans who happen to own a smart TV now may have a whole new way to gain access to Disney Parks news and travel planning information – the Disney Parks Smart TV App.
Viewers can visit the app to gain access to
- Disney Parks videos, including information on special events, behind-the-scenes content, first looks and more.
- Interactive theme park maps.
- Photo galleries.
- Trivia and fun facts about Disney Parks.
- View highlights from Disney Parks-related official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts.
The Disney Parks Smart TV App is currently available for Samsung Smart TVs, and will soon be available for LG Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more on this.
Earlier today, Tom Staggs, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, spoke at the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Anaheim, Calif., and shared updates on what’s new at Disney Parks around the world. During the presentation he unveiled a video that offered the first look at some of the amazing new characters who will be part of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park. These are some of the most advanced Audio-Animatronics figures Walt Disney Imagineering has ever created.
See for yourself in the video below.
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Planning a trip to Epcot this summer? Definitely add a Sounds Like Summer Concert Series performance to your itinerary. Our 2014 concert schedule has just been released, with many new favorites – such as Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute – returning to the stage.
This year’s concert line up includes:
- June 8-14: Hotel California ~ A Salute to the Eagles
- June 15-21: Don’t Stop Believin’ ~ Journey Tribute Band
- June 22-28: Good Vibrations ~ A Tribute to The Beach Boys
- June 29-July 5: Don’t Look Back ~ Boston Tribute Band
- July 6-12: Stayin’ Alive ~ A Tribute to the Bee Gees
- July 13-19: Slippery When Wet ~ The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
- July 20-26: 2U ~ A Tribute to U2
All performances take place at America Gardens Theatre in World Showcase at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. – except on July 4 (when show times are 5:15, 6:30, 7:45 and 9 p.m.). Concerts are included with park admission and entertainment is subject to change.
Disney Tanabata Days, the traditional Japanese event also known as the Star Festival, will return to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea parks June 24 through July 7.
The festival has been offered at Tokyo Disneyland Park since 1997, but this year will be expanded for the first time to Tokyo DisneySea Park.
At Tokyo DisneySea, guests can enjoy a Wishing Place at the New York area of American Waterfront where they can write wishes on Wishing Cards and then tie them onto Tanabata decorations. Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters will also dress in Tanabata-themed costumes themed to greet guests.
Over at Tokyo Disneyland, guests can find a Wishing Place in the center of World Bazaar. Mickey and Minnie Mouse will ride on rickshaws along the parade route and can also be spotted in a “Tanabata Greeting” mini parade.
In addition to the theme parks, the Disney Resort Line Monorail stations will also offer a Wishing Places and original Wishing Cards.
Easter is fast approaching – and so is the Easter Bunny! Our long-eared friend will greet guests in the Town Square area of Magic Kingdom Park from April 13-20.
In addition, Mr. Bunny will also make a special pre-parade appearance on April 19 and 20, along with other springtime characters and dancers, and the Azalea Trail Maids.
Will you join us for Easter? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.
Is watching the sunset from a Disney Resort a must-do for you when visiting Walt Disney World Resort? I have to say that we have some amazing skies here in Florida – and pink clouds are always my favorite. Check them out in this view from the pier at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.