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New Stories Coming to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! in 2013 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 18th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


'Sofia the First' and More New Stories Coming to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! in 2013 at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure Park

As a father of twin boys, the Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure park is a favorite stop whenever we visit those parks. One of the best things about the show is that it’s regularly updated to feature new characters and stories from the Disney Junior line-up on TV. Well, I’m excited to tell you (and them), that Disney Junior – Live on Stage! is primed to get another update in early 2013, when new hits “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First” join “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”
'Doc McStuffins' and More New Stories Coming to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! in 2013 at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure Park

The new version of Disney Junior – Live on Stage! debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in mid-February and comes to Disney California Adventure about a month later, in March 2013. And be sure to catch the premiere of the “Sofia the First” TV series Friday, Jan. 11 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.


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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: A Nod to a Favorite Holiday Film at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 17th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


On my recent trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I noticed this pile of crates positioned outside Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner.

Min & Bill's Dockside Diner at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Upon closer inspection, I noticed that one crate was addressed to one of my all-time favorite movie characters – George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (For fans of the film, note that the crate was addressed from Wainwright Enterprises in New York – love it!).

Min & Bill's Dockside Diner at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Do you remember the missing piece of George’s address that’s blurred out above? You may recall the name of his charming hometown of Bedford Falls, but what about the street address? If so, leave it in the “comments” section below. We’ll update the post later in the day with the answer.

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Hop On In, Jessica! Ink & Paint Cel to Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 14th, 2012 by Erin Catalano, Merchandise Communication Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort


Looking for a gift that will “drive” your friends and family wild for the holidays? Then pull over, because on December 15, do I have the ticket for you. The newest limited edition 1,000 piece, titled Hop On In, Jessica, from the Studios Ink & Paint Collection features none other than Jessica and Roger Rabbit, as they set off to cruise through the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Wondering which part has actually been hand-painted by our talented Studios Ink & Paint team? I’ll give you one guess… she’s quite a shining star!

Here’s a look at the new cel!
“Hop

Special Note: The first 750 framed cels ordered will come with a special limited edition pin to commemorate the release.

“Hop

There are a few formats in which it will be available and a few ways you can purchase. Here are some tips:

  • Unframed Cel – $125
  • Black Frame and Cel – $215
  • Black Frame with Pin and Cel – $245
  • Black Frame with Pin, Postcard and Cel – $255
  • Gold Frame and Cel – $285

If you have already decided to add this to the top of your list for the holidays or know just whom to get it for, then here’s an added bonus. On December 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Ink & Paint artists, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K. Vincent will actually be on hand to sign it at Studios Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to purchase the Ink & Paint cel, then contact Walt Disney Event Services to pre-order your cel at 407-827-7600, Monday – Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. But please note: All pre-orders must be placed with Walt Disney Event Services no later than Friday, December 14, 2012 by 12:00 p.m. EST.

I’ve got more details on this release on www.ArtofDisneyParks.com, so check it out when you have time.

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Photo Tour: Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Holidays

posted on December 13th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Our tour of Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays continues this week with a look inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Photo Tour: Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Holidays

Just this past weekend, my family and I went out to the park to enjoy the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. In case you haven’t seen it, this annual offering includes millions of lights, animated holiday displays and seasonal music – and it is included in park admission!

Check out Osborne – and other decor from around the park – in the gallery above.

Join our discussion on holiday events at Disney Parks on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

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Comedy Warehouse Cast Brings the Gift of Laughter to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 29th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Last year, alumni of the former Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island were reunited at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a limited run in “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special.” For seven short days, the show played to capacity crowds at the park’s ABC Sound Studio.

'The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special' at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

Well, today I have good news and better news! The good news is, “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” is returning by popular demand. Better still, the show is moving to a larger venue, the Premiere Theater, and its run is being extended to 14 days. Now, even more Comedy Warehouse fans and park guests will have a chance to participate in this uniquely hilarious live show.

For the uninitiated, “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” presents the best of family-friendly improvisational comedy, as performers take suggestions from the audience and add their own brand of humor right on the spot, inventing holiday songs, stories, poems and scenarios.

“’The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special’ is like a family reunion of the Cast of the Comedy Warehouse,” said Show Director Chris Oyen. “We’re so happy to be able to bring everyone together again for the holiday season and to put on this show. It’s a gift from our family to yours.”

“The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” runs from December 23 through January 5 and is included in regular Disney’s Hollywood Studios park admission.

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Imagineers Talk Working with Johnny Depp on The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 27th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


I absolutely love the “Pirates of Caribbean” film franchise, which is why I’m super excited to experience The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow attraction, which will grand open at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on December 6.

The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is a walk-through attraction that will allow guests to follow in the footsteps of Jack Sparrow to see if they have what it takes to join his rowdy and daring pirate crew.

Walt Disney Imagineering just shared this amazing video with us, in which Imagineers Jason Surrell, Laura Mitchell, Charita Carter and Jason Roberts take us behind the scenes of the making of this new experience. According to them, creating an entirely new attraction based on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film franchise was a dream come true, as was working with the film’s lead actor, Johnny Depp, who reprised his role as Captain Jack Sparrow for the attraction’s film elements.

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Taste of Hollywood to Go with Fantasmic! Seats Dec. 22-Jan. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 20th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


When you’re on the go, looking for sustenance and want seats for Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the new Taste of Hollywood To Go meals fits the bill for the busy winter holidays. Offered from Dec. 22-Jan. 5 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you can make reservations by calling 407-WDW-DINE up to 24 hours prior. (If you don’t have a reservation, you can check the day you are in the park for availability.)

There are five boxed meals created each day: cold fried chicken with roasted sweet potato and baby spinach, broccoli slaw and blueberry cheesecake; a veggie sandwich with tomato salad, tabbouleh and chocolate cake; tuna sushi roll with beet and apple salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and a spicy pecan chocolate cluster; Cajun shrimp salad with beet and apple salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and mandarin orange cheesecake; and cold-cut roast beef with creamy horseradish, potato salad, grilled asparagus and chocolate cake.

Turkey and American Cheese Wrap with Apples and Carrots with Ranch Dip, Strawberry Yogurt and Seven-Layer Cookie Bar Available with Fantasmic! Seats at Disney's Hollywood Studios Strawberry Yogurt, Apple Wedges, Carrot Sticks, Goldfish Crackers and Organic Apple Cinnamon and Oatmeal Bar Available with Fantasmic! Seats at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Kids get a turkey and American cheese wrap with apples and carrots with Ranch dip, strawberry yogurt and a seven-layer cookie bar; or strawberry yogurt, apple wedges, carrot sticks, Goldfish crackers and an organic apple cinnamon and oatmeal bar.

You can choose which Fantasmic! show you want to attend based on availability, with the number of seats based on the number of meals purchased.

Pick up your “picnic” at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Meals are $15.99 ($5.49 ages 9 and under) and include a 20-ounce soft drink or water. It’s one quick-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. A credit card is required with complete payment upon arrival (24-hour cancellation policy).

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First Look: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow Opens at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 8th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Ahoy pirates fans! We have an update to share with you today on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow, an attraction that’s coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Our friends at Walt Disney Imagineering just shared these first renderings of what you can expect at this new walk-through attraction when it officially opens on December 6. In it, guests will journey deep into an eerie lost grotto, where a mysterious pirate skull puts them to the test to see if they have what it takes to set sail with the legendary Captain Jack Sparrow. Along the way, they must face all the perils of a pirate’s life as their favorite moments from the films come to life before their eyes.
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Dress rehearsals and previews begin in late November before the grand opening on December 6. So, what do you think? Tell us in the “Comments” section below, and stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on this new attraction.


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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: How Well Do You Know Toy Story Mania?

posted on November 7th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Step right up to Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Finish this Disney Parks Sign: How Well Do You Know Toy Story Mania?

This sign, displayed in the Pixar section of the park, shows Mr. Potato Head beckoning passersby to join in on the fun “Toy Story” games inside the attraction. But what’s the end of the slogan, which is blurred out here? “From expert to beginner, ______!”

Leave your guess in the “comments” section below. We’ll update the post later today with the answer.

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New Cupcakes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Almost) Too Pretty to Eat

posted on November 6th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The pastry chefs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios love creating edible Disney art – designer cupcakes that taste as good as they look.
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Maple Icing Topped with Sugared Pecans and Mickey Ears, Available at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Next up for November, a fall classic: pumpkin with maple icing topped with sugared pecans and Mickey Ears.
Gingerbread Cupcakes Topped with Cream Cheese Icing, Holiday Sprinkles and a Festive Minnie Mouse Hat, Available at Disney's Hollywood Studios

December takes a holiday favorite – gingerbread, and tops it with cream cheese icing, holiday sprinkles and a festive Minnie Mouse hat.

These two cupcakes are $4.99 and count as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan. They’re available at Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Pizza Planet and ABC Commissary.


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