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Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios with ‘Disney Stars’ Wallpapers

posted on May 1st, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Our celebration of the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios has included a special series of exclusive artwork for your computer or mobile device. And today, we’re sharing the third wallpaper featuring Horace Horsecollar to wrap up our “Disney Stars” series. Click on any of the images in the series to add them to your favorite screen.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the and wallpaper before you download it.

And if you’re looking for any other wallpapers featured here on the Disney Parks Blog, here’s our special gallery.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Celebrates 25 Years

posted on May 1st, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Places, everyone! Today, Disney’s Hollywood Studios celebrates 25 years of Hollywood glamour and glitz right in the heart of Florida. Here’s a look at the park’s entrance 25 year’s ago with its original moniker, Disney-MGM Studios, on its marquee.

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When the park opened, there were nine attractions for guests to enjoy: Backstage Studio Tour, Catastrophe Canyon, Disney Classics Theater, The Great Movie Ride, The Magic of Disney Animation, The Monster Sound Show, Residential Street, SuperStar Television and Hollywood! Hollywood! at Theater of the Stars. Here’s a unique look at Hollywood Blvd. just prior to opening day.

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Still after 25 years of showbiz, there’s always a chance you’ll have a celebrity sighting while visiting the park. (Ok, world-famous character celebrity – but it counts!)

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Happy Anniversary, Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Here’s to another 25 dazzling years.

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New ‘Disney Stars’ Artwork Celebrates Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on April 30th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As we near the 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we’re continuing our celebration of the park’s milestone with new artwork created especially for your computer or mobile device. Today’s park-inspired wallpaper featuring Clarabelle Cow is part of our “Disney Stars” series. Click on the image to add it to your favorite screen.

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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the and wallpaper before you download it.

And if you’re looking for any other wallpapers featured here on the Disney Parks Blog, we’ve created a special gallery.

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A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Studios’ First Guide Map

posted on April 30th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Disney’s Hollywood Studios sure has evolved over the last 25 years – and not only in name.

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I thought it might be fun to take a look back at how much the guide map has changed. Here’s a look at the original park map and today’s map.

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Sunset Blvd, Pixar Place, and Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show are just a few of the changes the park’s seen over the years. Wonder what’s in store for Disney’s Hollywood Studios over the next 25 years?

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Celebrate Disney’s Hollywood Studios 25th Anniversary With Our ‘Disney Stars’ Wallpaper

posted on April 29th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Can you believe that Disney’s Hollywood Studios will mark 25 years on May 1?

We’ll celebrate the park’s milestone on the Disney Parks Blog this Thursday. In the meantime, check out this park-inspired wallpaper to your computer desktop or mobile device. The design depicts Disney characters back in the Golden Age of Hollywood. Simply click on the image below to find the size you need.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios Anniversary Cupcake Available Only May 1

posted on April 29th, 2014 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Walt Disney World Resort guests love the designer cupcakes that the chefs create for special occasions and holidays – and we usually can’t pry away the recipe. But good news: if you can’t make it to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1, this is one special treat you can (mostly) re-create at home.

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Celebrating 25 years, this anniversary cupcake is a delicious combo of chocolate cake with a rich hazelnut-buttercream frosting. The chefs at the theme park add a little chocolate ganache, chocolate sprinkles and colorful Mickey Mouse candy confetti, then top it with a chocolate “25th Anniversary” disk of chocolate.

If you’re at the park, the cupcakes will be available at Fairfax Fair, Rosie’s All American Café, ABC Commissary, Starring Rolls Cafe, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., and Pizza Planet. Cost is $5.19 and the cupcake counts as a snack on the Disney Dining Plan.

If you’re too far away to make the May 1 celebration, get out the mixer and create your own fun!

Chocolate Cupcakes with Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream
Makes 24 cupcakes

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup hot coffee
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Hazelnut-Chocolate Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup hazelnut-chocolate spread
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons whole milk

For chocolate cupcakes:

  1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Line a muffin tin with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder in large bowl, whisking to combine. Add oil, coffee, and milk; beat with an electric mixer 1 minute until well combined.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla extract; beat 2 minutes until very well combined. Batter will be thin.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes.
  5. Cool in pan for 15 minutes, then transfer cupcakes to a cooling rack and cool completely before frosting.

For hazelnut-chocolate buttercream:

  1. Combine shortening and butter in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until creamy. Beat in hazelnut-chocolate spread and vanilla extract until smooth. With mixer running at medium speed, add confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well to combine before adding the next cup.
  2. After all sugar has been added, beat in 3 to 4 tablespoons milk, just until frosting is light and fluffy.
  3. Spoon into a piping bag fitted with a large round or star tip and pipe frosting onto cupcakes. Alternatively, frost cupcakes with an offset spatula or a butter knife.
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A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: Residential Street

posted on April 29th, 2014 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Do you remember Residential Street? The nice, quaint neighborhood in the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Of course, this neighborhood was actually a line of facades. Used in various TV shows and commercials as well as movies, some of the homes on Residential Street looked familiar to guests when they drove by on the Studio Backlot Tour.

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Homes made appearances in such films as “Splash Too” and “Ernest Saves Christmas,” but the most recognizable ones from Residential Street belonged the family from “Empty Nest” and the ladies from the “Golden Girls.”

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Below is an aerial view of Residential Street in October 1988 prior to the opening of the park.

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A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Monster Sound Show

posted on April 28th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week, we’re continuing our celebration of Disney’s Hollywood Studios opening-day attractions with a look inside Monster Sound Show.

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At this attraction, located in the Echo Lake section, guests could be selected to act as Foley artists and help record sound effects for a short comedic film starring actors Martin Short and Chevy Chase.

The attraction also offered an interactive post show called SoundWorks, where guests could learn hands-on about how to create sound effects, experiment with voiceovers and more.

Were you ever chosen to participate in the show? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

For more on Disney’s Hollywood Studios original attractions, check out the following posts:

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This Week in Disney Parks Photos: The 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Approaches

posted on April 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The 25th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is coming up on May 1, and over the past few weeks, we’ve been sharing photos and looks back at some of the park’s opening day attractions.

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Be sure to click through the gallery above for looks inside SuperStar Television, The Great Movie Ride and The Magic of Disney Animation.

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A Silver (Screen) Anniversary for Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1

posted on April 24th, 2014 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


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In a park that pays tribute to many Hollywood icons of the silver screen, a silver anniversary is a special one to celebrate. On May 1, 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (known then as Disney-MGM Studios — a name that would identify the park until it was changed in 2008) became the third Disney theme park to open at Walt Disney World Resort. On May 1, 2014, the park will mark its 25th anniversary in several ways (*times and entertainment subject to change):

  • At 10 a.m., Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will take the stage with Disney’s Hollywood Studios Vice President Dan Cockerell to start the celebration day, honoring some of the 25-year cast members during a short rededication ceremony.
  • A special motorcade — “Stars of the Studios” — will make its way down Hollywood Blvd. beginning at 7 p.m. and feature many of the famous characters showcased throughout the park. Mickey and Minnie will be joined by television and film stars including Captain Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader, Doc McStuffins, Wreck-It Ralph, Venellope, Sofia the First and more.
  • Following the motorcade, the area in front of the park’s Sorcerer Hat Stage will become a dance party before a fireworks show ends the day in grand fashion at 9:30 p.m. The pyrotechnics show, which will be high in the sky above the Sorcerer Mickey Hat, will pay tribute to 25 years of show business stories that have been told throughout the park.

Special events and entertainment for the celebration are included in regular park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Also, as previously outlined by fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller, 25th anniversary commemorative merchandise will be sold (while supplies last). And finally, a taste-tempting treat — a 25th Anniversary Chocolate Nutella Cupcake — will be sold at many of the park’s quick service dining locations during the day.

TIP: If you’re planning to visit the park on May 1, please plan on entering via the main toll plaza off of World Drive.

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