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Edible Souvenirs Just for Upcoming Holidays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 13th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Leave it to the creative pastry chefs at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to come up with adorable, delicious confections for the holidays.

Check Out the St. Patrick's Day Chocolate Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios, March 8 - March 17

March 8 – March 17: Check out the clever St. Patrick’s Day chocolate cupcake, iced with green-tinted peppermint buttercream and topped with a white chocolate hat (also St. Paddy’s green). Mickey ears are the perfect finish, two round Vanilla wafers dipped in dark chocolate.

Check Out the Pineapple-Coconut Easter Cupcake at Disney's Hollywood Studios, March 18 - March 31

March 18 – March 31: Almost too pretty to eat (but not quite) is the pineapple-coconut cupcake for Easter, yellow cake with white buttercream, coconut shavings and colorful confetti, with a pair of adorable, white chocolate bunny ears and pink polka-dot bowtie perched on top.

The holiday cupcakes are $4.99 at ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Starring Rolls, Rosie’s and Fairfax Fare. They are a “snack” on the Disney Dining Plan.

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It’s Baaack! Taste of Hollywood to Go with Fantasmic! Seats March 25-April 4 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on March 12th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


The popular Taste of Hollywood to Go returns for just 10 days during busy spring break time – making it super-easy to have a quick, delicious meal and reserve seats for Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

From March 24-April 4, there are five boxed meals: hot fried chicken with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, sweet corn and carrots and warm apple crisp; a veggie sandwich with avocado, orange and tomato salad, tabbouleh and chocolate cake; California and tuna sushi roll with avocado, orange and tomato salad, ginger-marinated tomatoes and cucumbers and a spicy pecan chocolate cluster; shrimp salad with avocado, orange and tomato 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.
Taste of Hollywood to Go with Fantasmic! Seats March 25-April 4 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 a organic apple and cinnamon 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.

Call 407-WDW-DINE to make reservations up to 24 hours prior. Meals are $15.99, $5.49 ages 9 and under, and include a 20-ounce soft drink or water. A credit card is required with complete payment upon arrival (24-hour cancellation policy). If you don’t have a reservation, you can check the day you are in the park for availability.

Each meal is one quick-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

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The New Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Opens Today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on February 15th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


The Creative Entertainment team has been hard at work, getting the latest version of Disney Junior – Live on Stage! ready for its debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This update to the popular show, features new segments with Disney Junior hits “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First,” along with returning stories from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”
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New Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Opens Friday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios New Disney Junior – Live on Stage! Opens Friday at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Children will adore seeing their newest friends from Disney Junior onstage in our show,” said Elissa Hogan, Creative Director for Disney Junior – Live on Stage! “We really bring those characters to life. There’s great music. There are great stories, and there are adventures children really get to be a part of.”

The new Disney Junior – Live on Stage! opens this Friday, February 15, at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and comes to Disney California Adventure park March 22.

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Caption This: Mickey’s ‘Fantasmic!’ Conversation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on February 5th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s Caption This photo was taken in 1998, and shows an exchange between Mickey Mouse and a snaky Jafar, one of the evil foes he faces in Fantasmic! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

What do you think these two talk about in between scenes? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This.”
Caption This: A ‘Fantasmic!’ Conversation

 
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Waltz in the Park at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on January 30th, 2013 by Michelle Harker, Manager, Merchandise Marketing & Communications, Disneyland Resort


What do you want to be when you grow up? That’s the infamous question every kid, of every age, always gets. Growing up, I loved films, loved to draw and I loved Disney, so being an animator seemed like the perfect fit! While my career path didn’t necessarily lead me to feature animation, I have had wonderful opportunities to see and do things I never thought possible, including the opportunity to learn more about the fascinating processes of animation, like Ink & Paint!

What I love even more is that our talented team of Ink & Paint artists at Disney’s Hollywood Studios continue to keep the tradition of Ink & Paint alive, sharing a traditional process with Disney fans, old and new.

The newest limited edition 1,000 piece titled Waltz in the Park is set to release on March 16 at Studios Animation Gallery and features a delicately and precisely hand-painted Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed in the iconic costumes of Belle and the Beast as they prepare for their royal entrance into Beast’s Castle.
'Waltz in the Park' Cel from Studios Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Waltz in the Park will be available in the following formats, including framing options and retails:

  • Unframed Cel – $150
  • Black Frame and Cel – $240
  • Black Frame with Pin and Cel – $270
  • Black Frame with Pin, Postcard and Cel – $280
  • Gold Frame and Cel – $310

If you’re wondering what the pin that accompanies a couple of these formats looks like, wonder no more.
'Waltz in the Park' Pin from Studios Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

For those of you in the area, several of the Ink & Paint artists associated with this piece will actually be on hand for a special appearance and signing March 16 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. at Studios Animation Gallery in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

But if you find yourself unable to join us or you’re out of town, don’t worry, Walt Disney Event Services is currently taking pre-orders for the Waltz in the Park cel. Contact Walt Disney Event Services at 407-827-7600, Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. But keep in mind, all orders must be placed no later than Friday, March 15, 2013, at 12:00 p.m. EST. For more information, visit www.ArtofDisneyParks.com.

Don’t let this new cel “waltz” away… instead, let it dance its way into your heart and into your home.

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The American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World Resort Introduces New Songs for a New Season

posted on January 17th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Did you catch the premiere of the new season of “American Idol” last night? I always enjoy watching the audition episodes, as young people take the first bold step to pursuing their dreams.
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I spoke to the team at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and they said they’re already seeing some familiar faces in the New York auditions. These Hollywood hopefuls got their start competing for a Dream Ticket at The American Idol Experience at the Walt Disney World Resort. In fact, last season, five contestants of the coveted Top 13 had been Dream Ticket recipients!

Just as “American Idol” on television makes changes each season, The American Idol Experience has recently been updated with the addition of 14 new songs, which guests can choose to perform for their big moment on stage.
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Many of the new songs, including hits from former American Idols, are titles that have been requested by guests auditioning at The American Idol Experience. Taking a cue from the television show, where country music has become more prominent, the list also adds several more songs from that genre.

Here’s the complete list of the recent additions, bringing the total number of songs available for auditions to 158. Which one would be a dream come true for you to perform on The American Idol Experience stage?

  • “American Honey” by Lady Antebellum
  • “Animal” by Neon Trees
  • “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood
  • “Dark Side” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Give Your Heart a Break” by Demi Lovato
  • “Home” by Phillip Phillips
  • “One Thing” by One Direction
  • “Part of Me” by Katy Perry
  • “Please Remember Me” by Tim McGraw, covered by Scotty McCreery
  • “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele
  • “Stronger” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “The One That Got Away” by Katy Perry
  • “Turn on the Radio” by Reba McEntire
  • “Undo It” by Carrie Underwood

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Finish that Disney Parks Sign: Mona Lisa Goes Hollywood

posted on January 9th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This fun mural of Mona Lisa can be found at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Sure looks like she has a sense of humor.
Do You Remember What the Button on Mona Lisa's Shirt at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano Says?

Do you remember what the button (blurred out here) on her shirt says?

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This Week in Disney History: Voyage of The Little Mermaid Debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on January 8th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is celebrating a birthday this week – Voyage of the Little Mermaid, which opened on this very week in 1992.
Voyage of The Little Mermaid at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The attraction is a 15-minute retelling of “The Little Mermaid” and features songs and appearances by all the beloved characters from the film, including Ariel, Prince Eric, Flounder, and Sebastian.

Is this show a must-do for you? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.


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‘Star Wars’ Weekends 2013 Dates Announced

posted on December 27th, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


“Luke, We’re gonna have company!” — Han Solo

If your starship can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs (I’m still trying to figure out how fast that is), set your hyperdrive for the Disney’s Hollywood Studios sector for May and early June, for the 2013 edition of Star Wars Weekends.

This year’s Force-filled fun will take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 17 – June 9, 2013.

James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein Share a Laugh On-stage at Star Wars Weekends 2012.  The Pair Will Return as Celebrity Hosts in 2013.

While details are still being planned, we’re excited to announce that James Arnold Taylor and Ashley Eckstein are returning as celebrity hosts for the annual special event. James, the voice behind many of the most famous animated characters in film, television and commercials, is known to Star Wars fans as the voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi on the Star Wars: The Clone Wars TV series. Ashley, who started her show business career as a parade dancer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is the voice of Anakin’s ambitious Padawan, Ahsoka Tano, on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

James is the Official Celebrity Host of Star Wars Weekends 2013, and Ashley is Celebrity Host of “Behind the Force,” a live show that takes fans behind-the-scenes in the Star Wars universe.

Be sure to program your scanning droids to check here for the latest updates from the Galactic Senate about Star Wars Weekends 2013.

For guests who may be considering a visit to Walt Disney World Resort for their very first Star Wars Weekends, here’s a short overview video with our own galactic reporter, “Jedi John” (please note his very stylish “mic saber”). While the celebrity appearances for this year have not been announced (stay tuned for those names in an upcoming post), John talks to some Star Wars celebrities from past events to get their thoughts.

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View a 360° Panorama of The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 23rd, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


A trip to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a family tradition for many Disney Parks Blog readers. And this year’s show is better than ever.

So, we’ve decided to share the beauty of the 5-million-light display in a way we’ve never done before – a 360-degree panorama. The image is best viewed on a desktop computer.

Click Here to See the Larger Version

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights runs through January 6 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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