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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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There’s Always Something New at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 2nd, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


One of the holiday traditions my family most looks forward to each year is a visit to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Since the show’s debut in 1995, it has never failed to impress me. Over the years, the display has grown to more than 5 million lights and been enhanced with everything from a complete conversion to energy-efficient LEDs to the addition of images and music from Disney’s “Prep & Landing” television specials. It’s all so tinsel!

The team behind The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights keeps looking for new ways to “plus” the show. This year, Santa Goofy joins the fun, making nightly appearances on the Streets of America. You’ll be able to meet him in Goofy’s Winter Wonderland, a special area set up right in Tri-City Square.

Santa Goofy Joins the Fun at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Also new is the addition of an eighth song for the dancing lights. Joining returning favorites like “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano and Barbra Streisand’s version of “Jingle Bells” will be a special arrangement of the classic “Winter Wonderland” by Creative Entertainment Music Director Dan Stamper.

“As we talked about adding a new piece, we wanted to add something lyric and flowing,” said Dan. “To me, the title ‘Winter Wonderland’ meant a time of transformation from hustle and bustle to an elegant beauty. In my mind were images of billowing marshmallow landscapes; where in the city, even the starkest, dark industrial buildings become a thing of beauty with snowcaps and gleaming icicles. The piece grows to a crescendo and then slowly fades as families gather together in their homes to escape the chill.”

Get ready to be dazzled by The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, November 9 through January 6.

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Vote for the Best runDisney Halloween Costume

posted on October 30th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


UPDATE: And the winning costume, with 32% of votes, is…The Hotel Staff! Congratulations as well to 2nd and 3rd place, The Hollywood Tower and Elevator (24% of votes) and Mr. Smee, Captain Hook and Tick-Tock (18% of votes).

Sure, tomorrow’s the day for great Halloween costumes but we spotted some of the best we’ve seen this season at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. If you haven’t run this one yet, the 10-Miler is a nighttime road race that ends in the shadows of the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And of course, amazing costumes are part of the event.

The Pirates League: It Was a Pirate’s Life for These Three Runners When They Took on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. The Mad Runner: What Better Way to Celebrate Your Un-birthday Than a runDisney Event? Hotel Staff: Four Hollywood Tower Hotel Bellhops Frozen in Time on That Fateful 1939 Halloween Night. Queen Grimhilde: Magic Mirror, on the Wall, is This the Fairest runDisney Costume of All? Cruella de Vil: No Pets Allowed for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler.
A Whole New World: Jasmine and Aladdin Were Two of 10,000 Runners That Participated in the Inaugural Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. Mr. Smee, Captain Hook and Tick-Tock: Heroes and Villains Alike Can Agree These Three Characters Could Inspire Anyone to Take Flight. Coast to Coast: The Most Famous Fairy of All is Also a Popular Running Costume During the Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland. The Hollywood Tower and Elevator: What Lies Beyond the Fifth Dimension? These Two Runners Most Certainly Know. Jafar: The Grand Vizier of Agrabah Was One of Many Villains to Reveal Themselves as a Runner at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Today, we want to know which runDisney 10-Miler Halloween costume (or costumes) you like best. Vote for your favorite in our Disney Parks Blog poll below and then keep an eye out for the winning runner or group of runners.

Thanks to Disney Photographer Ali Nasser for the photos.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Celebrity Signatures, Prints at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on October 25th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you happen to glance down outside of our facade of the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll see some fantastic hand and footprints of celebrities immortalized in cement. And tonight’s “Disney Parks After Dark” post features a few of my favorites.

“Grauman's

Look and you’ll see Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson signatures and prints in a wonderful green square. Do you have favorites?

Also, check out some of our favorite Disney Parks images after the sun goes down.

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It’s Almost ‘Game On’ for Wreck-It Ralph at Disney Parks

posted on October 23rd, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


“Ralph,

Meet Ralph, the “bad guy” who really wants to be a “good guy” in Disney’s newest animated adventure comedy “Wreck-It Ralph.” In the movie, Ralph goes game jumping across the arcade to prove he’s got what it takes to be a hero.

Now, Ralph’s set to do some park hopping, too! Ralph will be taking the train from Game Central Station to the Tomorrowland Starcade at Disneyland park, where you’ll be able to meet him starting this Friday, October 26.

Beginning October 28, Ralph will also be stopping in at The Magic of Disney Animation attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, where part of the candy-coated cart racing game “Sugar Rush” is being recreated right now. So race on over to Disney Parks this fall to say “Hi!” to Ralph and his pal, Vanellope, and be sure to catch “Wreck-It Ralph” in theaters in 3D November 2.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Hollywood After Dark

posted on October 4th, 2012 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort


Sunset signals the awakening of a bygone era – the heyday of Hollywood, with all of its eclectic art deco flair. For those who enjoy the distinctive and powerful artistic elements that were so popular during the early twentieth century, strolling down Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard provides a rich canvas of lush textures, bold colors and smooth surfaces, clean yet elegant.

I know that many guests relish the nostalgia of art deco, and I hope you enjoy seeing a few of the details I captured at Disney’s Hollywood Studios recently.
“Hollywood

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‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Characters Are Coming to Disney Parks This November

posted on September 20th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


I’m excited to tell you Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope Von Schweetz, two of the main characters from Disney’s newest animated adventure comedy “Wreck-It Ralph,” will soon be making their debut at Disney Parks.

Ralph Runs Into Feisty Misfit Vanellope VonSchweetz From “Sugar Rush”

My family and I can’t wait to see “Wreck-It Ralph.” In the movie, video game “bad guy” Ralph is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, the “good guy” star of their game who always gets to save the day. Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on an adventure across the arcade, with potentially disastrous results! Along the way, he runs into feisty misfit Vanellope VonSchweetz from the candy-coated cart racing game, “Sugar Rush,” and the unlikely duo must team up to try and save the day.

Ralph Helps Out A Few 'Forgotten' Friends At Game Central Station

“Wreck-It Ralph” is going to be great, and meeting Ralph and Vanellope in the parks will be just as fun. At The Magic of Disney Animation attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you’ll step through Game Central Station, catching glimpses of the various game worlds from the film on your way to “Sugar Rush,” where Vanellope and Ralph are waiting to meet you at the finish line.

Meet Ralph and Vanellope at the 'Sugar Rush' Portal in the Tomorrowland Starcade

At Disneyland park, the arcade world of “Wreck-It Ralph” comes to life within the Tomorrowland Starcade. When Ralph and Vanellope are there, you’ll have an opportunity to meet them at the portal to “Sugar Rush” and can even play a round on the classic arcade game “Fix-It Felix, Jr.”

Look for each of these experiences to open this November, and be sure to catch “Wreck-It Ralph” in theaters November 2 in 3D!

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