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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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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.

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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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