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Where at Disney Parks Can You Find…

posted on January 4th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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What a deal – we’ve got some great office space for rent to begin 2012 somewhere at Disney Parks but where? Yes, it’s our first Walt Disney World Resort mystery puzzler of the new year and if you’ve ever seen this sign, you’re in luck. Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.

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‘Dancing Lights’ Features 50 Hidden Mickeys, Purple Cat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 19th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – Presented by SYLVANIA at Disney’s Hollywood Studios features five million lights, a glittering canopy, fluttering angels and a swirling carousel. But did you know that there are several other figures hidden within this illuminated display?

In the video, Show Director John Phelan shows off some of the hidden features you can look for in this year’s lights, including 50 Hidden Mickeys! John also reveals the story behind the mysterious purple cat that has become a tradition to hide in a different spot each year.

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Comedy Warehouse Returns For the Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 9th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


What says “holidays” better than laughter? At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, laughter will ring out thanks to a special family comedy show scheduled for a limited run at the ABC Sound Studio (theatre) in the heart of the park.

From December 25 through December 31, “The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” will present the best of improvisational comedy as performers – including alumni from the Comedy Warehouse on Pleasure Island – take suggestions from Guests and add their own brand of humor, right on the spot.

The performers hilariously reinvent holiday classics based on suggestions they solicit from the audience, including holiday songs, stories, poems and movie scenarios. Show times (subject to change) are 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. daily.

”The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special” is included in park admission.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Holidays at the Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 8th, 2011 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Another big icon here at Walt Disney World Resort used to get into the ho-ho-holiday spirit with a giant 342 3/8th sized Santa hat. I’m talking about the Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Of course, when this photograph was taken in December 1989, it was Disney-MGM Studios. The ears on this icon weigh 5,000 lbs. – so it’s no wonder it takes a hat that is 28.5 feet in diameter to wrap around them!

The Earffel Tower During the Holidays at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The holidays weren’t the only time in the past that the Earffel Tower has been altered to celebrate a special event.

Earffel Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios Altered to Celebrate the Opening of Walt Disney Pictures Live Action 101 Dalmatians

Back in 1996, spots were added for the opening of Walt Disney Pictures live-action “101 Dalmatians” (and the Backstage Pass attraction on Mickey Avenue).

Earffel Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios Altered to Celebrate the Premiere of Fantasmic!

And in 1998, for the premiere of Fantasmic!, the ears were painted to look like the sorcerer’s hat.

The Earffel Tower at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

And while the Earffel Tower may not get into the holiday spirit any more, I’m pretty sure there are millions of lights nearby that make up for it during the holiday season. I hear they even dance nowadays.

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The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Spreads Holiday Cheer

posted on December 6th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


The American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios not only gives guests their shot at stardom, but this month, it’s giving them a chance to spread holiday cheer as well.

Auditioning Singers Can Now Choose From a List of 8 Holiday Songs at The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Auditioning singers can now choose from a list of 8 holiday songs recorded by pop stars, including “The Christmas Song” by Christina Aguilera, “Santa Baby” by Taylor Swift, and “Blue Christmas” by Bon Jovi. You can see the full list of songs below.

List of Holiday Songs for Guests to Choose From at The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The stage also features holiday-themed lighting and singers can don holiday accessories if they wish.

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Star Wars Weekends 2012 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Dates Announced

posted on December 2nd, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

We have confirmed dates to share today for next year’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park. The galactic fun begins on May 18 and will run through June 10. And of course the centerpiece of the experience will be our 3-D Star Tours – The Adventures Continue attraction that debuted this summer. Here are the weekends:

2012 Star Wars Weekend Dates

  • May 18-20
  • May 25-27
  • June 1-3
  • June 8-10

Star Wars Weekends is an annual event that celebrates the Star Wars film saga and the hit animated TV series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. During the celebration, we host special shows, presentations and offer some pretty cool memorabilia. Check back on the Disney Parks Blog in upcoming months for more details about this annual celebration of all-things-Star Wars.



Take a look back at Star Wars Weekends 2011:

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Fun New Fantasmic! Dining Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 1st, 2011 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Forget sit-down dining when you’re in a hurry to play – the new “A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios lets you enjoy an affordable picnic plus reserved seating for the fab Fantasmic!, the park’s nightly extravaganza that takes guests inside the dreams of Mickey Mouse – into a world where his magic creates dancing waters, shooting comets, animated fountains, swirling stars, balls of fire and other amazing wonders.

Reserved viewing is first come, first served, so get there early!

It’s just for a short while – Dec. 18–Dec. 31, with reservations starting Dec. 1 at 407-WDW-DINE (a credit card guarantee is required). Pick up is at Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner from 11 a.m. through 1 ½ hours prior to your selected show time. You choose which performance you’d like to attend when you order your meal. Pick up your meal at your convenience and then you’re on your own for an easy picnic lunch or dinner. You might want to try more than one of the picnic goodies, but your Fantasmic! seats are based on the number of guests in your party (entrées ordered must be equal to or greater than your party size).

And, yes, it’s part of the Disney Dining Plan – a quick-service entitlement.

Here’s what you can order:

    Fried chicken with maple-glazed sweet potato and baby spinach salad, broccoli and cranberry salad and cheesecake, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Fried chicken with maple-glazed sweet potato and baby spinach salad, broccoli and cranberry salad and cheesecake ($14.99)
  • Veggie wrap with avocado spread, tabbouleh, avocado and tomato salad with citrus vinaigrette and chocolate cake, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Veggie wrap with avocado spread, tabbouleh, avocado and tomato salad with citrus vinaigrette and chocolate cake ($14.99)
  • Olive oil poached salmon with couscous salad with dried cranberries and peas, roasted beet and apple salad and Key lime pie, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Olive oil poached salmon with couscous salad with dried cranberries and peas, roasted beet and apple salad and Key lime pie ($14.99)
  • Teriyaki and orange marinated beef with udon noodle salad and caramelized vegetables and sesame mandarin vinaigrette, seaweed salad with gingered carrots and mandarin orange cheesecake, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Teriyaki and orange marinated beef with udon noodle salad and caramelized vegetables and sesame mandarin vinaigrette, seaweed salad with gingered carrots and mandarin orange cheesecake ($14.99)
  • Fresh fruits, Brie, dipped strawberries and focaccia bread ($11.99)
  • Chocolate-dipped pretzels, strawberries and marshmallows with chocolate dipping sauce ($9.99)
  • Kid’s meal with turkey and American cheese wrap and strawberry yogurt, apples and carrots with ranch dip and seven-layer cookie bar, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Kid’s meal with turkey and American cheese wrap and strawberry yogurt, apples and carrots with ranch dip and seven-layer cookie bar ($5.49)
  • Kid’s meal Power Pack with Goldfish crackers, strawberry yogurt, string cheese, apples and carrots with ranch dip and a seven-layer cookie bar, available at 'A Taste of Hollywood To Go – A Fantasmic! Dining Experience' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

  • Kid’s meal Power Pack with Goldfish crackers, strawberry yogurt, string cheese, apples and carrots with ranch dip and a seven-layer cookie bar ($5.49)
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‘Dancing Lights’ Shine Bright at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on November 29th, 2011 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Each year, the cast and crew who maintain The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – Presented by SYLVANIA at Disney’s Hollywood Studios work to make the holiday display bigger and better. For 2011, the display includes several technological advances as well as tributes to Jennings Osborne, the creator of this holiday spectacle, who passed away in July.

Something new to look for this year is the canopy of lights that hangs over part of the Streets of America. New RGB (red, blue, green) LEDs mean the canopy can now project millions of different color combinations.

Jennings Osborne was a big Elvis Presley fan, so in tribute, the King’s “Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)” is now one of the songs that makes those five million lights dance. To see another tribute, watch this video from Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights show director John Phelan.

Keep watching the Disney Parks Blog for another video about the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, including the lowdown on Hidden Mickeys in the display – and one other hidden figure who secretly moves from place to place each year.

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One Pirate, Two Reactions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios…

posted on November 14th, 2011 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort


Yesterday I photographed Jake from “Jake and the Never Land Pirates,” who is now greeting guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And it never fails to amaze me how differently kids react to seeing some of their favorite Disney characters.

Morgan Calhoun from Round Lake Beach, Ill., Awaits an Autograph from Jake of 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Four-year-old Morgan Calhoun, wearing a pink shirt that reads, “You are my Sunshine,” seems in awe of Jake as she patiently awaits his autograph. Morgan was visiting Walt Disney World Resort from Round Lake Beach, Ill.

Sophie and Peyton Jovanovic from Winnipeg, Canada, Meet Jake of 'Jake and the Never Land Pirates' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sophie and Peyton Jovanovic, ages 5 and 3, visiting from Winnipeg, Canada, just couldn’t stop giggling. AAARRRGGGGG…

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‘Never Land Pirate’ Jake is Coming to Disney Parks

posted on November 11th, 2011 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


‘Never Land Pirate’ Jake is Coming to Disney Parks

Great news, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” fans! Jake, from the popular Disney Junior show, will begin greeting guests at Disney Parks this month.

Starting November 13, Jake will be making regular appearances at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. He will join Handy Manny, Special Agent Oso and June from “Little Einsteins” at the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Guests at the character dining experience will be able to get into the action by swabbing the deck, rowing the boat and shouting “yo ho” to songs from the show, including “Roll Up the Map,” “Hot Lava” and “Talk Like a Pirate.”

Also beginning November 13, Jake will join the Stars of Disney Junior at their meet and greet location in the Animation Courtyard. In order to make way for Jake, the Little Einsteins will no longer appear at that location.

Jake fans visiting the Disneyland Resort will also be able to meet their favorite little pirate beginning November 20, along Hollywood Boulevard at Disney California Adventure park.

Be sure to check daily entertainment guides for character greeting times and locations.

Yo ho! Let’s go!

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