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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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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: It’s a Great Movie Ride

posted on September 13th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Lights! Camera! Action!
Can You Finish This Sign from The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios?

This marquee, which marks the beginning of your journey into The Great Movie Ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, promises “A spectacular journey into the movies” with a “sweeping spectacle of ___, ___, and ___” up ahead! Do you remember what it says? Leave your guess in the comments section below. I’ll update the post later today with the correct answers!

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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: Strolling Along New York Street at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on September 4th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Earlier this week, I was walking through Disney’s Hollywood Studios when I spotted this subway sign on New York Street.

Do You Remember the Subway Lines That Appear on This Sign on New York Street at Disney's Hollywood Studios?

The subway lines that appear on this sign (blurred in this pic) are a nod to Disney history. Do you remember what they are?

Place your guess in the “comments” section below. I’ll update the post later in the day with the correct answer.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Hollywood Scoops Opens

posted on August 23rd, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


I scream. You scream. But it’s usually on the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror when at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, right? Not today, kids. I’m talking about my favorite food that’s always worth screaming about – ice cream.

Vintage Walt Disney World: Hollywood Scoops Opens

It wasn’t until today in 1999 that Hollywood Scoops started dishing up the delicious stuff (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and fat-free, sugar-free vanilla) to guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Sunset Boulevard. Here’s a look at Sunset Boulevard just prior to opening in 1994, without the scoop shop on the corner.

Sunset Blvd., at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Just Prior to Opening in 1994

Never passing up an opportunity to do some on-the-job research, I forced myself to head out to Hollywood Scoops last week with my friend Patrick in order to refresh our memories of the ice cream offerings they have there. Final verdict: delicious.

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New ‘American Idol’ Phillip Phillips Surprises Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on August 3rd, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


The newest “American Idol,” Phillip Phillips, surprised a theater full of park guests Thursday when he made an appearance on-stage at “The American Idol Experience” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

New ‘American Idol’ Phillip Phillips Surprises Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Phillips, who hit the top 10 on the charts with his single “Home,” was in central Florida for a performance of the “American Idol Live!” concert tour. The nationwide tour continues through mid-September.

In addition to making a surprise appearance for guests at “The American Idol Experience,” Phillips taped a series of short videos that Walt Disney Entertainment plans to utilize in the future during the attraction experience.

And of course, what visit to Disney Parks would be complete without a meeting with Mickey and Minnie? Disney Parks Blog author and photographer Matt Stroshane shot this picture of the smiling trio posing in front of the attraction.


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Youngest Star of ‘Modern Family’ Visits Star of ‘Phineas & Ferb’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 26th, 2012 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Last week, Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, the youngest star of ABC’s “Modern Family,” had a chance to meet the star of one of the newest Disney Parks interactive experiences.
'Modern Family' Star Aubrey Anderson-Emmons with Agent P at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The pint-sized starlet, who portrays “Lily” on the hit comedy series, caught up Friday with Agent P at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Agent P can be spotted by sharp-eyed guests in the new Disney Phineas & Ferb: Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure at Epcot.

Aubrey and her dad, Kent Emmons, shared a few laughs with the fedora-wearing alter-ego of Perry the Platypus. A fan of the Disney Channel show, Aubrey showed off some of her own secret-agent skills to the cartoon crime fighter.

And she had even more reasons to celebrate while on her Walt Disney World Resort vacation. During the 2012 Emmy Awards nomination announcements on Thursday, “Modern Family” received 14 nominations — the most for any comedy series this year. The 64th Primetime Emmy Award ceremony will air September 23 on ABC.

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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 20th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Chances are Disney Parks Blog readers have seen this week’s sign and know exactly where it’s located. But that’s our other puzzler series. Today’s challenge is to identify where “It” came from and finish the sign.

Can You Finish This Sign from the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios?

I know you know this one. Look up in the upper-left corner of the sign from the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and let us know what comes next.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A Look Back at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on July 19th, 2012 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror started welcoming guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios back in July 1994, dark and stormy nights became the norm around the Hollywood Tower Hotel. And all these years later, guests still get a scream out of their daily visits. Here’s a look at the lobby under construction in May 1994.
The Lobby of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Under Construction in May 1994

While four Disney Parks (Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney California Adventure park, Walt Disney Studios Park, and Tokyo DisneySea) have their own versions of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the original. This striking landmark at Walt Disney World Resort was constructed with 1,500 tons of steel, 145,800 cubic feet of concrete, and 27,000 roof tiles, and it stands 199 feet tall.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Under Construction

Still to this day inside The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, guests can’t wait to enter an episode that is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction.

The Twilight Zone® is a registered trademark of CBS, Inc. and is used with permission pursuant to a license from CBS, Inc. ©Disney/CBS, Inc.

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