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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.


Look below for more updates from Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

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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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Sights and Sounds at Disney Parks: Last-Minute Disney Holiday Music Gifts

posted on December 22nd, 2012 by Greg Ehrbar, Writer/Author, Disney's Yellow Shoes Creative Group


As Santa’s clock counts down to his big day, I always say there’s nothing like the gift of music (ask people who know me… I really say that). The best thing about music is that you can fill a room with it so everybody enjoys the gift together!
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The big news this year is that, for the very first time, a brand-new musical gem has been performed and recorded especially for The Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Much in the tradition of Walt and his animators blending music with state-of-the-art visual wizardry in films such as “Fantasia“, the team at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Creative Entertainment has crafted this new version of “Winter Wonderland” to make the most of everything those millions of lights can do.

This magnificent, dynamic new rendition was arranged and conducted by veteran Music Director Dan Stamper of Entertainment, whose massive worldwide list of contributions to Disney Parks shows, parades, fireworks spectaculars and big-city special events could fill a website in itself!

“This was an especially unique project,” Dan told me. “It really required those of us who were familiar with what these lights could do, so we would make the most of all the abilities we have with light movements special effects.

“Basically, I wrote the arrangement in ‘layers’ of sounds, so they could come in gradually, then build and build. It’s funny how things like this come together! It just seemed to evolve.” The resulting musical production is unlike any other version of “Winter Wonderland” you’ve ever heard, conceived with every detail of these amazing light displays in mind.

Keep your fingers crossed: Dan is hopeful that there might be more specially-created pieces like “Winter Wonderland” added in the future to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, in addition to great holiday songs from hit albums.

One of these songs is performed by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (whom you may have seen live during their recent Epcot Eat to the Beat Concert Series gig). The song, “Christmas is Starting Now,” is from “Disney’s Phineas & Ferb Christmas Vacation”.
Disney's Phineas and Ferb Holiday Favorites

“That was the first song ["Phineas & Ferb" co-creator] Dan Povenmire and I wrote for the TV special,” said Story Editor/Scriptwriter Martin Olson. “It set the tone for the rest of the songs. “We first wrote it as a pop tune, then Dan and [Series Original Music Composer] Danny Jacob adapted it to a Big Band arrangement with a live performance in mind.” The song is included on the “Phineas & Ferb Holiday Favorites” album—as well the lovely “That Christmas Feeling,” sung by Martin’s daughter Olivia, who voices Vanessa on the show.
Disney Channel Holiday Playlist Album

New this year is the “Disney Channel Holiday Playlist” album, featuring today’s hottest young Disney Channel Original Series stars, including Ross Lynch of “Austin and Ally“. You’ll be able to see him perform “Christmas Soul” on the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC-TV.
Disney's New Holiday Album Featuring Mickey and Company- Disney Jingle Bell Fun

There’s also a new holiday album starring Mickey and company called “Disney Jingle Bell Fun”, a collection of favorite songs with fresh, new arrangements of fun songs from your favorite pals, plus fantastic performances by outstanding vocalists.

“Winter Wonderland” is available exclusively as a download from iTunes or Amazon. All the other albums are available on CD at select Disney Parks shops, retail and online stores and by download.

Happy listening!

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New Stories Coming to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! in 2013 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure Park

posted on December 18th, 2012 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


'Sofia the First' and More New Stories Coming to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! in 2013 at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure Park

As a father of twin boys, the Disney Junior – Live on Stage! show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure park is a favorite stop whenever we visit those parks. One of the best things about the show is that it’s regularly updated to feature new characters and stories from the Disney Junior line-up on TV. Well, I’m excited to tell you (and them), that Disney Junior – Live on Stage! is primed to get another update in early 2013, when new hits “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First” join “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”
'Doc McStuffins' and More New Stories Coming to Disney Junior – Live on Stage! in 2013 at Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney California Adventure Park

The new version of Disney Junior – Live on Stage! debuts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in mid-February and comes to Disney California Adventure about a month later, in March 2013. And be sure to catch the premiere of the “Sofia the First” TV series Friday, Jan. 11 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior.


See more about Disney Junior – Live on Stage! and other in-park entertainment in the posts below:

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Finish That Disney Parks Sign: A Nod to a Favorite Holiday Film at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 17th, 2012 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


On my recent trip to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I noticed this pile of crates positioned outside Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner.

Min & Bill's Dockside Diner at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Upon closer inspection, I noticed that one crate was addressed to one of my all-time favorite movie characters – George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” (For fans of the film, note that the crate was addressed from Wainwright Enterprises in New York – love it!).

Min & Bill's Dockside Diner at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Do you remember the missing piece of George’s address that’s blurred out above? You may recall the name of his charming hometown of Bedford Falls, but what about the street address? If so, leave it in the “comments” section below. We’ll update the post later in the day with the answer.

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Hop On In, Jessica! Ink & Paint Cel to Debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 14th, 2012 by Erin Catalano, Merchandise Communication Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort


Looking for a gift that will “drive” your friends and family wild for the holidays? Then pull over, because on December 15, do I have the ticket for you. The newest limited edition 1,000 piece, titled Hop On In, Jessica, from the Studios Ink & Paint Collection features none other than Jessica and Roger Rabbit, as they set off to cruise through the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Wondering which part has actually been hand-painted by our talented Studios Ink & Paint team? I’ll give you one guess… she’s quite a shining star!

Here’s a look at the new cel!
“Hop

Special Note: The first 750 framed cels ordered will come with a special limited edition pin to commemorate the release.

“Hop

There are a few formats in which it will be available and a few ways you can purchase. Here are some tips:

  • Unframed Cel – $125
  • Black Frame and Cel – $215
  • Black Frame with Pin and Cel – $245
  • Black Frame with Pin, Postcard and Cel – $255
  • Gold Frame and Cel – $285

If you have already decided to add this to the top of your list for the holidays or know just whom to get it for, then here’s an added bonus. On December 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Ink & Paint artists, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K. Vincent will actually be on hand to sign it at Studios Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to purchase the Ink & Paint cel, then contact Walt Disney Event Services to pre-order your cel at 407-827-7600, Monday – Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. But please note: All pre-orders must be placed with Walt Disney Event Services no later than Friday, December 14, 2012 by 12:00 p.m. EST.

I’ve got more details on this release on www.ArtofDisneyParks.com, so check it out when you have time.

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Photo Tour: Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Holidays

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


Our tour of Walt Disney World Resort during the holidays continues this week with a look inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Photo Tour: Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the Holidays

Just this past weekend, my family and I went out to the park to enjoy the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. In case you haven’t seen it, this annual offering includes millions of lights, animated holiday displays and seasonal music – and it is included in park admission!

Check out Osborne – and other decor from around the park – in the gallery above.

Join our discussion on holiday events at Disney Parks on Twitter by using the hashtag #DisneyHolidays.

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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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