Was that you saying our first mystery images of the year have been a cinch to solve? Well, our latest may not be such a gimme. You can see it somewhere at the Walt Disney World Resort, but where? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
posted on January 18th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
posted on January 15th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been the scene of intergalactic battles and old Hollywood-style star sightings. Whether you visit for its spectacular shows or exciting attractions, this park has special experience waiting around every corner. Here’s a look at our top Disney’s Hollywood Studios posts on Disney Parks Blog. What’s your favorite?
Top 5: Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- These ARE the Droids You’re Looking For! – Walt Disney Imagineering gave us a look into the additions coming to the updated Star Tours attraction.
- Wonderful and Scary – Check out this spooky approach toward the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
- Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hosting Special ‘Last Tour To Endor’ Party – In May, we announced that Star Tours fans would have the opportunity to be the first to be among the last passengers on the attractions during Star Wars Celebration V.
- New Toy Story Mania! Game, ‘Toy Story 3′ Character Coming To Disney Parks In May – To celebrate the release of “Toy Story 3″ last year, two new additions were made to the park: a new Toy Story Mania! game, and the appearance of the film’s star, Lotso.
- The Citizens of Hollywood – ‘Speed Trap’ – The first in a popluar series by Gene Duncan, this “Citizens of Hollywood” post featured Officer Percival Peabody and his partner, Officer First Class William Club.
posted on January 11th, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
How about something a little different? This week, we have symbols and not smiles or faces in need of an ID. Our mystery image can be found somewhere in the Disney Parks and it’s not too difficult to spot if you’ve got a good eye. Have you seen it? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
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posted on January 3rd, 2011 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Look who we bumped into at Disney’s Hollywood Studios over the weekend. Comedian Howie Mandel, host of NBC’s game show “Deal or No Deal” and a judge on the NBC series “America’s Got Talent,” had some fun with Goofy to begin the year. Did you join us too?
posted on December 22nd, 2010 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager
Earlier this month, we gave you a look at some of the amazing gingerbread creations that add flavor to the Walt Disney World Resort during the holiday season – but what about the more than 1,300 holiday trees we have on property? The miles of festive garland? Or the glittering displays of holiday lights?
Each year, Holiday Services works around the clock to “deck the halls” at each of our theme parks and resorts. To do so requires 150 truckloads of decorations, which they use to create some truly jaw-dropping holiday sights.
That said, here are my top-five suggestions for this year’s must-see holiday sights at the Walt Disney World Resort.
- Castle Dream Lights at Magic Kingdom Park – If Cinderella could decorate her castle for the holidays, what décor would she choose? The look of glittering ice, just like that of her glass slippers; and Fairy Godmother appears each night to assist in the magical transformation.
- The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – This nightly display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios features 10 miles of twinkling lights that periodically “dance” along to holiday music.
- Larger-than-life holiday trees – Nothing says the holidays are here like a beautifully decorated tree – except perhaps a 45-foot-tall holiday tree. These towering symbols of the season can be seen at each theme park, Downtown Disney and at a few resorts.
- Holiday décor seen around the world – World Showcase that is. During the holidays, each international pavilion at Epcot is dressed up in décor inspired by its respective culture. For example, some holiday trees at the Germany Pavilion are decorated with gingerbread cookies and tiny nutcrackers.
- Resplendent resorts – Each resort boasts uniquely themed holiday décor, such as Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, where the holiday tree reflects the resort’s African theme with its woven baskets, beads and animal masks as ornaments.
Are you planning to see any of these sights?
posted on December 13th, 2010 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort
Even the richest man in Hollywood, Shelby Mayor, and Ready Freddy Fiddlesticks, Hollywood’s next big star, take a back seat to one of the four original electric runabouts Walt Disney commissioned in 1959 at Disneyland. Who knew? Talk about rich history.
posted on November 30th, 2010 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort
You will be amazed at the variety of talent that you will encounter along Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, from the oh-so-dramatic wannabe Mimi Kaboom to the “been there, done that” veteran Tallulah Frutti, both charming in their own ways.
If you happen upon that colorful Hollywood Talent Agent Jack Diamond as he sets a card table onto the pavement, you are in for a dazzling display of card tricks and sleight of hand. He’s really good! They say, “If you haven’t become famous in Hollywood, it’s because you don’t know Jack!”
And now, the crème de la crème, a face (and voice) you will never forget- the #1 Cleaning Lady to the Stars and self-professed Marilyn look-alike, ROSIE! “Today is my 23rd birthday – I’m a hot potato!” Sidebar…(Gentlemen – Be very cautious when approaching Rosie – she LOVES to smooch.) And thatsalotoflipstick!
posted on November 23rd, 2010 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer
A time for gratitude and good times, Thanksgiving is a fun family day – especially for a traditional turkey day meal at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts.
Most fun of all is dining al fresco with Mickey Mouse and friends – we’re in the Sunshine State after all – at the Fort Wilderness outdoor pavilion for an old-fashioned, all-you-care-to-eat feast and dance party.
Dinner includes cornbread, turkey, ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, green bean casserole, yellow squash and butternut squash, cornbread stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie and more. While you chow down, enjoy live country music by the popular band “Margo Rochelle and Rodeo Drive,” take a turn on the dance floor with Mickey, Minnie and their pals, and enjoy high-spirited rope twirlin’ by special guest artist Trick Ropin’ Trevor.
There are four shows on Thanksgiving Day, but reservations are going fast – the noon and 2 p.m. seatings are your best bet, with limited spots left for 4 and 6 p.m. (Dinner is two points on the Disney Dining Plan.) This is real family fun, with plenty of room for little ones to frolic with the Disney characters.
If you prefer fine dining, some of the Disney chefs get creative with the traditional meal. At Artist Point, the dinner includes smoky butternut squash and ginger soup with crispy pancetta, pumpkinseed oil and lemon cream; smoked turkey breast based with sage butter; dried cherry dressing; buttermilk-chive mashed potatoes with fig gravy; and pumpkin cheesecake.
Kouzzina by Cat Cora is adding all-American fare to the Greek-inspired menu: butternut squash soup, turkey, mashed potatoes and giblet gravy, cornbread, glazed sweet potatoes, green beans, pecan and pumpkin pie tartlets.
At Citricos, oven-roasted turkey goes on the menu, along with pumpkin cheesecake. For an all-you-care-to eat option, Cape May Café plusses up the buffet with turkey and giblet gravy, homestyle stuffing, sweet potatoes and mashed potatoes.
The Wave…of American Flavors offers butternut squash bisque, turkey, mashed potatoes, sage gravy, cranberry relish and green beans on their market-fresh menu.
If you’re in the theme parks on turkey day, here’s where you’ll find the traditional bird and trimmings: The Hollywood Brown Derby, 50’s Prime Time Cafe and Hollywood & Vine (buffet) at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Tusker House Restaurant (buffet) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom; Biergarten Restaurant (buffet), Le Cellier Steakhouse, Coral Reef Restaurant and The Garden Grill (family style) at Epcot. Magic Kingdom restaurants are fully booked.
Happy eating! To make reservations, visit Disney Dining & Reservations or call 407-WDW-DINE.
posted on November 22nd, 2010 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks
Now that’s a smile for a Monday. Sure, our last toothy grin in need of an ID was tricky but you’ve got this one, right? It’s larger than life no matter how old you are and easy to spot – if you have a sharp eye while walking around one of the parks at Walt Disney World. Do you know where to find this? Please put your answers in the comments and we’ll update the post with the answer later today.
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posted on November 16th, 2010 by Gene Duncan, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort
As you stroll down Hollywood Boulevard at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you will encounter an array of talented street performers along the way, always re-inventing themselves for your camera. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Alberto Dante! Often imitated but never nominated. “Action! No! Cut!! No! Action!”
And the drama plays out right in front of everyone, including the two actresses above – Miss Cynthia Bloom, Hollywood’s full bouquet of talent, together with the not-so bright starlet Evie Starlight. In her own words, “Sometimes it takes me a long time to remember my name…”