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‘Limited Time Magic’ Sweets to Celebrate Independence Week at Disney Parks

posted on June 28th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Fourth of July themed sweets at Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are a special “Limited Time Magic” treat, on menus for just one week from July 1-7.

Here’s what you’ll find:
Limited Time Magic Sweets to Celebrate Independence Week

Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, ever-popular cupcakes celebrate the Fourth of July with an all-American “apple pie” cupcake – vanilla cake with apple pie filling, caramel buttercream frosting and apple crisp topping. Topped off with a flourish of red, white and blue sprinkles and a red, white and blue white chocolate Mickey Mouse. The cupcakes are on the menu at ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Starring Rolls, Rosie’s All-American Café and Fairfax Fare. Cost is $4.99 and the cupcakes are one snack entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

At Sunshine Seasons Bakery in The Land Pavilion in Epcot Future World, a fancy Baked Alaska Mousse is on the menu, a red, white and blue concoction of raspberry, white chocolate and blueberry mousse dipped in meringue. Cost is $3.99 and it is one snack entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan.

Upstairs in The Land Pavilion, Garden Grill is adding an old-fashioned patriotic dessert – a skillet peach cobbler with vanilla whipped cream. It’s part of the family-style Chip ‘n Dales’ Harvest Feast dinner served nightly.

In the Magic Kingdom Park, StoryBook Treats is adding a red, white and blue strawberry shortcake to the menu – white shortcake, red strawberries and fresh blueberries for a touch of blue. Cost is $4.99 and is not dining plan eligible.

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Vintage Walt Disney World: A ‘Zero to Hero’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 20th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


When the Hercules – Zero to Hero Victory Parade rolled into Disney’s Hollywood Studios today back in 1997, it once and for all answered the question, “Who put the ‘glad’ in ‘gladiator’?” – it’s Hercules.

The Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

This 14-minute cavalcade celebrated Walt Disney Pictures’ 35th animated movie by taking guests back to the Big Olive in Greece where the townsfolk rally around Hercules after his triumph over the Hydra.

The Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

Hercules’ trainer Phil joins in the fun with a float sponsored by the Athens Athletic Union, and even that devious God of the Underworld, Hades, makes an appearance.

Hercules’ trainer Phil at the Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997 Hades at the Hercules - Zero to Hero Victory Parade at Disney's Hollywood Studios Back in 1997

Forever the hero, Hercules is the perfect package that “packs a pair of pretty pecs.” Reminding me to go hit the gym. Immediately.

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‘Monsters University’ Homecoming Brings ‘Limited Time Magic’ to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 19th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Our “Monsters University” Homecoming celebration is underway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and today we’re sharing a look at some of the fun from our latest “Limited Time Magic” experience.

Mike Wazowski and James P. 'Sulley' Sullivan on Stage for the 'Monsters University' Homecoming During 'Limited Time Magic' at Disney's Hollywood Studios

If you missed Friday’s announcement, The Monsters University School of Scaring is hosting a campus bash inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Monsters University.” During the party, the monsters of rock, Scare Supply, are on stage playing a medley of monster mash-ups and they’re joined by Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan.

‘Monsters University’ Homecoming Brings ‘Limited Time Magic’ to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Monsters University Cheerleaders are also leading the Monster University Fight Song to keep the energy up during the night.

The Monsters University Homecoming “Limited Time Magic” celebration will continue for the entire Monstrous Summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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‘Monsters University’ Bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Next ‘Limited Time Magic’ Surprise

posted on June 7th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Our Monstrous Summer at Disney Parks continues next week with a new “Limited Time Magic” experience celebrating the upcoming Disney•Pixar animated feature, “Monsters University.” The Monsters University School of Scaring is hosting a campus bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and we’re sharing a first peek at the fun.
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The Monsters University Homecoming celebration begins on June 14 and will continue for the entire Monstrous Summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The fun starts at 6 p.m. in the park and will feature our DJ “Monster of Scaremonies” spinning the hits while you take part in games and activities across the quad.

During the party, the monsters of rock, Scare Supply, will be on stage playing a medley of monster mash-ups before they’re joined by Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan. The Monsters University Cheerleaders will also lead the Monster University Fight Song to keep the energy up during the bash.

Join us for this “Limited Time Magic” pep rally of enormous proportions, evenings from 6 p.m.–10 p.m. at Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning next week.

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Disney Parks After Dark: Sunset at the Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 6th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Tonight’s Disney Parks After Dark photo comes to us from one of the eeriest attractions at Disney’s Hollywood StudiosThe Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Is it me, or does dusk make this attraction look even spookier?
Disney Parks After Dark: Sunset at the Hollywood Tower Hotel

What time of day is best to take a ride? Daytime or nighttime? Tell us in the “Comments” section below.

 
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Mind Your Manners and Download Our 50’s Prime Time Cafe Disney Parks Blog Wallpaper

posted on June 6th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


As we continue to tally votes for our special Enchanted Tiki Room wallpaper, we have new Disney Parks art to share. It’s the latest wallpaper from artist Jason “Tiki” Tackett celebrating the 50’s Prime Time Cafe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – where not eating your veggies, and elbows on the table, will be noticed.

To download for your computer or mobile device, simply click on the image below.
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Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it.

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Voice Artist Jim Cummings Bounces His Way from the Hundred Acre Wood to a Galaxy Far, Far Away for Star Wars Weekends

posted on June 4th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


One of the highlights of Star Wars Weekends is seeing — and hearing — the voices behind some of the famous on-screen characters. The world of Disney and the galaxy of Star Wars once again came together during Weekend II, when Jim Cummings bounced his way from the Hundred Acre Wood to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special visit.

In addition to being the voice of Outer Rim pirate Honda Ohnaka in “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” Jim has a long list of credits with The Walt Disney Company. Many guests know him as the voice of Winnie the Pooh (and Tigger too!) and Darkwing Duck. Jim’s credits also include famous Disney characters like Pete, Ed the Hyena, Humphrey the Bear and Ray the Firefly.

Thousands of Epcot guests also listen to Jim’s voice each night, when he famously blows out the torches as the narrator of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.”

The final weekend of Star Wars Weekends 2013 is this weekend, so catch it before it leaves our galaxy. The event takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 7-9. Weekend IV celebrity guest stars include Billy Dee Williams, Peter Mayhew and Tom Kane.

Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #StarWarsWeekends on Twitter.


Star Wars: © 2013 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.
(*celebrities and entertainment schedule subject to change)

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Caption This: Dino Gertie Overlooks Echo Lake at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on June 4th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


This week’s “Caption This” photo was taken in the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Gertie, of Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction, sure must see some interesting sights from high above each day at the park.
“Dino

What’s she looking at? Is she longing to trade that leafy green snack for a Mickey Premium Bar? You tell us – go ahead and “Caption This.”

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Best Star Wars Weekends Costumes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on May 31st, 2013 by Matt Stroshane, Photographer, Walt Disney World Resort


When I was young, I spent countless hours playing with my Star Wars action figures, re-enacting my favorite scenes from the movies. Back then, I couldn’t have imagined what it would be like to come face to face with Darth Vader in a light saber battle or to meet C3PO and R2D2.

On the opening days of this year’s Star Wars Weekends, some of our guests took one step closer to putting themselves in the movies by visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios in elaborate costumes and meeting their favorite characters. From family-made pieces to professionally-finished gear and make-up, guests played a starring role in the festivities, too.

I had never pictured Darth Vader in a green tutu, but I think it works. Which is your favorite?
Best Star Wars Weekends Costumes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Including Darth Vader in a Green Tutu

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Vintage Walt Disney World: Muppet*Vision 3D Rolls Out the Green Carpet at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on May 30th, 2013 by Nate Rasmussen, Archivist, Marketing Resource Center


Today, in 1991 the green carpet was rolled out at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the official opening of Muppet*Vision 3D.
The Green Carpet is Rolled Out at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 1991 for the Official Opening of Muppet*Vision 3D at Walt Disney World Resort
Created jointly with Jim Henson Productions, Muppet*Vision 3D used the most advanced 3D animation and techniques for its time while showcasing Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear and friends. Coming up with every imaginable 3D gimmick, this over-the-top film brought the Muppets to star in their very own attraction at Disney Parks. Below, Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy prepare to launch fireworks to celebrate the opening of the attraction.
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy Prepare to Launch Fireworks to Celebrate the 1991 Opening of the Muppet*Vision 3D Attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Home to one of the funniest pre-shows at Walt Disney World Resort, numerous Muppets make appearances throughout including Rizzo dressed up as a one very famous Mouse and Sam Eagle telling us to “please move as far to the end of the row as possible. Stopping in the middle is distinctly unpatriotic.”

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