Over the weekend, hundreds of Disney Parks Blog readers joined us for an early preview of the upcoming Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” as well as a few special surprises at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Our meet-up began with some “Mary Poppins” trivia followed by sneak peek movie previews. After everyone enjoyed the film “Saving Mr. Banks,” in the Premiere Theater, we moved into the park for an after-hours surprise – a red-carpet photo opportunity with Mary Poppins and Bert.
Penguin characters also greeted meet-up attendees on the red carpet before we wrapped up the meet-up. Here’s a quick look at more of the fun.
“Saving Mr. Banks,” featuring two-time Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar winner Tom Hanks, opens in theaters on December 20.
I’d like to thank those of you who attended our “Saving Mr. Banks” Practically Perfect Previews as well as everyone who joined us at any of our other meet-ups during 2013 – we enjoyed all of them.
Be sure to keep an eye on the Disney Parks Blog for information about our next meet-up opportunity coming in early 2014.
Have you visited Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios this year?
This year’s collection of dancing lights has been enhanced with Glow Ears, which allow park guests to become a part of the show as their ear hats light up. Earlier this year, ear hat technology was added to several existing entertainment options throughout Walt Disney World, including at “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and “Celebrate the Magic” and “Wishes” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park. Ear hats can also currently be used during performances of “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parties.
Check out the video below for a look at a recent “surprise and delight” moment that took place during Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights for a group of Annual Passholders.
UPDATE: This event has been filled to capacity. Please CLICK HERE to view a list of the accepted event attendees. If you are on the list and do not receive a confirmation email by 5 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com.
What better day than Walt’s birthday to share an opportunity to join us for a special meet-up featuring a Practically Perfect preview screening of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before it opens in U.S. theatres on December 20.
Our Disney Parks Blog meet-up begins at 9 p.m. EST (doors open 8 p.m. EST) on Friday, December 13, 2013. At the event, you’ll be able to see “Saving Mr. Banks” at the Premiere Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Two-time ®Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar® winner Tom Hanks are featured in the film that’s inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.
RSVP now by sending us an email with your name, address and if you’ll be bringing a guest to WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com. Only one guest is permitted. A limited number of attendees will be selected for the event, so be one of the first to sign up.
Also, there are a few things you should know:
- All attendees who sign up for the event must be 18 years or older, but guests do not need to be 18 or older.
- Limit one guest per registrant.
- We will send an email to individuals whose valid RSVPs are received by us via email before we reach the planned capacity to confirm their attendance for the event.
- If confirmed, it will be necessary for the registrant and guest to check in at the front entrance of Disney’s Hollywood Studios for access to the event. The confirmation will include those details.
- Valid photo I.D. will be required at check-in.
- “Saving Mr. Banks” is rated PG-13
- Meet-up confirmations are non-transferrable and have no cash value.
- Confirmation will be for the accepted registered person and guest.
- If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation, then your RSVP was not accepted.
- The event is subject to change or cancellation.
This post will be updated after capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Hope to see you there.
Today, we celebrate the man who started it all, Walt Disney. Back in 2001, Walt Disney World Resort celebrated what would have been Walt’s 100th birthday during the yearlong 100 Years of Magic Celebration.
Characters, guests and cast members all gathered at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to cut a giant 25-by-17-foot cake (made up of 100 sheet cakes) to celebrate. Happy Birthday, Walt!
This week’s “Caption This” image was shot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It sure looks like this snowman is enjoying the view at Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights!
Is he doing “a bit of Christmas dreaming”? What’s he looking at? You tell us. Go ahead and “Caption This” photo in the “Comments” section below!
Let’s say you don’t want to sit down for a big Thanksgiving feast but prefer noshing as you play in the Disney theme parks. Here’s a tip sheet to help you navigate the “Limited Time Magic” treats available November 24 – December 1:
Walt Disney World Resort
Magic Kingdom Park
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Pumpkin cupcake in most quick-service locations, and specialty drinks at bars and lounges
- Sunshine Seasons – Pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin muffin and gingerbread and pumpkin mousse (Thanksgiving day only)
- Garden Grill – Sweet potato pie with maple whipped cream (Thanksgiving day only)
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
- Kusafiri Bakery and Isle of Java – pumpkin muffin
- Anandapur Tea Company and coffee kiosk at park entrance – pumpkin latte, maple-spiced raspberry latte and pumpkin muffins
- For Thanksgiving Day, November 28, Tusker House is featuring an “all-you-care-to-eat Thanksgiving dinner” for lunch and dinner
Disney California Adventure Park
The sweet fun continues with two more designer cupcakes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. First up, a yummy pumpkin cupcake with maple icing, a flourish of chopped pecans and topped with a tiny pumpkin with mouse ears is the seasonal sweet through November 30.
Starting December 2 through January 5, look for a gingerbread cupcake with cream cheese frosting, red and green sprinkles, a little red bow and “elf cap” to celebrate the winter holidays.
Both are $5.19 and available at ABC Commissary, Pizza Planet, Backlot Express, Studio Catering Co., Starring Rolls Cafe, Rosie’s All-American Café and Fairfax Fare. Cupcakes are on the Disney Dining Plan.
Singer/songwriter Chris Daughtry, lead singer of the band “Daughtry,” visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios this morning and stopped by the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith attraction. While there, he posed for this photo with Minnie Mouse. Ever fashionable, Minnie was decked out in her best rock and roll attire. Daughtry and the band are busy these days and are currently preparing for the November 19 release of the newest album.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of the most resplendent holiday sights you can see on Walt Disney World Resort property this time of year – and starting tonight, it’s about to get brighter.
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights debuted at the park in 1995, and has since grown to feature more than 5 million lights, animated holiday displays, music and so much more! “Glow With The Show” ears, which debuted at the park’s nightly performances of “Fantasmic!” earlier this fall, will enhance this holiday offering beginning tonight. Ear hats can be purchased at merchandise locations throughout the park, or you can bring ear hats previously purchased at other Disney Parks to wear – they operate on the same technology and will work.
Will you head out to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to experience this for yourself this holiday season? Tell us in the “Comments” section below! (And thanks to Gene Duncan for the photos!).
To learn more about “Glow With the Show,” read these posts below:
I dare you to ‘drop in’ for the newest limited edition Ink & Paint cel release to debut at the Animation Gallery at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Materializing December 7, is “Last Resort” which features a retro-inspired Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Pluto, on a holiday that has clearly gone awry, as they stand in front of Hollywood Tower Hotel otherwise known as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Take a look!
If you’re curious about the pin that accompanies several of the framed cel formats, wonder no more. Here’s a sneak peek at the art for the pin.
If you are ‘dying’ to pick up your cel right away, you know where to be come December 7. Special Tip: Ink & Paint artists will be on hand for a special appearance and signing December 7 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2 – 5 p.m.
Here’s a quick snapshot of the different formats and prices that will be available:
- 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
Not able to make it to the event? Disney Event Services is currently take pre-orders for the “Last Resort” cel, but keep in mind, all orders must be placed no later than Friday, December 6, 2013 at 12 Noon (Eastern).
Click here to pre-order the cel!