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Sign Up for Our ‘BLANK: A Vinylmation Love Story’ Meet-Up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on February 10th, 2014 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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 7 p.m. EST today, please contact us at WDW.BlogMeetUps@disney.com

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re providing an opportunity for you to be among the first to see the new film “BLANK: A Vinylmation Love Story” during a special meet-up inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Our Disney Parks Blog meet-up begins at 7:30 p.m. EST on February 13, 2014, at the Premiere Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. At the event, you’ll be able to see “BLANK: A Vinylmation Love Story” – a heartwarming tale of an unpainted Vinylmation on a quest to find a lost soul mate. It’s an epic adventure in miniature scale, filmed entirely in practical stop motion. Also during the night, there will be entertainment, the opportunity to learn more about the film and some other fun experiences.

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 entrance to 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.
  • 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 the planned capacity has been reached. Please note the event is subject to change or cancellation without notice.

Hope to see you there.

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Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First Make Their Debut at Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on January 27th, 2014 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


Two of the biggest stars from Disney Junior, Doc McStuffins and Sofia from “Sofia the First,” have joined the cast of Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine.

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As part of this character dining experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, kids have the chance to meet Doc, Sofia, Handy Manny and Jake from “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.” And during special musical moments throughout breakfast and lunch, they’re invited to get up and join in the fun with the characters and our Disney Junior Play Pals.

In fact, an all-new musical moment has been added, with favorite songs from the TV shows, “Doc McStuffins” and “Sofia the First.” Doc and the Play Pals get everyone to stretch and flex, so they’re “Ready for Action,” while Princess Sofia helps the Play Pals remind their friends that they can do “Anything.”

Of course, the “Hot Dog Song” from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Talk Like a Pirate,” and other popular tunes are still part of the fun, so Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine offers something for every Disney Junior fan!

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A Year in Dining: The Top Five Milestones at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 30th, 2013 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


With culinary triumphs big (another AAA Five-Diamond award for Victoria & Albert’s) and small (the recent croissant-donut debut at Epcot), there’s been plenty to blog about the wonderful world of food at Walt Disney World Resort. Here are five standouts:

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  1. California Grill: Nothing quite surpasses the re-imagination of the sleek California Grill high atop Disney’s Contemporary Resort. New menu, expanded sushi bar, 80 wines by the glass – and the spectacular view is still part of the show.

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  1. Major makeover at France Pavilion at Epcot: On the heels of the opening of Monsieur Paul restaurant in December 2012, the makeover continued with the opening of Boulangerie Patisserie les Halles, a bakery 10 times the size of the old one at the pavilion. Best of all, the bakery opens at 9 a.m., so you can sip a latte with a warm croissant before the rest of World Showcase opens. Next door to the bakery, the new L’Artisan des Glaces Artisan Ice Cream & Sorbet is making ice cream all day long in the true French tradition (simply milk, sugar, cream, eggs and fruit).
  2. Food marketplaces at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: The farm-to-table trend made its way to the festival with “festival farms” around each of the dozen Garden Marketplaces to show how the plants grow that are part of the food and beverages served at the festival. And they’ll be back in 2014.
  3. Disney Food Trucks: Four fun new trucks are now parked at Downtown Disney West Side serving everything from pierogies and kielbasa and tandoori spiced shrimp. Superstar Catering (“favorite of the stars at Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Namaste Café (“tasty exploration from Disney’s Animal Kingdom”), Fantasy Fare Truck (“delightful dishes from Disney’s Magic Kingdoms around the world”), and World Showcase of Flavors (“the best of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival”) offer something for every taste Wednesday through Sunday.

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  1. Starbucks: The iconic American coffee company debuted in the Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom and at Fountain View at Epcot.

There were plenty of little gems, too: more “better for you” goodies in all four theme parks, the al fresco lounge at Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant, all those designer cupcakes, wine in kegs at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival . . . the list goes on.

And 2014 promises lots of big stories that we can’t wait to share.

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Year in Review: ‘Glow With the Show’ Debuts at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 27th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


One of the biggest entertainment announcements here at the Walt Disney World Resort in 2013 was that “Glow With the Show” ear hat technology would be added to favorite nighttime entertainment at Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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The technology within these ear hats allows guests to become a part of a show by lighting up in time with or in the same color scheme as a nighttime show or fireworks display. Ear hats can also be used in a color-changing demo mode, when the guests aren’t present at “Glow Ear”-enabled entertainment.

The first show to unveil this enhancement here at Walt Disney World Resort was “Fantasmic!” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which added ear hat technology just in time for the show’s 15th anniversary performance on October 15. Our cameras were on hand to capture this resplendent debut, so be sure to check out the video below.

Just a few days later, “Glow With the Show” debuted at the “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show and “Wishes” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park.
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Then in November, the ear hats plussed up favorite holiday entertainment, specifically “Holiday Wishes: Celebrate the Spirit of the Season” fireworks at Magic Kingdom Park and Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. In December, we headed out to the park to capture the ear hats during a special “surprise and delight” moment for Annual Passholders visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be sure to check out that video below.

Can’t get enough “Glow With the Show”? Download our “Glow Ears” wallpaper in this previous post. (Be sure to check out the terms of use about using the wallpaper before you download it).

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Enjoy Holiday Entertainment Through Early January at Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 26th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Still in the mood for more holiday fun? Several entertainment options at Walt Disney World Resort run as long as January 5. See the list below for end dates for your favorites.

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‘Impressive, Most Impressive’ Star Wars Weekends Returns to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in May/June 2014

posted on December 20th, 2013 by Gary Buchanan, Social Media Managing Editor


Gather your favorite droids, nerf herders, walking carpets and scoundrels and make plans to attend Star Wars Weekends 2014. We’re pleased today to announce the dates for next year’s Force-filled special event.

Star Wars Weekends will be held every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) from May 16-June 8, 2014.

  • Weekend I: May 16 – 18, 2014
  • Weekend II: May 23 – 25, 2014
  • Weekend III: May 30 – June 1, 2014
  • Weekend IV: June 6 – 8, 2014

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Star Wars Weekends combines the power of the Force and the magic of Disney into a galactic special event that has become a fan favorite through the years. Star Wars Weekends features the largest collection of official Star Wars characters found at any theme park in the world, star conversations with Star Wars celebrities, a Death Star-sized motorcade through the park and plenty of entertainment fun for guests of all ages.

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog and StarWars.com for the latest updates and details as they are released. And, check out disneytheforce.com for the latest in event information.

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Pop Warner Athletes Win Big at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World

posted on December 19th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Last week the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort played host to the 2013 Pop Warner Super Bowl and National Cheer & Dance Championships. Sixty-four football teams and more than 400 cheer and dance teams from across the country, including Hawaii, battled their way through regional competitions to experience their “I’m going to Disney World” moment and play for national titles.

In addition to the competition on the field and on the floor, more than 8,700 athletes and 2,000 coaches enjoyed the Pop Warner Celebration Party at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a Disney character breakfast, the opportunity to keep up with their studies at the OfficeMax Study Hall, and Disney sports recognized team moms at a Team Parent Information Session.

For 17 years, Pop Warner has called Disney home for Super Bowl week. It is the nation’s largest and oldest youth football, cheer and dance organization, and the only league that requires academic proficiency in order to participate. The NFL Players Association estimates roughly 70 percent of current NFL players, including Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, Maurice Jones-Drew, Adrian Peterson and Ray Lewis, got their starts playing Pop Warner.

Whether you were a player, cheerleader, dancer, coach or parent, it was a great week of competition, sportsmanship and celebration. Congratulations to all the Pop Warner youth athletes for making it to the big time.

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Playing and Dining with Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

posted on December 17th, 2013 by Shawn Slater, Communications Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment


It’s hard to believe that Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine, the super fun character dining experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is already in its eighth year! I have a lot of great memories of taking my boys there when they were younger, for a delicious breakfast or lunch and the chance for them to interact with some of their favorite Disney Junior characters.

Best of all, the experience at Play ‘n Dine has been updated over the years to include the newest characters, stories and music from Disney Junior shows on Disney Channel and the Disney Junior 24-hour channel.

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Starting January 26, 2014, two of Disney Junior’s biggest stars will be coming out to play, when Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First join the cast of Disney Junior Play n’ Dine at Hollywood & Vine. Kids will get the chance to meet Doc and Sofia and dance along with them during a fun, new musical number right there in the restaurant!

Sofia the First and Doc McStuffins will be joining current favorites, Handy Manny and Jake from “Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”

With great character interactions and a tasty buffet, Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine at Hollywood & Vine offers something for every member of the family.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Practically Perfect Preview Wraps Up Year of Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups

posted on December 17th, 2013 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


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.
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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.
‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Practically Perfect Preview Wraps Up Year of Disney Parks Blog Meet-Ups

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.

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‘Glow With The Show’ Ear Hats Brighten Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights

posted on December 11th, 2013 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


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.

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