Category Archives: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Interview: Ron Logan (His journey to head of Disney Live Entertainment)

Ron Logan at the Disney Legends ceremony
Ron Logan at the Disney Legends ceremony

I just posted my interview with Ron Logan on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Ron talks about his beginnings playing trumpet in the 1958 Christmas parade at Disneyland, and climbing the ladder to become the executive vice president, executive producer of Walt Disney Entertainment, responsible for all the live entertainment in the entire company.  CLICK HERE for the interview and more photos.

Interview: Gary Krueger (Disney photographer)

Classic Disneyland postcard photographed by Gary Krueger
Classic Disneyland postcard
photographed by Gary Krueger

I just posted my interview with Gary Krueger on my Mouse Clubhouse website. In this conversation, Gary talks about his times photographing Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Disney movie premieres and much more – and you’ll see lots of postcards of Gary’s photography!  CLICK HERE for the interview and postcards

Holiday Season Family Time Offer at Walt Disney World Resort

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I’ve got another deal for you, where you can stay 4 nights at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for just $1,980. The All-Star Resorts are a lot of fun! I can get you this special deal if you book your vacation before October 8, 2016 for stays most nights from November 6 through December 21, 2016.

Great rates are available for other lengths of stay and party sizes, too! Contact me for details on any of these deals!

 

* Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (10-17) and 1 child (3-9) in a standard room and a 4-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Advance reservation required.

Save up to 20% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels

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Okay, folks, here’s another sweet deal! I can save you up to 20%* on rooms for a five night stay at select Disney Deluxe or Deluxe Villa resorts at Walt Disney World Resort hotels. You’ve got to book by October 8, 2016, though, so don’t wait on this one.  It’s like getting one of the nights FREE!

Available stays: November 6-10, November 13-22, November 26 – December 23, 2016

It’s a great time for a Disney vacation, with the popular seasonal events. Join the festive winter celebration for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and oh-so-jolly parade at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park (separate admission required). Discover global traditions at Holidays Around the World at Epcot World Showcase. And, experience the story of Christmas with a celebrity narrator, joyous pageantry and stirring music during Candlelight Processional.

Of course, you’ll also enjoy the usual Disney Resort Hotel Guest benefits – including Extra Magic Hours, complimentary MagicBands and early access to FastPass+ planning.**

Contact me for a free quote and I’d be happy to help you plan your Magical vacation!

 

*The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Length-of-stay requirements may apply. Savings based on the non-discounted price for the same room. Additional per-adult charges may apply if more than two adults per room at Disney Value, Moderate and Deluxe Resorts. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms. 20% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts. Full List of Disney Resort Hotel Exclusions: Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort – The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter.
**Valid Theme Park admission and online registration required. Disney FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited.

 

Walt Disney World Family Late Summer Package Offer 2016

Save this summer at Walt Disney World

Late Summer Family Time Package Offer

I’m excited about this deal! If you want to go to Walt Disney World this summer, (Sunday through Thursdays from August 1 – November 5, 2016), just book the vacation with me before August 31, 2016 to enjoy a 4-day/4-night stay in a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resort with one park per day Magic Your Way base tickets for just $1,850!

I can get you other great rates for other lengths of stay and party sizes, too, so don’t be afraid to ask me!

Contact me for a free quote.

* Price based on 2 adults, 1 junior (10-17) and 1 child (3-9) in a standard room and a Magic Your Way Base Ticket. The number of packages available at this rate is limited. Tickets are valid for one Theme Park per day and must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions. Advance reservation required.

The Famous Original PizzeRizzo coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

There is a new pizza place in Disney's Hollywood Studios. PizzerRizzo opens this fall.
There is a new pizza place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. PizzerRizzo opens this fall.

 

It’s time to start the oven. It’s time to light the fire. Because PizzeRizzo will open this fall in Muppets Courtyard at Disney’s Hollywood Studio at Walt Disney World Resort. The story goes that Muppet Rizzo Rat owns and operates the pizzeria, which is located in the former Toy Story Pizza Planet. You’ll be able to enjoy a casual Italian-American dining experience in a whole new way, through the eyes of the lovable, wisecracking Muppet.

If you keep a sharp eye, you’ll find hidden hints of Rizzo, his extended family and friends who have visited PizzeRizzo over the years throughout the two-story quick-service location. In addition to the expansive indoor and outdoor seating area, there will a “cheesy” banquet room, and a special booth designated just for Rizzo’s celebrity friends.

Can’t wait to go? Rats! You’ll have to wait until the fall, but when it’s open it sounds like it will be lots of fun no matter how you slice it!

Now is the time! Book your 2017 Walt Disney World vacation now

I want to send you to Epcot in Walt Disney World!
Spaceship Earth in Epcot in Walt Disney World

Now is the time! Now is the best time to book your Walt Disney World vacation for next year! Today’s the first day to book, and a refundable deposit of $200 is all you need hold your reservation.*

As a former Disney Cast Member and current authorized Disney vacation planner, I’m happy to help you plan your vacation with no extra cost to you!  Contact me for a free quote or more information. Let my Disney knowledge help make your vacation Magical!

*Contact me for refund policies

iNSIDE Disney Parks – Episode 1

 

Here is the premiere episode of Disney’s official “iNSIDE Disney Parks!” This first-of-its-kind video series will feature the best of everything happening at Disney Parks right now for you and your family! With the latest Disney news and top stories worldwide, it’s an official insider’s look at what’s happening now and in the future – with a touch of nostalgia.

Warning: This just may make you want to book a Disney vacation. 🙂 And if it does, contact me to help customize it especially for you! As always, my services are free.

In this episode:

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Awakens at Night – Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, guests can enjoy a plethora of new experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Jennifer Fickley Baker takes us behind the scenes as the Tree of Life prepares for nighttime awakenings.

Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters at Disney California Adventure park – Luigi turns the tire storage yard behind his Casa Della Tires into a dance floor. Erin Glover goes for a spin with blog author Michelle Harker for a special look at the attraction.

Neel Sethi visits Disney’s Animal Kingdom – For the summer, Discovery River will become the stage for a limited-engagement show inspired by Disney’s hit live-action film “The Jungle Book.” Neel Sethi spent some time talking about the film and enjoying the park.

Timelapse of Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – The Tree of Life is the centerpiece of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. From our “Vault” segment, check out the construction of the tree from ground up.

New Star Wars-Themed Experiences This Summer – There’s a lot of fun in store for Star Wars fans this summer at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Shawn Slater, Sr. Creative Entertainment manager and blog author, shared details and more during this episode.

 

New at Disney Parks this summer!
New at Disney Parks this summer!

Snapshot Sunday: Great Movie Ride (For Disney’s Hollywood Studios anniversary)

Snapshot Sunday: The Great Movie Ride in Disney's Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World - shot with a Sony RX100 II
Snapshot Sunday: The Great Movie Ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World – shot with a Sony RX100 II

Since today is the anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which opened on May 1, 1989, I thought I’d choose a photo from that park for today’s Snapshot Sunday. This scene out of the Great Movie Ride takes you out of Kansas and sets you on the Yellow Brick Road with Dorothy and her new friends.

Although the Great Movie Ride has been in Disney’s Hollywood Studios since its opening, many changes have occurred in the park over the years, including the park’s name. It was originally Disney-MGM Studios, and the Great Movie Ride featured many scenes from both Disney and MGM films, with The Wizard of Oz, of course, being one of MGM’s classics.

Since the vehicle comes to a halt and the characters don’t move too quickly, I was able to use an ISO of 1600, a shutter speed of 1/100 and as usual in dark rides opened my aperture fully to 1.8.

Feel free to write or comment if you want any more details about the photos, such as settings I used, etc.