Category Archives: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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.

Free Dining when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall

FREE Dining Plan when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall*
FREE Dining Plan when you stay at Walt Disney World this fall*

 

It’s back!!! Book now for fall and get a FREE Dining Plan when you buy a non-discounted 5-night/6-day package that includes a room at a select Walt Disney World Resort hotel and ticket with the Park Hopper or Water Park Fun & More Option. This is a limited offer so contact me and get a free quote and reserve your dates now.

When you stay at a select Disney Moderate Resort, Disney Deluxe Resort or Disney Deluxe Villa Resort, you get the Disney Dining Plan with a variety of delicious dining options! When you stay at a select Disney Value Resort, you get the Quick-Service Dining Plan that allows you to enjoy a quick bite!

Booking Window:
April 25 – July 8, 2016

Arrival Window:
August 23 – October 1, 2016
November 15 – 21, 2016
November 26 – 28, 2016
December 10 – 21, 2016

Length of Stay Requirements:
Minimum – 3 nights
Maximum – 14 nights

*Full List of Offer Exclusions:
Campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms, the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Bay Lake Tower at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter. Disney’s Port Orleans – Riverside is excluded during the following dates: November 15 to 21, November 26 to 28 and December 10 to 21, 2016.

The number of rooms allocated for this offer is limited. Tickets and options must be used within 14 days of first use. Cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion. Advance reservations required. Offer excludes the following room types: campsites, 3-bedroom villas, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort—The Little Mermaid Standard Rooms and the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. Dining plan excludes gratuities and alcoholic beverages. Children ages 3-9 must order from children’s menu, if available. Some Table-Service restaurants may have limited or no availability at time of package purchase.

Save up to 30% on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort this summer!

Save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort this summer!
Save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort this summer!

Ready to vacation at Walt Disney World? Book now and you can save up to 30%* on rooms at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for stays most nights June 12 -August 25, 2016 when you book by June 10, 2016.

Booking Window:
March 14 – June 10, 2016

Travel Window:
June 12 – August 25, 2016

Plus, you can receive an exclusive “Awaken Summer” graphic MagicBand when you upgrade to a room and Theme Park package with a minimum 2-day Magic Your Way Ticket.**

This summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, the magic of nature will come to life during Rivers of Light and other incredible nighttime experiences. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Force will be unleashed with the all-new Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and Star Wars Launch Bay. At Epcot, Frozen is arriving with new immersive journeys on Frozen Ever After and the Royal Sommerhus. At Disney Springs, the new eclectic mix of boutiques, eateries and entertainment is expanding all throughout the summer. With even more new and exciting experiences coming to Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park, this unforgettable summer has something for everyone!

Click here for a free quote! I’m 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, 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, Disney’s Port Orleans-French Quarter. 30% savings for select Disney Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts; lower savings may be available for other Resorts.

** Option to choose a unique ‘Awaken Summer’ MagicBand with the purchase of a room and minimum 2-day ticket package; If Guest does not customize band, they will default to the unique band

Minnie’s Springtime Dine blooms at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Reservations now open for Minnie’s Springtime Dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World
Reservations now open for Minnie’s Springtime Dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

Spring is in the air at Walt Disney World Resort! To celebrate, Minnie Mouse and pals are dressed in their garden party best, ready to host a springtime soiree during Minnie’s Springtime Dine at Hollywood & Vine at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

On the menu, you will find classic picnic food with a twist, like refreshing coconut-lavender lemonade and springtime salads like watercress or basil-lime fruit salad. Hearty entrees include barbecue meatballs, buffalo baked chicken, lobster and shrimp mac ‘n cheese, herb-roasted pork and more. For dessert, your can indulge in passion fruit cheesecake, key lime tarts and banana cream puffs.

Minnie’s Springtime Dine costs $46.99 per adult and $27.99 per child, plus tax and gratuity. Some dining plans accepted.

Reservations are now open, and are available online at DisneyWorld.com/dine or by calling 407-WDW-DINE or contact me for more information.

New purple Disney MagicBand now available

Purple is now available as one of the eight colors of complimentary MagicBands
Purple is now available as one of the eight colors of complimentary MagicBands

 

Purple MagicBands will come withe new purple Mickey and Minnie luggage tag
Purple MagicBands will come with the new purple Mickey and Minnie luggage tag

The long awaited purple MagicBand is now available as one of the eight colors to choose from when booking a Walt Disney World Resort reservation. In addition, if you choose a purple MagicBand when traveling on a Walt Disney Travel Company package, you will also receive a purple luggage tag!

Other current colors include red, gray, yellow, green, blue, pink, and orange and correspond with the luggage tags shown. Which one is YOUR favorite?

 

Luggage tags correspond with your personal MagicBand color selection
Luggage tags correspond with your personal MagicBand color selection

 

 

 

 

Learn how the Walt Disney World Dining Plan can help you on vacation

Walt Disney World Dining Plan 101
Walt Disney World Dining Plan 101

 

Did you know a Magic Your Way Package including a Disney Dining Plan can save you time, money and hassles during your Walt Disney World Resort vacation? Scroll down and have Ludwig Von Drake explain.

For even more information and details about the Dining Plan, click here.

 

Walt Disney World Dining Plan 101
Walt Disney World Dining Plan 101

 

Catch this tasty offer at Walt Disney World Resort

Enjoy a free meal every day of your stay with this special offer at Walt Disney World
Enjoy a free meal every day of your stay with this special offer at Walt Disney World*

You can enjoy a FREE meal per person, per night at quick-service locations when you book a non-discounted 4-night/5-day Walt Disney World resort room and ticket package at a Disney Value Resort hotel for arrivals most nights May 29 – June 30, 2016 and July 5 – August 13, 2016.

Redeeming the quick-service meal is convenient and flexible. Each member of your party is entitled to one meal per night of your stay. Choose from breakfast, lunch or dinner at a wide array of Quick-Service locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort. Click here for more details.

Contact me for a free, no obligation quote for your Walt Disney World vacation.

Booking Window:
Now-Feb. 29, 2016

Travel Window:
May 29 – Jun. 30, 2016 and Jul. 5-Aug. 13, 2016
Minimum Length of Stay: 3 nights (and minimum 2-day Magic Your Way Base Ticket)

*Disney Quick-Service meals are not sold separately, are non-refundable and non-transferable and have no cash value. Theme park admission is required for some
dining locations. Operating hours, menus, Characters, entertainment, participating locations, components and terms are subject to change without notice.
Disney Quick-Service meal entitlements are based on the length of your package stay at your Disney Resort hotel. The owners of the Walt Disney World Resort shall
not be responsible for the non-utilization of package components due to refurbishing, capacity, inclement weather or any circumstances beyond their control.

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Villain Kylo Ren at Disney Parks

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Villain Kylo Ren at Disney Parks
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Villain Kylo Ren at Disney Parks

Every day at Disney Parks, Guests step into Star Wars experiences such as Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple and Star Wars Launch Bay, where they come face to face with some of the greatest heroes and villains of the saga. Starting in February, a visit to Star Wars Launch Bay at either Disneyland Park in California or Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will transport Guests to the Star Wars galaxy for an encounter with Kylo Ren on the bridge of his First Order Star Destroyer.

As seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren is a dark warrior with a mysterious past. Kylo Ren is strong with the Force and serves as a leader of the First Order, seeking to destroy the New Republic, the Resistance and the legacy of the Jedi.

Star Wars Launch Bay is designed to showcase a variety of Star Wars characters over time. In addition to Kylo Ren, Guests may also come across a garrison of First Order Stormtroopers or the heroic Wookiee, Chewbacca, holed up in a secret Resistance base.

 

Star Tours debuted on this day in 1987

This is Captain Rex, from the cockpit, as he appeared in Star Tours in 1992
This is Captain Rex, from the cockpit, as he appeared in Star Tours in 1992

A long time ago… Star Tours took flight at Disneyland with a 60 hour party! It was on this day in 1987 that Guests were first able to hop aboard a Starspeeder 3000 for an exhilarating trip to Endor, even if that meant waiting in a line which stretched from Tomorrowland, down Main Street, and past the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln theater. The new attraction replaced Adventure Thru Inner Space, and rather than inner space, would now blast off Guests to outer space. Although the lines for the popular new thrill ride subsided throughout the sixty hours, Guests were also able to enjoy such things as the new Captain EO 3-D film, eat at the all new Big Thunder Barbecue, enjoy the new Golden Horseshoe Jamboree stage show, or get caught up in the upbeat Totally Minnie parade. Although the new updated Star Tours: The Adventures Continue debuted five years ago, here are some of my photos I took back when the original was just five years old.

 

This is what Star Tours looked like in 1992, notice CircleVision at the right, which would alternate 360 degree movies "American Journeys" and "Wonders of China"
This is what Star Tours looked like in 1992, notice CircleVision at the right, which would alternate 360 degree movies “American Journeys” and “Wonders of China” would alternate each day.
When Star Tours opened in 1987, Captain Rex piloted the Starspeeder until C-3PO took over the duties in 2011. Rex was voiced by Paul Rubens, better known as Pee-Wee Herman
When Star Tours opened in 1987, Captain Rex piloted the Starspeeder until C-3PO took over the duties in 2011. Rex was voiced by Paul Rubens, better known as Pee-Wee Herman