Category Archives: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Enjoy Breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Walt Disney World

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney's Hollywood Studios will open for breakfast until January 23, 2016.
Have breakfast at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

From Nov. 1, 2015-Jan. 23, 2016, the drive-in under the stars, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will open for breakfast serving an all-inclusive array featuring breakfast pastries and choice of appetizer, entrée and non-alcoholic beverage. Entrée options include:

  • Puff Pastry filled with Scrambled Eggs, Crab, Asparagus and Gruyère Cheese with Roasted Tomatoes
  • Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Baby Spinach, with Bacon and Cheddar Custard on a Roasted Tomato and Cheesy Horseradish Potatoes
  • Scrambled Eggs, Crispy Bacon, Sausage Links and Breakfast Potatoes
  • Macadamia Crusted Brioche French Toast with Mascarpone and Fresh Berries

This experience is available for a limited time and is in addition to the regular lunch and dinner offerings. The price for breakfast is $23.99 per adult and $12.99 per child age 3 to 9 (tax and gratuity not included). Meals are one table-service entitlement on the Disney Dining Plan. Reservations are now available through 407-WDW-DINE or online at Disneyworld.com/dine.

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Save up to 30% on Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Enjoy Fall Saving at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Enjoy Fall Saving at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

 

Did you know… this December, you can stay 5 nights at a Walt Disney World Value resort for less than $1900 for a family of four?! This includes 4 day park tickets plus ground transportation! Contact me for details about this great vacation package and book by September 18, 2015. Let me help make your vacation dreams come true!*

Save up to 25% on Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Booking Window:
July 20 – Sept. 18, 2015
Travel Window:
Oct 4 – Nov. 24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015

 

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Disney Vacation Tips #8

Shani's Disney Vacation Tips #8

 

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #8

Have you ever wanted to ride an attraction at a Disney theme park, but had a child or guest with you that cannot ride? Use Rider Switch to have adults take turns waiting with your younger children or people in your party who are unable to ride the attraction. This handy feature allows adult Guests to take turns waiting with youngsters or Guests unable to ride.

Use Rider Switch at all Disney theme parks.
Use Rider Switch at all
Disney theme parks.

How does Rider Switch work? Guests in your party don’t want to board an attraction, you don’t have to miss out. One adult can wait with the non-rider while the rest of the party experiences the attraction. The waiting adult can then board the attraction without having to wait in the regular line again when another adult in the party returns to supervise the child or children who do not ride—either because they do not meet the height requirement or simply do not wish to ride.

To Use Rider Switch:

1. Check that Rider Switch is offered at the attraction in question by asking a Cast Member.

2. Enter the normal queue with your entire party. At least one adult member of your party and the Guest who will not be riding will then be issued a Rider Switch Pass and asked to wait in a designated area. This group is “Party 2.”

3. The remaining party members, “Party 1,” ride the attraction.

4. After riding the attraction, Party 1 locates Party 2. The non-rider is then “switched” to Party 1.

5. Party 2 enters without having to wait in the regular queue a second time and boards the attraction. The Rider Switch Pass must be presented to a Cast Member at this time.

If the person in Party 2 waited alone with the child, he or she may bring one Guest back to ride the attraction with him or her. Please note: Only 2 Guests are allowed per Rider Switch Pass.

For more information regarding this service or questions about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me. I’m happy to help you!

 

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many Disney vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Toy Story Land/Star Wars fireworks at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Concept art for Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida
Concept art for Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

Big changes are coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing you to step into the worlds of favorite films, starting with Toy Story Land.

The new 11-acre Toy Story Land will transport you into Andy’s backyard, where you’ll feel like you’ve been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz, surrounded by oversized toys like building blocks, plastic buckets and shovels, and game board pieces

The land will feature two new attractions one expanded favorite.

Family-friendly roller coaster – All on the back of Slinky Dog, this coaster will zip and zoom, plunge and coast as it takes guests on a fun, toy-filled adventure throughout the new land.

Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers. The music, lighting and sound effects add to the flurry of action, while “The Claw” looms over.

Toy Story Mania! will receive an expansion that adds a third track to this popular attraction.

MAY THE FIREWORKS BE WITH YOU!
If all that’s not enough for the upcoming reimagined Disney’s Hollywood Studios, weekend nights will feature a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies.

Disney Vacation Tips #7

Shani's Disney Tip of the Week #7

 

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #7

If you love the pictures taken by Disney PhotoPass Photographers throughout Walt Disney World, add the Memory Maker to a Magic Your Way package and you’ll enjoy an unlimited digital photos taken during your vacation – PLUS photos take at select attractions and Character Dining locations. And you can forget about having to purchase each photo individually – you’ll get to download digital copies of them all!*

Memory Maker is an incredible new way to enjoy unlimited digital Disney PhotoPass.The Memory Maker is a great way to make sure everyone in your party is in some photos plus gives you the opportunity to have some fun with various poses. Sometimes the photographer will have your party pose with your hands out or looking down at the ground. When you see your picture online, you might have a surprise character with you!

You are welcome to purchase each picture individually, but if you love pictures, you can add on the Memory Maker for $200 for unlimited photos but save $30 when you purchase it 3 days in advance! Also, one Memory Maker purchase can be used for EVERYONE in your party, even if you are staying at different resorts! You have 45 days after the picture was taken to download and save them to your computer. Once you download the photos, they are yours forever!

For more information regarding this service or questions about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me. I’m happy to help you!


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NOTE: AS OF 12-14-15, THE MEMORY MAKER SERVICE PRICES HAVE BEEN REDUCED. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR CURRENT PRICES.

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Star Tours Starspeeder arrives in Disneyland – 1986

Star Tours Starspeeder arrives in Disneyland (1986)
Star Tours Starspeeder arrives in Disneyland (1986)

29 years ago this month, workers were busy at light speed, making final preparations for the opening of Star Tours in Disneyland. In this image, a Starspeeder vehicle arrives and is being lowered into the attraction.  The ride featured Captain Rex in the cockpit, voiced by Paul Reubens (aka Pee-wee Herman) who brought you on a futuristic wild ride to the moon of Endor. While remaining a favorite in Disneyland and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World today, you can still board a Starspeeder, but now it is piloted by none other than C-3PO and you’ll voyage to new destinations such as Tatooine, Naboo or Hoth, and come face to face with the likes of Yoda, Princess Leia or even Darth Vader. In fact, there are over 50 combinations of stories you may experience!

Disney Vacation Tips #6

Shani's Disney Vacation Tip #6

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #6

Not just for attractions, FastPass+ at Walt Disney World and FASTPASS at Disneyland allows you to reserve space for a Disney parade, fireworks show, and other entertainment presentations, such as Fantasmic! *

The Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World
The Main Street Electrical Parade at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World

The FASTPASS service was created to reserve your spot so you have more time to enjoy the park, and with its popularity amongst park guests, the opportunities have increased! Even the technology has improved. In Walt Disney World, you can order and schedule your FastPass+ right from your mobile device!

Walt Disney World
Did you know you can begin making FastPass+ reservations as early at 60 days BEFORE your check-in date if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort?

Entertainment using FastPass+:
Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade
Fantasmic!
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth
Main Street Electrical Parade
Wishes – Fireworks Nighttime Spectacular
Festival of the Lion King
Finding Nemo – The Musical
Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
…and more!

 

Disneyland Resort
When visiting Disneyland park or Disney California Adventure, you must enter the parks to retrieve your FASTPASS ticket. FASTPASS tickets are subject to availability, so I recommend getting yours as soon as you can.

Entertainment using FstPass:
Fantasmic!
World of Color – Celebrate
Storytelling at Royal Theater

valid theme park admission is required and each member of your party must have their own ticket/reservation. For more information regarding this service or questions about planning a Disney vacation, please contact me.


*Some restrictions apply. Contact me for details.

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Disney Vacation Tips #5

Disney Vacation Tip of the Week number 5

 

DISNEY VACATION TIPS #5

Take advantage of  Disney’s Magical Express when flying into Orlando International Airport and staying at a Walt Disney World Resort.

 

One of the Disney Magical Express motor coaches.
One of the Disney Magical Express motor coaches.

Disney’s Magical Express is a complimentary luggage and transportation service. Once you land, you don’t have to worry about your luggage or renting a car. All you need to do it walk to the motor coaches and enjoy the free ride to your resort.*

Disney will pick up your luggage at the airport and deliver it to your resort. Once you check in, just call Bell Services and have them deliver your luggage.

Please remember that luggage delivery can sometimes take longer than expected, so keep all important items with you in your carry-on including medicine, cell phones and chargers, jackets, and the all important MagicBands (see tip #2)!

Even the back of the Disney Magical Express is in on the fun.
Even the back of Disney’s Magical Express is in on the fun.

 

On your departure day, you can check in your luggage and receive your airline boarding pass right at your Disney Resort hotel and Disney will then take your luggage directly to your flight.

Participating airlines include: 

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • JetBlue Airways
  • Southwest Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • US Airways

 

Fun videos are shown on Disney's Magical Express.
Fun videos are shown on Disney’s Magical Express.

 

Keep in mind, Disney’s Magical Express service does require a separate reservation made at least 10 days prior to arrival and luggage tags must arrive at your home and placed on luggage prior to boarding the plane. Contact me for details as I can help you make your vacation as stress-free as possible!

*Some restrictions apply. Contact me for details.

 

 

 

As a former Disney Cast Member and current travel consultant specializing in Disney destinations, I have learned many vacation and travel tips over the years. I’m excited to share some of those tips with you here on our blog. Each week, I will post a new Disney Vacation Tip. Sign up for my Email Updates and never miss one. Also, email me if you have any questions about Disney vacations. I’m happy to help!!!

Save up to 25% On Rooms at Select Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Enjoy Fall Saving at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels
Enjoy Fall Savings at Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

Take advantage of this offer and book now to reserve your room for your Walt Disney World vacation this fall. Confused?? I can help you with your options. Contact me to book before September 18, 2015.

For Oct. 4-10, Oct. 16-17, Oct. 23-31 and Nov. 8-21, 2015:

  • Save up to 10% at Select Value Resorts
  • Save up to 15% at Select Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 20% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts

For Oct. 11-15, Oct 18-22, Nov. 1-7, Nov 22-24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015:

  • Save up to 15% at Select Value Resorts
  • Save up to 20% at Select Moderate Resorts
  • Save up to 25% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts

Cinderella’s golden carriage on display at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Cinderella's Golden Carriage at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Cinderella’s Golden Carriage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Step in front of the exquisite golden carriage used in the production of Walt Disney Studios’ all-new, live-action “Cinderella” to capture a memorable photo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Streets of America movie theater façade has rolled out the blue carpet for this special photo opportunity for theme park guests. Decked out in gold leaf and measuring 10 feet tall and 17 feet long, the carriage will be on display through April 11.