Hollywood Studios

Special Events: Disney's Hollywood Studios Turns 30 on May 1st.

Special celebrations coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the park’s 30th birthday.

Special celebrations coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the park’s 30th birthday.

Special celebrations coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1, 2019:

  • Grab Exclusive 30th Anniversary Merchandise – Special 30th anniversary merchandise will be unveiled on May 1, including a new adult T-shirt, baseball cap, Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, ornament and much more. Annual passholders can also shop for some items exclusively created for them. Merchandise can be found starting at 8 a.m. in Grand Park, while supplies last. (Please note: Merchandise will go on sale at 8 a.m., Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 9 a.m.)

  • Stay For the Debut of “Wonderful World of Animation” – The park’s new nighttime projection show will light up the park for its official debut on May 1, 2019. You can watch in wonder as the façade of the Chinese Theatre is magically transformed – displaying this stirring tribute to animation. Behold spectacular sequences celebrating themes like magic, family, adventure, romance and friendship. Each theme is brought to life through unforgettable moments from beloved films—like “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Incredibles,” “Coco” and many more. The show will debut at 9:05 p.m. ET, just prior to the park’s “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show.

  • View a Star Studded Celebration – Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration cavalcade starring Mickey and friends will step off at 10 a.m. and will head down Hollywood Blvd.

  • Taste Special Food & Beverage Items – A slew of special anniversary food & beverage items will be available throughout the park, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and many more.  

  • Pick Up a Commemorative 30th Anniversary Guide Map & Button – Guests entering the park can grab a special 30th anniversary commemorative guide map and button.

  • Disney After Hours Event Night has been added to the schedule for May 1, 2019. Attendees can experience little to no-wait on park favorites, including The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Toy Story Land attractions and more. Additionally, this special anniversary edition of Disney After Hours will feature some beloved Disney characters ready to greet guests in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard, at Star Wars Launch Bay and more. There will also be a special encore performance of “Wonderful World of Animation” taking place exclusively for event attendees.  Tickets are available via the Disney Travel Agents website. Please view Training & Benefits > Commissions for commission information.

Important News Regarding Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

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According to the Walt Disney World Resort, capacity for Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and its experiences will be limited after it opens on August 29, 2019. Access to the Park, land and experiences may be restricted or unavailable depending on Guest demand and other factors. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction opens later in the year.

Disney Skyliner Opening Date

Walt Disney World Skyliner

Walt Disney World Skyliner

Previously I shared that the new Disney Skyliner gondola system will be operating at the Walt Disney World Resort in the coming year. We now know that it will begin service in the fall of 2019.

The Disney Skyliner will offer a new way to experience Walt Disney World Resort with unique views only available from the sky.

Disney’s new Skyliner system will connect Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot to four resort hotels-

  • Disney’s Art of Animation Resort

  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort

  • Disney’s Riviera Resort.

By Darren Wittko


New Details on the Replacement of the Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios ©Disney

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios ©Disney

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be using breakthrough technology to transform a two-dimensional cartoon into a real-world experience. The attraction is being built in the space formally housing the The Great Movie Ride.

This is the first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse and will feature a new original story and theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world “Mickey Mouse” cartoons.

No official opening date has been set, stay tuned!

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By Darren Wittko

Wonderful World of Animation Coming to Hollywood Studios

Wonderful World of Animation coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios ©Disney

Wonderful World of Animation coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios ©Disney

The New “Wonderful World of Animation” Nighttime Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be an all-new cinematic nighttime experience beginning in May 2019 as part of the park’s 30th Anniversary celebration.

According to Disney, the show will use state-of-the-art projection technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation.

by Darren Wittko

Toy Story Land VIP Event

Toy Story Land VIP Event

Toy Story Land VIP Event

Now you can explore Toy Story Land with little to no wait times, character appearances and a delicious breakfast on select Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30a to 8:45a.

At this event, you’ll have exclusive access to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before the theme park opens.

Also, a special breakfast buffet is included at the ABC Commissary at 10:00a, with your choice of a main dish. These tasty main dishes include:

  • Mexican Corn Chilaquiles and Eggs Bowl

  • Shrimp and Southern Grits Bowl

  • Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Sugar French Donut Bowl

  • Smashed Avocado Toast Egg Plate

  • Breakfast Charcuterie Platter

In addition, the buffet includes yogurt, cereal, fruit, assorted pastries, and more! Kids can enjoy everything on the buffet, as well as a kid’s portion of the Fried Chicken and Cinnamon Sugar French Donut or Scrambled Eggs, and both come with Sweet Potato tater-tots.

Early Morning Magic at Toy Story Land is $79 (plus tax) per adult (ages 10 and older) and $69 (plus tax) per child (ages 3 to 9). Regular theme park admission is also required.

For more information and to book this experience, book through your My Disney Experience account.

>>Exclusive Offers on Walt Disney World Resort Hotels

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Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World Resort 2018

Holiday Events at Walt Disney World 2018

Holiday Events at Walt Disney World 2018

I'm calling it, “Joy Through the World” at Walt Disney World this holiday season because there are so many holiday activities and events being offered throughout the resort. 

This holiday season, you can experience a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, featuring Sunset Seasons Greetings; Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!; and special seasonal cheer in the new Toy Story Land.

Head over to Epcot for the International Festival of the Holidays including the Candlelight Processional.  

Have festive fun with Mickey and the gang during Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park

Plus if you're still looking for a hotel offer, view special offers on Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms during this holiday season. 

Darren specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

Holiday Happenings at Walt Disney World Resort 2018

Holidays 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort

Holidays 2018 at Walt Disney World Resort

The return of the holiday season to Walt Disney World Resort starts Nov. 8, 2018. 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The return of Sunset Seasons Greetings featuring impressive new laser effects and “snow,” holiday magic transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel with spectacular projections of Disney Characters such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Olaf sharing their favorite seasonal stories.

Another returning favorite is the nighttime spectacular Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! The new Toy Story Land also gets special seasonal fun including holiday songs on Alien Swirling Saucers and more!

Epcot

11 World Showcase nations during Epcot International Festival of the Holidays beginning Nov. 18, 2018. One of my favorite holiday traditions at Epcot is the Candlelight Processional and this year it starts performances on Nov. 22, 2018.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

New this year the magic of nature will receive a holiday touch with the inclusion of Diwali, the holiday Festival of Lights in India, as part of the new live show UP! A Great Bird Adventure.

Darren W specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Hints at Star Wars Hotel Location

Families visiting the new Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space. 

Families visiting the new Star Wars-inspired hotel coming to Walt Disney World Resort will board a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold during their voyage through the galaxy – and every window has a view of space. 

Disney has not yet announced where the new Star Wars hotel will be located other than it’s “under development.” We know that it is going to be somewhere near World Drive and on the south side of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We also know that Disney plans to build it near Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge to “allow the experience to be seamlessly connected.”

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

The Star Wars hotel will be different from other Disney resorts in that families will board a starship that will take them to their destination. While onboard, Star Wars characters will appear, stories will unfold for them, and views outside the “windows” will have views of space. 

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Disney Star Wars Hotel concept

Guests who plan a multi-night stay can participate as a resident of the Galaxy and even dress in Star Wars traditional garb. 

Stay tuned for more information. 

Darren W specializes in Walt Disney World Resort

Sneak Preview of Toy Story Land Tonight 8PM

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Watch “Toy Story 3” on ABC from 8-10 p.m. ET tonight plus check out their new adventure. They join a few new faces – some plastic, some plush – including Barbie’s counterpart Ken, a thespian hedgehog named Mr. Pricklepants and a strawberry-scented bear named Lots-O-Huggin’ Bear.

And throughout the night viewers will have a front-row seat to the new Toy Story Land opening June 30, 2018 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Darren specializes in the Walt Disney World Resort

Changes to Extra Magic Hours at Walt Disney World

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On select mornings now through June 30, 2018, Guests can enjoy Extra Magic Hours access to the most popular experiences at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, including the newest attractions in Pandora – The World of Avatar, as well as Expedition Everest and Dinosaur.

In July and August Guests staying at select Walt Disney World resort hotels can access Extra Magic Hours daily – yes, daily! – to experience favorite attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including the attractions in the all-new Toy Story Land.

For excusive offers on Walt Disney World Resort hotels, check out the Offers Page

By Darren Wittko, specializing in Disney Destinations. 

It's Offical: Toy Story Land Opens June 30, 2018

Toy Story Land opens June 30, 2018

Toy Story Land opens June 30, 2018

It’s official! Toy Story Land, the highly-anticipated toy-filled land inspired by the beloved “Toy Story” films, will open to Guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios June 30, 2018.

When it opens, Guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, you can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. 

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

You can also walk through a new carnival game box to experience Toy Story Mania!, which has been a Guest-favorite attraction at the park since it opened in 2008. Now expanded with a third track, the popular attraction will put even more Guests in the action taking aim at 3D objects – using everything from baseballs to cream pies – in a variety of whimsical, fast-paced games.

Woody’s Lunch Box – actually, Andy’s lunch box that he’s set on its side – will serve up tasty meals and old-fashioned soda floats from a walk-up window setting. The entire land will serve as a visual celebration of toys, with Crayons, Cooties, Green Army Men, Rubik’s Cubes, Tinkertoys, and other familiar toys and game pieces incorporated into the land’s design.

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First Look: Alien Swirling Saucers - Walt Disney World

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New Details on Star Wars Hotel - Walt Disney World

Last summer, Disney announced plans for an immersive Star Wars-inspired resort to be built at Walt Disney World Resort. Now, more details on what this thrilling new resort, which will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, will be like.

This first-of-its-kind resort will combine luxury with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story. Guests’ journey through space will start when everyone departs together for a multiday Stars Wars adventure by boarding a starship alive with characters and stories that unfold all around them during a voyage through the galaxy.

At the resort, Guests immediately become active citizens of the galaxy and can dress up in the proper attire. Every resort window will also have a view into space.

The opportunity for immersion at this resort will also stand out among all Disney resorts around the globe, as it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing guests a total Star Wars experience.

Stay tuned for future updates!

Darren specializes in Disney Destinations

Details Emerge on New Walt Disney World Attractions

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Guardians of the Galaxy  coaster coming to Epcot in 2021.

Guardians of the Galaxy coaster coming to Epcot in 2021.

New details have been released about the “Guardians of the Galaxy”-inspired coaster coming to Epcot in 2021. This one-of-a-kind family coaster will be one of the world’s longest enclosed roller coasters inside of the former Universe of Energy show building. The Guardians of the Galaxy coaster will feature a unique story currently being created by Walt Disney Imagineering and include a new innovative ride system.

The attraction will open in time for the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in 2021.


Disney's Hollywood Studios

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to  Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

During D23 Expo Japan, Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, shared details on a new attraction coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will feature a catchy theme song created especially for the attraction as well as a new experience that defies logic that we’re calling 2 ½-D. No glasses required. 

On the attraction, the fun begins when Guests see the premiere of a new cartoon short with Mickey and Minnie getting ready for a picnic. As they head out, they drive alongside a train and find out that the engineer is Goofy. Then, one magical moment lets you step into the movie and on Goofy’s train for a wacky, wild ride. 

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will put you inside the wacky and unpredictable world of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short where you're the star and anything can happen. 

 

Darren specializes in Disney Destinations

First Look: Alien Swirling Saucers - Walt Disney World

Alien Swirling Saucers

Alien Swirling Saucers

New details emerged today on the new Alien Swirling Saucers attraction, part of the new Toy Story Land at Disney's Hollywood Studios. You'll get to climb into a toy rocket and hang on as the little green aliens whisk you about all while set to interstellar music. Plus, if you're lucky, you just might get “chosen” by the claw. 

Toy Story Land is scheduled to open summer 2018. No date has been announced yet. For summer offers, visit the Walt Disney World discount page

Also, Disney has confirmed that the Disney's Hollywood Studios name will not change in the foreseeable future in response to numerous rumors. 

By Darren Wittko, specializing in Disney Destinations

Behind the Scenes: Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

Walt Disney Imagineering recently shared a behind-the-scenes look of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge currently being created for Disney's Hollywood Studios. Here's a quick summary of the tour: 

Guests will be able to fly the Millennium Falcon at Walt Disney World Resort.

Guests will be able to fly the Millennium Falcon at Walt Disney World Resort.

 
The name of the planet in Walt Disney World's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening is Batuu - a planet on the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy.

The name of the planet in Walt Disney World's new Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening is Batuu - a planet on the outer rim of the Star Wars galaxy.

 

A fleet of full-size X-wing starfighters are being built. 

 

Inside the Millennium Falcon - coming 2019 to Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

Retail space will offer toys that appear to be handcrafted by local artisans. 

 

 

 Galaxy's Edge will take visitors into a large-scale hangar of a Str Destroyer.

 Galaxy's Edge will take visitors into a large-scale hangar of a Str Destroyer.

Disney's Star Wars Resort at Walt Disney World

Bob Chapek, Chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, just confirmed that a Star Wars-inspired resort will debut as part of the new Disney 360 vacation concept.

According to Bob, this revolutionary new vacation experience will be a living adventure that allows guests to immerse themselves in an entirely new form of Disney storytelling.

“It’s unlike anything that exists today.” Bob said. “From the second you arrive, you will become a part of a Star Wars story! You’ll immediately become a citizen of the galaxy and experience all that entails, including dressing up in the proper attire. Once you leave Earth, you will discover a starship alive with characters, stories, and adventures that unfold all around you. It is 100% immersive, and the story will touch every single minute of your day, and it will culminate in a unique journey for every person who visits.”

By Darren Wittko