When I need a little break at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, my favorite thing to do is grab a Mickey ear ice cream bar, find a bench on Sunset or Hollywood Boulevard and watch the Citizens of Hollywood perform one of their skits.
These “Streetmosphere”characters, which range from police officers and cab drivers to starlets and producers, perform a variety of skits throughout the day. No performance is ever the same as they engage with park guests and have them participate in their 15-20 minute acts. So, the next time you need a little break at Hollywood Studios, find a bench, do a little people watching and be on the lookout for the Citizens to appear. Who knows, you may be recruited to become an actor in the next Borax commercial like I was!
This summer, the world of “Frozen” takes center stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We’re opening up the gates July 5 for a summer-long happening, featuring a full day of all-new, immersive “Frozen” experiences you won’t want to miss, every day through September 28!
Here are some of the highlights:
Anna and Elsa’s Royal Welcome – At 11:00 a.m. each day, Elsa and Anna arrive in Hollywood as part of their goodwill tour of neighboring kingdoms, making their way down Hollywood Boulevard in a horse-drawn sleigh. Kristoff is along for the fun, too, joined by a flurry of skaters, skiiers, ice cutters and more! The entire procession culminates in a special moment at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage to officially welcome the visiting royalty to this kingdom of Hollywoodland.
For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – Cool down inside the Premiere Theater, where Anna and Elsa join the Royal Historians of Arendelle for a fun and comedic retelling of the unique history of their Kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen.”
Wandering Oaken’s Trading Post & Frozen Funland – Inside Soundstage One, Oaken and his cousins have created a Frozen Funland filled with cold weather activities, unique photo opportunities, and more! There’s a frozen pond with ice skating demonstrations, wintertime fun for kids in the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” play area, a “big summer blowout” with plenty of “Frozen” merchandise, and special “Frozen”-inspired food and beverage offerings.
“Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – Starting at 5:30 p.m. each day, a dance party takes over the area around the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage, with a DJ, live band, and more! The band plays a variety of classic and contemporary summer rock & roll hits, as well as a cool, rocking medley of “Frozen” favorites. It’s going to be hot!
“Frozen” Fireworks Spectacular – Everything wraps up at 9:45 p.m. when Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Olaf come together at the Sorcerer’s Hat Icon Stage for a grand finale to the day’s festivities, kicking off an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to the glorious music of “Frozen!”
The Walt Disney World Company has announced the Closing of its American Idol Experience at Hollywood Studios with the following press release:
“After more than five successful years, The American Idol Experience will be coming to a close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in August 2014. Our partnership with Fremantle Media and 19 Entertainment has been a great addition to the park and we are very appreciative of the amazing cast and guests who have devoted their time and talent to make this experience special and memorable. We are incredibly proud of the more than 2,000 Dream Tickets that have given guests a chance to live their very own Cinderella story and audition for ‘American Idol’. This past season alone, three of the Top 13 contestants were originally discovered through The American Idol Experience and we expect the attraction to continue providing top contestants for ‘American Idol’ XIV in the coming year.”
In addition, there are rumors that that the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular will also be closing at the end of 2014 to make way for a "Star Wars Land".
I'm am excited to see what is coming next for the Studios and hope the Star Wars rumor is true! What do you think?
For years I rushed past the Magic of Disney Animation at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on my way to one of my favorite attractions. Then one day a few years ago, a friend suggested I check it out. So, on my next trip, I went in (slightly against my will). The first stop was “Where Disney Characters Come From”. This 9-minute show features Mushu from Mulan and a Disney animator who explains the basics of creating animated characters. It was pretty entertaining.
Next up was at Animation Station. This building has character meet and greets, a walk through exhibit featuring animation cels, props, etc. and some hands on activities including: discovering what character you are most like, creating a soundtrack for a Disney movie scene or adding splashes of color to a Disney animated scene.
But the real hidden gem inside the Magic of Disney Animation is Animation Academy. In this interactive, 20-minute drawing class a Disney artist will teach you how to draw a Disney Character. I was a little skeptical about this, since I can barely draw a stick figure. But, I decided to give it a try. Once again, Disney worked its magic and the next thing I knew, I had drawn Dopey all on my own! I was so excited about my accomplishment, that I took another class later that day. Since then, I make a point to stop at the Magic of Disney Animation at least once every trip.
So, if you’re like me and just pass by this attraction when you’re at Hollywood Studios, I highly suggest you stop in next time.
Fantasmic! is a must see if you are heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This 30-minute nighttime show takes you into Mickey’s imagination as he learns the power of his dreams. The show features a combination of fireworks, laser lights, animation and dancing waters and appearances from some favorite Disney characters.
Fantasmic! is performed on select nights only. So, make sure you plan ahead. This is a park favorite, so it does fill up. My suggestion is to get in line for the show at least an hour before the show. Or better yet, if you plan to have dinner in the park, make a reservation for the Fantasmic! Dining Package at The Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood & Vine or Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (my pick is Mama Melrose) and get reserved seating for the show. Seats are not assigned for this. So, you still need to show up a half hour beforehand. But, you will be guaranteed a seat and won’t have to wait in line.
Other tips: If you aren’t interested in the dining package, try and go on a night when the show will have two performances. The second show usually isn’t as crowded. Don’t sit in the first few rows unless you don’t mind getting a little wet. Some parts of the show are very dark and get a bit loud. So be prepared if you have little ones or are sensitive. There are concession stands and restrooms at the back of the amphitheater.
A 5th weekend has been added to Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios in 2014. Additionally, the event will offer nightly fireworks. The new dates are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 16-June 15, 2014.
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