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Toughness and generosity; two qualities you don’t always find together in an individual.  On one hand if you’re tough you may not come across as very kind or generous.  If you’re generous you can be perceived as a big “softy”.  That’s not the case with Rich Gairing; a gentleman who runs for charity and shows his toughness by running several long distance events.

Team Studios Central and Team Allears runner Rich Gairing shows off his bling after a recent Disneyland race weekend

Rich is very involved in the Disney running community.  He is a member of Team Allears and Team Studios Central.   He also assists Michelle and Mike on the Mickey Miles Podcast....

Posted at 1:06 pm

Walt Disney World announced it is bringing its very popular Glow with the Show Ears to Fantasmic! later this year.  

The technology incorporating Mickey Ears synchronized to the show originally debuted in Disneyland at World of Color.  Starting on October 15, the special Mickey ears will be sold at Disney's Hollywood Studios with the first show that very evening.

In addition to Fantasmic!, the ears will have more interactions during the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights as well.

Hats from Disneyland will work in Walt Disney World as well.

Posted at 9:04 pm

Disney's Hollywood Studios will host a special Disney Villain dance party on Friday, September 13th, 2013 from 8:00pm to 1:00am as part of Limited Time Magic.

The special one-time event will offer guests an opportunity to meet and dance with select Disney villains, which is being called "Hades Hangout".

In addition, a special fireworks show called "Villainy in the Sky", will be shown at the Studios during the event.

Posted at 2:57 pm

Life is sometimes funny.  You never really know what direction it may take.  Some of us think life is driven by luck or coincidental circumstances.  Meet Team Studios Central runner Shelley Benhoff who knows for a fact life is driven by the choices we make.  Originally from Baltimore, MD and now living in Orlando Shelley moved closer to the theme parks in 2012 with her husband Jason. 

Shelley Benhoff poses with her bling she received after completing the 2013 Princess Half Marathon

Shelley’s career as a Software Trainer really took off after she decided to live a healthier lifestyle.  Included in her lifestyle change was running and becoming a member of Team Studios Central.  Shelley became inspired to run after watching the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend activities on a Ustream broadcast from her...

Posted at 4:28 pm
by Matt in MyMagic+ - Comments

In order to make room for a guest assistance center to deal with MyMagic+ issues, Disney will be converting over a portion of Sid Caheuenga's One-of-a-kind shop into a MyMagic+ service center.

The exact location of the service center will be the lobby and porch area, with the other space deeper in the store remaining a merchandise location.

The new MyMagic+ service center at Disney's Hollywood Studios will open in the first week of August 2013 and offer guests a centralized location to meet with Guest Relation cast members and deal with problems and/or questions that arise from using the brand new next-gen service.

Inside the new location, Guest Relation Cast Members will be equipped with iPads to enable My Disney Experience access for making FASTPASS+ reservations. 

Posted at 2:21 pm
by Matt in Fireworks - Comments

Our Studios reporter Joe Downey took this great video of the Fourth of July fireworks at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Enjoy!

Posted at 1:28 pm
by Matt in Meet-n-greets - Comments

There are new reports that Sofia the First, from Disney Junior's "Sofia the First" television show, will begin meeting guests near the Disney Junior - Live on Stage attraction on July 19, 2013.

Sofia will take the place of Handy Manny at the meet-n-greet spots outside of the Disney Junior attraction.  Guests will still be able to meet Handy Manny at the Hollywood & Vine character meals for breakfast and lunch.

Tip of the hat to kennythepirate.com for alerting us to the news.

Posted at 11:03 am
by Matt in Fireworks - Comments

Disney has announced details for the July 4th celebration events for Disney's Hollywood Studios to celebrate America's birthday.

First a DJ will start spinning music for guests on the Sorcerers Hat stage at 6pm.  Then Mulch, Sweat and Shears will perform live music on the Sorcerer's Hat stage at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00 and 10:00pm.

Finally, an all-new "Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration” fireworks presentation will be shown at 10:15 p.m.

Posted at 4:03 pm

Disney Parks announced the next Limited Time Magic, which will be called "Monsters University Bash".

The event begins on June 14 and will continue throughout the summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Each evening at 6pm, a DJ “Monster of Scaremonies” at the Sorcerers Hat will play music for guests to dance to.

During the dance party, the monsters of rock, Scare Supply, will be on stage playing a medley of monster mash-ups before they’re joined by Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sulley” Sullivan. The Monsters University Cheerleaders will also lead the Monster University Fight Song to keep the energy up during the bash.

The event will run each evening from 6pm to 10pm.

Posted at 4:43 pm

It’s hard to believe the effect Walt Disney World can have on an individual.  It’s even harder to believe the effect one single attraction can have on someone.  Case in point, meet Courtney Anne Maclaren.  Originally from Wilmington, DE and currently living in the Orlando area as a Disney World Cast Member through the College Program she’s a huge Tower of Terror fan.  She recently graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in Elementary Education. 

It was the Tower of Terror that motivated Courtney to begin her running quest.  When Disney announced the Inaugural Tower of Terror 10-Miler race Courtney new she had to get involved.  With her friend, Jess Furtado, they both committed to running the race in September of 2012.  Courtney knew in order to...

Posted at 12:26 pm