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Earlier this week we posted about a new Star Tours Medal Ceremony that is beginning to take place in Hollywood Studios but we didn't know who or how one is chosen.  It's now clear Disney is recruiting kids to join in the area surrounding Walt Disney World.

The Orlando...

Posted at 1:11 pm

Late last week photos popped up on Twitter of Princess Leia presenting some children with medals on the Jedi Training Academy stage.  


Photos by Paul Chadkin

The program is rumored to be held on Monday, Friday, and Saturday...

Posted at 9:20 am
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Word is out that the Vice President of Disney's Hollywood Studios, Rilous Carter is going to become the Vice President of Epcot while their former Vice President, Dan Cockerell, is the new Vice President of Hollywood Studios.

The new incoming Vice President comes with a very "hands on" approach to his theme park.  While at the helm of Epcot, Cockerell was regularly seen in guest areas of the park.  His legacy of being the son of former Executive Vice Presiden of Walt Disney World Operations Lee Cockerell, give Dan a lot to live up to.

The role of a park Vice President (which in laymans terms means they are in charge of the park) is largely unknown by...

Posted at 2:31 pm

Good news for those already looking forward to winter time, the dates for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights have been announced.  

This year's event will take place November 10, 2011 - January 3, 2012.  It's roughly the same dates as 2010, although this year's event will start two days later.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights are displayed on the Streets of America and are on the premier holiday displays that occur at Walt Disney World each year.

Thank you to Stitch Kingdom for the news tip!

Posted at 11:37 am

DIsney has updated that the addition of Lightning McQueen to Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt show will take place "later this summer".  We've heard Lightning's debut has been delayed again because of issues with the car and having to be sent back for further work to fix some aesthetic issues.

Lightning's role will replace that of Herbie the Love Bug and will feature a new vignette between stunts that features Lightning helping Tow Mater and a tie in to the upcoming Cars 2 film.

In addition, the meet-n-greet area is still under construction but will eventually change from Luigi's Garage theme to "the Winner’s Circle", where the area will be adorned with "larger-than-life trophies and posters that depict famous races from around the world".

The Lightning McQueen...

Posted at 10:45 am

Good news to everyone who visits Disney's Hollywood Studios, the Fantasmic! schedule will be restored at at least one show per night for every night July 6th through the end of the fiscal year for Disney.

It is not clear what will happen after September 30th, but given that September is one of the slowest months of the year, it would make sense to continue into October, November and December given they are busier months in terms of crowds.

Thanks to TouringPlans for the info!

Posted at 6:23 pm

Today kicks off the beginning of International Hollywood Studios Awareness Week, a grass roots effort to celebrate Disney's Hollywood Studios all this week across the Disney internet community and I can't wait to read, listen to and watch all of the great content that will be coming our way this week.

I know many bloggers, podcasters and webmasters are planning their own content for this week and you can follow along on Twitter via the hash tag #DHSAwareness.  I will also be updating this blog entry throughout the week with tweets, posts, columns, photos and anything else I see about #DHSAwareness.

And don't worry, you have until Friday, June 17 to get your own entries in!

Monday, June 13

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This coming weekend will be the final Star Wars Weekend of 2011 and veterans of Star Wars Weekends know that the final weekend usually features marked down Star Wars Weekends merchandise.

So what will be on sale and how much?  Obviously no one really knows what's in store for this year, but we typically see the non-limited edition merchandise unique to Star Wars Weekends marked down.  Last year, we saw these T-shirts marked down as 50% off.


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This week I had the pleasant surprise of being in the Studios the day Phineas and Ferb's new meet & greet opened. Located in between Mama Melrose's and MuppetVision 3D, you'll find our favorite stepbrothers (and one elusive platypus) hanging out on the set of their backyard under their favorite tree.

The story for me, however, was not the meet & greet, but the queue, and what was going on while you were waiting. Months ago, Disney held auditions for directors to helm a new project- Phineas and Ferb: "We're Making a Movie" The Movie. I was under the assumption this would be some sort of show with the director and the characters, and THEN they would meet with guests. It is kind of a show, but not on the scale I imagine. Basically the director comes out and...

Posted at 3:01 pm

I'm sure you've noticed in my posts that I place a high importance on getting to the Studios (or any Disney Park) for rope drop. It is the easiest way to ensure that you'll get to do all that you had planned in the Park that day. Getting there so early is no easy feat, though. Especially when there are diapers to change, bottles to make, mouths to feed, and tantrums to be had all before 9am.
This post is all about what feels like the never-ending wait which occurs at the turnstiles before the Park opens. Let's start at the beginning. First off, when I say I get to the Studios for rope drop, I don't mean I get to the Park just before park opening. This, to me, does not constitute being there for rope drop (even though you are still there for the actual dropping of the rope). Making rope drop to me, means being close enough to the front of the crowd to actually see that rope get collected by the Cast...

Posted at 9:18 pm