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Disney announced that it will add 1000 new seats to the Hollywood Hills Ampitheater, which is the home of the nightly spectacle show Fantasmic!.

It appears the extra seating will go where the standing room only areas are, which may put in jeopardy the dessert party area that is available for private parties.  In addition, while new benches are being added, the seating capacity remains the same since the new benches replace the standing room.

No dates yet have been announced when the new seating will be available.

Posted at 8:31 pm

According to the official Walt Disney World website, the scheduled refurbishments for the Backlot Tour and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure have been extended.

They will now both be closed through November 16, 2012.  Both of these refurbishments will begin on November 1.  No official word on what these refurbishments are for, but given the short nature of the refurbishment duration, it's likely these closures are merely for general maintenance.

Thanks to our friends at StitchKingdom for the update.

Posted at 10:27 am
by Matt in Menu changes - Comments

Disney has updated its menus at Backlot Express and ABC Commissary, offering some new items and retirng others.

At Backlot Express, the menu has been expanded from six to ten items.  Notably, the fresh angus bacon cheeseburger has been added to the menu along with buffalo chicken nuggets, chili dog and cantaloupe and cucumber Salad.

In addition, the ABC Commissary retooled its menu as well.  It added a seafood platter, couscous quinoa and arugula salad while retiring the chicken curry. 


Posted at 12:11 pm
by Matt in Wifi - Comments

Walt Disney World surprised its guests last week by announcing free WiFi internet access was coming to its parks starting with the Magic Kingdom.   Disney also announced its other parks would get free WiFi later this year.

We're hearing that Disney is working on addiing WiFi for guests at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which could be live as soon as late September 2012.  

The current project to add WiFi as part of the park's overall NextGen enhancements is slated to wrap up on September 25, 2012 and that could mean guests could see WiFi in late September or early October.

Posted at 6:33 pm
by Matt in Meets - Comments

We can't get enough of Disney's Hollywood Studios at night because of the wonderful neon lights.  Come join us for an evening meet up to enjoy the ambience that a lit up Hollywood Studios provides!

We're planning a fun evening of hanging out in Hollywood Studios to enjoy the ambiance of Sunset Boulevard at night as well as take a ride together on the Tower of Terror.  Afterwards, who knows where the fun will take us!

When: Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 8:00pm

Where: Meet in front of the Tower of Terror FASTPASS machines

We're looking forward to hanging out with other fans...

Posted at 6:47 pm
by Matt in Celebrity - Comments

Five-year-old actress Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, who stars on the ABC series “Modern Family,” celebrated her show’s 14 Emmy Award nominations with a visit July 20, 2012 to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Posted at 11:31 am

The best holiday display at Walt Disney World is the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, which takes place each year at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  The 2012 dates have been announced so you can begin planning for them.

The Osborne Lights will be shown in 2012 on November 9 through January 4, 2013.

This is a Christmas time display that you won't want to miss!

Thanks to our friends at TouringPlans for alerting us to the news.

Posted at 4:15 pm
by Matt in Characters - Comments

Ran across a few juicy rumors regarding characters coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios and wanted to pass them along.

Wreck-it Ralph is scheduled to become a meet-n-greet character this fall at the Studios. He will replace Winnie the Pooh inside the Magic of Disney Animation, at which point Pooh will transition back to meeting guests near the Sorcerer's Hat.  An opening is likely mid-October.

Agent P (Perry the Platypuss) could be joining Phineas and Ferb at their meet location in the Backlot of Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Expect Perry to appear later this fall.

Tip of the hat to Kenny The Pirate for...

Posted at 1:49 pm
by Matt in Fireworks, Video - Comments

Here's a recording from last night's July Fourth fireworks at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Apologies about the sound quality but the fireworks are still beautiful to view.

Posted at 9:21 am
by Matt in Fireworks - Comments

Disney's Hollywood Studios will once again celebrate the Fourth of July with a special fireworks display starring Mulch, Sweat and Shears.

The fireworks show, dubbed "Rockin' 4th of July Celebration" will feature a "musical road trip across America that will highligh each region's contribution to rock and roll."

Fireworks, lighting and special effects – backed by the driving live rock and roll of Mulch, Sweat, and Shears – combine to bring a new twist to celebrating Independence Day. Showtime July 4 is 9:45 p.m. 

Posted at 8:36 pm