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Gift Ideas for the Studios Fan

Friday, December 17, 2010

Oh, there's no place like Disney's Hollywood Studios for the holidays! So why not celebrate the winter solstice than with gifts themed to your favorite attractions? Here are a few gift ideas for your favorite Studios fan:

Footlight Parade: Sure, you've rolled by those motionless audio-animatronics for years in The Great Movie Ride, but have you actually seen the film? It's a Busy Berkeley tour de force! Plus, being made shortly before the Hays Code means that certain plotlines and jokes are surprisingly edgy.

Also from The Great Movie Ride, perhaps your Studios fan needs a copy of Fantasia? It's headed back into the Disney Vault soon, so now's the time to grab a copy.

If you're headed over to Fantasmic after watching Fantasia, who better for your Studios fan to cuddle with than their very own Pal Mickey, Sorcerer Mickey edition? Sure, he's been discontinued for some time, but if you're willing to part with a few bucks you might just find one on eBay. A Google Shopping search this Thursday morning yielded surprising results.

Fantasmic can get chilly on these winter nights, so you just might want to bring a fleece blanket. If you're feeling crafty, you could whip up a little DIY Snuggie, perhaps using this charming Vintage Mickey fabric I've been admiring lately.

The Sounds Dangerous fan might want to brush up on vintage ABC television shows, for greater enjoyment of the trivia quiz in the pre-show. How about DVDs of Spin City or Dharma and Greg

No Muppet fan should be without a copy of The Muppet Christmas Carol, that's for sure. Might I recommend Kermit's 50th Anniversary Edition? I'd watched the previous VHS release a few dozen times, and when I picked up this DVD I was quite pleased to discover that the irritating "When Love Is Gone" has been removed from the widescreen version (though it remains in the fullscreen, most likely a holdover from its inclusion in TV releases). It seems that this is the case for any of the DVD releases. (Or, if you're disquieted by the removal of this song, YouTube is your friend.)

Finally, I'm sure that the long wait for Star Tours 2.0 has left your Studios fan jonesing for a little special Star Wars action. Allow me to suggest a holiday tradition from my own family: Watching the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special, perhaps with a little added humor from the folks at RiffTrax. You could even whip up a batch of Wookie-ookies!

Happy holidays, everyone. May 2011 bring joy, peace, and good humor to us all.