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Review: Pandora – The World of Avatar

TouringPlans.com Blog - May 15, 2017 - 09:00 am

By Len Testa

How We Got to Pandora

The success of Universal’s Harry Potter lands – Hogsmeade Village at Islands of Aventure and Diagon Alley at Universal Studios – put the fear of God into Disney’s theme park management. The idea that their closest competitor could turn a worldwide film franchise into an immersive, immense tourist draw probably caused more sleepless nights than a warehouse full of wool pajamas. What Disney wanted desperately was to make sure they got the next big franchise for their own parks.

The problem that Disney faced was that only a handful of writers like J.K. Rowling can produce globally beloved stories worth billions of dollars: Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, and James Cameron are on the short list. With Spielberg and Lucas nearing retirement, however, and Peter Jackson reportedly non-committal, Disney signed Cameron to a theme park development deal for his Avatar film franchise in September 2011.

That Avatar deal puzzled many Disney theme park fans, including us. Yes, Avatar is the second-highest grossing film of all time (Gone with the Wind is #1), earning more than $3 billion in inflation-adjusted ticket sales since its release in 2009. But it did so because of its then-revolutionary 3-D digital effects, not its writing. Avatar, we joked, was the film everyone saw about characters nobody liked. For Disney, whose motto had always been “It all begins with a story,” building rides based on Avatar was going to be its own kind of alien experience.

Disney tapped Joe Rohde, now an industry legend, to bring Avatar to life at the Animal Kingdom. Camp Minnie-Mickey was demolished to make way, its Festival of the Lion King stage show moved to the park’s Africa section. Five years of construction ensued – long enough for Universal to build a couple more hotels, several new rides, and an entire water park. Disney’s gamble on the Avatar franchise seemed riskier by the day.

Is Pandora Better than Diagon Alley?

With Pandora – The World of Avatar now in previews, the obvious question is “Is it better than Diagon Alley?” I think the answer is “Yes, for some people.” And that’s as good as Disney could possibly have hoped for.

Before I explain why, remember that I’m on record saying that Disney charging $120 for admission to Hollywood Studios is “petty larceny with better marketing.” Here’s me quoted in the New York Times, saying Universal’s a better choice right now. I’m perfectly happy to criticize Disney’s theme park decisions when warranted.

Valley of Mo’ara

That said, let’s start with Pandora’s best feature – the environment of the Valley of Mo’ara. What Joe Rohde and team have built here is more beautiful than nature generally produces on its own. (Anyone who’s ever driven through Kansas knows what I mean.) The colors in Pandora are a bit more vibrant, the landscaping entirely more interesting, the sounds more alive, and the details more … detailed, than what you probably see out your window right now. Pandora is intersected by perfectly placed waterfalls, too. And in the middle of it is a giant, floating mountain just like the ones you won’t find outside Topeka.

These literally otherworldly features are grouped into views that are postcard-ready from any angle. There’s always something stunning to see in the immediate foreground, in the middle distance, and far away. And that’s true from anywhere you look inside the land. Diagon Alley is, without a doubt, a very detailed, visually rich urban setting. But it’s space-constrained because of Universal’s limited amount of land – so it doesn’t have much visual depth. In contrast, Disney has the space to build a giant, multi-plane viewing platform from every square foot of Pandora. And they did.

The exquisite detailing extends into the ride queues: the one for Na’vi River Journey displays the weaving skills of Pandora’s indigenous peoples, while the seemingly endless line for Avatar Flight of Passage goes through cave dwellings, nocturnal jungle scenes, and high-tech laboratories on its way to the ride experience. I’ll be surprised if James Cameron puts polar ice caps on Pandora in Avatar’s film sequels if only because the encyclopedic terrain samples in Flight of Passage don’t already show them.

Na’vi River Journey

The Na’vi River Journey is a 4 ½-minute boat ride through the Pandora jungle. You begin by boarding one of two small, hewn rafts joined together. Each raft has two rows of seats, so four people go in each boat. That might seem small, but it’s more likely a nod to authenticity – the Na’vi are unlikely to have invented technology like fiberglass to make larger vessels as in, say, It’s a Small World.

Off you go into the nighttime jungle, past glowing plants and exotic animals. To create these, Disney has used traditional, three-dimensional sets for the flora, coupled with video screens showing the movement of the fauna. Escape from Gringotts, the one ride at Diagon Alley, uses video screens for its action, too. But here again Disney has done Diagon Alley one better – the screens directly in front of you in Na’vi River Journey are semi-transparent, so you can see past them. And what’s past them are more screens, with background scenes that also move. That means you’re seeing action in the foreground and background simultaneously, all surrounded by densely packed landscaping.

Another bit of technology put to great effect is video projection mapping like that used in the Magic Kingdom’s nighttime show Happily Ever After. Here it’s used to project three-dimensional bugs crawling on tree trunks in one of the ride’s middle scenes.

The ride’s big star, however, is the Shaman of Songs, displayed in the ride’s culminating scene. This shaman is easily Disney’s most life-like animatronic ever created. Its arms move with such grace that the only reason to suspect it’s a robot is because you don’t know any real people who’re that coordinated. (Disney has a history of building advanced but somewhat unmaintainable animatronics for the Animal Kingdom. Expedition Everest’s Yeti was built in a way that repairs to it require much of the surrounding ride’s infrastructure to be removed. The Yeti hasn’t run properly in almost a decade. We’ll give River Journey an extra half-star next year if the shaman stays running.) Yet another nice touch is that the shaman’s voice is off-pitch; Disney didn’t make it sound like a professional singer.

The problem with Navi River Journey is that you go in with no real emotional interest in the character, and there’s not enough story told during the ride to get you interested in meeting the shaman. (If that doesn’t make sense, imagine the same level of detail just described, for a boat ride showing Obi Wan Kenobi performing some heretofore unknown Jedi ritual that’s officially part of the Star Wars canon. The line to get in would stretch to Endor.)

Despite that, there’s enough to see in Na’vi River Journey that it’s worth re-riding. Disney seems to think that lines will not be too long once the initial opening hype dies down – the queue for the ride doesn’t seem built to handle massive crowds. We’d ride it again if the waits are 20 minutes or less. Na’vi River Journey offers Fastpass+, but we don’t yet think it’s a good use.

Rating: 3 1/2 stars out of 5

Flight of Passage

Avatar Flight of Passage is Pandora’s headliner ride, and one of the most technologically advanced attractions Disney has ever produced. It’s a flight simulator in which you hop on the back of a winged, dragon-like Pandora banshee, for a spin around the planet’s scenery.

Your journey begins with a long walk from the base of Pandora, up an inclined path, and into abandoned cave dwellings. Wall paintings and markings inside the caves tell the story of the Na’vi who first used them. From there, you walk through jungle and more rocks, until you reach the research laboratory of the humans who’ve settled on Pandora.

Inside the lab are various experiments showing how the study of the planet’s wildlife is progressing. Some of the effects are clever little engineering tricks – small, black, amoeba-like creatures scurrying about in the lab are probably made of ferrofluids (bits of metal suspended in a liquid) moved about by specially-shaped magnets. Even if you know how it’s done, it’s a joy to see the idea used this way in a ride queue.

The star of the pre-show, however, is a Na’vi avatar in suspended animation inside the lab. Encased in a giant, water-filled tube, the sleeping Na’vi floats gently, its rest only briefly touched by the occasional finger twitch or leg movement. The people we toured with said it was either mesmerizing or vaguely unsettling.

Once through the queue, you’re brought to a 16-person chamber room to prepare for your flight. A video plays, explaining the concept of an avatar – a way for you to project your consciousness on to another being, in this case a Na’vi riding a banshee. Your preparation includes a parasite decontamination procedure – Pandora is filled with critters, in case you hadn’t noticed. The second part of the video seems to be chosen randomly from a few different scenes, so you’re likely to get a different pre-show experience the first few times you ride.

That done, you’re led into an enclosed room with what looks like 16 stationary bicycles without pedals. You’re handed 3-D googles and told to approach the “bike”, swing one leg over, mount it, and scoot as far forward as you can. The reason for doing this is that padded restraints will be deployed along your calves and lower back, ensuring you don’t fall off during your flight. (The snug restraint system, coupled with the confined space of the room, causes some claustrophobic guests to exit before riding.)

The room goes dark, there’s a flash of light, and suddenly your brain is “linked” to the Na’vi surfing a banshee. You swoop up and down, left and right, on this flying dragon, going over the Pandora plains, through the mountains, and skimming its seas, all through a high-definition video projected on to a giant screen in front of you. As you fly, air bellows at your legs pump air in and out to simulate the banshee’s breathing below you.

The flying effects are very well done – you can turn your head almost 90 degrees either way to survey the Pandora landscape while you’re flying, and about 45 degrees up and down. Riders toward the middle of the room (seats 4 through 8 in one group and 9 through 12 in the other, we think) have better range of vision. At any given time, Disney says, there are 3 levels of 16 riders flying with you. We didn’t see anyone other than our immediate neighbors, but people at the far ends said they could see almost all of the riders when their heads were turned.

If you’ve experience Soarin’ at Epcot, it’s similar technology at work here, with the individual “bikes” replacing the grouped seats. The ebb and flow of the flight, too, reminds us of the Soarin’ film pacing, right down to the finale over the Pandoran beach.

The video is clear and synchronized well with the ride vehicles. We heard no reports of motion sickness during our day-long visit, and that’s uncommon for most screen-based motion simulators. There are two problems with Flight of Passage: One is the convoluted ride vehicles, which more than one person described as “over-engineered” (and that’s coming from theme park nerds).

The other problem, like that of the Na’vi River Journey and the Avatar film, is that we’re not really invested in the story of the banshee or the avatar. Technically, the ride is brilliant, and the visuals get your heart racing. Disney’s Imagineers squeezed every bit they could out of the one Avatar movie completed so far. But it’s got the emotional depth of a Pac-Man video game.

Touring Tips We’re told that if the entire queue is full, the wait to ride Avatar Flight of Passage is between 4 and 5 hours. It’s not worth that much time. As we wrote this, however, Fastpass+ reservations were available for Flight of Passage for almost any time of any day we checked. We think Flight of Passage is a good use for Fastpass+.

Rating: 4 to 4 1/2 stars out of 5

Final Thoughts: It’s the End of the World as We Know It

Whether you think Pandora is the most immersive theme park environment ever created will depend on how much you like Harry Potter. Even modest fans of the boy wizard are likely to prefer Diagon Alley’s rich story lines and characters. But if you’re not emotionally invested in Potter, or you prefer nature to city life, you may find Pandora the more appealing place to spend an afternoon and evening.

One thing is certain: the opening of Pandora marks the end of 20th-century Imagineering. The days of “state of the art” meaning “passive rides”, even with cutting-edge technology and all the creative decorative techniques ever known, are over. The next generation of theme park attractions, including what Disney is building for its Star Wars land over at Hollywood Studios, starts with Pandora’s scale and detail as a given. On top of that, future rides are supposed to bring never-before-seen interactive effects: you’ll be able to steer the Millennium Falcon in one ride, and if you crash it, the characters you interact with outside the ride will know that and make fun of you for it. It’ll be a hyper-personalized, hyper-detailed adventure game. What Disney’s done with Pandora is told Universal that they’re playing to win.

(We’ll review Pandora’s food and merchandise later this week.)

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In Case You Missed It: Disney News and Rumors – Week of May 12, 2017

TouringPlans.com Blog - May 12, 2017 - 10:00 am

By Rikki Niblett

It’s certainly been a week of crazy. I know that I cried my eyes out watching live videos of Wishes last night, what about you? What are some of your favorite memories of Wishes? With all that said, I think it’s time to get to the crazy that is Disney and Universal news for this week, right?

This week, see which resort is most popular on Instagram, learn about a TV show that’s coming back, and more.

In Case You Missed It – Disney and Universal Orlando News and Rumors

This week, Disney released their quarterly earnings. They did exceeded expectations with film, TV, and theme parks, but faltered in one big area. Bob Iger shared his thoughts on Bloomberg too.

#Disneyland. It’s the most popular location according to Instagram. Do you like to share your photos of Disneyland (or Walt Disney World) via the social network? I certainly do! 

The Rivers of America at Disneyland is in the process of returning. Water is currently flowing back into the waterway! Hooray!

Want a piece of Disney history? You could have it for the right price. (Which is a hefty price tag.) What is it? It’s a map, drawn by Walt Disney himself, of Disneyland.

Have to say this was a pretty creative advertisement for Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

American Idol is on….ABC?! What? That’s right! The show is being revived on ABC. And there could be auditions that take place at Walt Disney World. This is one I certainly didn’t see coming. (Also, now I bet they are regretting that they got rid of American Idol at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and are probably wondering how they can get it back in the park.)

Did you catch the Disney Fairy Tale Weddings special on Freeform TV? What part got you reaching for the tissues? (I may have teared up a few times.)

Beauty and the Beast, after all this time is still killing it. It’s now the highest grossing PG movie ever.

Speaking of killing it….Disney’s newest release Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 did gangbusters this past weekend. Did you see it yet? What did you think?  Also, which summer film are you most excited about?

Michael Giacchino is working on the music for The Incredibles 2. Does this make you excited?

Do you watch “Impractical Jokers“? Are you a fan of Universal? Watch Q, Murr, Sal, and Joe play pranks at the Universal theme parks.

Want to make purchases at Volcano Bay? Pair your credit card with your Tapu Tapu and you can!

 

 

In Case We Missed It

What did we miss? Attach your ideas to Wishes and Happily Ever After Swag and send it to blog@touringplans.com with the words “In Case You Missed It” in the subject line.

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Disneyland Rides That Disney World Fans Can Skip

TouringPlans.com Blog - May 11, 2017 - 10:06 am

By Guy Selga Jr.

Guy Selga is back this week with more advice for your Disneyland visit. Today he looks at what you can skip if you’ve already been to Walt Disney World. Got more questions for our Disneyland expert? Ask in the comments. We’re always looking for more article ideas.

If you’re a regular Walt Disney World visitor that visits Disneyland you will find many exclusive rides to enjoy. Other rides, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, exist in both resorts but Disneyland’s version is arguably better due to it being longer and more richly detailed. On the flip side, some rides in Walt Disney World are better. Many people pick Magic Kingdom’s Haunted Mansion as an example of this. Here are 6 Disneyland rides that Disney World fans can skip, as well as some suggestions from some friends of mine.

 

Star Tours

Star Tours fits naturally in to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland, but there’s no differences beyond the exterior to make is stand out over the attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you do chose to ride it at Disneyland you may find yourself waiting a bit longer than you would have to at The Studios. At Disneyland there are 4 Starspeeders to accommodate guests, while at DHS there are 6.

Little Mermaid ride at DCA (left) and Magic Kingdom (right)

Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure

The two Little Mermaid rides are the same at DCA and Magic Kingdom (except for a cameo by Incredible Mr. Limpet in the Under the Sea scene). Sure, both the queue and exterior are way nicer at Magic Kingdom, but DCA has the benefit of being a walk-on pretty much every day of the year.

Soarin’ Around the World at Disney California Adventure

Soarin’ Around the World

Soarin’ at Disney California Adventure is located in the beautiful Grizzly Peak Airfield. In Grizzly Peak you’ll find woodsy theming appropriate to a national park in the High Sierras. The interior portion of the Soarin’ queue features pictures and biographies of legendary California aviators, as well as parts from actual aircraft. A difference on the ride itself is the ending where you fly over Disneyland instead of Epcot. These minor changes don’t make it worth going out of your way to see if you’ve already ridden it at Epcot.

Winnie the Pooh

Disneyland’s Pooh ride is cute, and it’s very little kid friendly. But if you’re a frequent WDW visitor there’s not really any reason to experience it. Both versions have minor differences when it comes to scenery but the basic storyline is the same (a blustery day, a party for Pooh, and acid trip heffalump and woozles nightmare, etc).

Although I will say this, due to its remote location (it’s tucked away in a remote corner of the park), Disneyland’s Pooh ride sees some of the lowest wait times in Disneyland. That reason alone may be a good reason to give it a try.

It’s Tough to Be A Bug

A Bug’s Life may have an entire land at Disney California Adventure, but for some reason this 3D movie still feels more at home at Animal Kingdom (where it is located inside the Tree of Life). Besides that, it’s the exact same movie, soundtrack, in-theater effects, etc.

Toy Story Midway Mania

Toy Story Midway Mania is an obvious choice for WDW fans to skip at DCA. There’s nothing different between the version at Disney’s Hollywood Studios except for the queue. The queue at DHS looks like the inside of Andy’s bedroom, with large toys seen throughout. The ride at DCA is themed after a vintage boardwalk/carnival ride so the line is barebones, mostly consisting of outdoor switchbacks. The DCA version of Toy Story Midway Mania does still have the Mr. Potato Head animatronic. Luckily WDW fans who miss him can see him without waiting in line, he’s visible from the walkway in front of the attraction.

Some Second Opinions

Tom Bricker from Disney Tourist Blog has this to say about Autopia.

While Autopia is better at Disneyland than Walt Disney World, neither version is particularly noteworthy. The essence of the experience, in both cases, is allowing kids to take the wheel before they are of age to drive. That is unchanged between the two parks.

Katelyn Woytych says to skip a ride that may not be the same, but is close enough.

I always avoid Goofy’s Sky School. It’s pretty much exactly like Primeval Whirl in Animal Kingdom, which is one of my least favorite attractions at WDW.

Jeanine Yamanaka from All Ears has a few recommendations

Astro Orbiter, Mad Tea Party, Toy Story Midway Mania, Dumbo, and any of the movie trailer preview locations. There might be some differences in Launch Bays, but if time was tight, I’d skip that too. Star Tours and Soarin’ would probably be top of my list as well, but I’ve found Pooh to be different enough where many WDW folk are interested in riding it.

Keith Gluck from The Disney Project has some good points as well.

In addition to Guy’s picks, I have three other recommended rides to skip If you’re a WDW vet. Pick number one is easily the Astro Orbitor. Not only did the “1990s Tomorrowland Massacre” ruin the attraction’s aesthetics, but the entire ride system was removed from atop the (still defunct) Peoplemover loading area and placed on the ground at the entrance to Tomorrowland. If you guys want  to experience non-elephant ground-level spinning, you already have The Magic Carpets of Aladdin. That leads perfectly into the second pick, Dumbo. Of course it’s a classic, but contrary to popular belief, it is not an Opening Day attraction, and you guys already have two. Third and last on my short list is Splash Mountain. Unless it happens to be a scorcher in Anaheim that day, our Splash, while being the original, won’t particularly improve upon the version found in Lake Buena Vista. Although it might have you asking, “Where was Br’er Frog?” upon exiting.

Disney World fans, what do you skip when you visit Disneyland. Sound off in the comments below.

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Attractions – The Show – LEGO Star Wars Days; The Polite Pig; latest news – May 11, 2017

Attractions Magazine - May 11, 2017 - 09:12 am

Hosts Banks Lee and Elisa Rodriguez bring you this week’s theme park and attraction news. On this week’s episode: • News In The Queue: Baby Groot and Star-Lord now meeting guests at Disney’s Hollywood Studios; Disneyland to debut a new Tomorrowland Skyline Lounge Experience; a new Miniland display for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to […]
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Catch a sneak peak of “Cars 3” at Walt Disney World and Disneyland this May

Attractions Magazine - May 09, 2017 - 10:00 am

Guests will soon be able to preview a sneak peek of the newest Disney-Pixar film, “Cars 3,” at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. At Walt Disney World, guests of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be able to view select scenes from “Cars 3” in the One Man’s Dream attraction, along with maquettes and art […]
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Meet baby Groot and Star-Lord at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Attractions Magazine - May 05, 2017 - 10:01 am

It may just be the cutest character meet in Disney history. Star-Lord, AKA Peter Quill, and Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy are now meeting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But it’s not the huge tree-like Groot. It’s the cute twig-like baby Groot. I am Groot! The meet and greet is located in the back of […]
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Make it a Super Stretch

Main Street Gazette - May 05, 2017 - 09:00 am

When Disney-MGM Studios, now Disney’s Hollywood Studios, open this week in 1989, it did so with star-studded celebrity affairs and all the glitz and glamour one would expect of a big Hollywood premiere, particularly a big summer blockbuster like Disney was hoping this park would be. Of course, you wouldn’t want the boss to arrive in anything less than a show-stopping set of wheels, would you? And that is why Mickey Mouse’s ride to the event was the stylish LiMOUSEine.
The burgundy six-wheeled super-stretch limo had all the latest and great technologies that would make Mickey feel right at home on the road. From the four larger sunroofs, perfect for characters such as the main mouse himself to wave to adoring fans, to the gold plated Tinker Bell and mouse ears adorning the grill and hood, no expense was spared. Inside, Mickey could utilize a radio remote DJ booth, 2- speakers, two Sony televisions, complete with the latest in home entertainment technology (the VCR), and four cellular phones. It was also furnished with Sony’s RDSS Wayfarer Communication System, think of it as a GPS tracker for the LiMOUSEine where the powers that be or Minnie Mouse could track Mickey’s progress across the country for a personal desktop computer.
The 40-foot long vehicle was a beast to maneuver, but Disney put one of its best drivers on the case. Which was needed as the LiMOUSEine made a 37 city tour between February 27 and May 1, 1989. While the show started in Orlando with a procession from City Hall to Disney-MGM Studios for Walt Disney World President, Dick Nunis, Mickey, and then Orlando mayor, Bill Frederick, the real tour began on March 5, 1989 with Mickey and Kathleen Sullivan, a Walt Disney World Ambassador, departing Orlando for Indianapolis, IN. The tour would continue on from there to cover as much of the eastern seaboard as possible to drum up excitement for the upcoming opening of Walt Disney World’s third gate.
The comforts of home were never too far away for Mickey while he was on the road in the LiMOUSEine. In addition to the latest and greatest in technology, the interior also had some overstuffed furniture, think of the type of furnishings found in Mickey’s House in Mickey’s Birthdayland/Starland/Toontown Fair, a full-sized bed, and plenty of refreshments. After all, what would a visit with Mickey be without a cookie or a fancy cheese plate? There were also a few more homey touches in the form of decorative knick-knacks and books on a wide variety of Disney topics.
The LiMOUSEine would once again be called into service for Walt Disney World’s 25th anniversary. This time, however, the burgundy paint job had been redone in a more fanciful pink and included the Cinderella’s carriage logo from the 25th anniversary celebration. While the vehicle was probably most befitting of a Hollywood premiere, it was nice to see it on the road again. With Disney’s Hollywood Studios under a great deal of construction, it’s fun to think about how the glitz and glamour of the park’s original opening might have an effect on a rededication or grand openings when the park’s new additions are complete!

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Join us for ‘Early Night Live’ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Day

Attractions Magazine - May 04, 2017 - 12:08 pm

Want to go to the theme parks with us? Tune in live and interact during our weekly show, “Early Night Live”. The show airs live on our YouTube channel each Thursday at 6 p.m., with our host and reporter Brittani Tuttle hosting from a new location every episode. She and her co-host of the day […]
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As Dreamers Do – ‘Hidden Mickey Challenge: Hollywood Studios’ – April 26, 2017

Attractions Magazine - April 26, 2017 - 01:30 pm

Maddie, Ava and Natalie start their day at Epcot then head over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to find Hidden Mickeys using a very outdated guide book. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSrI_s3C8J8 Ava, Bianca, Maddie, Natalie and Olivia are college students whose second home are the Disney Parks. With a love for all things themed entertainment, the five friends explore […]
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'Disney Diaries' Blog: Iconic Toy Story franchise comes to Disney's Hollywood Studios

icFlorida.com - October 02, 2015 - 03:04 pm

The removal of the 'hat' as the icon of Disney's Hollywood Studios marked the first of many big changes coming to the park.

After a series of attraction closures, the D23 Expo gave us a glimpse into the two new lands and attractions that will be coming to the park.

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'Disney Diaries' Blog: What to know before you go to Star Wars Weekends

icFlorida.com - October 02, 2015 - 03:04 pm

Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Disney's Hollywood Studios, fans of the Star Wars Sagas come together for five weekends of fun.

At this year's Star Wars Weekends guests will find more celebrities, special entertainment, highly themed dining options, Star Wars Character meet & greet opportunities, event merchandise, and more.

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'Disney Diaries' Blog: Searching for Hidden Mickeys in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

icFlorida.com - October 02, 2015 - 03:04 pm

New Hidden Mickeys appear on Disney property at a relatively constant rate. Disney doesn’t keep an official list of Hidden Mickeys; they just place new Hidden Images and wait for us to find them! Alas, Hidden Mickeys are also lost constantly, for example, when an area or attraction is refurbished. ...
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studioscentral: Monsters University Bash announced as next Limited Time Magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios http://t.co/7uTg5UoHYo

Studios Central Twitter - June 07, 2013 - 04:44 pm

studioscentral: Monsters University Bash announced as next Limited Time Magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios http://t.co/7uTg5UoHYo
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wdwmagic: Limited Time Magic brings Monsters U party and pep rally to Disney's Hollywood Studios next week http://t.co/wzI9dy6SdB

WDWMagic - June 07, 2013 - 11:51 am

wdwmagic: Limited Time Magic brings Monsters U party and pep rally to Disney's Hollywood Studios next week http://t.co/wzI9dy6SdB
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studioscentral: RT @Daveh787: New Park Maps coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios: June 9

Studios Central Twitter - June 03, 2013 - 09:22 pm

studioscentral: RT @Daveh787: New Park Maps coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios: June 9
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wdwmagic: PHOTO - Jim Cummings visits Disney's Hollywood Studios - the voice of IllumiNations, Winnie the Pooh, and MUCH more http://t.co/bYlQf3rvWw

WDWMagic - May 29, 2013 - 03:10 pm

wdwmagic: PHOTO - Jim Cummings visits Disney's Hollywood Studios - the voice of IllumiNations, Winnie the Pooh, and MUCH more http://t.co/bYlQf3rvWw
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studioscentral: RT @InsideTheMagic: American Idol winner Candice Glover visits @WaltDisneyWorld, minus the hype or hoopla at Disney’s Hollywood Studios htt…

Studios Central Twitter - May 28, 2013 - 01:29 pm

studioscentral: RT @InsideTheMagic: American Idol winner Candice Glover visits @WaltDisneyWorld, minus the hype or hoopla at Disney’s Hollywood Studios htt…
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studioscentral: RT @AllEarsDeb: Don't miss the Legends of the Force Motorcade #starwars weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios http://t.co/HRWX7BzKCI

Studios Central Twitter - May 27, 2013 - 08:22 am

studioscentral: RT @AllEarsDeb: Don't miss the Legends of the Force Motorcade #starwars weekend at Disney's Hollywood Studios http://t.co/HRWX7BzKCI
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studioscentral: RT @TouringPlans: Parking lot at Hollywood Studios has reopened.

Studios Central Twitter - May 25, 2013 - 05:34 pm

studioscentral: RT @TouringPlans: Parking lot at Hollywood Studios has reopened.
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wdwmagic: Disney's Hollywood Studios parking lot reopens after earlier closing due to capacity http://t.co/GeivnFaCVB

WDWMagic - May 25, 2013 - 05:00 pm

wdwmagic: Disney's Hollywood Studios parking lot reopens after earlier closing due to capacity http://t.co/GeivnFaCVB
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wdwmagic: Disney's Hollywood Studios parking lot at capacity http://t.co/wN2YmOKPTY

WDWMagic - May 25, 2013 - 03:44 pm

wdwmagic: Disney's Hollywood Studios parking lot at capacity http://t.co/wN2YmOKPTY
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studioscentral: RT @ADPIndy: Team Studios Central Profile - Courtney Anne Maclaren - Disney's Hollywood Studios Blog http://t.co/2iyduEgjZ7 via @studioscen…

Studios Central Twitter - May 21, 2013 - 09:20 pm

studioscentral: RT @ADPIndy: Team Studios Central Profile - Courtney Anne Maclaren - Disney's Hollywood Studios Blog http://t.co/2iyduEgjZ7 via @studioscen…
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studioscentral: Taking up my slack RT @shelleycaran: Another 13 hour day at Hollywood Studios...what is happening? 3rd week in a row...@studioscentral

Studios Central Twitter - May 17, 2013 - 09:44 pm

studioscentral: Taking up my slack RT @shelleycaran: Another 13 hour day at Hollywood Studios...what is happening? 3rd week in a row...@studioscentral
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studioscentral: Check out what's new at Disney's Hollywood Studios with our guest photo update http://t.co/1ClVuD4109

Studios Central Twitter - May 13, 2013 - 07:50 pm

studioscentral: Check out what's new at Disney's Hollywood Studios with our guest photo update http://t.co/1ClVuD4109
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studioscentral: Woot RT @DisneyFoodBlog: Hey Howdy Hey! We review one of our favorite kiosks in Disney’s Hollywood Studios: http://t.co/jY4du2KcFT

Studios Central Twitter - May 07, 2013 - 05:48 pm

studioscentral: Woot RT @DisneyFoodBlog: Hey Howdy Hey! We review one of our favorite kiosks in Disney’s Hollywood Studios: http://t.co/jY4du2KcFT
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studioscentral: Next, here's our #StarWars Day photo update from Disney's Hollywood Studios http://t.co/jhaJHZAXua

Studios Central Twitter - May 06, 2013 - 08:30 am

studioscentral: Next, here's our #StarWars Day photo update from Disney's Hollywood Studios http://t.co/jhaJHZAXua
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studioscentral: How about TWO photo updates today? First here's our weekly Disney's Hollywood Studios photo update http://t.co/1s9FNx9i44

Studios Central Twitter - May 06, 2013 - 08:29 am

studioscentral: How about TWO photo updates today? First here's our weekly Disney's Hollywood Studios photo update http://t.co/1s9FNx9i44
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studioscentral: RT @scarlettashley1: I never thought I would say my favorite day ever would be in Hollywood Studios. I’m sure @studioscentral will be happy.

Studios Central Twitter - May 04, 2013 - 10:42 pm

studioscentral: RT @scarlettashley1: I never thought I would say my favorite day ever would be in Hollywood Studios. I’m sure @studioscentral will be happy.
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studioscentral: The #Starwars fireworks are LIVE from Disney's Hollywood Studios at http://t.co/cVplOh9QUh

Studios Central Twitter - May 04, 2013 - 09:51 pm

studioscentral: The #Starwars fireworks are LIVE from Disney's Hollywood Studios at http://t.co/cVplOh9QUh
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studioscentral: Dusk is approaching at Disney's Hollywood Studios http://t.co/qmumrSY8F9

Studios Central Twitter - May 04, 2013 - 07:15 pm

studioscentral: Dusk is approaching at Disney's Hollywood Studios http://t.co/qmumrSY8F9
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