Category Archives: Disney Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park

Phineas and Ferb Meet-n-Play Experience Coming Soon

Guests will be able to take part in an energetic and fun-filled meet-and-play experience with Phineas & Ferb at Disney’s Hollywood Studios (scheduled to begin in May).

Phineas and Ferb – from the popular television show of the same name – “know what they’re gonna do today”…they are going to make a movie all about their crazy adventures.

With the help of guests and movie director Cletus Filmore, they will recreate some of their favorite moments…unless they are taking a break to meet with their adoring fans, signing autographs and taking pictures. The fun will take place near the exit to MuppetVision 3-D.

Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun Begins Today

A new parade debuts today at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which celebrates everyone’s favorite Pixar characters in a fun, newly reimagined parade!

This high energy parade makes its way down Hollywood Boulevard and features stars from the Disney•Pixar films “The Incredibles,” “A Bug’s Life,” “Ratatouille,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Up,” and “Toy Story” as well as colorful, energetic Pixar Pals dancers.

Introducing a new, upbeat, whimsical and fun musical track, Pixar Pals Countdown To Fun! Parade will energize the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios in a whole new way!

New Stage Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Today marked the premiere performance of a new stage show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

“Disney Channel Rocks!” is a 15-minute song and dance show performed in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat. It replaced the “High School Musical” show that played in the same location until recently.

The new show is a high energy production with new choreography, and is based around music from Disney Channel shows. As new shows are introduced to the cable network, this show will be updated accordingly.

Currently, the show takes place at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 4:30pm and 5:30pm daily (whew)!

Star Tours II 3D Details

Tom Fitzgerald, Executive VP & Senior Creative Executive for Walt Disney Imagineering, posted an article on the official Disney Parks Blog yesterday offering some details about the upcoming Star Tours II 3D.

The attraction is currently undergoing a several-month overhaul at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts. Along with a few photos of the new droid host and pilot, he offers some insight on the timeline of the new story.

  • The storyline is now set between the two trilogies, so the project’s working title within WDI is “Star Tours 3.5”
  • Since the timeline puts the new attraction earlier than the original Star Tours (which was referred to as 6.5, since it took place after Episode IV), and older model of the Starspeeder is required. As such, the Starspeeder 3000 is replaced with the Starspeeder 1000.
  • The new Starspeeder 1000 is piloted by an all new character called “Ace”, who is a model AC-38 (see photo below). REX from the original attraction is being retired.
  • A new spokesbot droid called “Aly San San” (whose voice will be brought to you by Allison Janney) will greet guests in the Star Tours terminal queue area. See a photo of “her” below too.
Star Tours II droid concept art

Aly San San - Star Tours II SpokesbotCopyright © Disney

Star Tours II droid concept art

"Ace" AC-38 - Starspeeder 1000 PilotCopyright © Disney

 

Star Tours Says Farewell

The current version of the Star Tours ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will take it’s final trip to Endor tonight.

Beginning tomorrow, the attraction will close for a major refurbishment until May of 2011, when it will re-open with all new footage, special effects and interactivity.

If you forgot to get one last ride in, you better hurry!

George Lucas Visits the Studios

Star Wars creator George Lucas visited Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Saturday as part of the ‘Last Tour to Endor’ event, celebrating the final running of the Star Tours attraction (in its current version).

Lucas was also in town for the official Lucasfilm fan event, Star Wars Celebration V, held at the Orange County Convention Center.

George Lucas with Disney Friends

A SHOW OF 'FORCE': Taking on the determined look of a Jedi Knight, "Star Wars" creator George Lucas poses Aug. 14, 2010 with Jedi Mickey Mouse, Princess Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy -- and the loveable Disney droid, R2-MK -- at Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park. The legendary filmmaker attended "The Last Tour to Endor," a special event at the theme park in honor of the "Star Wars"-themed thrill attraction, Star Tours.

 

Power Rangers’ Last Show is Saturday

As we reported back in May, the Power Rangers will make their final appearance at the Studios soon.

Since Disney sold the license for the Power Ranger franchise back to the original owner, Haim Saban, their contract to perform at Walt Disney World has expired. The final show and meet-n-greet will be on Saturday, August 7, 2010.

If you’ll be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Saturday, check the Times Guide and catch their very last show!

New Show to Replace HSM3 at Studios this Fall

Disney announced on its official blog that the High School Musical 3: Senior Year stage performance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be replaced this fall with an all new show.

A live, rock-concert style show will feature music from popular Disney Channel hits, including the “High School Musical” series, “Camp Rock” and “Starstruck.”  The show has not yet been named, but will follow a similar format to that of the current HSM3 show.

This new show will debut on October 22, 2010, and will be performed in front of the Sorcerer’s Hat daily.  The final HSM3 show will take place on October 2. If you’ll be visiting Walt Disney World between now and October 2, don’t miss your final opportunity to rock out with the Wildcats.