Actress/singer Vanessa Hudgens poses Feb. 13, 2011 with the “Beast” from Disney’s animated film “Beauty and the Beast” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Hudgens’ co-stars in the upcoming motion picture “Beastly,” which will be released in theaters March 4, 2011.
Photo by Todd Anderson, courtesy Walt Disney World Resort
Comedian Howie Mandel, host of NBC’s game show “Deal or No Deal” and a judge on the NBC series “America’s Got Talent,” “fist-bumps” Goofy Jan. 1, 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Photo by Gene Duncan, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort.
Actor Daniel Dae Kim, star of the ABC series “Lost” and currently starring on the new CBS series “Hawaii Five-0,” poses Dec. 28, 2010 with Lilo from Disney’s “Lilo and Stitch” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Kim, who was born in South Korea and grew up in New York and Pennsylvania, currently lives in Hawaii.
Photo by Kent Phillips, courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort
According to cast member Paul Chadkin, the new parade debuting on January 16, 2011 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World will be titled ‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ The parade will consist of characters from several Disney/Pixar films including Toy Story, The Incredibles, A Bug’s Life, Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc., and Up.
‘Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun!’ will replace the existing afternoon parade at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, ‘Block Party Bash’ which will see its final performance on January 1, 2011.
The official Walt Disney World Resort website began reporting yesterday that the ‘Playhouse Disney – Live On Stage!’ show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be closing for refurbishment on January 30 and scheduled to re-open on March 6. Although there is speculation that the refurbishment may be to change the limited references to those of ‘Disney Junior’ (which is likely), it’s also almost the exact same time period the attraction closed last time to debut as its current incarnation in 2008 which means that there could be some show changes in the works as well. If that were to be happening, it’s most likely to remove the canceled ‘My Friends Tigger and Pooh’ and inject some more current and relevant content such as ‘Special Agent Oso’ (who would actually fit in quite perfectly with the current show) or even ‘Timmy Time’ if licensing allows. On a side note, the last change ‘replaced’ human Jamie with Casey and as of yet, no public casting notices have been published to that effect (still plenty of ambiguous names to go!).
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Tarps have gone up in the areas at the morning meet and greet locations around the Sorcerer’s Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios according to cast member Paul Chadkin. According to Paul, the areas in question will be receiving all new backdrops including a large ‘film-strip’ background where the Snow White topiary once stood.
Today brings confirmation from DHS-specialist Studios Central who also adds that not only are the locations getting a makeover but the characters who meet and greet guests are getting one too. The site reports that the characters will be sporting all new duds inspired by the early Hollywood glamour: Goofy in a zootsuit, Minnie and Daisy in gowns, Donald in a fedora, Chip and Dale in ties and more.
No date has been mentioned for the transition but as May and October are big times for character changes at the resort, it’s likely to happen in early October, if not before.
Please note that the photo of Daisy is from on-board Disney Cruise Line’s Disney Wonder on semi-formal night and is not necessarily an accurate representation of her wardrobe at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Star Wars creator and filmmaker George Lucas poses with a group of Star Wars-inspired Disney characters (left): Princess Leia-Minnie, R2-MK, Darth Goofy, Jedi Mickey and Stormtrooper Donald on Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Lucas is in central Florida for “Star Wars Celebration V,” the official Lucasfilm fan event that is taking place this week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. He visited Walt Disney World Resort to attend Disney’s “Last Tour to Endor” special event.
“The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart poses Aug. 14, 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. with Star Wars-inspired Disney characters Stormtrooper Donald Duck and Princess Leia Minnie Mouse. Stewart was in Orlando as a special host of “Star Wars Celebration V,” the official Lucasfilm fan event held this week at the Orange County Convention Center. At the convention center earlier in the day, Stewart took the stage with Star Wars creator George Lucas and interviewed him live in front of thousands of fans.
Photos by Todd Anderson, courtesy of Disney.
StarWars.com checks in with popular Walt Disney Imagineer and Last Tour to Endor show director Jason Surrell as he talks about the preparation going into some of the exclusive events guests will get to experience first hand as part of the special hard-ticket event at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 14 commemorating the transition of Star Tours into Star Tours II.
In addition to the appearance of characters from the Star Wars trilogies, Surrell offers up juicy details on Sorcery in the Sky, the first fireworks show designed by Disney inspired completely by Star Wars. In just 12 minutes, the story of all six films will be told through the music of John Williams, the dialogue from the films and many of the classic sound effects. Says Surrell: ‘My only regret is that we’re only going to do this once!’
In the interview, which can be found here, Surrell also provides a bit of insight into the Death Star Disco Dance Party.
Star Tours II has been cleared for take-off.
On the official web site, Walt Disney World has announced a scheduled re-opening date for Star Tours of May 17, 2011, which reflects a minor change in dates we originally announced back in March. The attraction is still expected to close on September 8.
At the Disneyland Resort, Star Tours, which closes on July 27 for its refurb, is expected to re-open exactly one week prior, on May 10, 2011.
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Video: American Idol Winner Lee DeWyze Parade and American Idol Experience Appearance at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World has provided us with this footage from the procession at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort earlier today. The newly crowned American Idol winner is seen traveling along the park’s Hollywood Boulevard with Mickey Mouse up to the American Idol Experience, where he addresses the crowd of fans and hangs out with Mickey and Minnie Mouse before heading inside into the American Idol Experience to make a surprise appearance. Towards the end of the video, Lee answers some questions including his take on the American Idol Experience, his new-found celebrity and his expectations for his first album.
Warning: The video does contain excessively loud screams from fans, particularly during the parade portion. Do keep your volume low for these moments.