First Look: Lotso Bear Meet & Greet Character from ‘Toy Story 3′ at Disney Parks

Lotso Meet & Greet Character from Disney ParksEvidently the Disney Parks blog let out a little strawberry-scented burp earlier today posted an early peek at Disney Parks’ newest meet & greet character, Lotso from Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3.

Lotso (short for Lots-o’-Huggin’)  will be making his in-park debut on Sunday, May 9 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where he will be meeting & greeting guests in an area of the Animation Building made up to look like Sunnyside Daycare. In addition, he’ll also be appearing in the Pixar parades at both resorts: Block Party Bash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Pixar Play! at Disney California Adventure.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Walt Disney World to Host ‘Last Tour to Endor’ Event for Celebration V Attendees

The Walt Disney World Resort and Celebration V (the premiere Star Wars fan event) have announced that in honor of the convention being held in Orlando this year along with the impending makeover of the Star Tours attraction to Star Tours 2 which will take the motion simulator film to a third dimension (and possible ‘multiple destinations’), there will be a special one-night-only event titled ‘Last Tour to Endor’ where Celebration V attendees are being invited to ‘be the first to be the last’ in an exclusive after-hours Star Wars party.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

New Posters for ‘Star Wars Weekends’ Flaunt the Force’s Lighter Side

Darth Maul receives an updated look on this poster promoting Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood StudiosEver wonder what it would be like to parallel park an AT-AT Walker, how Disney’s horticulturists really create all those neat character topiaries for the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival or what benefits having a couple of extra arms yields you at the parks?

Then look no further at the new batch of Orlando International Airport posters promoting this year’s Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. Studios Central has them all which also includes a makeover for Darth Maul (pictured) and Chewbacca along with Yoda, General Grievous and Darth Vader.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

‘Toy Story 3′ Inspires New Game and New Characters for ‘Toy Story Mania!’ Attraction

Dino Darts at Toy Story Midway ManiaNew characters from the soon-to-be-released Disney•Pixar film “Toy Story 3” are being added to the joyful, toy-full adventure of Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s California Adventure and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  In addition to playing with new characters in Toy Story Mania!, there will be opportunities in both parks for up-close fun with another all-new character from “Toy Story 3” – Lots-o’-Huggin’ Bear. He’s the bossman at Sunnyside Daycare in the highly anticipated animated feature film.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Photo: Tina Fey Caught Goofing Around with Another Man

Tina Fey with Goofy at Disney's Hollywood Studios (Gene Duncan/Disney) Emmy Award-winning actress, writer & producer Tina Fey, star of the hit feature film “Date Night” and executive producer, head writer and star of the NBC series “30 Rock,” poses April 23, 2010 with Goofy at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Fey was visiting Walt Disney World Resort on vacation with her family. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Walt Disney World Character Brief: Bolt Makes Awesome Return as UP Toons Take Off

Sorry, Carl, but you’re being evicted from the Animation Building at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and no number of balloons are going to save you now. The final date for the UP crew of Carl Fredricksen, Russell and Dug is May 1. On May 9, Lotso from Toy Story 3 will be taking that spot as previously reported. We hear that Lotso’s backdrop will be that of the Sunnyside Daycare.

Thanks to @PaulChadkin, we have learned that while Muppet*Vision 3D is closed for its upgrade from tomorrow through May 14, Jessie from Toy Story and Bolt from Bolt will be making rare appearances, greeting the crowds.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Disney’s Star Wars Weekends 2010 Update – More Exclusive Merchandise and New Characters

Annual Passholder and DVC Member Exclusive Star Wars Weekends 2010 PinsStar Wars Weekends 2010 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World resort is slowly creeping upon us and the news is starting to seep in. So far we’ve learned about the extremely limited edition and extremely awesome Stitch as the Emperor’s Hologram action figure (buy us ten!), the celebrity guest list and little more.

Today, the tides have changed a bit (probably due to the Forest Moon of Endor) and we have news from the Disney Parks blog on upcoming SWW exclusive pins, including Annual Passholder and — for the very first time — DVC Member exclusive items as well as special pins and sets commemorating the 30th anniversary of Empire Strikes Back.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

WDW Refurb Update: Star Tours Closure Earlier Than Anticipated, Toy Story Mania

We have received a tip on upcoming closures for Star Tours and Toy Story Mania at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These are not from official Disney sources but we believe they are credible enough to pass along to you. Should we find out alternate information in the future, we will update and post in the Refurbs category not to mention on ReSearch! Disclaimer aside, on with the mega-news.

Our source informs us that Star Tours will close on September 8. This is earlier than announced by former Disney Parks and Resort Chairman Jay Rasulo at last year’s D23 Expo, but not unexpected. It’s also scheduled to take place after Celebration V, which takes place in Orlando this year, ends in mid-August.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

WDW Refurb Update: Rock’n'Roller Coaster Closure in May

We have been advised that Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will be closed for refurbishment beginning on May 15 and re-open on May 21.

Planning a trip to Walt Disney World? Be the first to know when changes that potentially affect your trip occur by signing up with ReSearch!

Enjoyed this post? Share it!

 
 

Celebrities Appearances Announced for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Artwork for 2010 Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood StudiosBeginning May 21st and running every Friday-Sun through June 13, this year’s annual Star Wars Weekends pays special tribute to The Empire Strikes Back which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

StarWars.com has now released the list of celebrity guests expected to appear each weekend during the popular event, beginning with SWW co-hosts Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tona of The Clone Wars).

The following is the list of celebrities scheduled to appear each weekend:

Enjoyed this post? Share it!