New interactive character: Cubot tested at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios is the setting for an interactive test on Oct. 11 and 12, 2011. "Cubot", which is meant to look like it's part of a toybox, is not only interactive in speech, but can have the blocks changed around by guests. This experience is heading to Hong Kong Disneyland in their new Toy Story land.Related articlesDisney's Hollywood Studios "Cubot" Mobile Interactive Unit Testing, Epcot GM Test Track Refurbished Ride Vehicles - Photos and Video ( Best … [Read more...]

Shop like a Diva – Disney’s Hollywood Studios Shopping

Still haven't satisfied your inner shop-a-holic after reading my posts about where to shop in Magic Kingdom and in Epcot? Here are some  Hollywood Studios finds you shouldn't pass up!I would recommend you take a pass on Mickey's of Hollywood. It's potentially one of the worst laid out stores I've ever been in. You can find all of the items there, and more over at Mouse Gears in Epcot or Downtown Disney.For even more Christmas ornaments: It's a Wonderful Shop (Streets of America) - If Ye … [Read more...]

Steve Jobs, Major Figure in Disney and Pixar, Has Died at 56

According to sources at Apple, the creator of Apple, and the man who helped bring the incredibly popular Pixar Studios to life has died of cancer today at the age of 56. Jobs bought the fledgling Pixar from Lucasfilms in the 80's, and helped it become a major player in Hollywood. As they grew, especially closer to Disney, Jobs grew closer in the process. He was a major share holder in the Disney company and helped oversee all the animated movies that came out over the last few year from both … [Read more...]

Jessica Lange Meets Mickey Mouse at Disneyland

When two-time Oscar-winning actress Jessica Lange visited Disneyland park with family recently, Mickey Mouse stopped by to meet her. Isn’t it fun when Hollywood legends get together?Jessica’s distinguished motion picture career includes two films for Disney under the Touchstone Pictures banner; “A Thousand Acres” and “Country,” only the second film released by Touchstone, for which Jessica received her third Academy Award nomination.Source Disney Parks BlogRelated … [Read more...]

Often overlooked the Magic of Animation

Yes, we're all excited about the new value resort, The Art of Animation (even though the pricing doesn't scream "value"!) but i'd like to talk about an underrated attraction at Hollywood Studios...the Magic of Animation.In the depths of the studios, tucked away between a gift shop and the Disney Junior stage is a forgotten attraction...the Magic of Animation. You probably run in and out of the building chasing down the characters that meet & greet there (Sorcerer Mickey, the Army men, … [Read more...]

The Most Talked-About Treat at Disney Parks

If last week’s D23 crowd and blog posts are any indication, this adorable pretzel has to be one of the most coveted tastes at Walt Disney World Resort. You can only find them one place: in Frontierland in the Magic Kingdom at Frontierland Pretzel Wagon between the Diamond Horseshoe and Pecos Bill Cafe (next to the turkey leg cart). Pair the twist with cheese and chocolate dipping sauces. Insiders tell us it’s still in “testing phase” at Walt Disney World Resort, but we bet it’s here to … [Read more...]

Around the “Disney” World: Sunset Boulevard

Enter Disney’s Hollywood Studios and walk right into the Golden Age of Hollywood. The glamour of the silver screen shines brightly at Disney’s very own version of Tinseltown. In traditional Disney style, the experience is plussed—kicked up a notch—with behind the scenes peeks at not only movie making, but also television production, music/radio recording and live stage performances.From Hollywood Boulevard, hang a right onto Sunset. Laugh and carry on with 1940s-era street performances that … [Read more...]

‘The Rocketeer’ Celebrates 20 Years

It has been 20 years since Joe Johnston's film "The Rocketeer" debuted on the big screen. To commemorate this milestone, D23 held an event at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood with a special 20th anniversary screening followed by a panel discussion hosted by Kevin Smith.I had never been to the El Capital Theater before, so that alone was a big deal for me. The theater is absolutely beautiful inside, and we walked in to find the organist playing Disney melodies at the front of the … [Read more...]

Disney World Quick Tip: It’s Everyone’s Vacation

In two short days, my extended family will be making the trek to Disney World -- nine of us in all!  We have been planning this vacation since September of last year, and now, with our vacation so close, I can't stand the waiting!  As the primary planner for the vacation, it was my goal to make sure that everyone's wishes were heard, and accommodated as best as I could.  We've got three first time Disney World visitors, some veterans in myself, my wife, and my daughter, my niece and her … [Read more...]

Chip’s Hollywood Studios Touring Plan

I get a lot of questions and emails on Chip and Company asking me the best ways to tour the parks. I wanted to share with you my next to the last Touring Plan - Hollywood Studios. If you missed my past Touring Plans click here to read about Touring Magic Kingdom and Touring Epcot.So lets jump right in..Let me start off by saying:Hollywood Studios is one of the harder parks to visit. When you are looking at the Disney Park on the map it is pretty scattered. I am unsure the layout … [Read more...]