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Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:21 am

Awesome! This should be a lot of fun for those who are fortunate enough to get in on those nights, the comedy warehouse was always a favorite of mine.

First The Adventurers Club cast reunites for an evening, now the Comedy Warehouse cast is doing a couple of shows..... maybe Disney is secretly planning resurrecting Pleasure Island at Hollywood Studios? Might actually give me a reason to go back.

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:09 pm

So yesterday's visit solved a little mystery I'd had since the D23 Expo this past Summer...

Time for a Mainstreet Electrical Parade tribute Fun Fact! =)
During my Summer D23 Expo trip, I found this MSE-1T Star Tours action figure for sale in a collector's hall. I'd never seen any of these "characters" in Star Tours, so the figure was a mystery to me.
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It turns out, that not only were these little robots featured in the original ride's queue but...
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They've actually been retained as a part of the queue for the new ride!
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Found in storage crates along with Captain Rex and other Star Tours droids in transit, these figures were from the original queue.
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Why the peculiar droid design for MSE-1T?

Well this droid was designed as a clever tribute to the Mainstreet Electrical Parade! Fun Fact delivered!
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Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Thu Dec 22, 2011 2:29 pm

Some pictures of Hollywood Studios from our recent visit earlier this month.
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Now checking in for rooms on the 13th floor!
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Sorcerer Mickey
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Jedi in training she is!
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Our first time seeing the Osborne lights. We loved them!
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Staring in amazement
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Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:08 pm

So a few days ago (December 26th), I had the chance to visit the parks once again to see the craziness of the holiday season. As this year's crowds have shown, the parks are remarkably busy, so much so that Disney is pulling out all of the stops to manage the crowds while carrying out the holiday business.

This year's holiday season comes with the addition of several temporary offerings, including a revived Comedy Warehouse (of Pleasure Island fame), several food carts borrowed from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, as well as the Premier Theater showing holiday cartoons to help quell the huge crowds.
The Comedy Warehouse is returning for a week to help deal with the crowds at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The new take on the old Pleasure Island improv show comes with the return of the former club's alumni, but features a new family friendly show with a holiday focus.
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The show is being held in the ABC Sound Studio Theater, the former home to Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey, and before that, the Monster Sound Show.
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For the first time since the Star Tours re-opening event, the theater's marquee has been reprogrammed to let people know about the new show.
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In my one showing that I saw, there was little to come from the audience...
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But it certainly did have its funny moments.
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Some minor theming has been added to mask the area that the comedians stay in in between acts.
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Proper representation found!
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Projections for the back of the theater were added for the show.
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A few holiday elements were also added to the soundstage.
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I'm not sure if this chicken holds any significance, but one sat atop the Christmas tree, and the other on the windowsill of the break area.
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All alumni of the former club at Pleasure Island, many of these familiar faces have been found elsewhere in the parks during the last few years.
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With a holiday twist.
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Our pianist for the show...
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The show started with some improv singing...
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Then two volunteers from the crowd were called up to lend words to a "fill in the blank" sketch.
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Again with a holiday twist, he incorporated the opening verse of "Twas the night before Christmas."
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Things got a little heated.
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He was thoroughly entertained!
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The next sketch was formed on the suggestion from the audience member to focus on pickles. Represented here was a girl scout who had just earned her merit badge on pickling, a pickle farmer and the leader of the Mrs. Pickle Pageant.
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The pickle farmer decided to share with us a list of every animal that likes pickles, which according to him was all of them.
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Then there was more singing!
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Finale pose!
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I continue to do this for the love of Larry.
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France's Food & Wine Festival booth appeared outside of the American Idol/Superstar Television theater.
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Lots of interesting options here!
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Since we planned on eating waffle sandwiches at Magic Kingdom that day (see the Magic Kingdom Discussion Thread for details on that), we skipped this.
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That being said, it all looked very good!
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The Magic of Disney Animation recently added a "campus map" to make it seem more like an actual animation studio.
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The Premier Theater at the end of the Streets of America was showing holiday cartoons throughout the day.
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A nice mix of shows for everyone.
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The Italian Food & Wine Festival booth also has been borrowed for the holiday season.
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This food looked tasty too!
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This stage is all ready for its New Years Eve offerings.
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Guess where we are!
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I am quite the artist.
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The Magic of Disney Animation building now sports an early poster for Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc.
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Somehow, the friend I was with dragged me in to see Disney Junior Live on Stage!
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The show, most recently reformatted to become Disney Junior after many years as Playhouse Disney Live.
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The characters are meticulously designed and are impressively articulated, which was a surprise for me.
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Little Einsteins are a part of the show.
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Jake and the Neverland Pirates are also involved.
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What better way to end a photo report than with free gold doubloons?

You're welcome!
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Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Sat Jan 21, 2012 1:51 pm

In the midst of all of the resort-wide rescheduling due to the visit of President Barack Obama, Disney's Hollywood Studios offered a special showing of its very rare fireworks show, Rock the Night, most often seen on New Year's Eve. The show features the park's well known Mulch, Sweat & Shears band rocking out in sync with some great music and an incredible arsenal of fireworks.

Let me say this: If you haven't seen fireworks like these at Disney's Hollywood Studios, you're missing out! This show definitely gives Wishes a run for its money!

While at the park, I also stopped by to check out the latest changes since the holidays were finally over.

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The Christmas tree at the entrance to the park is once again gone.
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A sign out front declared the special offering's occurrence, but it wasn't feature on any of the printed times guides or park maps.
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Yep. Sounds Dangerous still technically exists... At least until Star Wars Weekends comes back around.
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The tip board had the fireworks show listed.
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That being said, it was still pretty vague when telling what to expect.
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Mulch Sweat n' Shears must've been performing for a good five hours with only a few breaks, because they were basically on stage the entire evening.
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The screen outside of The American Idol Experience was also rigged up to broadcast the entire stage show, as well as the fireworks.
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The Sounds Dangerous programming for the ABC Sound Studio marquee was back after it was reprogrammed for the Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special.
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The Comedy Warehouse stickers were also removed from the info boards.
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What kind of visit to Hollywood Studios would it be without a ride on the amazing Star Tours?
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You'll find the brakes some day old buddy!
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My favorite part of the pre show video... So clever!
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I recognize four residents of Mos Eisley, a wookie, a Mon Calamari, a Twi'lec and a kid bound to turn around using a 19th century camera complete with exploding-powder flash.
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On my flight, I was accused of being the rebel spy... Visited the wookie planet... Visited by Princess Leia via hologram... Chased by a bounty hunter with sonic bombs... Passed the Mighty Microscope and then got laughed at by some rebel pilot in the hanger as we safely landed. I certainly expected some free Wookie Cookies after such a terrible experience, but Star Tours is definitely the US Airways of space travel, so no luck.
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Most of the wiring from the Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights has been removed, save for a few pieces.
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It's nice to see the buildings looking normal again, as much as I do love the lights (especially the ones used this year).
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All of the extra holiday theming has been removed, and the Streets of America are nearly back to normal.
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The corner where the gigantic Christmas tree and the lighting box are kept is still being worked on.
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This piece normally takes a while to build up, so taking it down is expected to go slowly as well.
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The awesome light canopy from the Osbourne Lights is completely gone. If they figure out a way to upgrade it any more, I may never need to see the rest of the lights on the Streets of America. That canopy was amazing!
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The Nativity Scene is also gone.
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The holiday drinks at the Backlot Express bar are no longer being served and the more standard offerings have returned!
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Due to the fireworks, most of the back section of the park closed at 5:30 pm, only reopening for Extra Magic Hours guests after the fireworks were over.
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I doubt we'll ever seen the Luxo Jr. animatronic return, but I really hope they find a way to bring him back.
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The Great Movie Ride closed at 5:30 pm as well.
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Toy Story Mania, One Man's Dream, Great Movie Ride, and all of the Animation Courtyard attractions closed early to prepare for the show.
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One thing was truly impressive about this evening's show... Before the fireworks even began (and I mean hours before), Mulch Sweat n' Shears' rock show featured an impressive collection of fireworks and pyro that went off quite frequently.
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And they used a lot of pyro this evening!
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When the area was ready to be closed off, Cast Members escorted guests away from the areas, slowly moving them out into the main plaza where they could see the fireworks or go to Sunset Boulevard.
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These fireworks went off long before the fireworks began.
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And the band is actually really great together.
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In lightest day,
In blackest night,
No evil shall escape my sight.

Let those who worship evil's might,
Beware my power, Purple Lantern's light!
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Just in case you forgot where you were.
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He didn't like my Purple Lantern joke.
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Hey Pleasure Island fans! Does this effect remind you of Mannequins?
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Time for the show to begin! (Watch the video at the beginning of the post to see for yourself!)
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Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:07 pm

Just wanted to let you know that even though your updates might not get the most comments, I can speak for myself when I say I really do appreciate them!

So keep 'em coming =)

Re: WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Thu Feb 09, 2012 7:54 am

Cast members were informed of the following yesterday. WDW Parks will be enforcing the one hour window on all Fast Passes

Disney's FASTPASS service return time reminder

In order to provide the best experience possible for everyone at our theme parks, all Walt Disney World Guests will be expected to return within their Disney's FASTPASS return time window, effective March 7.

Disney's FASTPASS service plays an important role in our Guests' ability to enjoy their visit to one of our Walt Disney World theme parks, and our ability to provide this great service is dependent upon Guests returning during the designated window. The vast majority of our Guests are aware of their return times and arrive in the window printed on the Disney's FASTPASS ticket.

As more Guests choose to take advantage of this feature, we want to provide the same opportunity to everyone. By asking all Guests to return within the window printed on their pass, more Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy this great service.

This is not a change, but simply a reminder of our existing policy. All Cast Members are expected to adhere to this policy when visiting the parks as Guests.

If Alien Encounter reopened at Disney Studios?

Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:18 pm

ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter as most of you know was a frightening ride at Walt Disney World that provided the feeling of an alien walking around you in a closed environment. The ride was closed due to the parents complaining about the ride being too intense for kids despite the fact that there were multiple age restriction warnings posted.

This idea however was started way back in the day, due to the popularity of the movie "Alien". The ride was going to be themed to the movie "Alien", this idea however was declined as it wouldn't fit in the Disney environment, Star Tours was built instead,

Now the new move Prometheus comes out in 2012, a prequel to the movie "Alien". A though came over me, what if they opened up "Alien", or "Prometheus" at MGM studios. The same technology as the ET Alien Encounter, but themed to the movie Prometheus, or Alien? The warnings would still be enforced, but I don't think it would be as big of a deal due to the fact that Disney Studios is mainly a park consisting of teen based rides. Tower of Terror is a tamer attraction, but still consist of an eerie theme, if TOT can manage could Alien manage to survive in the park? What do you think?

Re: If Alien Encounter reopened at Disney Studios?

Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:31 pm

It will never ever happen. Frankly I don't really see the point of the this thread because Disney is not promoting Promethius in the parks. They learned their lesson, because despite the fact that from a technical and psychological aspect it was amazing that an attraction could cause that much fear it is just not Disney and they won't go back down that path again. It is the same reason why (Stateside) you will never see a "haunted" halloween attraction at Disney. It just does not fit into their demographic. Tower of Terror is not at all a comparison because it is "eerie" as you said, but you are not benig stalked by a man eating alien. Furthermore Disney has(in the past) said that Magic Kingdom is their family park... that has always been known... so it will never come back. You also said Hollywood studios is a more teen based park and brought up tower of terror, but from what I have read(I never went on Alien Encounter) it was one of the the scariest rides ever. Tower of terror is a drop ride with awesome effects... very different.

Re: If Alien Encounter reopened at Disney Studios?

Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:51 pm

I wasn't implying that they MIGHT put in the attraction. It was merely a question on what do you think happen IF they did. Disney Studios is Hollywood Studios, I was never talking about them placing the attraction at Magic Kingdom> The point of this thread is for people to post their opinions regarding there predictions on how the long the ride would last, the GP's reaction, etc. Thanks for your response none the less.
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