Everyone is anxiously awaiting the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Slated to open on June 30th, this land will allow guests to “shrink” down to toy size. We will have the chance to explore Andy’s backyard with Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest of the Toy Story gang! We promise that this land will be fun for kids – and kids at heart!
Set the Scene
Toy Story Land will be full of larger than life designs inspired by a playground in Andy’s imagination. You will see giant building blocks and board game pieces, and spot some of our favorite Toy Story characters around the land.
Toy Story land will feature the classic Toy Story Mania, with an upgrade! There will now be 3 tracks to allow higher capacity for riders. This is definitely one of the most popular attractions at Hollywood Studios, and we are very optimistic that the third track will shorten the wait time.
Slinky Dog Dash is a family friendly coaster that will have guests zipping, dodging and dashing around turns and drops that Andy has created to make Slinky and his coils stretch to his limits. This attraction will be for guests 38″ and taller. Families will have rider swap offered as an option.
Alien Swirling Saucersis inside a play set that Andy won at Pizza Planet.
The concept art looks almost like bumper cars meets flying saucers. Rider swap will be offered, and guests must be 32″ tall to ride. We have to wonder one thing about this attraction…will you be chosen by the claw?!?
Woody’s Lunch Box
You know that we can’t discuss this new and exciting land without discussing food! We are all about food at The Mouse and the Monorail, and we are so excited about the newest quick service dining option at Hollywood Studios, Woody’s Lunch Box. Guests can choose to eat breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at this super fun and unique restaurant. The menu features classic American food with a twist, old fashioned soda floats and Toy Story themed specialties. The Monte Cristo sandwich sounds out of this world (see what we did there!) and there seems to be many options to please even the pickiest eaters in your bunch.
No trip to Walt Disney World can be complete without discussing FastPass+. We now know that Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania will be “Group A” options for Hollywood Studios. You can pre-select only 1 of those when you are making your FastPass+ reservations. You will also be able to pre-choose 2 other experiences at Hollywood Studios outside of Toy Story Land.
What to Expect
If you will be visiting Toy Story Land anytime in the immediate future be prepared! You should expect the following:
Lots of fun attractions and awesome food!
Crowds – you and everyone else will want to see Toy Story Land. Either roll with the crowds or wait it out!
High wait times – be patient! Leave those angry eyes at home!
Disney Imagineers have gone above and beyond preparing this new land. They take even the smallest details into account, and we can’t wait to see everything this new land has to offer. Are you super excited about Toy Story Land? Let’s chat in the comments!
All concept photos, attraction photos and Toy Story Land photos are from Disney Parks Blog and disneyworld.disney.go.com
It’s Official! Epcot’s Ellen’s Energy Adventure and Hollywood Studios’ The Great Movie Ride are now closed for good. Join Sarah and Meredith as they bid a fond farewell to these two attractions by discussing Five Fun Facts about each. If you’d like to see the photos we mention in this episode, you can find them here.
As always, please share with us if you’ve got something to add to our discussion! What was your favorite thing about these attractions?
It’s been long enough. It’s time for Sarah, Amy, and Meredith to once again talk about one for our favorite Disney topics: food! And for today’s 60th episode, we’ve got our Top Ten Quick Service locations at Walt Disney World. Whether you’re using the dining plan or not, you’ll be surely need a good counter service options for your vacation and we’ve got a little bit of everything from covered. From the parks, to the resorts and even to Disney Springs, we’re going to talk about it all! The best thing about these counter service offerings, aside from how delicious they are, is the fact that you don’t need a reservation for any of these!! That’s right. Go eat! Whenever you want! So sit back and enjoy our Top Ten Quick Service locations in Walt Disney World.
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Join us as Sarah and Meredith discuss the Jedi Training Academy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This special guest participation offering is free to guests with a regular day’s park admission ticket. And for even more info (and don’t forget to pin it) check out Sarah’s corresponding blog post here.
So it’s mid-July now and with school starting back in less than a month, I’m trying to squeeze in all the summer fun I can. Finding good games that your family can enjoy together can sometimes seem difficult when there’s SO many choices out there. Today I’ve got a list of my favorite Disney games. Whether you’re looking to find that perfect new board game for family game night or wondering what gaming options are available in the Disney parks, this post is for you!
Most people wouldn’t think too much about playing games while on vacation, especially at theme parks because they’re always rushing to their next favorite ride. In reality, there are quite a few super-fun interactive games within the parks (beyond the game-based rides like Toy Story Midway Mania and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin) that’ll keep you having fun and give you something new to try. Note: Games marked with an * require an additional fee to play. All other games listed here are included with your park admission ticket.
•Innoventions – You’ll be surprised at how well you and your family enjoy the interactive fun within this Epcot attraction located in Future world. From getting caught in a storm or designing your own thrill ride, to learning how the colors of the rainbow brighten our world, there’s something fun to learn for everyone! You can even download the Colortopia app (iOS/android) to unlock even more fun! Find out more about Colortopia here.
•Kidcot Fun Stops – While not really a game, this fun adventure is like letting your little ones take a Grand Tour (if people still did those) with Disney’s cuddly and well-traveled Duffy Bear. Just look for the Kidcot signs within the showcase pavilions.
•Wilderness Explorers – This conservation and culture learning game lets you explore Disney’s Animal Kingdom and earn badges just like Russell from Up would! To begin your experience, stop by the Wilderness Explorers stand as you exit the Oasis. The wilderness must be explored! Ca0caw, ca-caw! ROAR! This is one of my favorites for kids as it lets them explore and enjoy the park without worrying about what ride to race to next. Don’t miss it!!
•Animation Academy – While not technically a game, this instructive course allows you to learn how to draw favorite Disney characters from Mickey himself to newer characters like Agent P.
•Sorcerers Workshop – While you’re at the Animation building, be sure to experience the Sorcerer’s Workshop where you can create your animations (not just drawings) as well as discover which Disney character you’re most like by answering questions with an enchanted book from beast’s library!
•*Games of the Boardwalk – Styled after classic Disney and Pixar franchises, these boardwalk games are loads of fun for the family.
•Redwood Creek Challenge – If hiking, climbing, and challenges are your thing then this one is perfect for you. Located in Disney’s California Adventure, you may even discover your animal spirit in the process!
Disney Cruise Line
•Midship Detective Agency – You can enjoy this interactive game (very similar to the Sorcerers of the MK) aboard the Disney Dream and Fantasy cruise ships. I highly recommend for those cruising with kiddos!
•Pictopia – We got this one for Christmas and it’s super fun for the whole family. And even better, it has a companion app (iOS/android) that you can play along with the board game OR play alone when on the go!
•Eye Found It! – This board game is great for families, especially those with preschoolers because it encourages your family to play as a team (you all win or you all lose) and doesn’t require participants to read in order to play. And for all you Star Wars fans, there’s even a SW edition!
•Disney Hedbanz! – Guess which Disney character you are before your friends and family do and look totally stylish with the super cool Mickey ears headbands.
Check out all the fun Disney versions of classic board games too!
•Disney Infinity – Available for most consoles this gaming system combines story-based gameplay with open-world creative building and makes playing with your favorite Disney characters an absolute delight.
•Disney Magical World and Disney Magical World 2 (due out Oct 16 2016) Set out on your own theme park adventure with this Nintendo DS game. My kids (8 and 5) have loved this game and can’t wait for the new one to be released!
Hey howdy hey, we’re back again today to chit chat all about those juicy Disney rumors that have been going around. Enjoy and let us know what you think about the rumors and if you’ve heard any that we didn’t mention from the ‘ol Rumor Mill! ~Meredith ºoº
Hi everyone!! This is our very first episode of the Mouse and the Monorail podcast. We had a great time discussing the rumors about the closings going on within Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here are a few links to things we mention in the episode. Thanks for listening and check back next week to find out our own origin story about this little blog!
Hey there folks and thanks for supporting our blog and our new name! I’m here today to talk about Star Wars Weekends coming up in May at Walt Disney World. This year’s event is longer than ever running from May 15 until June 14. Here’s 6 things to know and remember when planning a trip to WDW for Star Wars Weekends.
1. The SWW events only occur on weekends!
This is a special event that is held every spring at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. And unlike some other special events (like the flower and garden festival and food and wine) the special features of this event ONLY OCCUR ON THE WEEKENDS. That’s one thing that seems to confuse some people. If you head to WDW expecting to experience SWW, be sure that you’ll be visiting DHS on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. 2. Expect large crowds.
This one really should be understandable considering the events are only on the weekends and there are so many people that plan their WDW vacations to coincide with this event. Be prepared to stand in lines and don’t fret if it takes a little longer to ride Star Tours!
3. Plan only to experience things unique to Star Wars Weekends.
Do your homework by researching what exactly is going on and plan to only do and experience the things from your list. Don’t however, expect to get all your Star Wars stuff in AND hit the usual rides and attractions. If you’re going for SWW, really make the best of it by doing as many of the attractions that interest you as possible.
4. Get there early!
As I mentioned earlier, the crowds are heavy and they don’t sleep in til midday. The rope drop show is unique and in the past has included Storm Troopers! BUT, you can only experience this if you get to the park at least a half hour before park opening. The lines for the Jedi Training Academy, celebrity autograph signings, and most all of the SW character meet and greets also fill up fast and if you’re looking to do any of these, it’s best to head for those first.
5. Get your Star Wars themed dining experiences booked early!
This year, there’s not only the Sci-Fi Dine In Galactic breakfast, but there’s also a new Jedi Mickey’s Star Wars Dine at Hollywood and Vine. The Hollywood and Vine one is even being offered with a Fantasmic Dining plan! I would highly recommend that you get your ADR of choice in as early as you can to ensure the experience and time you’d like.
6. Be sure to get your parade and fireworks spots early.
With the sorcerer’s hat officially gone this year, seating and space for the fireworks might be a little easier to get, but in both cases, it’s best to get your spot early. Especially considering the parade route has, in the past, only run from the park entrance down Hollywood Boulevard.
And that’s my list for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with a list of actual experiences being offered and tips on how best to experience and plan for them!! So be sure to check tomorrow!! ~M °o°
Hey howdy hey, what a week it’s been!!! There have been so many exciting new announcements, a media event for the opening of the last part of the largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history, and DHS’ 25th anniversary celebration. So today, I’m just going to take a minute to discuss a few of those and then I’d like to chat about the most exciting thing coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to round out our coverage of that park. So, let’s get to it!
Disney Infinity 2.0 edition
First off, let’s gab a minute on something that I’ve discussed several times already; Disney Infinity! If you follow us on fb, you’ll have seen my posts leading up to Disney Infinity/Marvel’s big google live event where they had special stars like Samuel L. Jackson and Clark Gregg introduce some of Disney’s and Infinity’s top guys. And their big announcement?!? MARVEL(!!) is coming to Disney Infinity in August and they’re calling it Disney Infinity 2.0 edition Marvel Super Heroes. This is HUGE and will expand the Disney Infinity world tremendously including new figures, power discs, and most importantly, NEW PLAYSETS! Check out the trailer below:
Magic Kingdom Expansion:
Next, yesterday was the special media event for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and while we weren’t there, there’s plenty online to share about it all here. Disney also posted their own POV ride-through video, though it doesn’t include everything and Disney has asked that that portion of the ride be saved for when you’re actually riding it. So, I’m not going to spoil it for myself or anyone else either. (Though I’m sure if you dig enough on the internets, you would be able to find it).
They’re having an official dedication today and are live-streaming the event over on the disney parks blog!
This is for anyone who will be visiting WDW from May 16-June 15 and my connection to our week’s Hollywood Studios theme since it takes place in the studios. This event ALWAYS draws crowds, (or so I’ve heard. I’ve not been able to go myself, though it’s on my WDW bucket list for sure!) so be sure to plan accordingly for the studios. There will more than likely be larger crowds there and that means even longer wait times. Be sure to get your fastpasses scheduled well in advance for any rides you don’t want to miss.
And for all you jedis and siths, there’s loads of information about all that star wars weekends has to offer for those of all ages over on their website here. From encounters with THE Boba Fett (both the actor AND the character that may just target you from within the crowd) and other notable actors including Peter Mayhew, Warwick Davis, Billy Dee Williams, and wait for it… Mark Hammill himself! Here’s a great run-down of the actors and the dates they’re scheduled. There’s also amazing entertainment like a special fireworks show, star wars editions to the glow with the show, a special parade, and patrolling stormtroopers in addition to the regular star wars attractions like Star Tours and Jedi Training. Here’s a video from last year’s parade:
So, don’t miss out on this special event!! I would totally be there if I could. And be sure to check back next week when my fellow MMMoms take a break and let me chat all about Boo’s Disneyside birthday party we had last month. I can’t wait to share it all!! 🙂 ~M °o°
Today I’m talking about hits for kiddos at Hollywood Studios park. We love Hollywood Studios for our older son Tigger, because there is so much he can do there, but Roo (2 ½ years old) had a great time too. Let’s get started!
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
This is a playground for kids 10 and under and is based on the 1989 movie, “Honey I Shrunk the Kids.” Kids can play on a playground designed as though they have been shrunk. They get to go through 20 foot tall blades of grass, climb over ants and lawn sprinklers, and play until their heart is content pretending that they are shrunken in their own backyard. We haven’t been able to do this attraction on the last 2 trips to Disney because it was closed both times. Bummer, because I know both of my boys would love it.
Hi there! Sarah chiming in…my girls absolutely LOVED this attraction! We literally spent an hour here (it was a misty, wet day, so it was fine to sit for a bit), and they probably would have stayed longer if we didn’t have a FastPass+ reservation for Toy Story Mania! Like Amy, in trips past, this attraction had been closed for various reasons, so I’m glad my kiddos finally got to experience it on our last trip. It’s a great place for kids to play and for parents or grandparents to sit and take a little breather. ~S
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Sarah again! This ride is a bit nostalgic for me. I have a special affinity for The Little Mermaid (I did rename myself Ariel when I was 3 after all), so this attraction is always going to be special to me. I’ll admit that on our last two trips, I didn’t have the time to squeeze it in, but if you are a fan of the movie, it’s really worth your time. It’s a live action/animatronic version of the movie, shortened to about 15 minutes. It definitely hits all the high points, including all of the most recognizable songs from the film, so you’ll definitely be singing along (even if it’s secretly!). If nothing else, you get to sit down in the cool air conditioning for 15 minutes, which, on peak summer days, is absolutely worth it. ~S
Toy Story Mania
Hey howdy hey, this is my favorite thing in all of Hollywood Studios! An 3D arcade style ride that takes you through a midway featuring all the Toy Story friends. You enter a vehicle and compete in various challenges with your ride partner. It is so much fun! The rides spins around and you pull a little string on the end of a cannon that you can aim at various targets to earn points. It is so much fun!!! And the queue for the ride is a kids paradise! It has giant replicas of toys, games, and even a larger han life Mr. Potato Head. Definitely makes standing in line go by quickly!
Muppet Vision 3D
Sarah again! I’m taking over Amy’s post! Haha! Sorry. But not really. I definitely wanted to help her out with some of these attractions that she has been unable to experience because I know some of you out there are big fans (or will be, if you take our advice!). Muppet Vision 3D is a show done mostly in 3D (with some live puppets sprinkled in) that features all your favorite Muppet characters. The premise of the show is that they are trying to create the best 3D show in the park, but, as always with Muppets, hilarious hijinks ensue. My girls begged to do this show over and over again after the first visit. I think we must have seen it at least 5 or 6 times one day. It’s got some loud bangs and pops, but most of the 3D tricks are silly and funny, so it shouldn’t scare anyone too much (trust me, I’ve got one skittish twin, and even she got used to all the noises after a few visits). If your kids love the Muppets, this is a show you cannot miss! ~S
Disney Junior – Live on Stage
This was probably Roo’s favorite part of HS! This show highlights some of your child’s favorite Disney Junior characters, including Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First. The show uses puppets and live actors, and has tons of audience participation because everyone is sitting in the middle of the room on the ground, so it is uber kid friendly. Your kids will be singing, dancing and loving every second of this show!
Hollywood Studios seems to be geared more toward older kids, but you can definitely find ways to entertain your little one there and the whole family can have fun. What is your favorite Hollywood Studios attraction? ~A ºoº
Happy Trivia Tuesday everyone! We’re so excited to debut our updated logo today too! And for the purposes of our first trivia question, we’ve actually used it to cover up something special. Your question then is, what exactly is our new logo covering and where in Hollywood Studios can this be found?
Answer: It’s actually a hidden Mickey! Donald and Mickey can be found in the Indiana Jones portion of the Great Movie Ride.
Question 2: In true Disney parks fashion, the Imagineers who worked on Hollywood Studios’ The Great Movie ride had fun with their names on the computer monitors located during the Alien segment of the ride. Name as many of their official job titles (the parts smudged out) as you can.
Answer 2: Love their humor! Intergalactic goo analyst?! Too funny!
Question 3: I shot this photo from Epcot and it contains what Hollywood Studios attraction? Bonus points if you can tell us what country I was in and what country we’re looking at!
Answer 3: That’s actually Hollywood Studios’ Tower of Terror! Imagineers were so dedicated to detail that they intentionally designed the back facade of the infamous hotel so that it didn’t become a distraction from the lovely view of the Morocco pavilion when viewed from the Mexico pavilion! And thanks to this little book, I knew to look for it and snapped this shot on my last trip 🙂 (and yes, that is the same photo as above. Just zoomed in a bit)
That’s it for another Trivia Tuesday. Thanks for playing along! And be sure to stay tuned for our coverage of Hollywood Studios the rest of this week! ~M °o°