For a while there have been rumors but now it is official. Starting March 20 Be Our Guest at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom will be testing breakfast. In fact the reservation system is already accepting requests for what is sure to be a popular breakfast option. The test will last until June 18th. Continue reading Be Our Guest Testing Breakfast→
Disney just announced that both Soarin and Toy Story Midway Mania are being expanded. Soarin’ is one of the top attractions at Epcot. Toy Story Midway Mania is not only the most popular attraction at Hollywood Studios it is one of the most popular in all of Walt Disney World.
Soarin’ will be getting another theater as well as some updates to its screen and projection systems. It has long been rumored that Soarin’ was being converted to a digital format. It has also been rumored that a new movie, perhaps one made just for Walt Disney World, would be introduced. Only time will tell if either or both of these rumors are true.
Rumors of an expansion for Toy Story Mania first became popular when the Studio Backlot Tour was closed. There was a lot of speculation that the show building for the Studio Backlot Tour would be converted to a third track for Toy Story. While Grumpy cannot confirm that the Studio Backlot Tour Building is where the expansion will be it has been confirmed that there will be adding more track to Toy Story. This should be a third track that will increase capacity by 1/3.
This expansion of capacity, even more than the one for Soarin’, should prove a huge help to crowd flow at Hollywood Studios. Toy Story Midway Mania is, in truth, the only ride at the Studios that is friendly to younger children. It was so popular that before Fastpass + was introduced the paper Fastpasses were over gone by 10 am. With the new Fastpass + system they are still among the hardest to get anywhere in Walt Disney World.
The bad news is that the expected completion date for the two expansions is not until late 2016. Till then it will be hard to get Fastpasses and long standy-by lines.
Every years legions of fans (and some Stormtroopers) make the jump into hyper space and land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for Star Wars Weekends. Star Wars Weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) start on May 15th and wrap up on June 14th.
Special Character Meet and Greets
What would Walt Disney World be without a chance to meet your favorite character? Mickey, Minnie and friends will be dressed as their favorite Star Wars character, of course. But there will also be chances to meet characters from the franchise. Expect to see Darth Vader, Stormtroopers, Jawas and many more. Continue reading Star Wars Weekend 2015→
Disney Cruise Line recently announced something that has created a huge disturbance in the Force, at least for fans of Star Wars and cruises. Unofficially it is being called the Disney Star Wars Cruise by most. Officially Disney is calling it Star Wars Day at Sea.
Before you get the wrong idea remember the official name is Star Wars Day at Sea. Unfortunately (for geeks like Grumpy who cannot get enough Star Wars) the Star Wars theme will be for one day only. The other days of the cruise will just be a typical Disney cruise, which is still a great experience!
The Star Wars Day at Sea (Or Disney Star Wars Cruise if you prefer) starts in January of 2016 and is filling up fast! Let Grumpy help you get your spot before they are all gone. Click here for a free, no obligation quote.
Below is the official Disney description of this epic cruise.
In early 2016, Disney Cruise Line guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters of the Star Wars saga during a brand-new event of galactic proportions: Stars Wars Day at Sea. Marking the first official appearance of the heroes and villains of Star Wars aboard a Disney Cruise Line ship, Star Wars Day at Sea combines the power of the Force and the magic of Disney—for a day of fun more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
Star Wars Day at Sea will transport guests to a “galaxy” far, far away—in the Western Caribbean. The event features a full day of Star Wars celebrations, including:
Deck party celebration
Meet-and-greets with favorite Star Wars Characters
Star Wars-themed activities for younglings of all ages
Out-of-this-world food and beverage offerings
With the only at-sea screenings of Episode VII, this event will thrill Padawans (Jedi in training) and Jedi Masters in every family. It is … your destiny.
Star Wars Day at Sea will be available only aboard the Disney Fantasy on select Western Caribbean sailings, January through April in 2016. Star WarsDay at Sea will take place during cruises departing on the following dates:
The Star Wars Day at Sea is a one-day extravaganza during your cruise. For the rest of your voyage, you’ll enjoy the jam-packed itinerary of excitement and adventure you can only get from a Disney Cruise Line sailing. From Broadway-style shows and innovative dining, to a fun-filled visit to the private island paradise of Castaway Cay!
Entertainment and events are subject to change without notice. Merchandise offerings available while supplies last.
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We all are all ready for a Disney vacation right? In fact, a permanent vacation to the wonderful world of Walt Disney would be even better. Who is in?
Well Grumpy has some good news and some bad news. First the bad, a permanent vacation is probably not going to happen but keep wishing on those stars you never know! I would not recommend kissing any frogs though.
And now the good news! Grumpy can now help you take the hassle out your vacation planning. That’s right Grumpy can do the work for you as your own personal travel specialist. I have joined the Magical Vacations By Me team!
From finding the right room for you at the best price, to getting up early in the morning to get those hard to get ADRs (Advanced Dining Reservations) and customizing your Magic Bands. Grumpy can help you do it all!
But why not book directly with Disney you say? Well you could do that and once you have booked your trip you are on your own. But what if a better price comes along later is Disney going to call you and let you know? Doubtful. But Grumpy will be on the case and get you the best rate possible!
But how much does that cost you ask? Well the price is something you can afford because it is free! You never pay Grumpy a penny!
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If you have been to Hollywood Studios you have no doubt noticed the big dinosaur. She is in Echo lake just chilling . If you an ice cream fan you know exactly where she. This dinosaur is home to Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction.
But the dinosaur, named Gertie as you might have guessed from the ice cream shop, seems a little out of place in Hollywood Studios. In fact Grumpy finally broke down and did a little research to find out exactly what this dinosaur is doing at Hollywood Studios. Turns out there is a good reason!
What Is This Dinosaur
Getie looks very cartoonish. In fact she looks neglected and in need of a good coat of paint, preferably in some more vibrant colors. But when you understand her history and the history of Disney’s Hollywood Studios you will find she is perfect.
Gertie is a tribute to one of the original cartoon superstars, named Gertie of course. She was created to prove that animation really worked. When she was created, in 1914, people were skeptical about animation and moving pictures in general. So Winsor McCay created Gertie. You can see the original Gertie short below. Keep in mind this was in the era of silent films and before “talkies.”
So that explains who Gertie is but why is she at Hollywood Studios? When Hollywood Studios was Disney’s MGM Studios the park was dedicated to more than just fun rides and shows. It was a place to learn about how movies were made. It was also a place to pay tribute to the great movies of the past, which is why Gertie is perfect just where she is.
As for the paint job, well she is consistent with the era of movies she represents. Nothing too fancy.
Is Gertie headed for extinction?
Rumors abound that Hollywood Studios is going to be getting a major expansion soon. Bog Iger, the big cheese over all Walt Disney companies and subsidiaries, has all but confirmed that Star Wars is coming to Hollywood Studios. A Carsland or Pixarland may also be coming.
While more is certainly better in this case the question is where will this expansion go? As much as Grumpy would love to say they will increase the size of the park it is highly unlikely that Disney will expand the park that much. In fact they may not expand it all.
That means somethings will have to go away. The Backlot Studio Tour and the American Idol Experience are already gone. Rumors say that The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular and Lights, Motor Action! are soon to follow. And unfortunately for Gertie, rumors are circulating that Echo Lake and Gertie are on their way out too.
But rumors are just rumors we can still hope that Hollywood Studios Gertie the dinosaur gets a reprieve and escapes extinction.
Want to learn more about Gertie? Click here for an excellent article.
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The Walt Disney Company is releasing a Cinderella Live Action Movie. While at first Grumpy did not have any interest in seeing this one at all after watching the trailer he changed his mind. There is just something in Grumpy, maybe in all of us, that loves to see the underdog win and obviously Cinderella is the Queen of the underdogs. After all how many times of you heard some team or some individual called a Cinderella Story?
Another reason may be last year’s retelling of the Sleeping Beauty story, Malificent. Again Grumpy had no interest in seeing it but Mrs. Grumpy bought it (Disney Movie Club member and all that) so we sat down and watched it. Turned out to be a really good movie!
So are you excited to see Cinderella or not?
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