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Star Wars Weekend 2015

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

Who Is Ready For A Disney Vacation?

Disney Vacation Anyone?

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!

 

Hollywood Studios Gertie The Dinosaur

Hollywood Studios Gertie The Dinosaur

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.

Hollywood Studios Gertie The DinosaurBut 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.

Cinderella Live Action Movie

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?

 

 

What Is Going On At Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is a good theme park. It has the potential to be a great theme park. Disney may even be in the process of making it into a great park but the way they are doing it is making more than one person grumpy.

Why Hollywood Studios Isn’t A Great Park Today

There are several thing that are holding Hollywood Studios back.  The first is the attractions. It is not that Hollywood Studios does not have great attractions and shows. It has some of the best at Walt Disney World but it does not have enough.  In fact it is less than 20 attractions. Continue reading What Is Going On At Hollywood Studios

Toy Story 4

If you are a fan of Woody and Buzz Grumpy has good news for you. Pixar just announced there will be a Toy Story 4. The bad news is you have to wait till June of 2017.

Toy Story 4

There are no plot details yet for Toy Story 4. All of that is being kept under wraps. It’s a good bet we won’t be seeing Andy or his mom anymore since Toy Story 3 ended with all the toys being given to Bonnie.  Continue reading Toy Story 4

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train On Fire

At about 10:20 pm Saturday November 1st posts started showing up on Facebook with titles like, “Seven Dwarfs Mine Train On Fire!” Grumpy was skeptical at first but the reports kept coming in. Grumpy was skeptical because most of the posts used the same grainy picture showing something on fire. The main picture being passed around was very unclear as you can see below. Turns out this was not an internet hoax, however. The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train really was on fire.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train On Fire

First, and most importantly, no guests were injured. The ride was quickly evacuated. The fire reportedly resulted from embers from the fireworks. Those embers caused some of the decorative grasses on the exterior of the ride to catch fire.

There was also no structural damage. The Reedy Creek Fire Department quickly had the fire subdued. In fact the ride reopened later that evening.

Certain areas of Fantasyland were also closed off to make room for the fire department. Here is a better picture of the fire.

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train On Fire

Special Disney Vacation Offer

Disney recently released special offers for late 2014 and early 2015. Grumpy is pleased to announce that his official travel partner, Magical Vacations By Me, has added a little sweetener to the deal.

There are two offers. To qualify for either you must book your vacation package by December 29th, 2014. To add a little extra magic  the great people at Magical Vacations By Me will send you a free $25 Disney gift card for any package that includes at least a four night stay. To receive the free gift card books must be made by December 31st, 2014.

The two offers are the Stay, Play and Dine plan and the room discount. Details below.

Stay, Play And Dine

Stay, Play and Dine is not the same thing as free dining. Instead guests receive a discount on their resort reservation, theme park tickets and dining plan. All three must be purchased to qualify for the discount. Offer valid on dates between December 14th-20th and again between January 4th to March 7th.

Room Discount

The second offer is a straight room discount. The discount is up to 30% for Deluxe resorts. Moderate and Value resorts are up to 25% and 20% respectively. This offer valid on trips from January 5th to March 28th.

Exclusions

As with many Walt Disney World Discount offers there are some resorts and rooms that are excluded. They include the Little Mermaid rooms at the Art of Animation, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, and the Polynesian Villas. Campsites are also excluded.

If you want to take advantage of one these offers you better hurry. There are only a certain amount of rooms assigned to each discount and once they are gone they gone.

 

Disney Releases New Discount For Late 2014 early 2015

Disney Releases New Discount for late 2014 early 2015

There are two offers. To qualify for either rooms must be booked by December 29th, 2014. As an added bonus if you book your trip with Magical Vacations By Me and it’s at least four nights you qualify for a free $25 gift card. Click here to get started.

Stay, Play And Dine

Stay, Play and Dine is not the same things as free dining. Instead guests receive a discount on their resort reservation, theme park tickets and dining plan. All three must be purchased to qualify for the discount. Offer valid on dates between December 14th-20th and again between January 4th to March 7th.

Room Discount

The second offer is a straight room discount. The discount is up to 30% for Deluxe resorts. Moderate and Value resorts are up to 25% and 20% respectively. This offer valid on trips from January 5th to March 28th.

Exclusions

As with many Walt Disney World Discount offers there are some resorts and rooms that are excluded. They include the Little Mermaid rooms at the Art of Animation, Grand Floridian Villas, Bay Lake Tower, Polynesian Villas and campsites are excluded.

If you want to take advantage of one these offers you better hurry. There are only a certain amount of rooms assigned to each discount and once they are gone they gone.

 

Congratulations To The Winner of Grumpy’s $50 Gift Card Giveaway

Well there is good news and bad news. The good news is that Amanda M. should have received an email letting her know she is the winner of the $50 gift card.

The bad news is that if you are not Amanda M. you didn’t win

Grumpy wishes he could give you each a $50 gift card but it’s just not possible. Have no fear though! Grumpy already has a new contest running! Click the picture to enter!

WDW Calendar 4

There is also a new page on the site dedicated to Disney giveaways sponsored by other pages. Check it out here.

Finally Grumpy wants to let you know how much he appreciates you stopping by. Grumpy loves hearing from you. Keep commenting, asking and questions. In short make yourself at home here and have a magical day!