Tag: Hollywood studios


  1. DON”T Pretend that you are a droid. They are usually looking for Droids. If you pretend that you are a droid they may take you into custody. Do you know where the droids are? Don’t be a snitch, either.
  2. DON’T Forget your identity card at home. Going to Hollywood Studios? You don’t want to forget your identity card because the storm trooper will definitely ask for it. They DO arrest people without identity cards
  3. Don’t go near Hollywood blvd if you want to avoid Captain Phasma, Darth Vader, and the Stormtroopers. They march every hour on the hour and demand total obedience
  4. Don’t forget to walk through the Star Wars Launch Bay features a walk-through exhibit taking a look at memorabilia, costumes and artifacts directly from the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Don’t miss Launch Bay Cargo; they’ve got some pretty incredible artwork and collectibles for sale. Worried about getting past the Storm Troopers there? If you run into any of the characters in there they like to trade shiny objects like paperclips and aluminum foil for favors.
  5. Above all, DON’T relax around storm troopers. They will stop you. They will demand that you answer questions. Feel free to ask them some as well, if you are brave.

With Hollywood Studios soon opening up the new Star Worlds World on August 29, 2019, I am sure there will be even more places to encounter Storm Troopers. So be on guard and be on the lookout!


There’s a new dance party in town and I am so glad there is. The old show definitely needed some changing up. Here are a few things to know about the experience.

This is your MC. Her outfit, complete with tablet in hand says it all. Be prepared to be thrust into the world of Generation Z.
Thinking that, in an auditorium it won’t matter when you show up? You’re partly wrong. If you can, try to be the first family in the fast pass line. You will then be either welcomed by all the Disney Junior friends or be assured a front row seat (with much audience participation that really makes the day).
Think about learning the dances before hand: For instance, the Spinechiller:

One thing you can’t do: get on stage. Don’t try it.

Parents, keep in mind that everyone sits on the floor. Kids get up and dance. If you or a member of your party do not want to sit on the floor there is limited seating on benches in the back. See all the crowds? Try and keep you and your family to their dancing zone.

Doc will be faced with someone who needs emergency treatment. Who else will you meet? Vampirina, Timon & Mickey
This is one of the few places you will see Mickey. He is not in the Disney Junior Courtyard anymore.

The dance party is approximately 25 minutes once it starts. Definitely a must see, we went a few times because those dance moves are catchy!



Don’t forget one thing: It all started with a mouse. Mickey Mouse. 

All these years, we have not had a chance to join Mickey in his animated world. And now we can. This is the first ever ride through attraction featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse. 

Mickey and Minnie are getting their own ride with a NEW STORY and THEME SONG.  It starts out with a picnic. A 2 1/2 dimensional picnic.  A flat world will be transformed into an unconventional dimension.

Few people have experienced life without seeing Mickey Mouse. But we have never gone into their animated world. You will get to ride in side the wacky world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon short. Anything can happen, especially with Goofy as the train engineer. But Mickey and Minnie will be there to help you out of trouble. 

We have been promised dazzling visual effects, twists and turns, and mind boggling scenarios. It’s going to be a mousterpiece!  With more hidden mickeys than any other attraction in the theme park. 

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Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com


 Possible Month for Opening? April of 2019. 


Top 5 general things NOT to do at a Disney Park

1. Don’t ever go into a souvenir store when your kids are AWAKE unless you have angels for kids😭🙈😭🙈😭🙈

2. If you are traveling with a stroller DONT Park it anywhere but official stroller parking, or it’s sure to be moved somewhere completely Remote when you return, hot, tired and ready to throw your kids in.

3. Don’t expect to get into most restaurants in the Park without a reservation. You’ll be sure to find yourself starving and wolfing down expensive junk food unless you make your reservation 180 days in advance. Mickey popcorn is good, but not that good.

4. Don’t wait more than 20 minutes and time see a character. Nobody in a dress and a wig is worth waiting hours for. You can find characters at most restaurants and the line for others usually dwindles at certain times of the day.

No character is worth an hour wait full of screaming kids and bathroom emergencies

5. Don’t forget – you are supposed to be having fun! You can always come back so relax, don’t throw yourself at the day full force. Take your time and enjoy!

**** And if a sign says do not enter or out of service, don’t enter or use! TRUST US


Ever think that your toys are coming alive when you are sleeping? Or out at school or work?  #followtheball and you will see where they actually go.  It looks as if on June 30th, they are all ending up in the same place: Toy Story Land.

Disney recently released the following video announcing Toy Story Land at the end of this month, click here for their announcement.  With a few new rides, quick service in Woody’s lunch box, and enhanced character experiences – it looks as if Toy Story Land will be a fun filled adventure.

Toys are alive all the time, and with three main fast pass plus rides – you need to plan three days of excitement or else just plan on waiting in three very long lines. 

  1. Slinky Dog Dash – Slinky Dog roller coaster that twists around curves, hills, and drops (not upside down)
  2. Alien Swirling Saucers – much like the flying teacups, an interstellar romp in a toy rocket
  3. The famous Toy Story Mania – (an old standby, and our favorite ride). This has been expanded to add a third track, and more of a “game box” to walk through.

Woody, Buzz and Jessie will be greeting guests throughout Toy Story Land on a daily basis. And each character (along with the rest of the gang) will be joining in on the fun in a land where guests “shrink” to the size of a toy.

What was one of the most original toy’s that came alive? You said it, and see it above. Although the adventures of Pinocchio began in 1881 with the series of books published by Carlo Collodi, the 1940 Disney version will always be remembered. – it would be great if we could somehow create a world for Pinocchio in Toy Story Land. Any thoughts? 

Gepetto’s workshop would be nice

The old should stay with the new – don’t you think? It all had to start somewhere




The Buzz around Buzz

We love the pit pit patter of the rain drops and the buzz buzz buzzing of the bees. But the sound we love best, the very very best, is the sound that the New Toy Story World is bringing to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 

Buzz is and will always be a major part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. So what makes Buzz tick? Buzz, star command’s best Space Ranger, is obsessed with defeating evil. He is in his 40s, and muscular, with a broad chest and big feet. 

Raised by his grandmother Nena Lightyear, Buzz was born on the Planet Morph. (In the Gamma Quadrant of Sector 4). He signed up for the Space Ranger Academy when he was 12 years old and never looked back. 

When it opens, guests visiting Toy Story Land will “shrink” to the size of a toy and join in on the fun Woody, Jessie, Buzz, and Andy’s other beloved toys are having in Andy’s backyard. Here, guests can take a ride on Slinky Dog Dash, a roller coaster Andy has assembled from his Mega Coaster Play Kit and topped off with Slinky and Jessie. (Check out the time-lapse video above of one of Slinky Dog Dash’s first test runs).

Families will also be able to take a spin on Alien Swirling Saucers, a galactic play set that Andy won from Pizza Planet. Here, adorable little green aliens swirl about in their flying saucers with guests in tow in their rocket ship toys, while “The Claw” hangs overhead.

Here is a description of what’s to come in the new Toy Story Land – June 30th.  

We love the hiss hiss hissing of the green snakes. We love the roll roll rolling of the sea. The sound we love best, the very very best are topped off by Slinky and Jessie. 


Oh, and The answer to What Makes Buzz Buzz? ROCKETS!!!


Can you teach an old dog new tricks? And has Pluto ever flown to his namesake planet?

If you weigh 150 pounds here on earth than you would just weigh a mere 9 pounds on the planet Pluto! It’s a fact. Before we all jump into our spacecraft with a tub of ice cream, let’s decide if the trip would really be worth it. 

3.6 miles from the sun, the planet Pluto is in an area of space called the Kuiper, surrounded by 5 moons. The planet’s reddish color is caused by hydrocarbon molecules. First discovered as a “planet” in 1930, Pluto was relegated to “dwarf-planet” status in 2006 because it does not have a clear path around its orbit. We are hoping that Pluto is officially declared to be a planet again.
Back on our planet, there is nothing “dwarfish”” about our friend Pluto the dog, who is one of the “sensational six” in Disney’s universe. Pluto was yellow-orange at birth, and is the only member of the sensational six who does not wear human clothes.

Did you know that it took a while to settle on the name Pluto? He was originally a nameless bloodhound in his first film, “The Chain Gang. He then played the role of “Rover”, Minnie’s dog in “The Picnic”.
On March 24, 1930, the ninth planet in our solar system was given the name “Pluto”. Pluto the dog then appeared in “The Moose Hunt” and the name stuck.
Given the celestial nature of his roots, has Pluto the dog ever been to outer space, perhaps to try out his weight on the planet Pluto?
Click here to see the results of that question.
We were lucky enough to meet Pluto at his home in the Disney Junior section of Hollywood Studios. If you happen to get there just at opening, you might even be lucky enough to be asked to walk Pluto to his home. You can’t ask him if he has ever been to outer space because he is a dog, he doesn’t speak. But I think he has.
No fast pass required for this meet and greet at Disney Junior. Lines are set up to accommodate even the most frustrated toddler, they move quickly and stay open most of the day.



You won’t have to climb a mountain of snow to find Olaf. In fact, you won’t have to even layer up. He is surrounded by special powers, remember? So he won’t ever melt! Not even if you throw a bucket of water on him.

When Elsa left Arendelle, she started playing with the very magic she had been forced to hide, she “let it go”. The magic she created had to do with happy memories – and one of those involved childhood activities with her sister and a snowman who loved warm hugs. Her favorite memories were of the fun games she used to play as a child.

Seasons came and changed the time. But thankfully, Elsa and Anna came along and protected Olaf from his otherwise “wet” fate. He permanently resides in Elsa and Anna’s castle.
Olaf’s lair can be found in Hollywood Studios, to the left of the Frozen Spectacular. We were a bit worried, because when we walked in, there was a huge puddle in front of the doorway. And it had not been raining that day!!
Because Olaf is not a human character, he does not speak. He also cannot sign his autograph because his arms and hands are made of sticks. So you can’t really ask him questions and you can’t get his autograph. But what can you do? Hug him. He won’t melt.



Have you been on the toy story ride? For all of those that know, it has nothing to do with Christmas. 

Christmas has come early, though, for anyone who gets a fast pass for this ride. For those that don’t be prepared to wait anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours.

You get a pair of 3D glasses and are ready to go!!!


You arrive in Andy’s toy box. 


While in the toy box, you’ll see how detailed this toy story world is – can you imagine how great Toy Story Land is going to be? 

And practice makes perfect! The more points you get every time the closer you get to making the top of the scoreboard!

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Mermaid Hunting: We have seen them riding seaward on the waves. But where is Ariel, how do we pin her fins to the floor?

We like to sit out and look for mermaids in the sea.  Have you ever tried it?

A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. They first began appearing in 1000 BC.

The legend began with the Syrian fertility goddess Atargatis, who jumped into the water to become a fish to find that only the lower half of her body had transformed. Over the years, mermaids and mermen have often been described as helping or hurting humans who are lost at sea. Many Pacific Island cultures believe that humans actually descended from mermaids, and at one point, our fins just dropped off and we were able to walk on land.

Sound familiar?

Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid, Disney’s the Little Mermaid, and the Starbucks Logo came to life.

I have really only known the Little Mermaid in Disney’s 1989 form, younger generations know that she now has a daughter!! And I also know the story of her mother’s untimely demise. If you haven’t seen them, look for “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning” and “The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea”. The original movie was actually set to begin around the same time as “Snow White” – as a series of Hans Christian Anderson films.  In 1987, songwriter Howard Ashman nudged it to life. He and composer Alan Menken created the songs that received the Academy Award for Best Original Score. I personally saw the movie the first weekend it came out in theaters, on 181st at a theater that is now closed!!. 

At Disney Hollywood Studios, we definitely suggest going on the Voyage of the Little Mermaid (not a voyage at all, but a puppet show). The show is about 17 minutes and every seat will give you a great view. Ursula and her minions get a bit frightening but it only lasts a second.

At the Magic Kingdom Park, Under the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid is a winner. Although lines are long even for fast pass riders, there is entertainment along the way. This is definitely a ride not to be missed.  Many of the songs from the show are featured.

We still haven’t been able to meet 16 year old Ariel in her cove, which is located just next to the Magic Kingdom Under the Sea ride. Fast passes are required and hard to get. I’m hoping that once we do, we see that she was able to keep all of the hidden human treasures that her father King Triton forbid her from touching. 

You will meet Ariel if you dine at Akershus Banquet Hall or Cinderella’s Royal Table.

Have you started to wonder whether our constant search for a real live mermaid might not be so ridiculous after all? Try it yourself.  I can’t yet explain where singing crabs come from, but let us know if you see one of those, too.