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A new animated Ink and Paint Cel in the Look What I Got! series will be unveiled at Disney's Hollywood Studios on March 12, 2011.  The new cel features Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs enjoying desserts they purchased at the Sweet Spells store from Sunset Boulevard.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, March 12 between 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm at the Studios Animation Gallery.  In attendance will be Disney Design Group Artist Costa Alavezos and Disney Ink and Paint Artists James Bonserio, Erin Magill, Theodora M. DeLaney, David Rippberger, Lynn Rippberger and Sharon K. Vincent.

This hand-painted cel will...

Posted at 11:22 pm

The Orlando Sentinel held it's 13th annual Foodie Awards where readers and food critics rate their favorite restaurants in the Orlando area and Hollywood Studios' own Hollywood Brown Derby was named "Runner Up for Readers’ Choice — Theme-Park Restaurant".

The Brown Derby lost out to Mythos resturant at Universal Studios' Islands of Adventure but it was named a runner up along with Le Cellier in Epcot and Three Broomsticks in Islands of Adventure.

Tip of the hat to Disney Food Blog for letting us know about the news!

Posted at 12:21 pm

The dates for Star Wars Weekends 2011 have been officiallly announced.

May 20-22
May 27-29
June 3-5
June 10-12

Disney also confirmed two celebrities that will make appearances during Star Wars Weekends:

  • Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) will attend Weekends 1 & 2
  • Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka Tano) will act as celebrity host for all four of the weekends.

Star Wars Weekend will also coincide with the launch of the brand new Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, which reopens officially on May 20.

For lots more information...

Posted at 5:27 pm

Yesterday I wrote about a margarita sampler I tried at the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant and today I wanted to review the food we had there.  The Brown Derby has some really interesting offerings that are quite different from the usual theme park fare.  

For an appetizer, I wanted to try something different that I'd never had before and I settled on the squash soup.  It sounded interesting and the waiter recommended it so I figured I'd give it a try.

The squash soup was surprisingly very good. It had a flavor that reminded me...

Posted at 1:43 pm

George Lucas took a visit to Disneyland to check out the progress of Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.  The attraction is being developed in tandem in Disneyland as well as at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  What's of interest more than anything is that there's photo showing what appears to be the cockpit of the Starspeeder 1000, piloted by none other than C-3PO.

According to the posting on the official Disney...

Posted at 4:28 pm

Last night I met a good friend of mine for dinner at the Hollywood Brown Derby.  In addition to catching up with each other, I used this opportunity to sample something I'd always wanted to try at the Brown Derby, one of their drink samplers.

The Hollywood Brown Derby has a number of drink samplers named after the Citizens of Hollywood found nearby.  It's a great use of synergy to take drinks that might ordinarily not be that exciting and give them a Disney World touch.


Posted at 1:08 pm

The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that it has reports from Cast Members in the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! parade that Mr. Potato Head and Smitty, a fuzzy worker monster from "Monsters Inc.," would be joining the highly criticized parade.

If true, the decision to add characters could be a signal that Disney is trying to do something to answer the steady flow of negative reviews that have arisen since the parade debuted last month.

In the short...

Posted at 9:23 am

Carpe Diem, a Latin phrase meaning “to seize the day” has never been so true for the Disney fan community.  We have an opportunity to make a difference.  An opportunity to send children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world to Walt Disney World.  Recently, the Disney fan community started a new, but bold initiative called The Power of 10 Challenge.  The objective is simple; raise $1 million dollars for Give Kids the World of Central Florida by getting 10,000 people to ask 10 friends for a $10 donation for this worthy charity.  If we can accomplish it we’ll raise $1 million dollars for Give Kids the World. 

Give Kids the World is a village located in Kissimmee, FL where children with life-threatening illnesses and their families visit on a daily basis to experience the joy and happiness...

Posted at 1:12 pm
by Matt in Studios Report - Comments

Every week we get a chance to conduct our weekly photo update in Hollywood Studios and while a photo can be worth a thousand words, some times there isn't a photo to describe something going on in the park, hence this weekly blog entry!  

Be sure to reference this week's photo update before reading this entry.

  • Crowds in January on Fantasmic! days were considerably worse than other days of the month given that January's Fantasmic! show schedule was quite slim to begin with.  Park was once again busy with lots of tour groups and guests spending their day in the park mostly because of Fantasmic! that evening.
  • As you can see in the...
Posted at 9:38 am

Let's look over what was new and happening in Disney's Hollywood Studios this past week in our weekly Studios Week in Review!

News this week

Disney added more athletes and celebrities to ESPN the Weekend 2011.  There's now over 20 athletes scheduled to appear and almost as many ESPN personalities.

While Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage is refurbished next month, the Evening Extra Magic Hour dance party will be held inside the Magic of Disney Animation.

Posted at 2:57 pm