It's time for our first Holiday Update of the season as Renée headed out to Disney's Hollywood Studios last weekend to take in the all new holiday events at the park.
And they have a LOT to offer this year, let's check it out.
Written by Renée Girard
Happy Holidays from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Let’s see what’s new for Christmas this year.
But first, beer. At the new Baseline Taphouse, which is awesome and has a great selection of beer.
So it’s a little crowded tonight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Some of the Jingle Bell Jingle BAM merchandise at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The hot chocolate flight at Dockside Diner is heavenly.
Sunset Seasons Greetings transforms the Tower of Terror into a variety of holiday themed buildings.
Video Preview of Sunset Seasons courtesy of Walt Disney World
Due to the crowds, we didn’t get to experience everything DHS has to offer for the holidays, but we’ll definitely be back!
Here we are with another update to say goodbye to another classic attraction at Walt Disney World and the last remaining opening day attraction at Disney MGM Studios as it was called back then.
We were one of the last riders to ever go through this classic attraction.
Written by Renée Girard
Heading to Disney's Hollywood Studios this evening. It's a packed house!
Currently 115 minute wait for The Great Movie Ride.
Outdoor extended queue for the standby line.
Several PhotoPass photographers are available to take different shots outside of the attraction.
Heading in for our final ride!
Some of the details inside the queue of The Great Movie Ride.
Ready when you are, C.B.
One last ride through these classic films.
Looks like a bank robber hijacked our ride vehicle once again.
It's crazy to see these old school animatronics and how advanced they've become when you compare it to something like Na'vi River Journey
The set designs throughout the ride are still quite impressive.
Maybe these guys could transfer over to the Jungle Cruise.
Maybe these guys could transfer over to the Jungle Cruise.
And that's a wrap! Thanks for the memories. Looking forward to seeing the new additions in the future at DHS!
Today we have our breakdown of the Parks and Resorts Presentation. By this point you know where everything is going, what's being removed and have seen all of the art. Well, we're going to share that with you again anyway.
But we decided we'd let our running commentary conversation break it all down for you. Keep in mind, these are our initial reactions and we reserve judgement all the way around on this. But we thought this was entertaining and we figured you would too. Enjoy!!
Written by Chris, RD, Matt and Gregg
All pictures © Disney (Click any of the pictures below for a larger version)
Christian Just got home...staying spoiler free for the moment. Did anyone find a live stream anywhere?
Even a Facebook live or YouTube stream? I think I'm just going to have to go full on, reading live updates.. can't find video
Gregg I linked to a periscope on the page, really good stuff.
RD I saw the entire presentation - And I'm seething in anger.
Gregg Same. Stupid internet ruined everything. No surprises
RD Well, Avengers/Spiderman was - as is Pixar Pier
Gregg Except, doesn't look like Speedway is going. Lol
RD I actually felt a knot in my stomach. And what the hell is up with Disney's Pixar-Marvel Adventure?
Gregg The fact they didn't change the name of that park in 2012 is ridiculous. Literally "Grizzly river run" is the only thing that's still remotely CA about that place.
RD Exactly. There's not going to be any California left in it. Why bother keeping the name. Why not call it "Disneyland South"
Gregg Just call it Disney-Pixar Studios and be done with it. Or Pixar-Marvel Adventure's R Us
RD You know, I have to wonder if that's going to be the new name for Florida - and for DCA.
Gregg But DHS has Lucas. So Pixar/Lucas Studios on the Right and Pixar/Marvel Studios on the Left? Studios Adventure Park.
RD I could see that. Easily in fact.
Gregg I do have to say, the Mickey/Minnie Ride is probably what has me most excited
RD I think that's a winner - I hope they execute it right.
Matthew Meh. My two least favorite Disney characters
Gregg Matt, it was all started by a Mouse, didn't you know? =)
Christian Presentation is over?
RD Yeah. Drinking has begun.
Christian Now I'll search for you tube.. to see who has it posted first. I feel like Disney posted it last year.
Gregg Pretty much. There was 1 major announcement that didn't leak and one relatively minor one that didn't.
Matthew Screw this, I'll just go watch video of the lady with the big thunder dress
That's been the highlight of D23 so far
Gregg Oh yeah, I had to straight up tell somebody on Twitter "F**k You" and blocked them from the Park Journey acct.
Christian So .. First update.. Star wars land.. Everything already leaked.. no news..
The model is like the pandora model.. Will look cool when finished but not mind blowing
Next--- The Mickey ride leaked, which to me is a loss.
The great movie ride, is dated, but a classic Disney ride... It looks like Disney is simply trying to remove all intellectual property they don't own..
Matthew Where is the "Screens!" Chorus?
Gregg I hadn't seen the Mickey Ride, so that was new to me
Christian That leaked a few days ago. Ratatouille btw. I had that leak a month ago...but work.
so sorry to let everyone down there.
I have a a huge Epcot theory.. I'll get into a few ... or I'll just share it now ... since it's obvious.
Gregg Ratatouille was a pretty bad secret
Matthew I'm kind of pissed at how they're putting guardians in Epcot- just nuke the building instead of this lousy recycling.
Gregg New China 360 was also news
Christian Every single Epcot ride will become Disney intellectual property and long term... every country will have a Disney IP ride.
Surprised. it will take to 2021 to open Ratatouille... a great ride... but a movie that wasn't exactly a hit. If it isn't star wars or toy story Disney builds it slow
Matthew Every single Disney park attraction will become IP. Which is why as iconic as they are, I don't see space mountain lasting a whole lot longer
RD All that we know is everything will be open by 2021 - though I reckon that most will be before then (notably Ratatouille and the Skyway system)
Christian Tron.. I don't get. I get that it's a clone.. and it's cheap to clone.
RD Neither do I. In fact, that's what has me so damn angry.
Gregg Like Tron looks awesome, but doesn't really fit that park. Or that area of that park. But the fact that it's not an addition by subtractions means that ultimately I can't be mad at it. If they were removing stuff for it, then yeah, I'd be pissed. Plus, more people riding Tron = less people riding SP75. They're basically taking away the MNSSHP Treat Trail ... it's fine.
Matthew It's the highest rated ride at Shanghai, its space mountain 2.0
RD To have that fugly building next to one of the most gracious, beautiful structures ever designed by man.... it's a disgrace.
Christian It's a cheap clone... and makes MK a more adventure park.. look how well universal did by adding rides for the older kids
Matthew I wish they'd remove Disneyland dead weight land
RD When you're on the monorail, and you emerge from Contemporary, and you see that beautiful cone, the castle - the true icons for the park... it's stunning.
Now: Fugly building behind it.
Christian Next one.. confused... so mission space.. stays the same and the big change is a restaurant? That's a thing?
Gregg Apparently Orange Mission Space has a new mission
Christian Why are they closing mission space?
Gregg Not sure just why Orange. Apparently it's been closed
Matthew I'm happy to finally maybe have a reason to wander to wdw next time I visit the devils armpit.
Christian People died on orange.. and honestly guardians retheme showed have gone there.
RD Mission Space is re-opening with new films, and the new restaurant is part of it (Space Station themed table dining.) The two new films are more visualle effective, while the 'lesser' films are more "Soarin over Earth"
Matthew The space station restaurant concept has been around since the opening of the park
Christian Yeah.. not impressed... but then again the guardians of the galaxy re-theme at DCA I'm actually a fan of .
Like I wanted to hate the guardians of the galaxy tower of terror re-theme.. but then it looks so good..
Matthew So is guardians ever gonna get its own actually new from the ground up attraction?
Gregg Pretty sure they're just using the building from Ellen, not the actual ride system. That's a big ass building
Matthew I wanted the tower conversion, that attraction wasn't good enough for the twilight zone IP. I believe living seas is still the biggest. I know that my uncle spent a lot of time on universe of energy and living seas
Christian Update 6: Disneyland Paris gets marvel characters at a hotel... 0 s**ts given. If it was an apple keynote.... the Disneyland Paris thing would be a press release.
Update 7... Star Wars Hotel... Will make Disney LOTS of money...
Christian That is the right thing to do... build a star wars hotel.. people love star wars and will pay through the roof...
Matthew Maybe they can have a coupon day?
Christian Update 8.. Disney gondolas.. that leaked forever ago.. And nobody except for convention goers stay at the those hotels..
Matthew There's hotels at Disney world?
Christian To me.. It's nothing... maybe a way to get people to drink more at Epcot
Matthew Wonder if they'll get the monorail system fixed by the 50th?
Christian They won't, what nonsense.
Matthew New Eco friendly pedal powered trains by Intamin. The monorail was down a bunch when we were there in 2009
Christian The mainstreet theater they are building.. is just an up charge attraction like Lion King at Shanghai. Pure money play that won't be included in park admission. Think.. blue man group.. or lion king at shanghai. Makes me wonder if cirque de soliel closes forever and they do a show like that there, or up-charge for the pirates stunt show that they have at Disney Shanghai.
Damn, I was hoping Disney was gonna announce an RMC makeover of Matterhorn. This comment may have been brought to you by your friend Alcohol.
Whelp, there it is. We hope you enjoyed this look at the "work" we all do for Park Journey. And this is simply what we could share. Maybe we'll have to do these types of updates whenever we all chat about the big news. What do you think?
We're also perfectly aware we didn't discuss Toy Story Land. It simply didn't come up in our conversation. Not sure why that is. Have we all come to expect so much from these announcements that it's almost TOO MUCH? And things that would be headlines get lost in the shuffle?
We've included all of the pictures that Disney released that were included and what wasn't included in this update for your enjoyment.