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June 22, 2017

Special Character Meets at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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One of the fun things about Disney's Hollywood Studios is the unique character meet-and-greet opportunities. Some of the characters are regulars (like Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, Buzz and Woody), but others are around for a very limited time. Recently we headed to the Studios and the first order of business were the special characters! I was very excited that the friends we were meeting wanted to see the characters, too!


Arriving at 9 a.m., we were expecting the park to already be crowded because resort guests had an Extra Magic Hour morning. However, luck was on our side and the park crowd seemed like any other day.

We headed to Pixar Place to meet the new addition of Cruz Ramirez. Cruz does advance training in the new Cars 3 movie. You will find Cruz on the right just past Toy Story Midway Mania. It appears she may be here for several weeks.

After the meet and greet you can see a sneak preview of the movie until June 25. (By the way, I LOVED the Cars 3 movie!)


-- Please don't touch Cruz, her paint job is still wet.

-- To get the full photo with the marque, you will need to stand outside the roped area (see the photo above). The PhotoPass photographers will only get you and Cruz (the last photo). P.S. We had a fun surprise when we viewed our PhotoPass pics.

We next decided to head to One Man's Dream and the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 meet-and-greet with Star Lord and Baby Groot. The meet-and-greet is in the back of the exhibit. If you haven't been to One Man's Dream, be sure to fit a visit into your vacation. It is a treasure trove of exhibits about Walt Disney and the parks' history.

I found this meet-and-greet to be awesome. Not only is Star Lord very interactive, Baby Groot is just the cutest! Keep an eye on Baby Groot as he does some fun things!


Last, but certainly not least, we visited the droid BB-8 from the film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. BB-8 is in the Launch Bay.


PhotoPass photographers were at each location.

Mission Complete! Not rushing, but not dilly-dallying either, this took just under 90 minutes.

October 24, 2014

Disney Confirms the Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios is History


The Orlando Business Journal has confirmed that Walt Disney World will be removing the iconic Sorcerer Mickey Hat in early 2015.

The Sorcerer's Hat "opened" September 2001 as part of the 100 Years of Magic Celebration at Walt Disney World.


No word on what, if anything, will replace the hat.

Are you sorry to see the Sorcerer Hat go away?

September 3, 2012

Wreck-It Ralph - Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Production Gallery at the Magic of Disney Animation is now showcasing concept art from Wreck-it Ralph!
Wreck-it Ralph


Wreck-it Ralph

For decades, Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) has been overshadowed by Fix-It Felix, Jr. (voice of Jack McBrayer), the good-guy star of their game who always gets to save the day. Tired of playing the role of a bad guy, Ralph takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a journey across the arcade through multiple generations of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero.

Wreck-it Ralph

On his quest, Ralph meets tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (voice of Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero's Duty, and feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, who may just be his first real friend. But everything changes when a deadly enemy is unleashed, threatening the entire arcade and Vanellope herself. Ralph finally gets his chance to save the day-but can he do it in time?


Ralph is a heavy-handed wrecking riot with a sensitive soul. For thirty years, day in and day out, he's been working as "The Bad Guy", in the arcade game Fix-it Felix, Jr. But it's getting harder and harder to love his job when no one seems to like him for doing it.

Suffering from a classic case of Bad-Guy fatigue and hungry for a little wreck-ognition, Ralph sets off on an adventure across an incredible arcade game world to prove that just because he's a Bad Guy, it doesn't mean he's a bad guy.

Wreck-it Ralph

Fix-it Felix, Jr. - As the titular star of "Fix-it Felix Jr.", Niceland's hammer-wielding maintenance man is a beloved local celebrity. This gold-medal winning Good Guy is idolized by the Nicelanders and envied by Ralph.

When he's not busy fixin all of Ralph's wreckin', Felix spends his days helping everyone out. Hard-wired for niceness, anything other than being a Good Guy just doesn't computer.

Wreck-it Ralph

Sergeant Tamera Jean Calhoun
- in the sci-fi battle zone of "Hero's Duty", Sergeant Calhoun is more than just a pretty face - she leads the charge for humanity's freedom. When she's not offering in-game intel, she's training her troops for the next attack wave.

The unrelenting commander will stop at nothing to protect the arcade from a virulent Cy-Bug invasion.

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

Vanellope von Schweetz
- This raven-haired rascal is convinced she was destined to drive. With a racer's spirit embedded in her coding, Vanellope is determined to earn her rightful place in the starting lineup.

Years of rejection have left Vanellope with a wicked sense of humor and a razor-sharp tongue, however, somewhere beneath that hard shell is a sweet center just waiting to be found.

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

Taffyta Muttonfudge, (voiced by Mindy Kaling "The Mindy Project," "The Office") as an accomplished racer and Vanellope's nemesis.

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

King Candy (voiced by Alan Tudyk (ABC's "Suburgatory," "Dodgeball") All hail King Candy - ruler of the race track, captain of confectionery, sovereign of sugar. Not surprisingly, the most powerful figure in the Sugar Rush game is also the best racer on the track.

He may look noble enough, but he doesn't exactly welcome Ralph with open arms. The king is ably assisted by his strong-arming security team, and his diminutive henchman Sour Bill, a tiny little ball of bad.

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

Wreck-it Ralph

October 25, 2010

New Costumes at Disney's Hollywood Studios for Meet and Greets

While visiting the Studios 10/25/10, I couldn't help but notice the new costumes being sported by Minnie, Donald, Daisy, Pluto and Goofy.

These will make great photo ops with your favorite pals even more special!

Minnie's new Costume at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Pluto and Goofy's new Costumes at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Donald and Daisy's new Costume at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Donald's new Costume at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Daisy's new Costume at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Donald and Daisy's new Costume at Disney's Hollywood Studios

February 13, 2008

February WDW Trip Report Part 3b, Sunday 2/3/08

When I returned to the hotel I called WDW Dining and was able to get a reservation at the Brown Derby for dinner at 6:15pm. I lucked out since there was only one show of Fantasmic so anyone on the Fantasmic Dinner Package would be finishing by that time.

As I walked toward the Hat I noticed people lining up. I knew the parade had been earlier so I inquired as to what was going on. Turns out, High School Musical was about to begin. Sure enough, the music started and a float headed down the street.

High School Musical

I then wandered to the Brown Derby to get a peak at the dinner menu. I noticed folks were sitting outside and thought that would be wonderful to do.

Mickey and the Brooms

It has been a long time since I saw the Voyage of the Little Mermaid, one of my favorite attractions at the Studios. My timing was good, so I got into the inside waiting area. I hadn't had a chance to really look around in here before.. there are lots of neat objects to check out.



Time for dinner. I had my usual, the Cobb Salad. I really like the mixture of very cut up greens, vegis and meat. A wonderful dinner!!! I did get a table outside and enjoyed people watching as everyone headed over to Fantasmic!

Soon it was dark, dinner was over, and time to leave the Studios before Fantasmic ended!

The Hat

As I walked to the boat I thought about heading into Epcot and watch IllumiNations. As the boat slowly made it's way along the canal I decided to pass on Epcot. Yet, I wasn't ready to call it a night. I got off at the Boardwalk and wandered around. It was pretty crowded.

A large group of folks were at the ESPN club watching the Super Bowl.

ESPN Superbowl

Several entertainment acts were performing. This card trick magician was quite good.

ESPN Superbowl

After a while it was time to head back to the Yacht Club. Here's one last shot of the Boardwalk from the Yacht Club.

Boardwalk at Night

Early the next morning I got up and headed to the airport. Another trip had come to an end.


All photos taken with a Canon S5 IS digital camera. Other than cropping, no alterations to the photos were done.

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