Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror: Do You Dare?

A fan of Disney? That’s me! A fan of heavy duty thrill rides? Not me. So when The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror first opened in 1994, I had no interest in riding. But my dear friend and fellow Disney nut encouraged me to join her. Her son, a Cast Member, had been one of the lucky ones to “try it out” during the final testing phases and he was going to join us. At the time, there was only one sequence. You entered the car, rode around for a bit then one short drop, one hefty drop and you Continue reading Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror: Do You Dare?

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: A Backstage Thrill Ride

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith debuted at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in July 1999. It’s a fast-paced coaster that will take you upside down, twisting and turning through the “streets” of Los Angeles, racing to get you to the concert on time. Guests enter the lobby of G-Force Records, decorated with various music industry memorabilia. It just so happens that Aerosmith is recording and guests are invited into the studio to take a listen. The band is just finishing up and their manager appears. Apparently, they are late for their next show. Steven Tyler feels bad that the visit has been Continue reading Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: A Backstage Thrill Ride

Why You Need To Try Hollywood Studio’s 50’s Primetime Café One More Time

I don’t typically write restaurant reviews here. But after a few of you have written me and asked about my recommendations? You shall receive. I was moved to write about 50’s Primetime Café in Hollywood Studios for a number of reasons. We hadn’t eaten there in a very long time. There was a reason we hadn’t eaten there in a very long time. We (finally) had an amazing experience again. We first went to 50’s Primetime Café when in first opened in 1989. It was fantastic. The premise is you are having dinner with family. Your servers are cousins or aunts Continue reading Why You Need To Try Hollywood Studio’s 50’s Primetime Café One More Time

Disney To Break Ground On New Star Wars Land(s) In 2016

All Star Wars fans, rejoice! Walt Disney Company announced today that they will be breaking ground on the already announced Star Wars Land expansions, in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, sometime in 2016. The California and Florida based parks will be each receiving their own dedicated Star Wars themed spaces that will cover approximately 14 acres. This is great news for any Star Wars fan (my sons and husband, included!) Chief Operating Officer, Tom Staggs said, “This will be I think perhaps the most immersive land we’ve ever built. We want people to feel like they’ve stepped into the world of Continue reading Disney To Break Ground On New Star Wars Land(s) In 2016

Tips For The Must-See Osborne Family Spectacle Of Lights

Tips for the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights

When I first heard about The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios I thought, “Ehh, Christmas lights on the buildings. How spectacular is that?” Ignoring the advice of the experts, we arrived late, on an incredibly crowded night and attempted to experience the phenomenom. It was, in a word, SPECTACULAR! And we enjoyed it so much, we came back the next night and then the next, just to soak it all in. For our family, it’s a MUST-DO, every time we visit Walt Disney World during the holiday season. Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights arrived at Continue reading Tips For The Must-See Osborne Family Spectacle Of Lights

And Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye — To The Iconic Sorcerer’s Hat

By now, it’s old news. Three days old, that is. But Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios will be dismantling the iconic Sorcerer’s Hat in early 2015. And three days later members of our family are both mourning and celebrating the loss. The 122 foot hat appeared in 2001 as a “temporary” fixture to celebrate Walt Disney’s 100th birthday with their “100 Years of Magic” celebration. And there are other rumors to suggest it was installed to block the prominent view of the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard when the real Chinese Theater in California changed ownership. Apparently, the new owners wanted a royalty Continue reading And Now It’s Time To Say Goodbye — To The Iconic Sorcerer’s Hat

The Ultimate One Day Plan For Disney’s Hollywood Studios

The Ultimate One Day Plan for Disney's Hollywood Studios

With a little planning, Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be done in a day. Follow the plan below and you’re off for a star-studded experience! As  I recommend with any one-day plan, arrive early! Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the park officially opens. When you’re among the first to arrive you’ll be able to accomplish so much before the crowds really pour in! Once you enter the park, by-pass all of the shops. There will be plenty of time for shopping mid-day, when you need some downtime, or on your way out of the park. Have an idea Continue reading The Ultimate One Day Plan For Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Make The Most Of Star Wars Weekends At Walt Disney World

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Star Wars fan (my entire family) or not (me), Star Wars Weekends are a must-see event at least once in your Walt Disney World vacationing experiences. Due to the popularity of Star Wars Weekends, a number of changes are taking place. Read on to make the most of your visit. They’ve expanded the dates! Now offered Friday through Sunday, from May 16 – June 15, the weekends are packed with Star Wars specific events. As the name implies, these special events only take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If you’re visiting Monday-Thursday as well, you can still experience Disney’s Hollywood Studios Continue reading Make The Most Of Star Wars Weekends At Walt Disney World

Disney Theme Parks After Dark

There was a period of time, when the kids were small, that we never saw the parks in the dark. A good night’s sleep was critical for our middle son and no one wanted to upset his routine, afraid of the repercussions the next day. No one. Fast forward a few years later and we re-discovered the joys of Disney in the Dark. Magic Kingdom – There is nothing like entering the Haunted Mansion while it is dark and eerie outside. Or, as you round the corner on Splash Mountain, catching a glimpse of the castle all lit up.  Everything is Continue reading Disney Theme Parks After Dark