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New Arrivals….

Posted in DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags on May 10, 2012 by disneychronicles

Shopping! Yup! Had to share some of the NEW Arrivals!

Especially Love the Authentic Disney Black and White for the Kitchen!

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Adrian & Edith’s Head to Toe

Posted in DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS with tags , , on May 6, 2012 by disneychronicles

Yes, there are tons of places to shop at all the Disney parks, and so easy to miss some when your surrounded by all the hustle & bustle! I still do and it’s a great surprise when I find a specialty shop!

Have you ever stopped in at Head to Toe?

This shop is located on Hollywood Blvd. near the corner of Sunset Blvd.

Do you need your pair of Mickey ears personalized?

This is the place to do it!


The building is based on the Chapman Park Market, which is located at 3501-3519 W 6th St, Los Angeles, California (LA’s Koreatown neighborhood).

The name of the shop is a reference to two of Hollywood’s most famous designers, Adrian Greenberg and Edith Head. Adrian is best known for the costumes that were designed for the Wizard of Oz and Adrian for the design of the famous ruby slippers that Dorothy wore. Adrian worked on over 250 films and worked in the 1930’s for MGM, which makes an obvious reason why in part he was chosen to have a store named after him in a park that was co-branded with MGM. Not to be outdone, Edith is known for her work on the Ten Commandments as well as The Sting. Edith was nominated for 34 Oscars over the course of her career. Edith’s work was so famous that there is speculation that she was the inspiration for the character of Edna Mode in The Incredibles film.




STAR WARS WEEKENDS at Hollywood Studios

Posted in DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags on May 4, 2012 by disneychronicles

Did you know today is a Holiday? LOL!

Well to some avid Star Wars Fans it is!

May 4 is considered a holiday by Star Wars fans to celebrate Star Wars culture and honor the films.

May 4 is called Star Wars Day because of the popularity of a common pun spoken on this day.

Since the phrase “May the Force be with you” is a famous quote often spoken in the Star Wars films, fans commonly

say “May the fourth be with you” on this day.

huh! Who knew!

So I though it would be a great time to talk about Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios!

They are starting soon!

Dates: May 18, 2012–June 10, 2012


Come immerse yourself in the power of the Force during Star Wars™ Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, select weekends 2012.

Here, you’ll find an entire saga’s worth of characters and celebrities on hand for autographs, pictures, motorcades, Q&A sessions and more, including the Jedi Training Academy for your Padawans.
Star Wars ©2008 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM.

Event Tickets: Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios required.

Encounter over 50 Star Wars characters from the entire saga. From Darth Vader to Darth Maul and Anakin to Chewbacca, you’ll find heroes and villains from throughout the galaxy.

Celebrities from Star Wars will attend each weekend and participate in:

  • Autograph Sessions
  • Legends of the Force – Celebrity motorcade
  • Stars of the Saga – Talk Show and Q&A

Celebrity Hosts
To be Determined

Jedi Training Academy
Each young Padawan who is chosen will learn a lightsaber combination as they prepare to face the dark side!

Behind the Force: Experience the Clone Wars
Explore the excitement of Star Wars: The Clone Wars with a fascinating look behind the scenes of the all-new animated adventure!

Star Tours®
The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine once again to create an unforgettable Star Wars adventure:Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – now in 3D at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®!

While visiting that “galaxy far, far away,” experience a new story, plus a chance to fly with some favorite characters like C-3PO, R2-D2, Princess Leia and even Darth Vader! You’ll never know which of these classic characters will appear during this flight to the furthest reaches of the universe.

Plus, travel the galaxy like never before in the all-new Starspeeder 1000!

Glide among the trees with Wookiees on Kashyyyk, kick up some sand across the desert in a podrace on Tatooine and even submerge into the lake waters of Naboo. Or, weave through the busy city planet of Coruscant, blast through the blizzards of Hoth and even explore the trenches of the Death Star! With multiple ways to experience each flight, you will never know where the Force might take you! And with each adventure, see the Star Wars™ universe in an all new way…in 3D!

Padawan Mind Challenge
Kids under 12 can test their wits before the Jedi Council!

Hyperspace Hoopla
Star Wars characters and Guests gather for an entertaining conclusion to each day’s events.

A Galaxy of Photo Opportunities

and of course we can’t forget…


As reported in the Disney Parks Blog in February, the event’s poster artwork will feature Donald Duck as Darth Maul, whimsically created by Tyler Dumas and Casey Jones from Disney Design Group. This marquee image and theme will be used throughout the Star WarsWeekends 2012 merchandise collection, including ceramic mugs, towels, picture frames, t-shirts, pins, buttons, shopping bags, watches, figures, and an iPhone 4/4S case, among others.

More items recently revealed include:

  • Open and limited-edition pins, boxed pin sets and a framed pin set
  • Darth Vader’s chest t-shirt with detachable cape
  • Chewbacca-inspired bandolier neck lanyard
  • “Piece of Death Star” pin
  • Six new Disney/Star Wars Vinylmation characters
  • Jedi Knight legs beach towel
  • Six different phrase buttons
  • Star Tours name tag in Aurebesh (language of the Star Wars galaxy)
  • Three action figures: Donald Duck as Darth Maul, Donald as Savage Opress, and Rizzo as Yoda
  • “I am a Jedi” and “Cute But Dangerous” t-shirts

Admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios required.
Appearances and entertainment subject to change without notice.

Of course I will have to stop in and check out the MADNESS! I will post  pics and additional info then!

Disney World Refurbishments 2012



Are you planning a visit to the Happiest Place on Earth?

Keep the refurbishment schedule in mind!

Magic Kingdom® Park
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
Liberty Square Riverboat
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin
01/09/12 – 05/27/12
04/16/12 – 05/20/12
06/27/12 – 06/29/12
Tutto Italia Ristorante
Innoventions: House of Innoventions exhibit
Test Track
01/08/12 – 04/27/12
12/04/11 – Late April 2012
04/16/12 – Fall 2012
Disney’s Hollywood Studios®
Sounds Dangerous
Lights! Motors! Action! Extreme Stunt Show
Closed; Operates Seasonally
04/29/12 – 05/02/12
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
Annual Refurbishment 12/04/11 – 03/17/12
Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park

Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
Beverage Cooler Installation – Installation will take place one floor at a time between 9am and 5pm. Guests will be notified via an in-room flier the day before the work is scheduled to take place. 03/05/12 – 04/30/12
Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
Beverage Cooler Installation – Installation will take place one floor at a time between 9am and 5pm. Guests will be notified via an in-room flier the day before the work is scheduled to take place. 03/05/12 – 04/30/12
Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
Beverage Cooler Installation – Installation will take place one floor at a time between 9am and 5pm. Guests will be notified via an in-room flier the day before the work is scheduled to take place. 03/05/12 – 04/30/12
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Pool slide at feature pool – The pool remains open. 01/05/12 – 04/05/12
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
Grand Floridian Spa – As part of some planned changes for Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, there’s currently construction going on near the Grand Floridian Spa. The spa will temporarily close on Sept. 19 and reopen in approximately 18 months. During this construction, the Fitness Center will remain open. Guests may be referred to The Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort for spa services. 09/19/11 – Mid 2013
Disney’s Old Key West
Guest room door lock replacement – Letters will be placed in the rooms advising Guests the door locks will be replaced. Guests will not need to get new keys as their existing Key to the World cards will work with the new lock. 03/18/12 – 04/17/12
Pool near building 55 (leisure pool) – The feature pool and other leisure pools will remain open. 05/21/12 – 05/25/12
Disney’s Pop Century Resort
Beverage Cooler Installation – Installation will take place one floor at a time between 9am and 5pm. Guests will be notified via an in-room flier the day before the work is scheduled to take place. 03/05/12 – 04/30/12
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
Lobby/Atrium refurbishment 04/09/12 – 05/25/12
Disney’s Yacht & Beach Club Resorts
Pool slide and a portion of Stormalong Bay Pool – Guests may use pool and slide at BoardWalk in addition to the portion of Stormalong Bay that will not be closed and the three leisure pools located throughout Yacht & Beach Club Resorts during this time. 04/09/12 – 04/20/12
Dunes Cove Spa (hot tub) 04/16/12 – 04/19/12
Cape May Cafe 07/09/12 – 08/03/12
Yachtsman Steakhouse 08/27/12 – 09/14/12

Mr. Food @ the Prime Time Cafe in Hollywood Studios!

Posted in DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS, EVERYTHING DISNEY with tags , on May 1, 2012 by disneychronicles

Strolling past Prime Time Cafe guess who we came across filming a segment….


Art Ginsburg, commonly known as Mr. Food, is a television chef and best selling author of cookbooks who emphasizes simple recipes.  Art Ginsburg was originally a butcher who, in 1975, turned his personal flair for acting into a local television food program at WRGB in Schenectady, New York. Since then he’s proven a prolific writer with more than 50 cookbooks to his name and has been syndicated on television, with 4 to 6 million viewers daily.

Mr. Food’s signature phrase is “Ooh, it’s so good!”

Check him out here….

My Prime Time Cafe Review & Pictures…

Tower of Terror! Yup I finally did it!……. NEVER AGAIN!

Posted in DISNEY ATTRACTIONS, DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS with tags , on May 1, 2012 by disneychronicles

ok….so I finally conquered the Tower of Terror (my husband made me do it! and I will never let him forget it!)

The legend says that during a violent storm on Halloween night 1939, lightning struck the Hollywood Tower Hotel, causing an entire wing and an elevator full of people to disappear. And you’re about to meet them as you become the star in a special episode of

. . The Twilight Zone.

If you’ve never experienced the attraction, and you’d prefer to be kept in the dark until you do board it, you’ll want to bypass the spoilers that follow in the rest of the post…

“You’ve just entered…the Twilight Zone,” ….just hearing those words is enough to give you a bad case of the shivers.

Click to watch video…



Now If you’ve always wondered how it would feel in a free fall on an elevator; without the dying; then this is your ride!

After various spooky adventures, (which really aren’t that scary) the ride ends in a dramatic climax: a 13-story free-fall in stages. The ride features random drop sequences, allowing for a real sense of the unknown (and a different experience every time you ride), and visual, audio, and effects make the experience even more frightening. Because it’s a different experience every time you dare to ride!

At 199 feet, it’s also the tallest ride in WDW!

One of the Imagineers who designed the tower admitted that he’s too scared to ride his own creation. (I’m thinking this should have been a red flag for me!)

ok, so moving on….This is not for the faint of heart. I must say the visuals during the wait are all amazing and the cast members are really into their roles here. The ambiance is perfection.

I just hate the feeling of dropping, and my heart being stuck in mid-air, and going up and down again and again and again!!!!

I came out with my hands shaking from grabbing onto the handles too tight and my legs wobbling…..I think my heart may have stopped a few times! This was SHEER TORTURE!

Not ONE bit of it was enjoyable! and unlike all the short rides I complain about THIS one did not want to end!

So call me a wimp call me a baby…I’m sure many of you out there just LOVE this ride!

No worries I myself will not be taking up space in that queue EVER again! 😀

WARNING! You must be at least 40 inches tall to ride, and expectant moms and people prone to motion sickness or those with heart, neck, or back problems shouldn’t try to tackle it. Your stomach may also need a few minutes to find its way back to where it belongs after it’s all over.



50’s Prime Time Café

Posted in DISNEY DINING, DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS with tags , , on January 25, 2012 by disneychronicles

The 50’s Prime Time Cafe is located in Hollywood Studios.

Talk about Nostalgia!

Get ready for a wait in Dad’s living room! and a meal in Mom’s kitchen!

NO kidding! the whole place is decorated like a house straight out of the 1950s, including accessories, decorations, calendars, and even those old black-and-white TVs! While I Love Lucy and The Donna Reed Show play on a television screen, you can feast on meat loaf, pot roast, tuna casserole and fried chicken, all served on a Formica tabletop.  Now they aren’t quite as good as Mom used to make, but close.  Also keep your elbows off the table you never know when mom is watching! the servers really get into it so be on your best behavior or you may find yourself standing in the corner!  The server that you get can make the difference from having a good time or having a great time dining there.  They play a key role in the experience and the fun.

This is not an upscale place with gourmet food or the place for  a romantic dinner.  It is a fun and entertaining dining option and I think it is one of the better themed restaurants at Disney World.  The food is good, comfort food. Nothing fancy.  Know that going in and you will be fine.
Most families will have no problem finding something on the menu that each person will enjoy.  It is almost just like home.
I would recommend it.  This truly qualifies as an attraction as well as a restaurant.
Try it!

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