Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary

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59If you follow our adventure on YouTube, you know that there was a time Bryson couldn’t pay me to go to Hollywood Studios. I would pout when he wanted to go because I felt as though there was absolutely nothing to do there.

Oh, how the tides have turned! I always want to go to Hollywood Studios now; mostly just to go to Toy Story Land. We are hoping that the 30th anniversary goodies will still be available but Disney had not yet announced how long the celebration will run except to that it will be a limited time.

58Starting on May 1, we will be celebrating the past, present and epic future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, formerly MGM Studios. True to its Hollywood roots, Hollywood Studios doesn’t look a day over 21 but it’s had it’s fair share of face lifts to keep it that way.

70Originally called Disney-MGM Studios, the theme park was inspired by Hollywood sets and actually functioned as both a theme park and a working production facility for MGM and Disney content in television, movies and animation.

71These days, the park has lot a bit of that identity but is home to Andy’s Backyard and is soon to be home to the much anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

How about a few fun facts of Hollywood Studios. It is the only park, of all Disney Parks throughout the world, that has been completely redeveloped. Not one attraction from the opening day of Hollywood Studios is still open. The last original attraction was The Great Movie Ride and that was closed back in 2017 and is currently being reimagined to be Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opening in 2020.

Hollywood Studios is the smallest of the Walt Disney World theme parks. In fact, four Hollywood Studios could fit inside the largest park in Walt Disney World, Animal Kingdom.

What will be included in this magical 30th Anniversary celebration?

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Well, of course, there will be a parade! Beginning May 1 and running through the end of the celebration festivities a parade staring Mickey and his closest pals will head down Hollywood Blvd at 10 am daily!

5The Wonderful World of Animation, the new Hollywood Studios nighttime projection spectacular will debut on May 1. The Chinese Theatre at the end of Hollywood Blvd will play host to a magical tribute to animation and film throughout the years of Disney. The show will debut at 9:05 pm EST, prior to the park’s Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show. 

A new After Hours event will be held on May 1 in celebration of the anniversary. Disney guests can celebrate decades of movie magic through an epic extra ticketed event complete with meet and greet opportunities with your favorite Disney and Pixar friends. After Hours events events come with amazing low wait times for some of your favorite Hollywood Studios rides.

Tickets are available for purchase for this event at $125 per person (plus tax) for advanced tickets or $129 (plus tax)the day of the event.

Did you know that when Hollywood Studios was originally imagineered it was supposed to serve as the entertainment pavilion located in Future World within Epcot. Eventually it evolved into its own park and here we are!                                                                                           

61Starting May 1 at 8 am exclusively at Hollywood Studios special 30th Anniversary specific merchandise will debut to include, hats, tumblers, Magic Bands and so much. There will also be Annual Passholder exclusive merchandise.

62Disney will offer a commemorative map and button for the occasion for those Disney fans who love to pick up these fun collectibles.

 

 

What about the food? You know Disney is all about the special treats for every special celebration and this is no different. Here is a rundown of all of the special treats available for this 30th anniversary party.

69Kylo Ren Cupcake – peanut butter and chocolate cupcake – Rosie’s All-American Café and Dockside Diner

Raspberry Mousse Verrine – raspberry mousse topped with fresh raspberries and a white chocolate 30th anniversary logo – ABC Commissary

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Lightsaber Churros – churros dusted in red or blue sugar – Anaheim Produce, Market at Pixar Place, Pretzel Palooza, and various churro carts

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Playful Luxo Ball – mango mousse, banana sponge cake, caramel chocolate, and rice croquant – The Trolley Car Café and BaseLine Tap House

Tres Leches Verrine – tres leches cake served with whipped cream, a fresh strawberry, strawberry candy rocks, and a white chocolate 30th anniversary logo – Fairfax Fare

Playful Luxo Ball – mango mousse, banana sponge cake, caramel chocolate, and rice croquant – The Trolley Car Café and BaseLine Tap House

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Incredibles Macarons – black and red almond macarons with mango passion ganache – Market at Pixar Place and BaseLine Tap House

Raspberry Mousse Verrine – raspberry mousse topped with fresh raspberries and a white chocolate 30th anniversary logo – ABC Commissary

63The Sorcerer’s Hat – lemon sponge cake with vanilla swiss buttercream, lemon curd, and white chocolate glaze – ABC Commissary and Fantasmic! Food Carts

Mickey Mouse’s Celebration Cake – chocolate sponge cake with chocolate cream, vanilla marshmallow, and passion fruit crispy pearls – Backlot Express

Minnie Mouse’s Celebration Cake – yellow cake with strawberry cream, strawberry marshmallow, and strawberry crispy pearls – Backlot Express

67Key Lime Pie Verrine – layers of Key lime custard and graham cracker finished with whipped cream and a white chocolate 30th anniversary logo – Rosie’s All-American Café and Backlot Express

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Verrine – lemon cheesecake topped with blueberries, white chocolate crispy pearls, and a white chocolate 30th anniversary logo – Catalina Eddie’s

Tres Leches Verrine – tres leches cake served with whipped cream, a fresh strawberry, strawberry candy rocks, and a white chocolate 30th anniversary logo – Fairfax Fare

Raspberry Mousse Verrine – raspberry mousse topped with fresh raspberries and a white chocolate 30th anniversary logo – ABC Commissary

There are special celebratory cocktails too!

68Galaxy Margarita – silver tequila, blue curaçao, sweet and sour mix – walk-up bars throughout the park

Celebration Fizz – vanilla vodka, cranberry juice, prosecco – Tune-In Lounge and The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

Banana Split Cocktail – vanilla vodka, crème de cacao, crème de banana, strawberry monin, pineapple juice – various walk-up bars throughout the park

That’s what we are looking at for this spectacular anniversary celebration and we can’t wait to experience it!

Thank you for stopping by and for the love of the mouse, never forget, that it all started with a mouse.

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