First Look: NEW Disney’s Hollywood Studios Holiday Decor!!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Hollywood Studios Entrance

Hollywood Studios Entrance

In case you had any doubt ;-D, Halloween is OVER, people! Which means — at Disney World, anyway  — it’s time to take on the Holiday Season!

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News! Woody’s Lunch Box Quick Service Location Coming to Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios

We’ve all been eagerly gathering any and all details about Toy Story Land opening in Disney’s Hollywood Studios next summer. We know that we will all shrink to the size of one of Andy’s toys, take on THE CLAW with the Alien Swirling Saucers attraction, and coast along on the Slinky Dog Dash family coaster.

Toy Story Land construction wall

Toy Story Land construction wall

But one thing we’ve heard very little about are the food options coming to this new land…. but that has all changed today, with Disney’s announcement that Woody’s Lunch Box will be serving up Quick Service eats to all of us “toys” visiting Toy Story Land! [Read more…]

What’s NEW At Disney’s Hollywood Studios: Grand Avenue, New Starbucks Mugs, Coco Cupcakes, and MORE

Hooray for HOLLYWOOD! Hollywood Studios, that is!

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios

We took a stroll around the park recently and were surprised with a ton of new fun finds, from big to small! And we’re starting at the brand newest of them all. Welcome to…

Grand Avenue

You already know that BaseLine Tap House made its debut at the very end of September.

BaseLine Tap House

BaseLine Tap House

It’s housed at the top of the brand new Grand Avenue area of the park, which is now open to all guests. [Read more…]

DFB Video: Hollywood Studios Restaurants RANKED (Including BaseLine Tap House!)

Hey, Guys! We’re back with another DFB Video today, and we’re ranking the restaurants in Disney’s Hollywood Studios from bottom to top… including the brand new BaseLine Tap House!

BaseLine Tap House

BaseLine Tap House

From super casual quick eats at spots like ABC Commissary and Rosie’s All-American Cafe to the park’s Signature Restaurant, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Hollywood Studios has plenty of long-time staples alongside the park’s newest lounge. So how will you know which spots should top the list for YOUR Studios visit? I guess you’ll have to watch our latest DFB Video to find out! [Read more…]

News: Fantasmic! Dessert and VIP Viewing Coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

A whole new way to enjoy the Fantasmic! Nighttime Spectacular is coming to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Hollywood Studios Fantasmic (13)

Fantasmic! Boat

The Fantasmic! Dessert & VIP Viewing Experience is now available for booking for dates starting September 8th.

How will it work? Guests simply arrive at the Fantasmic theater prior to the evening’s first performance and pick up a package of snacks inspired by the show. Savory and sweet treats in the box for adults will include chocolate-dipped strawberries, cheesecake, a chocolate cupcake, apple crisp, and California trail mix.  [Read more…]

News: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party Returning to Hollywood Studios

The Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Nighttime Spectacular is returning to Hollywood Studios in November for the holiday season!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!

And along with this festive projection and fireworks show comes the return of the Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, pairing a reserved viewing area with holiday-themed food and drink. Multiple food stations will offer holiday sweets and snacks such as warm cheese fondue with pretzel bread, warm pumpkin pie, and spiced-bread pudding with vanilla ice cream. A Liquid Nitro Station will feature chocolate mousse with a choice of toppings (salted caramel sauce among them). [Read more…]

News: Mobile Order Arrives at Hollywood Studios with Backlot Express

Hollywood Studios is now offering Mobile Order!

This process, which debuted at Animal Kingdom’s Satu’li Canteen in May, gives guests the opportunity to to pre-order and pre-pay for meals at select Counter Service locations around Disney World via the My Disney Experience app. Once you arrive at the restaurant? You simply notify the restaurant of your arrival on the app and go straight to pick up your food! (You can learn about how the entire process works from start to finish here.)

The process has rolled out at Counter Service restaurants across Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. And yesterday, the fourth and final park — Hollywood Studios — joined the lineup, starting with Backlot Express!

Backlot Express

Backlot Express

It’s anticipated that ABC Commissary and PizzeRizzo will appear on the Mobile Order list soon.

Also recently, another Epcot restaurant was added to the list: Liberty Inn. [Read more…]

News: BaseLine Tap House and Grand Avenue Opening This Fall in Hollywood Studios

What? ANOTHER new Hollywood Studios main drag? Welcome GRAND AVENUE!!

We have LOTS to look forward to at Hollywood Studios, with Toy Story Land opening in 2018 and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (that’s the official name for Star Wars Land!) in 2019. But let’s face it… we’ve got some time to wait for those big, new adventures at the moment.

Toy Story Land Construction Walls

Toy Story Land Construction Walls

So it may be good to know that we have something new to look forward to much closer on the horizon: this fall, the new Grand Avenue area — celebrating “the spirit of present-day Downtown Los Angeles” — is coming to Hollywood Studios!

The area (essentially what remains of the former Streets of America) will showcase vintage office buildings and warehouses in representation of different parts of LA. And the new BaseLine Tap House will be a big part of the scene! [Read more…]

Review: New Menu at Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

You are likely well aware that BIG CHANGES are underway at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

After all, the addition of two whole new lands — Star Wars and Toy Story — is no small undertaking. And the construction has already resulted in the closure of several eateries (including my beloved Writer’s Stop and Starring Rolls) around the park.

But a few classic spots have remained, thankfully, untouched for now. And when it comes to Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, this spot’s dedicated fans — and there are many — sure hope that “for now” extends to “for always.”

And I can’t argue with that. There’s something so fun (and completely immersive) about sitting in a booth shaped like a vintage car, watching a reel of old movie clips on the big screen under a faux night sky.

But while Sci-Fi wins loads of points for ambiance, some diners find the food to be a little hit or miss. So on this visit, we checked out a mix of some ol’ standbys along with items from the recently revamped menu.

So, let’s drive in, shall we?

Atmosphere

Sci-Fi Dine-In is essentially a massive room (make that, soundstage) with high, dark ceilings made to resemble the starry nighttime sky, and row upon row upon row of vintage-style convertibles. That’s the drive-in part of the Dine In, and it’s just about one of the most fun dining settings in Disney World.

Sci-Fi Dine-In

Sci-Fi Dine-In

You basically sit in the front seat or the back seat, and you have a fairly shallow counter in front of you. That’s your table. Not exactly conversation friendly, but that’s A-OK, because there’s other entertainment to take in.

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