Welcome back to another installment of What’s New! This time we’re at Disney’s Hollywood Studios where there’s a whole lotta new we won’t get to see until June 30 when Toy Story Land opens! But in the meantime, we’ve got the skinny on menu changes, pop-up bars, and merchandise that just might tide us over until Woody welcomes the gang to his new land (and opens his lunchbox)!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Menus & Eats
Sweet Spells closed a couple of weeks ago, and let’s just say that almost no one was happy about it. Where would we get our sweets? What would happen to the spells? (Okay, maybe we’re just worried about the carbohydrates…) And while we haven’t seen any of the Sweet Spells-specific food items shift over to Trolley Car Cafe, we’re glad that Sweet Spells favorites like the Carrot Cake Cookie, Napoleon, Danish, and Candy Brownie have all remained at Trolley Car.
So while we hear you, lovers of treats who don’t want to wait in that Starbucks line, we’re still relieved that the Carrot Cake Cookie and these beautiful treats are still nearby! But note that the carrot cake cookie has had a bit of a makeover — the cake part is now pretty thick and serious, so it’s more like a round cake versus a whoopie pie.
Guests can also pick up a Tale As Old As Time Cupcake at Trolley Car right now, and it sounds lovely. Vanilla cake, raspberry filling, white buttercream (which is actually yellow…maybe they meant to put “vanilla buttercream”?). Classic and sweet.
The Tale As Old As Time Cupcake features some details from Beauty and the Beast, including red roses, yellow frosting, and Belle and her prince in white chocolate form.
If the heat of late spring and impending summer have got you down at Hollywood Studios, there are a couple of great pop-up bars to fuel your adventures. Sunshine Day Cafe Pop-Up Bar is conveniently located on Sunset Boulevard, and is serving up wine, beer, and a couple of specialty drinks.
We have previously seen Baby Blues and Green Screen elsewhere in Hollywood Studios, but those bright colors suck us in every time.
If you’re in Echo Lake, you’ll find the Echo Lake Pop-Up Bar with specialty cocktails and wine.
In the world of desserts, Backlot Express now offers BB-9E and Kylo Ren Cupcakes instead of BB-8 and Darth Vader Cupcakes.
KRNR Station is now serving up nachos!
And a super yummy-looking S’mores Brownie has appeared at Dockside Diner. We definitely want to get into that!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Merchandise
Merchandise at Hollywood Studios is exciting this week! For starters, guests can purchase ties with character at various locations in the park, including the Orange Bird, Haunted Mansion, and Monorail designs! These have been around for a while and aren’t “new,” but they’re still super fun!
And if you get the Tiki Room Tie, we beg of you: please request it as the Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Tie.
Also available are a couple of elaborate Minnie Ear designs. Belle is loaded with detail!
As is the Cheshire Cat, whose tail curls around one ear!
We have a thing for the VHS Notebooks that have been available for a couple of years, and now we can get our VHS-loving fingers on The Little Mermaid, Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, and Dumbo!
The biggest news in merchandise is happening at the former Sweet Spells location, which is now a Pixar merchandise location — Tinseltown Trinkets and Reel Vogue!
Inside the store portion of the old location there’s lots of merch to peruse, as well as some packaged sweets like cotton candy and massive lollipops.
The promised Pixar merchandise is actually very sweet, including these Up!-inspired couples’ tees!
Mike and Sully get some love with Monsters, Inc./University-inspired gear.
This tote ain’t subtle, but it’s fun!
And, well, if you’ve been in the market for a plush Sully tail, we say why? But also: you can find yours here!
But, oooooooh! You knew there had to be Toy Story merchandise! This tank celebrates the little green guys!
And this hoodie is colorful and playful.
Meanwhile, we’re totally into this Squad Goals tote. What other squad could a Disney fan need?!
If MagicBands are your thing, you’ll definitely want to check this out: a Toy Story MagicBand!
That’s it for now from Disney’s Hollywood Studios! You know we’ll be back with more What’s New — so stick with the DFB crew!
Which of the new DHS tidbits are you most excited about? Tell us in the comments!