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I would bet that the word "Studios" was intended to confuse people. So people would go to the Disney park and not leave property. As for the new name, I'd bet Disney Hollywood Adventure.


It was built specifically to compete with Universal Orlando, since Eisner was at Universal when UO was under construction and wanted to counter it.


My guess is that Studios remains in the name, since so many of the attractions are tied to movies or television.

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It’s shaping up to be the “Coolest Summer Ever” at Walt Disney World Resort, and one of the biggest highlights of the season is sure to be the return of “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, with favorite characters, unforgettable music, delightful enhancements and immersive experiences.


This summer-long special event features a full day of “Frozen” fun from park open to park close, including a royal procession, a sing-along celebration, fun photo opportunities, “Frozen” merchandise, specialty food and beverage offerings and a grand finale fireworks spectacular.


  • Frozen Royal Welcome – Twice each day, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff take part in a festive cavalcade throughout Hollywoodland, accompanied by the Royal Arendelle Flag Corps and a flurry of skaters, skiiers and ice cutters – along with lovable snowman, Olaf. Anna leads the procession in a beautiful horse-drawn sleigh, with Elsa gliding by on a stunning, ice palace float. The entire procession pauses twice along the route in tribute to these visitors from Arendelle, as everyone in Hollywoodland is invited to join in singing “Let It Go!”
  • For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – Just in time for this year’s “Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE event, this popular show moves into the beautiful Hyperion Theater (formerly Superstar Television Theater), located right in the heart of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Royal Historians of Arendelle host a fun and comedic retelling of the unique story of their kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen,” plus all-new in-theater effects and special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.
  • Olaf’s Summer Cool Down – Several times each day, the Ambassador of Hollywoodland brings Olaf and some of his friends to the Event Stage to have a little fun with everyone “In Summer.” And as temperatures heat up, Olaf happily shares a burst from his personal snow cloud to cool things off.
  • “Coolest Summer Ever” Dance Party – Once the sun goes down, a dance party takes over the area around the Event Stage, with DJ Chill and some of your favorite Disney characters. Using a special event hashtag, you can share song requests and photos over social media, to be featured onscreen during the party.
  • “Frozen” Fireworks – As the night comes to a close, Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf come together at the Event Stage for a grand finale to the day’s festivities, kicking off an awe-inspiring fireworks display set to the glorious music of “Frozen” and, of course, a flurry of snow!


“Frozen” Summer Fun LIVE starts June 17 and continues daily through September 7 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Who’s going?


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Well since they are moving all the Frozen stuff towards the center of the park, it seems that construction will be starting soon on the left side of the park. And the snow area isn't going to be there this year, which is sort of a bummer.

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No surprises that Frozen Summer Fun is returning for a second year, considering the still insane popularity of everything thats got to do with Frozen. I'm very glad they extended it through September last year so that I got to experience it, because I had an absolute blast. And Frozen Fireworks were amazing! Heres my video from last years fireworks, will be interesting to see how it will be this year.


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I'm not surprised they're beefing up the Frozen Sing-a-Long and moving it to a better venue. The show was a surprise hit and was still packing in the crowds last October.

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I'm not surprised they're beefing up the Frozen Sing-a-Long and moving it to a better venue. The show was a surprise hit and was still packing in the crowds last October.


It was still pulling in the crowds when I was there! It was also really well done! The royal historians were so funny!

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I'm not surprised they're beefing up the Frozen Sing-a-Long and moving it to a better venue. The show was a surprise hit and was still packing in the crowds last October.


My two year old granddaughter loved this sing-a-long. Nice to see it get a better location. It was kind of cramped back where it was.

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Yesterday we had the chance to go check out 2015's installment of Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios!


This year’s event welcomes a new show, “Star Wars: Rebels,” new locations for autograph sessions and merchandise and several Star Wars luminaries making their first hyperspace jump to Star Wars Weekends.


Bringing Walt Disney World Resort guests as close to the Force as they can get, Star Wars Weekends features more than 60 Star Wars characters roaming the theme park for meet-and-greet opportunities, a Star Wars motorcade, the “Symphony in the Stars” nighttime fireworks spectacular saluting iconic sounds of the films, event-exclusive merchandise at Darth’s Mall, Star Wars-inspired dining offerings and specialty food and beverages, interactive activities, and more every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) May 15-June 14, 2015.


Highlighting the event, Star Wars celebrities, including returning favorites and event newcomers, will appear in star conversations, talk shows, autograph sessions, and the motorcades each weekend. Bringing his evil prowess to Star Wars Weekends for the first time, actor Ian McDiarmid, Senator/Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars movies, will kick off Weekend I May 15-17. To balance out the appearance of the dark side with a beacon of light, actor Frank Oz, the voice of Yoda in the Star Wars movies, will make his first event appearance in Weekend V June 12-14.


Celebrities scheduled to appear at Star Wars Weekends 2015 include voices from the hit Disney XD series “Star Wars Rebels” and stars from Episodes I-VI of the Star Wars film franchise (entertainment is subject to change):


Weekend I (May 15 – 17)

- Ian McDiarmid: Senator/Emperor Palpatine (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

- Amy Allen: Aayla Secura (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)

- Tiya Sircar: Sabine Wren (Star Wars Rebels)


Weekend II (May 22 – 24)

- Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

- Silas Carson: Ki-Adi-Mundi, Nute Gunray (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith)

- Vanessa Marshall: Hera Syndulla (Star Wars Rebels)


Weekend III (May 29 – 31)

- Warwick Davis: Wald, Wicket W. Warrick (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

- Daniel Logan: Boba Fett (Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: The Clone Wars)

- Steve Blum: Zeb Orrelios (Star Wars Rebels)


Weekend IV (June 5 – 7)

- Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)

- Jeremy Bulloch: Boba Fett (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

- Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka Tano (Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)


Weekend V (June 12 – 14)

- Frank Oz: Yoda (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Star Wars: Attack of the Clones; Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi; Star Wars Rebels)

- Ray Park: Darth Maul (Star Wars: The Phantom Menace)

- Peter Mayhew: Chewbacca (Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith; Star Wars: A New Hope; Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back; Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

- Taylor Gray: Ezra Bridger (Star Wars Rebels)


The host of Star Wars Weekends, actor James Arnold Taylor, from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and “Star Wars Rebels,” will also host the new Star Wars Weekends show “Star Wars: Rebels,” where guests can relive the twists and turns of the first season of the Disney XD series with special guests from the show’s voice cast. In addition to Ashley Eckstein’s Weekend IV guest spot, she will also be joining every day of the event as host of “Padawan Mind Challenge – Family Edition.”


A celebration of all-things-Star Wars, the special event is included in regular park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Check out some photos from the event! Photos by Robb Alvey & Jack Crouse. The good ones are Jack's!



If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll want to hang out at Disney's Hollywood Studios every weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) May 15-June 14, 2015.


Fans of all ages come dressed up in their favorite Star Wars/Disney cross over costumes for a weekend of fun!


You can meet & greet with characters from the films and Disney characters getting into the spirit of things.


Yes, Boba Fett is here, too!


We started our day by checking out the Rebel Hanger, home to some of the Star Wars themed food being served at the event.


The restaurant is decked-out in Star Wars, of course!


Did he shoot first?


All the tables have these awesome characters on them.


There are Star Wars themed cupcakes, "Chips & Sith", and lots of goodies you'll have to try!




Steven Miller showing us some of the new merchandise available during Star Wars Weekends.


There's pretty much something for everyone.


Gotta love these new Star Wars: The Force Awakens T-Shirts!


And you can put Oswald ears on your droids! lol


The "motorcade" is a parade of sorts that features characters from the movies, talent from the movies & shows, and fans dressed up as their favorite characters.

Video of the Motorcade thanks to Attractions Magazine:


It's the kid Jedi army!


These fans make their own costumes and will march in the parade.


The fans come from all over the country to join in the fun at Star Wars Weekends.


These all home-made costumes look fantastic!


And a lot of the fans really know how to get into character!


Need some Rebel pilots? There are plenty featured during Star Wars Weekends!


Proudly these guys march and show off their costumes!


It's sometimes hard to tell the fans from the actual characters!


I think this dude is legit! ;)


Jedi Mickey also makes an appearance to kick off the motorcade!


And of course he's hanging out with Princess Leia Minnie!


Some of the stars include Ashley Eckstein who played Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars & Star Wars Rebels.


Tiya Sircar who played Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels.


Ian McDiarmid who was Senator/Emperor Palpatine in all the Star Wars feature films.


James Arnold Taylor from Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.


And the motorcade ends with none other than Darth Vader himself!



Along with Star Wars weekends, you can train to be a Jedi in the Jedi Training academy. This is a show that runs year-round.


The Jedi Training Academy is right next to Star Tours.


And this ride gets VERY popular during Star Wars Weekends! =)


"Why didn't I get a Fast Pass???"


Character meet & greets are all over the park.


And yes, you can even meet Jedi Master Mickey!


Only at Star Wars weekends can you find random Star Wars characters just hanging out!


It doesn't take much to get these guys playing a tune for you.


Hey look! We met Jedi Elsa!


You simply cannot go to Hollywood Studios without a ride on Tower of Terror!


Even the Starbucks cast get into Star Wars Weekends! Armando here is from Cloud City, Bespin!


Storm Troopers on stage having a good time.


And all the Star Wars stuff you can imagine inside Darth's Mall!


“Symphony in the Stars” nighttime fireworks spectacular salutes iconic sounds of the films!

Video of the Fireworks thanks to Attractions Magazine:


The sky lights up the colors of the Rebel Alliance!


Star Wars Weekends is a MUST for any Star Wars fan! If you haven't been out to Hollywood Studios for the event, you HAVE to do it!


Photos by Robb Alvey & Jack Crouse. The good ones are Jack's! =)


In case you get lost wandering through the gardens, just look for one of these signs!

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yey this years looks good! I wish i could afford to make multiple trips to Florida every year but this year I've decided to do the food and wine festival.


I did star wars weekends in 2013. I still think its a shame they got rid of the hoopla. Fireworks are cool but I liked dancing star wars characters

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Wait, is this a Fan or an Official Disney Face Character? I know the character is from Star Wars: Rebels. Either way, they nailed the character, and it'd be cool to see come Rebels Characters show up as live actors in ANY of the upcoming Star Wars Movies.



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Yesterday Theme Park Review was invited to attend the first day of Frozen Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios! This event brings back several favorites from last year's initial Frozen programming along with some new offerings to add to a day at the park!


A new stage setup has debuted this year thanks to the removal of the former Sorcerer's Hat icon, with the new stage sitting approximately where the old pin trading booth under the hat was located. Sitting slightly closer to the Chinese Theater/The Great Movie Ride than the stage did previous when the Sorcerer's Hat was still present, there is a slight increase in space for guests directly in front of the stage to enjoy the entertainment.


A brand new show called Olaf's Summer Cool Down debuts this year as well, featuring a newly-articulated Olaf that can blink and move his mouth as he speaks, sings and daydreams about all things warm. I've attached a great video from our friends at Orlando Attractions Magazine for the show.



For the First Time in Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration has moved from its previous home in the Streets of America's Premiere Theater to the Hyperion Theater (the previous Superstar Television Theater that hosted The American Idol Experience most recently) and with this move, the show has been given a new set, new in-theater effects and a much larger seating space for more guests to be able to enjoy each show. The content of the show itself is still the same super-popular show that has been running at Disney's Hollywood Studios for the past year, but the new venue makes the show feel far more permanent and the audience seemed to be loving it. And for those curious about the remnants of The American Idol Experience, the former show's stage has been entirely removed as have the former voting panels along each seat.


The culmination of Frozen Summer Fun at Disney's Hollywood Studios is the "Frozen" Fireworks Spectacular. It is always a treat to see fireworks at Disney's Hollywood Studios, something that is most often reserved for special events like Frozen Summer Fun, Star Wars Weekends or major holidays like the Fourth of July or New Year's Eve. I can't say for sure if this year's fireworks spectacular is a carbon copy of last year's version, but I was thoroughly impressed by the sheer amount of pyro used during this impressive show. It was also nice to have the characters appear on the stage to cut between the fireworks at several points in the show. Definitely a great way to end the day at the park!


We had a great time today at Disney's Hollywood Studios for this year's version of Frozen Summer Fun! The event runs every day from now until September 7th, 2015, so be sure to check it out during your next visit to the Walt Disney World Resort!


It is a little strange not seeing the Sorcerer's Hat behind the stage after all these years...


The stage setup is quite different than last year's layout which was heavily borrowed from Star Wars Weekends 2014.


For the First Time in Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration has moved from the Premiere Theater to the newly-renamed Hyperion Theater...


The show's popularity called for a larger show space and with The American Idol Experience moving out, this was a natural place to move the show.


With how popular the show is and how full the theater is during each showing, it comes as no surprise that the theater hosts a huge number of performances each day.


The Hyperion Theater received a slight signage upgrade to prep it for its new title and tenant.


This photo op ROCKS!


Wandering Oaken's Trading Post did not return for this year's event, but a more permanent Frozen merchandise space has been set up at the exit gift shop that was formerly used for The American Idol Experience merchandise.


The ABC Sound Studio (formerly home to Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide, the Cinderella movie preview, the Maleficent movie preview, the Comedy Warehouse: Holiday Edition and before that Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey) now hosts half hourly showings of Frozen Fever, the Frozen sequel short film that accompanied Cinderella in theaters.


The Frozen Royal Welcome is a small procession featuring some of the residents of Arendelle to kick off the day's Frozen Summer Fun activities.


Anna pulled in a horse-drawn carriage...


Hi Anna!


Kristoff makes an appearance on the Wandering Oaken's Trading Post float (fans of the Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party may recognize this float from the Once Upon a Christmastime Parade).


Queen Elsa brings snow to Florida with her magical powers...


Time to conjure more!


If you're tweeting in the park with #FrozenSummer your tweet may be featured on the screen for all to see!


Olaf's Summer Cool Down is a new show featuring a newly-articulated Olaf character that looks fantastic!


Olaf gets to sing "In Summer" with the crowd...


Then they do a medley of Summer-friendly songs to turn up the heat!


I just like this photo.


Noting how hot it is in Orlando, Olaf directs his personal snow flurry to share the cold with all of the guests present...


And next thing you know, you're engulfed in a blast of cold fog--it was quite refreshing!


Inside of For the First Time in Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration, the royal historians continue their typical antics.


And yes, there are sing-alongs.


Everyone in the audience knows the words.


Kristoff still makes several appearances in the show.


Elsa makes an entrance from a brand new set piece added for the Hyperion Theater version of the show.


Time for the final "Let it Go" sing-along.


The sides of the Hyperion Theater have added projection mapping effects that help to transform the theater throughout the show.


And it wouldn't be a Frozen experience without snow!


These projections effects are really fun!


The cold never bothered me anyway...


A new sand sculpture for Frozen Summer Fun has been added outside of the entrance of Disney's Hollywood Studios!


DJ Elliott hosts a dance party as a pre-show for the fireworks.


The "Frozen" Fireworks Spectacular begins with a little introduction by Olaf, Anna and Kristoff.


There is some HUGE pyro in this show!


No Sorcerer's Hat makes for a newly-interesting view!


Lighting up the night...


There is no shortage of fireworks in this show!


Such a blast to witness!


Queen Elsa comes out to sing "Let It Go" one more time as the fireworks go off.


The final seconds of the fireworks show are absolutely loaded with fireworks...


The blast takes your breath away, even from a far.


Special thanks to the Walt Disney World Resort for inviting us to this exciting event! Be sure to come check Frozen Summer Fun out for yourself!

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It definitely seems like the event is still a hit! Thanks for the report.


Geez, seeing that stage with no Sorcerer's Hat is odd. With stages being assembled all the time at DHS, if they are coming up with a replacement icon, I sure hope it incorporates a stage in someway. I love Disney, but that stage is just one step up from Luminosity at Cedar Point...

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