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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Hollywood Studios to undergo major changes in 2016 - so now what do you do?

A new Millennium Falcon-based attraction is just one of many new additions for the upcoming Star Wars land.

With all the changes coming to Disney Hollywood Studios, there's a bit of uncertainty about how (or if) guests should visit this park.

While there's a lot of work going on, it's still well worth a visit to DHS.  For one, be sure to check out the Star Wars Launch Bay.  Here you can meet Chewbacca and (if you date) Kylo Ren.  There are lots of movie props and reproductions to see.  Plus, you can try your hand at the Star Wars Infinity video game.

Speaking of Star Wars, Star Tours has been updated again to include a new scene from The Force Awakens. Even better, the new Symphony in the Stars:  A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show is running most nights and it's well worth seeing!  Fireworks and Star Wars music - what could be better?

Many of the popular attractions, such as Toy Story Mania, the Tower of Terror and Rock-n-Roller Coaster are still up and running, so be sure to check them out.

There may be some shifting traffic patterns while construction is ongoing, so be patient and allow a bit of extra time to get to the park (whether driving or using Disney transportation).

So yes, there's some disruption at DHS, but it's still well worth a visit.  You never know when you might luck into a test run of a new attraction or a soft opening!

Frozen Ever After attraction to open in June 2016

For the first time in forever, guests can explore the kingdom of Arendelle when “Frozen Ever After” opens in the Norway Pavilion in June 2016, according to the Disney Parks Blog. This family-friendly adventure picks up after the events in the blockbuster hit “Frozen” and celebrates a “Summer Snow Day.”

A stone archway entrance greets guests to the kingdom of Arendelle. Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, Kristoff, Olaf, trolls and Marshmallow join them on their boat journey through the frozen willow forest, past Troll Valley and up to the North Mountain to Elsa’s ice palace.

After disembarking, guests can meet the regal sisters in the cozy Royal Sommerhus. Inspired by a cabin in the countryside of Norway, the sisters have opened their summer home for visitors.

Fun Facts:
  • Frozen Ever After is the first Frozen-themed attraction and the Royal Sommerhus is Elsa’s and Anna’s permanent meet and greet at Disney Parks.
  • Guests will witness Elsa’s ice magic on Frozen Ever After.
  • Composers Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez created new lyrics to the cherished Frozen film songs.
  • All of the original voice talent from the film returned and recorded dialogue and songs for the attraction
  • WDI traveled to Norway to research architecture, d├ęcor and artifacts; guests will find their inspiration in the Royal Sommerhus.
  • The design of Royal Sommerhus and the surrounding area is modeled after a traditional Norwegian cabin in Trondheim.

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