NEW Characters at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Love meeting the Disney Characters – READ to learn about the NEW Characters located at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Hey guys, shorter post today…on what’s new at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  While at Walt Disney World last week I stumbled upon 2 NEW characters, Edna Mode and Fancy Nancy.  Then a few days later another NEW character was announced.  Lets take a look.

Pixar Place:

So as the ride Toy Story Mania was “relocated” to Toy Story Land…wait what???  How can they move an entire ride, lol.  Ok, you got me…they only relocated the FRONT entrance…but it totally feels like they moved the ride, the old Toy Story area feels so empty…it was odd and very unfamiliar.  BUT they are revamping that area into Pixar Place – YAY!!!  Featuring the Incredibles!!  They have a few experiences in the area…but I found Edna meeting Guests in her own (inside) area.  I met Edna 1 month back at Disneyland on Pixar Pier and she was most delightful.  It was a pleasure to see her again.  Its amazing, perhaps we should share flights as we are apparently “vacationing” in the same places 😉

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In the same general area you can also meet Sully and Mike from “Monsters Inc”.  Love my fury friends from Monsters, but waiting for Randall or Boo…I wanta meet Randall Boggs and want him to match my Mouse Ears when he camouflages…would be a cute pic 🙂

Launch Bay Area:

If you keep on going, towards the Launch Bay area (where of course you can currently meet a few Star Wars Characters)…you will bump right into Fancy Nancy.  I must say she was very popular and had the sweetest disposition.  Little girls were running up to meet her, screaming her name in excitement.  In the same area; Pluto and Vampirina are listed.  Vampirina we meet at sea (Disney Cruise Line) last November and she was very spooky in the friendliest of ways.  Another hit character to catch, just watch out though…she might fly away if she turns into her Batty self.    NOTE – Both Fancy Nancy and V “might” be at Hollywood & Vines Character Breakfast (which is something I will book for all my clients on the Meal Plan).  So that’s another FUN way to meet the Disney Jr ladies.

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Fancy Nancy Clancy

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Isn’t Vampirina super cute!!

And the NEWEST of NEW…so NEW she isn’t even on the app yet – Bo Peep!  Yep I posted about her last week and she has been meeting other “toys” in the Toy Story Land area.  So while catching up with Jessie, Woody and Buzz…see if you can find Bo, she may be looking for her sheep?!?!

I LOVE meeting the characters and so do my kids…its something we have yet to grow out of and after seeing teens and young adults running up to characters…I think its a Magical Experience for ALL.  Pack your Signature book and Sharpie and ENJOY!!  After all we are ALL kids at heart and when at Disney, it shines the most and is a very welcomed feeling.

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NEW Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Disney World – REVIEW

Alright CARS Fans, a NEW attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has OPENED!  READ for my honest REVIEW.

So…while at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, exploring the land with all my fellow “toys”, we decided to try out the NEW experience – Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.  To quote Disney “Get pumped for a high-octane, first-of-its-kind show that’ll put you right in the middle of the Disney-Pixar Cars Universe”.  Sounds AMAZING, right?!?!?!

Location:

So this NEW show is located near Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, its around the corner.  You go past The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, thru or past Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and towards the back where you will see a CARS area.  Complete with Cruz Ramirez and DJ (who is from Disneyland), Photo Op.

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Look its DJ, straight from Disneyland – complete with this rock’in tunes.

The Show:

Spoiler Alert – I will talk about this show, honestly, and show video.  STOP if you want to be surprised!  You enter into a Theater Space, with curved stadium seating…so all seats are decent viewing seats.  There is a GIANT screen in front and all around you.  This serves as the backdrop for the show, its also a place for “other” characters to appear AND it serves as the “Race Track Simulator” that Lightning uses (like in the Movie).  Tow Mater appears first (on screen) and welcomes you and introduces his best bud – Lightning McQueen.  Lightning shows up as an actual Car, LIVE, at the front of the theater.  He talks, moves and races while up there, using the same Animatronic technology as in Frozen Ever After in Epcot.  He is basically a base of a car with animated features that help him interact and chat with the audience…which is pretty cool.  And watching him move and talk is pretty FUN to see and entertaining to figure out, how its all done (or is that just me?).

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Lightning McQueen!

Honest Opinion:

I found the show to be cute, a nice place to cool-off and will give your Cars fans a little show.  The show is simple and short.  My kids might find it cool, the first visit…after that I am not sure they would bother returning.  I feel kinda let down with this show.  What it is, is cute…but what it could have been…could have been amazing.  When I first heard they were doing a Racing Academy…I was imagining the old Lights, Motor, Action Show…like a stunt show but with CARS characters.  Like the Indiana Jones show, but with Cars.  To find out it was another tech show in a theater kinda made me sad.  So many little and big fans that would love a real Cars/Pixar attraction.

This just didn’t hit the mark for me, as a Theme Park goer.  Should you see the show, YES…why not.  Will this show amaze you and be something you go back to over and over again…perhaps not, not unless you have toddler.  Sorry Disney, this one didn’t cut it for me.  Cute but not amazing enough.  I know you are busy with Star Wars, but this could have been more, could have been something crowds line up for…its just not.  PS – we walked right in, no line, no wait, plenty of seats.

Hopefully this helped some of you, GO and SEE it for yourself, just don’t pump it up to the littles in case it falls short for them too.  If my kids loved it, I would “love” it and we would go over and over again…I just don’t see that happening like it does for Winnie the Pooh or Its A Small World, those rides we do over and over again.  Or the Frozen Sign-a-long…can’t tell you how many times I have seen that, lol.

Mahalo for Reading and FOLLOWING Along – Nina

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Woody’s Lunch Box – NEW Disney Dining REVIEW

Headed to Hollywood Studios?  Check out Woody’s Lunch Box, a Quick Service Dining Location at Disney World.

Hey FANS, today we will dig a little deeper into Toy Story Land and look into this NEW Dining Location in the area – Woody’s Lunch Box.  First this location is a QUICK Service location, meaning NO waitress and it means you NEED to find your own seat.  Seating is OUTDOORS and during peak times – it can be hard to find a seat.  Perhaps send one person scouting for a table, while the other orders.  SCORE if you get one in the shade.

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See the Top – its a LUNCH BOX, an old school Metal Lunch Box. The side is the Thermos.

Atmosphere:

This location might be the CUTEST place I have ever eaten at.  Think the INSIDE of a kids (Andy’s) Lunch Box (old-School) with a thermos, animal crackers, juice box, etc.  This entire area is themed like that.

Food:

The Menu is basically kids lunch food, items you might send to school, items you might find in a kids cafeteria (just short of pizza/mac & cheese); Sandwiches with tots and punch.  With the BIG HIT being TOTCHOS (this is what my friend ordered and she enjoyed it).  Who doesn’t love TOTS and NACHOS!!

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Quick Service Dining Menu…

My FOOD:

Disclaimer – I am vegan with LOTS of Food Allergies, so I am limited to what I can eat, but thrilled to have options.  I, do however, always travel with those that can order directly off the menu, so I am fully aware of the general items as well and if they were tasty or not (I keep notes).  For my most recent visit – I ordered BOTH items a Vegan can have.  Vegan Totchos and a Vegan (dairy-free) Grilled Cheese.  I took one for the team and ordered TOO much food.

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  • Vegan Totchos:  They came with TOTS, vegan chili (bean base), Frito’s (corn chips), dairy-free cheese shreds and green onions on top.  I am NOT a huge fake Cheese fan so next time I will ask for just a sprinkle (as they didn’t melt), but I found this option to be yummy and I 100% would order again.  My oldest kid would also enjoy this meal.
  • Vegan Grilled Cheese: I got a Vegan (dairy-free) Grilled Cheese, a mini cup of tots and a Cutie orange.  I couldn’t eat the other options so I was limited, but I love tots…just had LOTS of TOTS this day, lol.  Sadly I did not like this item, like at all.  I felt it lacked flavor for starters and why oh why do people think fake cheese needs to be mounted up.  Melted cheese was dripping and spilling out everywhere, it was extremely messy and hard to eat.  I was disappointed in this option and so glad the kids weren’t with me as they would have HATED this sandwich.  I was hoping this would be more than just bread and cheese, for the price I would have loved some flavor.  At home, I make mine with mustard and pickles, even dipping it in ketchup wasn’t enough, lol.  And please oh please…if you order this, ask for less cheese.
  • Food Allergy wise:  I found the staff very easy to talk too, they called a chef immediately (even though I knew what I could have).  The Chef/Manager cooked it themselves (I could watch them do it) after discussing the menu with me.  It did take several mins to get (but I will happily wait for SAFE food).  In fact while I was waiting, 3 other families asked for a chef behind me…seeking safe food.  The lady next to me was GF and also ordered the Grilled Cheese (Dairy version).  My meals came out with the Allergy Stick and I confirmed again that it was Dairy-Free, no cheese, no butter.

Everyone around me appeared to enjoy their food.  Lots of happy people eating.  This is a POPULAR place, so be prepared to wait in line and wait for a table.  We ended up sharing our table with an English couple seeking shelter from the sun, they also enjoyed their meal.  I was hungry and left full.  But most of all, I enjoyed looking around and seeing all the little details of this location.  Another BRAVO DISNEY!  Next time Disney, I’d suggest an actual shelter (perhaps an old Pizza Cardboard box or Cereal Box) from the sun and perhaps more tables.  I would also LOVE more options to eat (but I say this about every location; vegan soup, vegan dessert, flavorful sandwich, Vegan nuggets, etc)

I hope this helped anyone deciding to dine at Woody’s Lunch Box, its kinda a must when in the area, they have breakfast too.  And if you have Food Allergies, they were a popular place to dine and seemed able to accommodate all the allergies in line.  Mahalo for Reading and Following along – Nina

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