Happy 25th Anniversary Hollywood Studios!

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Back on May 1, 1989, Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios) opened at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Originally, the park only had 9 attractions – Backstage Studio Tour, Catastrophe Canyon, Disney Classics Theatre, The Great Movie Ride (I think the water is still the same as 25 years ago!), Hollywood Hollywood, Magic of Disney Animation, Monster Sound Show, Superstar Television and Residential Street.

My, how things have changed.

Now, the park has tons of rides and attractions for all to enjoy – Fantasmic, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, and Rock n’ Roller Coaster, to name a few. One special treat we got to experience on our last trip was the Jedi Academy Training. Both of my kids signed up (BIG Star Wars fans) and had so much fun!! Darth is huge close up!

The one thing I definitely miss from the old MGM Studios days is Residential Street. I loved seeing the Golden Girls house, one of my favorite shows growing up. It was just such a treat to see these props as you rode by, making you feel like you were somehow part of the ‘magic’ of television.

So Happy Anniversary Hollywood Studios! Here’s to the next 25! 😉

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New Beauty + the Beast Merchandise!

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New merchandise is coming to the Disney Parks in the coming months!

Disney Parks Blog gave a sneak peek at the new Beauty + the Beast themed merch coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts in the next few months. You will also be able to find new ‘Be Our Guest’ items at the Disney Store online, paying homage to the new restaurant in Magic Kingdom.

New items include:
-Gaston’s Tavern Statue
-Lumiere Figure
-Gaston’s Archery Playset
-1000 pc Puzzle (art by Thomas Kinkade)
-Collectible Figurine Set
-Belle Tea Set with talking Chip + Mrs. Potts (how adorable!!)
-New designs of Shields and Swords (we have one of the original ‘Beast’ shields from when the park opened and it’s awesome! A definate favorite of my own little ‘beast’! 🙂 )

These items are sure to please any Beauty + the Beast fan or any Disney Collector. I think I am liking the Belle Tea Set the best along with the artsy puzzle!

Any favorites or must-haves on your list?

Disney Fairytale Designer Collection

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For all Disney Princess (+ Prince) fans!

Disney is releasing five limited edition doll sets, depicting five of the most popular (and beloved) Disney couples. “Designed and beautifully crafted to capture the essence of ‘happily ever after'” (swoon!)

There will be an edition size of 6,000 for each of the couples. Doll sets retail for $129.95 US, $139.95 CDN, £100/€120 UK/EURO, and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Beginning August 20, a new couple will be released for purchase, and then another couple every 2 weeks after that. So far the release dates are as follows:

~ Snow White Designer Doll Set, available in Stores August 20 + online August 21

~ Tangled Designer Doll Set, available in Stores September 3 + online September 4

~ Aladdin Designer Doll Set, available in Stores September 17 + online September 18

~ Beauty and the Beast Designer Doll Set, available in Stores October 1 + online October 2

~ The Little Mermaid Designer Doll Set, available in Stores October 15 + online October 16

For those of you with extra money in your pockets, an online-exclusive set including ALL five couples will be available for pre-order on Monday, August 12, for $649.75. This is available to North America ONLY.

The Disney Fairytale Designer Collection will also feature accessories, apparel + home décor items, beginning online August 12 and August 19 in select stores.