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American Idol Experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Adds New Songs

The American Idol Experience at Disney's Hollywood Studios has been "refreshed with fourteen new songs added to the choices for a new season. The new songs were chosen from frequent request by guests auditioning at the American Idol Experience and include favorites from some former Idol winners.

Carbon-Freeze Me Experience Coming To DHS

Remember the famous scene in Star Wars in which Han Solo is frozen in carbonite? Ever wanted to see what you'd look like if you were to, say, take Han's place? Thanks to a new experience coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios later this month, you just might have the chance.

The Carbon-Freeze Me Experience rolls into DHS May 18 as part of that park's Star Wars Weekends. Guests opting to go through the experience will have their coutenance captured on a series of cameras, run through a computer and translated into an 8-inch figurine. It's a totally new and unique experience created specifically for Disney parks as part of Disney's "D-Tech Me" line.

Those of you interested in giving the Carbon-Freeze Me Experience a try should know the cost is $99.95 per figurine plus shipping (the mini-you comes straight to your house after about four weeks); additional figurines of the same person can be purchased for $74.95. Interested parties will have to make a reservation for the experience by calling 407-WDW-TECH. It's also worth noting no discounts apply to the epxerience, and no-shows/ cancellations within 48 hours are subject to a $25 fee on the credit card given at the time of the reservation booking.

The Carbon-Freeze Me Experience will run every day during normal DHS hours May 18 through June 16. The experience can be found next to The American Idol Experience. Admission to DSH is required.

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Disney Nabs Four Thea Awards

The Themed Entertainment Awards announced their choices for this year's Thea Awards recipients on Tuesday, naming four that were Disney-related.

Disneyland and Walt Disney World shared an award for outstanding achievement in the "attraction refresh" category for Star Tours. The attraction reopened in May in both the California and Disney Hollywood Studios locations.

Disney World also nabbed another award with the nightly Magic Kingdom show, "The Magic, The Memories and You." Shown on Cinderella's Castle, it received outstanding achievement in the "show spectacular" category.

Make Plans Now For Ringing in 2012 At Walt Disney World

As the familiar song goes, what are you doing New Year's Eve? How about ringing in 2012 at Walt Disney World? Recently, Disney put out the scoop on what to expect at the parks during the last few hours of 2011.

The Magic Kingdom will celebrate by offering two fireworks shows on December 31, 2011: a holiday-themed "Wishes" show at 8:30 p.m. and a 11:15 p.m. showing of "Fantasy in the Sky." It looks like a countdown to the new year is also planned.

Epcot is holding two "Illuminations" for guests at 7:00 p.m. and 11:42 p.m. (yep, the time is that specific) to help ring in 2012.

Lightning McQueen Will Join Lights, Motors, Action! at DHS

Fans of "Cars" and "Cars 2" will have another way of seeing one of the films' stars this summer besides the theater as Lightning McQueen prepares to join the cast of Disney Hollywood Studio's Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.

Look for Lightning McQueen to make a cameo appearance as the stunt show director prepares a highlight reel to showcase "one of the greatest race cars of all time." Mater, Lightning McQueen's sidekick, also is involved as well as a "mysterious black automobile."

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FastPass+ Reservations Open And Bonus Hours Announced For Toy Story Land

Yee Haa! Round-up your friends and nail down your dates because if you will be a guests staying at select Walt Disney World Resort hotels for the opening of Toy Story Land FastPass+ reservations are now open! Toy Story Land makes its dazzling debut on June 30, for all the fun Andy's backyard can handle. Join Woody, Jessie, Buzz, as you shrink down to toy size and experience the all new adventures in store.

Woody’s Lunch Box To Bring Quick Service Breakfast Fun To Disney’s Hollywood Studios

It has been no secret that Disney's Hollywood Studios has been lacking in the breakfast department over the past several years, so I was super excited to hear that Woody's Lunch Box in the new Toy Story Land will be offering a fun new place to grab your morning meal.

A Holiday Flurry Of Fun At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

There's a flurry of fun going on at Disney's Hollywood Studios, so grab the gang and head down Hollywood Boulevard into a wonderland of Holiday excitement. Let's take a look at what's going on during this spectacular season!

10 Things To See During The Holidays At Walt Disney World

Holidays at Walt Disney World are right around the corner and I'm looking forward to a variety of exciting activities! It's a fan favorite time of year when the property is decorated with seasonal lights and trim to go along with the bustling activities. Read on to learn 10 exciting things to see during the holidays at Disney.

A Quick Stop At The BoardWalk Bakery

We all know that dining at the Walt Disney World Resorts can be an extraordinary experience. That especially holds true at the variety of venues on Disney's BoardWalk. As much as I love to dine at the wonderful table service venues, sometimes I just want to pick up a quick bite on the go, and that's when I turn to the BoardWalk Bakery.

View Galactic Treasures At Star Wars Launch Bay

I've been meaning to write a post about Star Wars Launch Bay for quite awhile now, however there is so much great stuff packed into this space it was hard to know where to start. So - I'm going to let my camera do most of the talking on this one. I hope you enjoy this small peak into this intriguing Star Wars experience currently at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Best Use Of A Snack Credit at Disney's Hollywood Studios

One of the biggest questions surrounding the dining plan is "how can I get the best value for my credits?" Most veterans know that things like character dining and Food & Wine Festival snacks can get you a big bang for your buck (or credit). But did you know that there is a hidden gem of a snack tucked away in Echo Lake at Disney's Hollywood Studios that might be the best value for your snack credit around? I give you the funnel cake from Oasis Canteen!

Lunch at Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano has been a table service staple at Disney's Hollywood Studio for decades. Tucked in the far back of the Muppets Courtyard, past 'PizzaRizzo' and 'It's A Wonderful Shop', the brightly colored awning and streamers of overhead flags welcome hungry guests to come inside and enjoy a meal. My son and I recently stopped in to try Mama Melrose's for lunch.

The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge

If you're looking for a lovely place to lose a couple of hours at Disney's Hollywood Studio, the Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge may be just the place for you. Located on a shady patio in front of the signature Hollywood Brown Derby Restaurant, this shady nook offers cocktails and tapas with a prime view for people watching.

Two Snack Credit Breakfast on the Go at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Breakfast options at Disney Hollywood Studios are what I call, limited. While there is a Character Breakfast it's focused on the Disney Junior set which can make it less than desirable for some older Disney travelers. I wasn't sure where I would end up eating the morning we went to that Park, but I ended up with one of the most delicious treats of my day.