Disney’s BeadForLife Kiosks

If you have read some of my other articles, you know I love to shop.  Granted, I tend to look for the best “deal”, but I love artsy, unique items that have a special meaning.  Usually these items are handmade, one of a kind and rarely inexpensive and yet I’ve found the perfect treasure right at Disney at their BeadForLife Kiosks.

Bead For Life at Disney World

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Citizens of Hollywood

The Citizens of Hollywood, formerly known as Streetmosphere, are a hilarious group of actors that put on various performances multiple times a day in the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. These performers are not to be missed and when I see parents dragging their kids past them to get in line for a meet and greet or ride I just shake my head. The Citizens of Hollywood are amazing ad-lib comics that everyone should take the time to appreciate. Below are some of my favorite moments from these performances.

First, some introductions…

Dorma Nesmond, Hollywood Moviestar

Dorma Nesmond, Hollywood Moviestar

Hollywood Director Otto Von Bonn Bahn of Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Director Otto Von Bonn Bahn

Mimi Kaboom and Stone Granite

Mimi Kaboom and Stone Granite

Evie Starlight and Officer William Club

Evie Starlight and Officer William Club

My personal favorite for his many faces and emotions…

Officer Percival Peabody

Officer Percival Peabody

Famous Hollywood Gossip Columnist…

Chloe Canard, Hollywood Gossip Columnist

Chloe Canard, Hollywood Gossip Columnist

There are multiple story lines they work from. In this scene, Peabody stands in as a stunt double to take a punch from Dorma Nesmond.

Peabody stands in as a stunt double to take a punch from Dorma Nesmond

Peabody stands in as a stunt double to take a punch from Dorma Nesmond

Here, Director Otto is fed up with Peabody’s inability to follow directions and directs him off the set. Peabody is obviously disappointed.

Officer Peabody is ejected from Otto's set due to his incompetence

Officer Peabody is ejected from Otto’s set due to his incompetence

But as in all Disney stories, there is a happy ending and Peabody is invited back to the stage.

Otto allows Percival back on his set at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Otto allows Percival back on his set

These skits usually run about 15 minutes in length and seem somewhat random in timing. I’ve gotten differing responses when asking cast members what the actual schedule is for the Citizens of Hollywood, but they can be found on either Hollywood Boulevard or Sunset Boulevard. Like I said before, these performers are not to be missed. They offer a break from the running from ride to ride and sometimes they even give out prizes to participants, usually instant fastpasses for the participant and their family, for being a part of the show.

Credit goes to studioscentral.com for the names of the Citizens of Hollywood. For more info on the Citizens of Hollywood, check out the Citizens of Hollywood Directory page over at Studios Central.

Star Wars Weekends: Chewbaca is Sexy, and He Knows It!

No visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends is complete until you have experienced Hyperspace Hoopla. Regardless of your status as a Star Wars geek, this stage show is definitely not to be missed. It is difficult to get a good viewing position for this show as people start staking out positions at the stage over two hours in advance. We weren’t going to make that commitment but I was still able to get some decent photos of the event from off to the side of the stage. Below are some of my favorites from the show.

The show is basically a dance competition between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. It is set to present day pop music and starts with Emperor Palpatine dancing to “Momma Said Knock You Out” by “LL Cool J”.

Emperor Palpatine does his best LL Cool J

Emperor Palpatine does his best LL Cool J

Palpatine and his Imperial Guards set the bar high for this dance competition

Palpatine and his Imperial Guards set the bar high for this dance competition

Thats right!

Thats right!

I got totally lucky with the timing of this photo of the finale of the Emperor’s performance…

The Emperor is on FIRE tonight!

The Emperor is on FIRE tonight!

The Rebels dance to “I’m Sexy and I Know It”, by LMFAO, with Chewbaca dressed as lead singer “Redfoo” and backed up by members of the Cantina band, a few Jawas and others.

Chewey, the Cantina Band, and the Jawas do their best LMFAO

Chewey, the Cantina Band, and the Jawas do their best LMFAO

Chewey bustin' a move

Chewey bustin' a move

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle, Yeah!

Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle, Yeah!

Chewey and his girls work the dance floor

Chewey and his girls work the dance floor

The Empire is represented again, this time by Darth Vader himself, along with Boba Fett and a crew of Stormtroopers.

Stormtroopers do the intro for Lord Vader

Stormtroopers do the intro for Lord Vader

Witness the Power of this Fully Armed and Operational Dance Team!

Witness the Power of this Fully Armed and Operational Dance Team!

Boba Fett hands off the lead to Vader

Boba Fett hands off the lead to Vader

The winner of the dance off is decided by audience applause. The Emperor listens as the votes are cast:

Emperor Palpatine listens smugly to the results of the Dance Competition

Emperor Palpatine listens smugly to the results of the Dance Competition

For anyone that has not seen the show, I wont give any spoilers as to who wins or how they win.

The last Stormtrooper runs off the stage just before the final routine by Darth Maul.

Stormtrooper runs off stage to make way for Darth Maul

Stormtrooper runs off stage to make way for Darth Maul

The show ends with Darth Maul doing a high energy dance routine.  This was a difficult routine to get acceptable photos of since not only was the sun completely set by this time, but the routine is very fast moving. I managed to get the photo below as he was stationary for a split second.

Darth Maul gettin' down for the Dance Off

Darth Maul gettin' down for the Dance Off

The next time we visit for Star Wars Weekends I would be willing to camp out for a couple hours for a front row position for this show. I wonder if they would let me set up a lawn chair?

For video of the entire show, I recommend Inside the Magic’s youtube channel. Just beware that if you have never seen the show there may be spoilers for you in the videos.

 

All Four Disney World Parks in One Day

I once read an article about the challenge of riding 10 Magic Kingdom rides/attractions before 10am. It can be done according to the person who wrote it, and I don’t doubt for a moment that it’s true. The majority of our trips to Disney have been somewhat commando-style, with detailed plans organized by extra magic hours and park layout. So our last trip we challenged ourselves to do all 4 parks in one day. (So you don’t think we are totally crazy, we did not have the kids with us on this trip.) Our idea wasn’t to do as much as possible at each park, but just to do our favorites and enjoy a few special things that each park has to offer.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios (previously Disney-MGM Studios) is home to two of the biggest thrill rides in the World, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Being a more daring person, I figured those two rides would be the only highlights for me in this park. But with every Disney trip we take, I am finding more and more to like about Hollywood Studios. [Read more…]