Projecting Christmas at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has somewhat been the guinea pig for the new wave of entertainment Disney has rolled out in the last 2 years. If you can recall when the hat was removed from Hollywood Boulevard it opened up the necessary space to create a backdrop where projections could be cast onto buildings and so a Star Wars Spectacular rolled out, followed by Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam, which makes its return to the park this holiday season. Full length state of the art projections then made their way over to Magic Kingdom with the new Happily Ever After fireworks and projection show that replaced Wishes.

Sure, Magic Kingdom has projected images onto the castle in the past, but with the quality and realism that we’ve seen lately, the trend debuted and was tested at the neighboring Hollywood Studios. The immersive experience was paved with the Star Wars Spectacular.

Finally, two years after the Osbourne Family Lights show was pulled from the Streets of America, Hollywood Studios has given guests something to return to the park for during the Holidays. There has been a lot of Buzz – no pun intended – around this new addition, and from what has leaked on the internet, it’s a sight worth seeing.

This season the Hollywood Tower of Terror is getting in the Christmas spirit too with Sunset Seasons Greetings. A projection scene of gingerbread courtesy of the Swedish Chef from the Muppets, transforms the once ominous looking tower into a fantastic sight full of Yuletide cheer. If you are on Sunset Boulevard when the tower transforms, you are in for a treat with a special projection of Mickey and Minnie and a Toy Story surprise. Sunset Boulevard also becomes the home to Disney’s infamous “snope” which is the effect of snow, but made with soap. It is not recommended that you stick your tongue out to taste the flurries.

The show officially debuts tonight, but insider sources at Hollywood Studios last night got a sneak peek at the projections and the “snow” on Sunset Boulevard. Many who were present took a moment to livestream the magic on Facebook, but found this morning their livestreams which stay up as videos after the event, were taken down due to “copyright” issues.

I was lucky enough to watch a livestream of the Sunset Boulevard transformation, and it is officially on my holiday to-do list at the parks this season.

So tell us Main Streeter’s, what’s on your Holiday to-do list this year at Walt Disney World?

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Erika

Erika Roberts has been a Disney kid for as long as she can remember, but her love of visiting Disney Parks started after just one ride in a Doom Buggy. She couldn’t run to guest relations fast enough to offer up her soul in return for an Annual Pass. Since then Disney has taken all of her money, but has given her the most cherished memories; from watching her Nona’s face light up with happy tears as we strolled down Main Street on her first visit (she was 84 at the time), to her very own engagement on Halloween in front of the Haunted Mansion. Erika is excited to be on the TMSM team and where Disney Parks are concerned, you won’t catch her dead on It’s a Small World. If she asks to ride that, this is a clear indication that she is in danger and you must send help. You will, however, catch her performing Random Acts of Disney (R.A.D’s), park hopping with her amazing group of impressively talented and kind friends (usually in some themed attire), hanging out by The Haunted Mansion, and ugly crying during fireworks… then begging for a Mickey Premium Bar to eat her feelings…this is a judgment-free bio. Otherwise, Erika works for the State of Florida and is actively involved in her community. Erika believes in empowering others and spreading kindness to people from all walks of life. Erika also makes custom designed Disney inspired ears, etched glass, gifts, and accessories. You can check out, like or follow her work on FB, which also links to my shop’s Instagram: www.facebook.com/imagineering.emporium. She looks forward to getting to know everyone and sharing the magic of Disney!

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