Disney Hollywood Studios Hat Removal

1/15/15: Mickey’s Sorcerer’s hat, long a symbol of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, is going away.  Part of the hat has already been removed, see below:

Disney Hollywood Studios Hat

Update 1/19/15: Another block of the hat has been removed:


1/20/15: More work being done.  I wonder where the hat is going, to a landfill or are they repurposing it?


1/27/15: The hat is nearly gone and now they are starting to remove part of the Mickey ears.

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My Favorite Disney World Spots in Pictures



My first scene? Well, I’ve never actually seen this as it is from a long time ago, or at least I don’t recall it. But, an old fashioned ticket booth can’t be beat.




Take a moment and enjoy the view of Cinderella’s Castle.


Moving on, I prefer to move in a counter-clockwise direction… not sure why but that is just how I am.  This brings me to perhaps my favorite ride of all, Space Mountain.  Even the queue brings in some great music and positive energy, preparing me for my excursion into space.


Typically, I will knock out the rides around this, but for my visual journey we’ll skip right on to the New Fantasyland, which has always been my favorite section of the Magic Kingdom.  The classic Peter Pan is the highlight of this area, although it now has stiff competition from the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  So, both get pictured here.

peter_pan Seven_Dwarfs

Lunch time. Eat a quick bite and get back to the action. We like either the Pinocchio Village Haus – with a view of guests riding into It’s A Small World – or the Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn & Cafe with a fantastic toppings bar.  Both have a great atmosphere and quick and easy dining (if you can find a spot – try to eat a light breakfast and then eat an early lunch as close to 11:00 am as possible).

pecos_bill village_haus

After a filling lunch, the best thing is to take it easy.  Scary won’t make you sick, so head to the Haunted Mansion.


I can’t resist the popcorn and snacks as you head into Frontierland, a quick boat ride or two and maybe some adventure on an island is followed up by the ride you must drag your kids on even if they are screaming (#DragYourKidsEvenIfTheyAreScreaming good hashtag, no? ) onto Splash Mountain.


Of course you have to hit Big Thunder Mountain, then time to cool off in the always fun Pirates of the Caribbean.  Go ahead, sing along.



A few additional attractions are nearby, around which you must – and I mean must – save time and space for a fantastic Dole Whip.


I hope you enjoyed my pictorial tour of a favorite day at the Magic Kingdom!

Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – Full Ride

More about the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train:

The indoor line-up area hosts a few interactive activities. One is a gem-sorting game where you match up three jewels of different shape but the same color. There is also a spot with barrels full of gems that you spin to create reflective animations on the ceiling. Finally there are the “musical spigots,” a gem washing station with wooden taps carved to woodland animals. There are 12 spigots each representing a note on the chromatic scale.


The ride travels both indoors and outdoors, similar to Frontierland’s major attractions, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Splash Mountain. Unlike roller coasters such as California Screamin’ and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, this attraction is designed to appeal to a family-oriented crowd with enchanting scenery and cartoonish architecture; it retains details from the original 1937 film. The attraction features a new ride system of a “tilting vehicle.” This new technology simulates the swaying and tipping one would expect to experience in a mine cart.

Songs from the film, such as Heigh-Ho, are featured in the attraction. Most of Audio-Animatronics, including the Dwarf figures of Doc, Happy, Sleepy, Grumpy, and Bashful performing their Yodel Song in the final scene are recycled from the demolished Snow White’s Scary Adventures attraction. To mask their age, the windows looking inside are partially obscured. Additionally, the vulture figures from the previous attraction ride are perched on a mining structure early in the ride.

The ride features two on-ride cameras that provide videos and pictures for guests to buy through Disney’s Photopass. It is one of only two Walt Disney World attraction to provide videos to guest, the other being The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Unlike the rest of the rides at Walt Disney World with on-ride cameras, there are no monitors after the ride to view the pictures and there is no store to buy the pictures in.