Hello, and welcome to Dateline Disney World! This week, we’re taking a look at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Frozen Summer Fun that has just started. Let’s go!

Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

Welcome to the Studios!!

 

Banners are everywhere towards the entrance of the park for Frozen.

There is a sand sculpture as well.
Once in the park, they are giving out Olaf on a stick!

Would you like a pice of Pi?
This gift shop is currently down for refurbishment. Rumors suggest that it may become Starbucks.

Huge screen by the tip board for Frozen.
Nice new mural where the tip board used to be.

Tons of merch.
Booze is sold here later in the day.

American Idol Experience is closing sometime in the next year.
Maybe they’ll get rid of this FP+ canopy once it’s gone and let Ron Howard have his moment!

There is a Guardians of the Galaxy preview where Sounds Dangerous used to be.

Frozen sing a long taking place at the Premier Theater.

 

Themed(?) doors.

 

More mercy and food for Frozen.

Long queues set up for the sing a long.
Much shorter lines for the people who shelled out big money for a package that includes priority seating for the sing a long and the fireworks.

 

It was a difficult week for a driver on Lights, Motors, Action. The hero car missed his mark when jumping from a window onto a ramp disguised as a big rig. The car hit a support beam and ripped part of its roof off. The other cars on stage came to an immediate stop. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. Here’s a bit of video of the crash from YouTube user Callan Seaman. Note that as soon as the show goes awry, red lights go off in all of the other vehicles and they all come to a stop. It’s amazing to watch:

 

Lights, Motors, Action was  closed. 

Frozen times guide.

One of the ‘attractions’ for the summer is the Frozen Funland, which has ice skating, snowman building, and more chances to spend money.

I know I’m not the target demographic for this, but I was in here for about 6 minutes before I was ready to leave.

The whole back of the park closes at 8:30 for the fireworks.
Don’t forget about Maleificent.
Little Frozen photo spots are everywhere.

Cadillac photo spot on Sunset is under refurb.
And now some great Sunset and Hollywood Blvd shots to combat all the Frozen.

That’s all I’ve got for this week. Like I said before, I know that I’m not the target for this sort of thing, but it really just wasn’t for me. The Frozen hype is something that has actually turned me off to the franchise, and the event here at DHS kind of screams cash-grab to me. Some will argue that this is to combat the amazing Diagon Alley over at Universal, and I’m not sure if it is or isn’t. Either way, people are coming to DHS and spending lots of money and waiting lots of time to get into the merchandise offerings here, so you can’t really blame Disney for capitalizing on something like this.

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