Jose Castillo’s 4/29-5/2/09 WDW Report

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WDWNT’s own Jose Castillo is back from the Walt Disney World Resort and has plenty of photos to share with us, so let’s take a look:

Jose arrived at Disney’s Hollywood Studios Wednesday evening to enjoy Fantasmic!

Park hours were expanded and a Fantasmic! was added at 10:00 PM

The “new” Toluca Legs Turkey Company that has replaced Fairfax Fries

Still brings in a crowd

The “new” Fairfax Fare has replaced Toluca Legs old location

Looking popular thus far

A look at the menu

What’s this at the Darkroom?

The long-running Pal Mickey display has peen replaced with something more fitting of a camera

Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream presented by D23

A packed Pixar Studios

70 minute wait for Toy Story Midway Mania!

Across the street is the home of Luxo Jr., who will soon begin bursting from those black doors

A billboard for Up behind the Great Movie Ride

Waiting for Fantasmic!

The Goodyear blimp must have thought people were gathering for a sporting event…

Regardless of what you think of it, the Sorcerer’s Hat is beautiful at night

The next morning, Jose stopped by the new Kidani Village addition to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

Just a day before opening, some work still had to be done

One of the tapestries holding the names of the founding members

Some last minute painting

At look out the windows into the savanna

The store is called Johari Treasures

Moving over to the Magic Kingdom…

Construction has begun on The Pirates League at the exit of Pirates of the Caribbean

As we reported a few months ago, the toy guns have been produced in brighter colors

Tomorrowland was packed…

Despite this

The stage for Stitch’s Supersonic Celebration is complete

The large screen features a highly-entertaining video loop when the show is not running

It has now invaded as of May 3rd

A look at the control tower

An ad for Merchant of Venus

The Tomorrowland News Network wishes you a happy Galaxy Day

The members of the Tomorrowland Chamber of Commerce

Happy Galaxy Day from the shuttered TTA

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Here is our group photo from the WDWNT Fan Meet on April 30, a special thank you to all who showed up for a fun afternoon!

Leaving the Magic Kingdom, some walls up at the TTC

“Here Comes the Sun…”

Oh wait, that’s the Characters in Flight balloon at Downtown Disney

The balloon has not seen a lot of time in the air since it opened

We have now renamed this “Characters on Ground”

Time for a group dinner at T-Rex

An excited bunch

It appears Jerry was at both tables…

Ladies and gentlemen, the backside of ice!!!

Then came the dessert

Behold the Chocolate Extinction

As the fog settled, we dug in

Work continues on Paradiso 37

We went back to the balloon to see if it was running

It wasn’t, but we managed to get a V.I.P. tour

Here are somethings not to do while on-board

Here’s what holds on to the balloon

The control booth aboard the balloon

It was a bright and early start at the Studios on May 1st for the 20th anniversary

These banners are now up at the turnstiles

The WDWCelebrations’ group was there bright and early

A beautiful morning

Here come the cool kids…

Someone suggested we add music from “Reservoir Dogs” to video of the Toy Story Midway Mania! cast walking down Hollywood Blvd.

The special lanyard worn by opening day Studios cast members

Paige Turner drives in with the “In The Can Pictures” truck

The director prepares us for our role in “20 Years of Magic where we Celebrate You!”

Paige gives us the cue

Here come the Vice President of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Rilous Carter

After a few words…

Hollywood here we come!!!

Figment was ready for the occasion

Mickey was excited and ready as well

The 20th anniversary cupcake was truly something to behold

It was huge and quite delicious

The one and only Jason Zucker was signing his DHS and happy graduation pins to mark the day

Now that’s talent

Time for a “Block Party Bash”

The entire WDWCelebrations team signed a shirt. Tom Corless’ autograph is the one you can’t read…

A group ride on the Great Movie Ride

The new Club Penguin character meet and greet is up next to the Backlot Tour entrance

Their appearance times are listed on top of a barrel of Cream Soda for some reason…

The adjacent giant Coca-Cola bottles have vanished behind a wall

A new Villians t-shirt featuring Scar, Prince John, Hades, Gaston, and Captain Hook.

Moving over to Epcot for the evening…

The Kim Possible station on the Odyssey bridge allows guests to play a touch screen game after it closes

We choose to go!

and we all went orange team

I don’t even know what to say about this

Over at the Mexico pavilion, Casa Mexicana has opened as a retail location

Again, not sure what to say…

Adam driving? I don’t think so…

Moving on to May 2nd, the Club Penguin characters had arrived

I think the stranger characters are in this picture

Time to experience American Idol

The ending of the Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream exhibit space now features Disney’s Hollywood Studios displays for the anniversary

These will be up for at least a few months

A select few from the group were chosen for the Pearl Harbor scene on the Backlot Tour

Our own Kyle Duffield ready to get drenched

Now you see him…

Now you don’t

Look out!!!

Another fantastic event put on by WDWCelebrations and another fantastic photo report by Jose Castillo

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About the author

Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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