27 August 2012

Ready when you are, C.B.

We all try to find ways to bring a little bit of the Walt Disney World experience into our homes in between trips to Florida. With that thought it mind, I thought I would expand upon an idea I touched upon during the early years of the Gazette. Today, I’m going to tell you how my wife and I have Disney’s Hollywood Studios Night at our house.

The foundation of any good Disney’s Hollywood Studios Night at home is the same as if you were in the park, quality entertainment! The format we utilize is the film festival, specifically we pick a couple of our favorites that are featured in the scenes of The Great Movie Ride. We exclude the finale compilation and the films of the previews in the queue, even though these all make appearances in some way, shape, or form later in the attraction, in order to maintain a list that is as vital to the attraction as it is manageable to collect. For those of you needing a checklist or cheat-sheet, I present to you the scenes of The Great Movie Ride in film:

Footlight Parade
Singin' in the Rain
Mary Poppins
The Public Enemy
The Searchers (
Given the dialogue of John Wayne’s Audio-Animatronics, Hondo would work as well)
Clint Eastwood’s Man With No Name Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Horror Films of the 1930s and 1940s
Tarzan the Ape Man
The Wizard of Oz

After you select the films you’re going to watch, our last festival included Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, The Public Enemy, and The Wizard of Oz, you’re going to have to figure out food and drinks. With recipes from all over Walt Disney World readily accessible on various websites and in Disney cookbooks, you shouldn’t have too hard a time finding a way to recreate your favorite meal from Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We opted for Grandma’s Chicken Pot Pie during our most recent evening. On Wednesday, we’ll be back with our step by step view of how we created the dish.

Beverages could be as simple as grabbing your favorite Coca-Cola or Gold Peak Tea product, but when you go through putting together a special evening, you want a special drink too, right? Many of the drink recipes from Disney’s Hollywood Studios are also easy to find online, but there is another option. With a wide array of wines featured in the restaurants of the park, especially at the Brown Derby, there are many bottles to choose from that can be found in your local grocery or wine store. For a starter’s list, look to the Brown Derby’s Red Wine Flight of the Stars! To pair with the pot pie, I actually opted for the MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir, and found it a quite tasty combination.

So, there you have the basics! Want to add a bit more to your Disney’s Hollywood Studios Night? Listen to music from the park as you prepare your meal, dress up like your favorite streetmosphere character, or even shot off a couple of bottle rockets after the sun sets. Want to make this a bit more family friendly? Make it a Star Wars or Muppet film festival, use glowcubes in a Shirley Temple, and rather than draw your own favorite Disney characters hand out crayons and coloring books! The point is, as many stars as there are in Hollywood, there are just as many variations for you to make this evening special and unique for your family!


Rich T. said...

What a fantastic idea! Any night's a good night at our house for Oz, Casa Blanca or Singin' in the Rain, so we're all set for adding in the right meal and background music!

Have you tried this with a Sci-Fi Dine In theme?

FigmentJedi said...

Could also show the three animated movies made at the park: Mulan, Lilo and Stitch and Brother Bear.

Unknown said...

This is such a great idea! I need to start planning. :)