4. Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Celebration happening May 1st
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is celebrating its milestone 30th anniversary in just a few days and there will be plenty of amazing limited time entertainment and merchandise for guests who can make it to this special day. First up is a Star-Studded Celebration cavalcade parade starring Mickey and friends which will celebrate this park's history and step off at 10:00 AM and will head down Hollywood Blvd.
Guests entering the park on this special day can also grab a free special 30th anniversary commemorative guide map and button that will only be available on May 1st, 2019.
At the end of the day, Disney will also debut thier “Wonderful World of Animation” new nighttime projection show, which will light up the park for the first time on this special day. This new show will take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself, and featuring beloved Disney and Pixar characters from films like Wreck-It Ralph, Coco, The Incredibles, Frozen, Cars, The Little Mermaid, Sleeping Beauty and more. This new show will debut at exactly 9:05 PM, just before the park’s nightly Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.
After the park closes, there will also be a special anniversary edition of Disney After Hours that will not only feature walk-on access to the park's most iconic rides (including the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Slinky Dog Dash), but also some beloved Disney characters ready to greet guests in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard, at Star Wars Launch Bay and more. There will also be a special encore performance of “Wonderful World of Animation” taking place exclusively for event attendees.
And of course it wouldn't be a Disney anniversary celebration without limited edition merchandise! Themed shirts, pins, MagicBands, ornaments and more will all be available for guests who want to commemorate this landmark ocassion. In an effort to keep shoppers from overwhelming the park, guests who wish to make purchases can actually begin shopping at 8:00 AM in Grand Park, before the park opens at 9:00 AM.
Finally, special anniversary food & beverage items will be available throughout the park on May 1st, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and more.
5. PizzeRizzo to reopen temporarily
Though PizzeRizzo at Disney's Hollywood Studios has not been open very long, this eatery closed down last fall as part of sweeping cuts that hit Walt Disney World in 2018. However, it looks like PizzeRizzo will reopen to Guests on May 4th, operating daily for lunch and dinner 11:00 AM to 1 hour before park close all through the month of May, and part of June before closing again, probably for good until Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opens later this year. And if you're wondering why this dining location is suddently coming back to life for this brief period...
6. Grapefruit parking garage at Disney Springs now officially open
After a few small delays, as of this week the Grapefruit Garage is now open at Disney Springs. This new parking garage connects to Disney Springs using a pedestrian bridge over Buena Vista Drive that leads directly into the Marketplace area of the shopping district where World of Disney is. The Grapefruit Garage provides additional parking for Disney Springs guests and Cast Members, located just across the street from the Lime Garage.
The $58 million garage features an additional 3,000 parking spaces, and feature the same space tracking technology that makes finding a space in the Lime and Orange garages so easy.