We are just a couple of weeks away from Disney's Hollywood Studios turning the big 3-0! May 1st, 2019 will mark the park's big anniversary and Disney will bring out a fun collection of character appearances, merchandise items and more to celebrate the occasion. All before summer officially kicks off and we start counting down the days for Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge to open.
First up, the park will host a special one-day only mini parade. The Star Studded Celebration will be a cavalcade of characters starting Mickey and his friends down Hollywood Blvd. The mini-parade will begin at the front of the park at 10am and make its way towards the Chinese Theatre down Hollywood Blvd. (Makes me miss the 1990s when this park would host several big parades to celebrate new animated films!)
The bid day will also include a chance to pick up some fun merchandise items. All guests who enter the park on May 1st, can grab a special 30th anniversary commemorative guide map and button while supplies last. If that's not enough, new special 30th anniversary adult T-shirts, baseball caps, a Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, ornament and much more will also be available for purchase. Annual passholders can also shop for some items exclusively created for them. Merchandise can be found starting at 8 a.m. in Grand Park, while supplies last. (Please note: Merchandise will go on sale at 8 a.m., Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 9 am.)
Finally no big celebration at Disney World is complete without specialty snacks. A slew of special anniversary food & beverage items will be available throughout the park, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and many more.
May 1st, 2019 will also mark the debut of a brand-new projection show on The Chinese Theatre. The Wonderful World of Disney Animation will take place at 9:05pm just minutes before Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. The new show will use state-of-the-art projection technology to take guests on a magical journey through more than 90 years of Disney animation, all beginning with Mickey himself. And if you want to experience the park like a VIP, check out Disney After Hours. On May 1st, Hollywood Studios will host a special version of this ticketed event which will include unique character meet and greets and the ability to walk straight on to popular attractions with little to no wait.