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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

5, 4, 3, 2, 1. . . Pixar Pal's Countdown to Fun Is Done!

Alas, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has announced the end of Pixar Pal’s Countdown to Fun daily parade.  This short, but fun afternoon frolic that will have you humming the rest of the day will parade for the last time on Saturday, April 6, 2013.  No word yet about a replacement.

April 6, 2013, will also mark the end of Disney Channel Rocks traveling show that performs daily at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in front of the Sorcerer hat.  The show travels down Hollywood Boulevard on a rolling stage to the courtyard in front of the Sorcerer hat, makes a loop, parks, and becomes the backdrop for this 20 minute show that includes audience participation. 

These daily entertainment features at Disney’s Hollywood Studios have morphed multiple times throughout history.  Camp Rock came before Disney Channel Rocks and Block Party Bash came before Pixar Pal’s Countdown to Fun, so it is really no surprise that changes are taking place.  The question about what those changes will be remains unanswered.

It will also be interesting to see how long Wreck-It Ralph and Venelope keep their place of honor greeting guests at the Magic of Disney Animation—click here to read more.  Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a Nov. 1 and May 1 rotational timeline, giving each set of characters in this location approximately six months.  One might anticipate Mike and Sully would be featured next, as they have a new movie premiering in June, but since they already have their own meet and greet location at Studios, there would be no need to duplicate. 

Since I venture a guess a time or two, I predict the traveling show will return with some sort of Austin and Ally or A.N.T. Farm theme.  Both of these shows on Disney Channel feature talented musicians and would be an appropriate off-shoot to the parks.  I have no clue about what the daily parade could morph into, but I’m sure Disney will come up with something creative; they always do!

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