Christmas has taken off at Hollywood Studios, with Flurry of Fun officially starting on November 8! Pretty much everyone has been losing it over Toy Story Land starting to see some Christmas flair, but the entire park is decked out, too! Check out everything you need to know about Christmas at Hollywood Studios!
Hollywood Studios Flurry of Fun Times Guide
Flurry of Fun is the name given to Hollywood Studios’s holiday celebration. Unlike Magic Kingdom’s Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Flurry of Fun occurs through the entirety of park hours (the best parts are at night) and is accessible to everyone with a park ticket.
At the bottom of this section, we’ll post photos of the November 8 to 10 times guide. In general, at Flurry of Fun you’ll find:
Festive decorations throughout Hollywood Studios
Chances to meet Santa, Santa Goofy, and other holiday-inspired characters
Special holiday-inspired Toy Story Land decorations
A special holiday version of the Frozen Sing-Along
Sunset Seasons Greetings — the AMAZING Sunset Boulevard projections, lasers, and snow show
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! — the holiday Chinese Theater projections and fireworks show
Food and merchandise available only during the holiday season
Hollywood Studios Christmas Decorations
Hollywood Studios has a pretty big variety of Christmas decorations. They start at the entrance.
My view down Hollywood Boulevard was into the sun, so I had to get it from the other side.
But here’s a shot closer to sunset.
Closer look at the Hollywood Boulevard details.
The Citizens of Hollywood were in on the fun.
These figurine sets are pretty prominent.
Sunset Boulevard always stands out a bit to me. I’m a fan of the stars.
Lil’ bit closer now…
And of course, we can’t forget the tree!
Echo lake has ornament balls in it…
And Gertie has a Santa hat!
And throughout the park you’ll see wreaths, garland, and other small decorations. They really are in the spirit over here.
Don’t worry, we give Toy Story Land its own decorations section below.
Two Holiday Attractions “Overlays”
Two attractions at Hollywood Studios are modified with a bit of holiday cheer.
Holiday Version of Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
This is the only attraction modification in Hollywood Studios. The Frozen Sing-Along Celebration gets an extra 5 minutes or so of holiday-inspired songs, along with an appearance by a special friend.
Alien Swirling Saucers With Christmas Music
The Alien Swirling Saucers “overlay” is less interesting, as it is the normal ride, but with some Christmas music (auto-tuned alien style) instead of the standard ride music.
Meeting Santa (and Other Holiday Characters) at Hollywood Studios
You can meet Santa on Sunset Boulevard in the rear of the Once Upon a Time store. Midday on a Tuesday, the wait was at 20 minutes.
All the other characters were in the holiday spirit, too. Here’s Goofy:
Chip and Dale:
Woody and Jessie have their Christmas outfits on (love Woody’s candy cane)
Toy Story Land Christmas Decorations
Disney has been promoting their Toy Story Land Christmas theming pretty hard, and while it’s fun to see oversized holiday items, really the rest of the park is just as (if not more) impressive. But still, Toy Story Land has some fun details, so let’s check them out…
Rex has antlers, and he and Jessie say some bit about the holidays rather than their normal track.
The army men threw on some Christmas scarves.
And some other holiday touches were added around the land.
And we can’t forget the giant Hamm cookie!
Held up by a Green Army Man!
Hollywood Studios Christmas Merchandise & Snacks
For the most part, the merchandise is the same as you’ll find everywhere else around the resort, however, there are a few pieces of exclusive Flurry of Fun and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! merchandise:
Hollywood Studios also has a Toy Story Alien popcorn bucket that people were losing it over (tweet from WDWNT):
There are a variety of snacks available, too. The Prep and Landing Cupcake and the Spiced Cold Chocolate at Rosie’s All American Cafe were WAY too much sugar for me. The cupcake was piled with—and stuffed with—frosting. The Spiced Cold Chocolate was just a dense chocolate pudding.
The Santa Macarons at BaseLine Tap House were a more reasonable treat. They were $8 for five macarons, which is a lot for a snack, but not so bad for macarons.
The speciality cocktail options are less impressive. Disney’s cocktails are overpriced, and the holiday options are no exception. We’ve tried the Winterberry Margarita (purple in the below picture) and the Frosted Gingerbread Cocktail.
As holiday beverages they weren’t so bad. But as holiday cocktails they disappoint. The Frosted Gingerbread Cocktail is $14.50 (before tax) and really is more of a tasty dessert than a cocktail.
There are a variety of other options across the park, and we’ll update as we try more of them.
Hollywood Studios Christmas at Night
Nighttime is when Christmas at Hollywood Studios really shines.
Hollywood Studios — Sunset Seasons Greetings
The highlight of the evening (to us, at least) is the ongoing “Sunset Seasons Greetings”, which features projections, animated billboards, lasers, and SNOW(!) on Sunset Boulevard.
Generally we don’t like projections, but these are a pretty creative use of them, transforming Tower of Terror into more whimsically themed structures, like the Hollywood Toy Hotel:
Or a gingerbread tower:
While the Tower transforms, tunes and lasers bring life to Sunset Boulevard.
Finally, between (and as a part of) these transformations, the billboards on either side of the boulevard play skits featuring Disney characters. The Tower projection run on about a 15-minute loop, but the billboards vary a little bit.
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
Evenings end with “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” the Christmas-themed projection show on the Center Stage. The show is fine, just about the same as the other Hollywood Studios projections shows.
The plot is a crossover of “Prep & Landing” and “Nightmare Before Christmas,” though really the show doesn’t lean too heavily on it. (I mention it mostly because some people talked to me afterward and were confused as to how Halloween fit into things.)
The Christmas projections are cool, and anything involving Christmas music is nice (the first six weeks, at least).
Overall, Christmas at Hollywood Studios shockingly impressed me. I had more fun at Hollywood Studios when Christmas started on November 6 than any other day in recent memory. Basically, it’s nice to see a park that often underperforms really take the holiday season and run with it. Christmas at Hollywood Studios is definitely worth a visit!