Walt Disney World leaders didn't skimp on the "snow" budget for the all-new Sunset Seasons Greetings holiday show at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
The event, which transforms the park's Sunset Boulevard into a real life snow globe, kicks off Thursday and runs through Dec. 31.
It's clearly an attempt to bring some holiday magic to a park that's heavily under construction and has a palpable void from when the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights closed following the 2015-16 holiday season.
And, in this writer's opinion, it kinda works.
The Hollywood Tower Hotel gets a fancy projection treatment that brings four Disney character moments to life in a way that makes you happy it's the holidays without completely missing what once was.
The scenes are quick, featuring favorites like Mickey and Minnie, Toy Story characters, The Muppets' own Swedish Chef and one very loveable snowman, Olaf. Each gets their own introduction video (displayed on various different screens along Sunset Boulevard for easy viewing) before the projection begins on the hotel (a.k.a The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride).
The projections are crisp and make for easy viewing in the back half of the boulevard. The only time the projections weren't 100% clear were when the Tower of Terror was running and the doors would open for the riders drop.
For Monday night's preview (a mix of media and Disney cast members), I stood close to the entrance of the Beauty and the Beast stage. Partway through the first show, the Mickey and Minnie featurette, I wish I had stepped back a tad further so I could see the full show, which included timed dancing lights that illuminated the park's palm trees and holiday décor.
The rest of the park looks like Santa's elves threw up (and I mean that in the best way possible) and Disney really worked extra to pull off the holiday vibe throughout.
Sunset Seasons Greetings (part of the Flurry of Fun activities at Hollywood Studios) is included with park admission.
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