Hollywood Studios is a delightful celebration of Tinsel Town and and hommage to “the Hollywood that new was and always will be.” Rather than striving for accuracy, the Park is a romanticized version of Hollywood and what it ought to be in an idyllic world. The Park hardens back to the 1930’s when Hollywood was in its Golden Age (you know…minus the mob money…probably). The Park is perfect for movie lovers of all ages. However, one recent addition has fans feeling less than magical.
Last week, Disney celebrated “Halfway to the Holidays” and made an exciting announcement: this year Hollywood Studios would have its very own holiday party! Disney’s Jollywood Nights will be a hard ticket event that features exclusive meet and greets and entertainment as well as festive treats, low wait times, and a special fireworks show– Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!
If you’re thinking, “wait, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam! isn’t new, that’s been around for ages,” you’re not alone. The Prep and Landing themed nighttime show has been a holiday favorite at Hollywood Studios for years. Now, though, you’ll only be able to see it if you’re willing to pay for it.
The show previously was shown every night during the holiday season and was included with your park admission. Now the show will only be available during the separately ticketed holiday party. Fans haven’t taken this news well. Many feel Disney has gone too far.
La Reina didn’t hold back when she let Twitter know just how she felt. Many feel similarly and don’t appreciate more being taken away from regular ticket holders.
Ashley has hit the nail on the head. Reading through the offerings, there are a few new and exclusive things but much of the new party was already included in Hollywood Studios’ “Flurry of Fun” that was included in your ticket price.
Liam made sure to let Disney know exactly what he’d like to see happen. Paywalling (allowing access only after extra money has been paid) is a practice he’d like to see end. We don’t blame him.
Many other fans were disappointed that the price tag is as high as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and yet, doesn’t offer as much. Some were disappointed because they felt this makes Park Hopper theme park tickets mandatory during the holidays now that two parks will close early. Needless to say, this is not the reaction Disney was hoping for. If you’d like to experience the party before you make up your mind, tickets will be available for select Disney Resort Guests on June 29, 2023, and everyone on July 6. Click here for tickets.