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Handprints in History: Star Today at Disney-MGM Studios

I’ve never claimed to be an expert in Walt Disney World history, but I’m trying to learn. So I’m going file this one under learn something new every day.

Class is in session and Professor Disney Shawn regales his students with the story of the forgotten “Star Today” program from Disney-MGM Studios.

The idea behind “Star Today” was that Studios Guests would be guaranteed to run into a celebrity during their visit, adding to the glamour and allure of the Hollywood experience. Every day, a celebrity was scheduled to make appearances in the park. Typically, these would include a Star Motorcade down Hollywood Boulevard, a Handprint Ceremony in front of the Chinese Theater, and a Star Conversation at the Theater of the Stars where Guests could actually ask questions of their favorite celebrity. Throughout the day, the stars would also make surprise appearances at the start of Studios attractions like Superstar Television or the Monster Sound Show.

This is a program I’d like to see return today. Not just Disney-list celebrities (although they’re good) either. Perhaps they could add two or three other month long festivals like Star Wars Weekends. (ESPN The Weekend is the right idea, but too short.) Any nominations for who you would like to see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

Learn more and see some of those famous handprints over at Disney Shawn’s blog.