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The grand opening clock won’t strike midnight until March 13th, but guests of Disney’s Hollywood Studios will soon be able to enjoy a sneak preview of Disney’s “Cinderella” as part of their visit to the park. Starting January 17 and running through March 21st guests can visit the ABC Sound Studio for the special extended preview.

CINDERELLAAs an extra bonus, the original golden coach from the film will be on display on the Streets of America for photo opportunities. The coach will appear on Feb 1 and run through April 11th.

Also, Annual Passholders get priority access a day early on Jan 16 from 10am to 6pm. Show your valid pass and photo ID at the “Cinderella” Sneak Preview at the ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios for priority access before the attraction opens on Jan 17 and get a complimentary magnet (while supplies last).

If you haven’t already, watch the first official featurette from “Cinderella” – The Legacy below:

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Walt Disney Studios recently held a very successful sneak peek of “Maleficent” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and DCA, so they want to try it again with their expected summer blockbuster – Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” The only problem is that Universal Studios Florida has an exclusive on Marvel themed attractions inside theme parks in Orlando. But Disney thinks they’ve found a way around that, check out the poster above and then look at the one below the jump, Disney removed the ‘Marvel’ logo for this promotion.

Since it is just a movie promotion, I think Disney will get away with it. But if Universal wanted to make a stink of it, they probably could. Disney did make sure to run the Iron Man monorail only on the resort or magic kingdom loop so that it wouldn’t pass through EPCOT and risk running afoul of the contract.

The previews start July 4th at the following locations:

  • At Disneyland, where the Marvel name isn’t a problem, watch the preview in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland, where Captain EO is typically shown. Captain EO is expected to return at a later date.
  • At Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, “Guardians of the Galaxy” will play at the ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios presented in spectacular RealD 3D.

New Fantasyland opened for its “Dress Rehearsal” this weekend and many guests were drawn across the stone bridge to foot of Beast’s Castle. Inside the mountain is the “Be Our Guest” restaurant, which opened its lobby to allow guests a sneak peek at the ballroom and entry hall. I took a quick video and some photos, of course.

The restaurant’s spacious interior re-creates the look of the film in great detail. Lunch guests enter through the Armor Hallway, where six suits of armor stand along the wall (listen closely for an occasional whisper from the metal figures), and into the Beast’s Parlor to place lunch orders on five guest-activated terminals. For dinner, guests enter directly into the majestic Ballroom.