Disney’s Hollywood Studios Santa Motorcade, New Guide Map and Holiday Whoopie Pie

Hi everyone!

We spent a few hours at Disney’s Hollywood Studios today to see the holiday decorations and Santa in his motorcade. A new guide map was also put out while we were there, and we purchased the Red Velvet Holiday Whoopie Pie. With the weather being dark today, the article really focuses more on those topics and not as much on decorations.

When we arrived, the guide maps with Tower of Terror were in the rack – and on the way out, it had changed to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. The park guide maps since park reopening have not been featuring people – just the attractions – and this one does not feature the faces of anyone (Disney does have masks in many ads, and on the flyer to the right). It also features two adult men, no kids. Disney is for everyone – it is a fun cover.

This is a quick look down Hollywood Boulevard. I think due to the tropical storm scheduled for later this week, we are getting a bit of tropical weather – it is very windy and I prefer a nice sky for unlit Christmas decorations.

Stitch is celebrating the holidays!

Santa is again above the camera shop.

I stopped at the Trolley Car Café for the Holiday Whoopie Pie.

I thought it would be alongside the Carrot Cake Cookie, but I didn’t see any of those in the case or in containers. So I’m assuming the holiday dessert is a replacement for the Carrot Cake Cookie during the holidays.

I also purchased the Chocolate-Chestnut Pinecone, which we have not tried yet. Remember that you can receive your Starbucks Rewards points here, you just cannot redeem them in the parks (but yes at Disney Springs).

Here is a look at the two items.

The Holiday Whoopie Pie looks just like the Carrot Cake Cookie but with red velvet instead of carrot cake, with the addition of sprinkles and then powder on top. It is filling and we always split this size item (sometimes in quarters).


It is nice to see Santa Gertie again this year.


Santa arrives with his elves. Every so often during the day, guests can see him in this cavalcade.


The costumes here look similar to what we’ve seen in Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at the Magic Kingdom.

Here is our video of the motorcade.

Here comes Santa in a specially designed car.

Santa waves to guests.

This motorcade starts at the front of the park, runs down Hollywood Boulevard and then I watched it from this location near the Frozen Sing-Along.

And I went back for more photos of Santa Gertie.

Echo Lake is lovely at night, and I enjoy the decorations during the day as well. Those include several deer.

Ornaments are in the water with the Christmas Tree and Gertie in view.

The stars are back on Hollywood Boulevard, looking towards the Tower of Terror.


I will be posting a lot more from the Magic Kingdom in the coming few days, and we have a lot planned for this week – due to weather, I’m not sure what all we will accomplish, but we have scheduled a preview of Night of a Million Lights at Give Kids the World, a visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom and checking out the holidays at Gaylord Palms.