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Disney's Hollywood Studios

Sunset Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios
Sunset Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Studio theme park (then called Disney-MGM Studios) opened in 1989 as part theme park and part working animation, film and television production studios. Like its rival Universal Studios Florida®, most of the shows and rides take their inspiration from motion pictures and television.

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In 2004 the animation department closed down and today all of the film work has been moved elsewhere but Disney’s Hollywood Studios still has a lot to offer.

Compared to the other major Disney parks, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is quite small; you can usually do it in a day especially with so many attractions currently closed

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is still one of our favourite parks with some of the best rides and attractions; it has a real feel-good factor. If you like the movies then you’ll love Disney’s Hollywood Studios and with the upcoming opening of Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy Edge it will become a major theme park again.

Like the Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios can effectively be split into a number of “lands” based upon streets and boulevards:

  • Hollywood Boulevard - an Art Deco styled street which runs from the main entrance to the park and leads up to The Great Movie Ride (now closed) housed in a replica of Mann’s famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood. The Great Movie Ride will be replaced by Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Sunset Boulevard - the Art Deco style continues, with the famous Twilight Zone Tower of Terror&tm;, the Rock ‘n’ Roller® Coaster starring Aerosmith, Beauty, Sunset Showcase and the Beast - Live on Stage and Fantasmic!
  • Animation Courtyard - used to house the animation studios but now has the Star Wars Launch Bay, Disney Junior - Live on Stage!, Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Walt Disney Presents (formerly Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream)
  • Muppets Courtyard - home to the entertaining Jim Henson’s Muppet™ Vision 3-D show (to be renamed Grand Avenue in the Autumn of 2017)
  • Pixar Place - the very popular Toy Story Mania!
  • Echo Lake - around the lake is the second stunt show, namely the Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular!, the “not to be missed” Star Tours - The Adventure Continues simulator ride, For the First Time in Forever - A Frozen Sing-along Celebration and Star Wars - Path of the Jedi

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a number of live stage shows as well as a daily parade and a fantastic evening fireworks display.

A “walk-through” attraction that has now closed was called Pirates of the Caribbean: The Legend of Jack Sparrow.

Also no longer available is the Star Wars Guided Tour and Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters. Star Wars: Galactic Nights last took place in 2018.