Disney-MGM Studios Renamed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1, 1989, making it the third park in Walt Disney World Resort’s growing portfolio. Originally conceived as a nod to show business and the “Hollywood that never was”, the park opened as Disney-MGM Studios and operated under that name until 2008. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is separated into six distinct areas: Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Animation Courtyard, Pixar Place, Muppets Courtyard, and Echo Lake. Each one offers unique attractions, entertainment, shopping, and dining.
Hollywood & Sunset Boulevards
At the end of Hollywood Boulevard is a life size replica of the TCL Chinese Theatre. Within this iconic replica waits The Great Movie Ride. The Great Movie Ride is a slow moving tram vehicle journey through classic movies sponsored by Turner Classic Movies.
Waiting at the end of Sunset Boulevard is the Hollywood Tower Hotel, the California style art-deco hotel that houses the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and directly next door is G-Force Records, the home of the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Sunset Boulevard also is the home for one of the Studios’ major nighttime spectaculars, Fantasmic!. This show takes you on a 30 minute voyage through one of Mickey Mouse’s dreams that gets taken over by the Disney Villains. Next door is the Theater of the Stars, the home of Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, a Broadway-style musical based on the film Beauty and the Beast.
The Animation & Muppet Courtyards
The Animation Courtyard is home to Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, and Disney Junior: Live on Stage!, as well as the Star Wars Launch Bay, an exhibit featuring character meet and greets and props from the movies.
Muppets Courtyard is the home to Muppet*Vision 3D, a 4-D movie featuring the Muppets from Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show.
The main focal point of Pixar Place (and one of the future attractions in Toy Story Land) is Toy Story Midway Mania!, an interactive 4D shooting game ride hosted by the different characters from the Toy Story films. This is by far the most popular attraction in the park so either get a FastPass OR be there early in the morning to be one of the first on the ride.
Echo Lake is home to quite a few different attractions. One of the most popular attractions in Echo Lake is Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, a motion simulator ride with various different locations that you can “travel” to. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple is directly in front of the entrance to Star Tours. Children between the ages of 4-12 get to participate in a training session by experienced Jedi. The show is a popular offering for families with little children, so try to be at the park early for sign ups. Other attractions in the area are Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, and For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.