Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Opened on May 1, 1989 as the Disney-MGM Studios, the park was the third gate built at the Walt Disney World Resort, near Orlando, FL. The park was to be a celebration of the heyday of Hollywood films as well as a working movie studio for the burgeoning market in Central Florida. Although there has been significant production at the studios, it is first a wonderfully themed park. Most recently, the park has changed its name to Disney’s Hollywood Studios to reflect a changing business model.
The World you have entered is dedicated to Hollywood‚ not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was and always will be. Michael Eisner
The park is divided int0 7 themed areas that reflect different eras of Hollywood’s Golden Age. The original layout of the park is based upon the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head, where the park extends from there. In the original maps of the parks if you turned it upside down you would be able to see the resemblance.
Walking into the park is like stepping back in time. Hollywood Boulevard, is the Main St. U.S.A. of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There are shops, guides, dining opportunities and most important of all of Disney’s magic, streetmosphere. Throughout the day all over the park there are actors, directors, hangers-on and all sorts of denizens of Hollywood looking to be seen, by you.
Just off of Hollywood Boulevard is Echo Lake, a quiet lagoon leading to some of the great attractions in the park.
Streets of America
To see the backlot used in films, TV and other productions head over to Streets of America, where it just so happens a few Muppets have taken up residence as well.
Like all good studios, there is a place where the stars go to eat in between takes. Commissary Lane has the-not-to-be-missed Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.
The newest land at The Studios and dedicated to those magical minds from Pixar and home to the amazing 3-D Toy Story Midway Mania.
Formerly the home of Disney Animation on the East Coast, Animation Courtyard still showcases the amazing work of the masters of animation at The Walt Disney Co. including some live stage shows to enthrall everyone.
Just off Hollywood Boulevard are some of the greatest thrills of all the parks at Walt Disney World; The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Starring Aerosmith.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has grown tremendously since its opening and is home to some of the most beloved attractions at The Walt Disney World Resort. From the Rope Drop in the morning to Fantasmic in the evening , a full day (or more) awaits you at The Studios.