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Disney's Hollywood Studios


When Michael Eisner dedicated Disney Hollywood Studios or as it was known at that time, Disney-MGM Studios, he declared "Welcome to the Hollywood that never was and always will be." Over the years, the park has morphed away from the working studio idea to a theme park full of the best attractions Walt Disney World has to offer.



The Studios (as it was called at one time) no longer creates movies which is a shame. It was fun to watch the animators work. However, the rides here are as good as it gets anywhere.


NOTE:The park is undergoing major renovations at this time. A lot of attractions have been closed.


Welcome to Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by Judd Helms


Hollywood Boulevard - The Introduction

Welcome to Hollywood, or an unreasonable facsimile thereof. This is the main entrance area of MGM Studios. There are lots of shops here to slow your progress into the park or to get that last dollar out of your wallet as you leave. During the day, "movie stars" appear and are "filmed" making their big debut.

Hollywood Boulevard ends at a replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater, which used to house The Great Movie Ride, but will be taken over by a new attraction – Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – in 2019.
This is a great way to start and end any day at a theme park.


Dinosaur Gertie resides in Echo Lake. Photo by Mike Billick


Echo Lake - The Scenic Detour 

Echo Lake, the small pool of water at the end of Hollywood Boulevard is the home of some of the biggest attractions Disney World has to offer, including the newest and most hip.



Grand Avenue at night. Photo by Matthew Cooper


Grand Avenue / Commissary Lane – The Pit Stop

This area has undergone a major overhaul.  It’s mostly restaurants and a couple character greeting spots now.



  • Muppet-Vision 3-D - A hilarious 3-D experience starring Kermit and friends. Even the old guys from the balcony get in the act.

This is a great spot to slow down – or fuel up.


Opening June 30, 2018! Photo by Rich Ramos


Toy Story Land – Become an Honorary Toy

A few decades ago, Pixar and Disney teamed up on a little film called Toy Story. It wasn't very successful (yeah, right). It only became one of the biggest blockbusters ever. Now Disney and Pixar have done it again. They've teamed up on an entire Toy Story themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It's quickly become the longest line at the Studios, and that's saying something.



  • Toy Story Mania! - Join the Toy Story gang in a mid-way style arcade adventure.
  • Slinky Dog Dash – race around a Hot Wheels Track on Slinky Dog’s back.
  • Alien Saucer Swirl – spin around Pepperonia with your very own green alien guide – but watch out for “the claaaaaawwwwwwww!”

Disney and Pixar, does it get any better?


Pay tribute to Uncle Walt. Photo by Stephanie Shuster


Animation Courtyard - Uncle Walt (and More)

This area has really suffered during the construction, and is now a mishmash of things that don’t really belong together, but they’ve located here out of convenience.



The tribute to Uncle Walt is amazing.


The long walk down Sunset Boulevard. Photo by Cliff Wang


Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard is the blockbuster area of Disney Hollywood Studios. There's only 3 attractions and one show down this not so sleepy lane, but they are the parks biggest, loudest, and busiest. The first attraction on Sunset Boulevard is Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage. Then come the biggies, The Hollywood Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. WOW. It doesn't get any better than this.


(Check out Dad's strategy for riding the Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.)


Dad's Top 5 Attractions in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Want to know what top's Dad's list for fun at DHS? Check out the video below:




Some of the coolest restaurants are here. Photo by Brett Svenson



Disney's Hollywood Studios is home to some of the most uniquely themed Disney World Restaurants. Here you'll find a drive in movie restaurant and a lunch counter in a larger-than-life lunch box. Check them out.





There are lots of snack carts selling popcorn, slushes, ice cream, coffee, and pretzels throughout the park as well as a few cute walk-up windows with ever changing menus – Oasis Canteen, Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner, and Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction.


Fantasmic! is not to be missed. Photo by Brett Svenson

Daily Entertainment

The daily entertainment schedule at Disney Hollywood Studios is as good as it gets.

  • Fantasmic! - Fantasmic! is a spectacular voyage into the dark world of Disney villains as they battle Sorcerer Mickey, complete with fireworks and dancing water. This is a must see show.
  • Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular: A nightly fireworks show themed to Star Wars and set to the John Williams score.
  • March of the First Order: Captain Phasma leads a brigage of Storm Troopers through Animation Courtyard to Hollywood Boulevard.
  • In a Galaxy Far, Far Away - a stage show with video and lots of characters from Star Wars onstage.
  • Path of the Jedi - a video presentation to catch you up in case you're not a lifelong Star Wars fan like Dad.

Chrisrmas sure is beautiful at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Photo by Laurie Sapp


Dad LOVES Christmas at Walt Disney World, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios has lots of fun extras to get you into the holiday spirit each year.


There have been a lot – A LOT – of closures at Disney’s Hollywood Studios since 2016, but things are slowly starting to replace the old with the new.  Still on the horizon are:

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Hurray for Hollywood

MGM Studios was on the drawing board for several years before Universal Studios announced they were going to build a theme park in Orlando. This get Disney moving and the new movie park was born.

Disney MGM Studios story

Touring Plan

Having a plan for touring the park is the only way to go. If you want to have a Perfect day at the Studios, you need to know how to avoid the crowds. At, they provide several touring plans to help you navigate your way around the park with the least hassle. They also have an app for your phone that will show you the wait times on all the rides. Check it out today.

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Get started on your trip today

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Dad's Bottom Line

A lot of people over the years have complained that the Disney Studios or Disney-MGM Studios, or Disney’s Hollywood Studios, or whatever, was a work that was thrown together to compete with Universal and that the park needed more attractions. I think Disney finally got the word and Disney’s Hollywood Studios has become a complete and "fabulous darling" vacation experience.