Disney’s Hollywood Studios debuted on May 1st 1989 at Walt Disney World Resort to immerse guests in the glamour of show business 365 days a year with thrilling attractions, Broadway-style shows and world-class entertainment.
Attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The 135-acre park is divided into seven themed lands of attractions:
- Hollywood Boulevard – The Great Movie Ride: guests travel through classic film scenes and Hollywood moments.
- Echo Lake – Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! 30-minute live show featuring daring stunt artists and thrilling motion picture special effects. Star Tours—The Adventures Continue: new 3-D adventures into space with more than 50 ride scenarios.
- Muppet Courtyard – MuppetVision 3-D film spectacular starring Jim Henson’s famous Muppets and featuring explosive in-theater effects.
- Pixar Place – Toy Story Mania! celebrates Disney•Pixar classics “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” with a 3-D ride-game experience in which guests aim for animated targets using their own special on-board spring-action shooter.
- Mickey Avenue – Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream features an interactive gallery showcasing each era of Walt Disney’s life; rare and historic Disney artifacts are on display.
- Animation Courtyard – Voyage of The Little Mermaid theater attraction features special effects, puppets, Audio-Animatronics figures, live performers and favorite animated clips. Disney Junior—Live on Stage! presents stars from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, including Doc McStuffins, Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and more.
- Sunset Boulevard – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith catapults guests through a series of unexpected Tinseltown twists and turns to the tunes of Aerosmith on this indoor roller coaster. Sunset Showcase is an entertainment showplace custom designed to host a variety of different experiences over time, which currently hosts Club Disney, a dance party with Disney Characters during the day, and Club Villain, a special ticket dance-and-dine event at night. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror begins a thrilling journey through eerie corridors of the Hollywood Tower Hotel and culminates as guests plummet 13 stories again and again — faster than free-fall — in a breathtaking finale. Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage musical stage show runs multiple times daily in the Theater of the Stars. Fantasmic! Mickey Mouse’s dream comes to life in a brilliant display of lights, lasers, fireworks and water animation.
Entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- Throughout the Park – Meet Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Phineas and Ferb, Mike and Sully, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, and more.
- Animation Courtyard — Meet Sofia from “Sofia the First” and Doc McStuffins from “Doc McStuffins,” fan popular “Disney Junior” shows, and other stars like Captain Jake from “Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates.”
- Citizens of Hollywood Cavalcade of Stars – Improv actors straight from Hollywood’s Golden Age perform as stars of yesteryear and invite guests to join the fun.
- For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration – The Royal Historians of Arendelle host a fun and comedic retelling of the unique story of their kingdom, filled with delightful, sing-along moments from “Frozen,” plus all new, in-theater effects in Hyperion Theater and special appearances by Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.
Dining at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- The Hollywood Brown Derby – world-famous Cobb salad, steaks, seafood, pasta specialties, desserts and fine International wines. For an al fresco experience, guests can enjoy the Derby’s new patio for small savory and sweet bites, plus wine, beer and cocktails such as a classic Mint Gimlet or a Bloody Mary.
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe/Tune In Lounge – comfort-food favorites like fried chicken and old-fashioned meat loaf, peanut butter and jelly milkshakes, sundaes. Specialty cocktails.
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant – cosmic concoctions ranging from salads and sandwiches to linguini and fresh fish. Diners watch a big screen featuring favorite science fiction scenes.
- ABC Commissary – creative fast food includes Angus cheeseburgers, seafood platter and salads.
- Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano – gourmet pizza baked in wood-burning brick ovens. Mama Melrose brings old-fashioned Italian cooking, including pasta, steak and seafood, to an upscale environment.
- Hollywood & Vine – casual family buffet with fresh salads, rotisserie meats and vegetables. (Disney Junior characters meet-and-greet during breakfast and lunch)
- Backlot Express – Angus burgers, salads, grilled veggie sandwiches, chicken breast nuggets.
- Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner – specialty sandwiches and beverages.
- Sunset Ranch (including Rosie’s All-American Café, Toluca Legs Turkey Co., Anaheim Produce, Fairfax Fare and Catalina Eddie’s) – features hamburgers, hot dogs, deli sandwiches, veggie burgers, pizza, baked potatoes, fresh fruit, salads, margaritas and turkey legs.
- Starring Rolls Cafe – pastries, sandwiches, sushi and coffee.
- Anaheim Produce – Produce stands featuring fresh fruit, vegetables and beverages.
Reservations can be made at Hollywood Junction Red Car Station (corner of Hollywood and Sunset) on the day of visit for The Hollywood Brown Derby, 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, Hollywood & Vine and Mama Melrose’s.
The idea for a park based on favourite movie themes originated with Walt Disney at a time when studio back lot tours were limited to a privileged few. He first considered a park on his own back lot. Land issues combined with potential traffic problems caused him to look elsewhere; namely, Anaheim. The result was Disneyland. In the mid 1980s, a greatly expanded production schedule for The Walt Disney Company demanded more facilities.
Rather than buy expensive land in California, the company utilised its Florida property and combined production facilities with theme-park attractions to give Disney guests a behind-the-scenes Hollywood experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.