Hollywood Studios for Beginners

Hollywood Studios was the third park to open at Walt Disney Word & now the World’s biggest building site. Our Hollywood Studios for Beginners guide is a useful resource for both first time visitors and repeat guests.

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Hollywood Studios

Dedicated to show business the park opened on the 1 May 1989. Previously the park’s icons have been the Earful Tower & the Sorcerer’s hat but now the park is without an official icon. Until 2008 the park was officially known as Disney-MGM Studios.

The Sorcerers Hat Hollywood Studios
The former Sorcerers Hat

The theme park was launched by Disney in response to Universal Studios opening in Orlando. The park opened in advance of Universal which did not open its doors until 1990.  Opening day attractions were the Great Movie Ride, the Backstage Studio Tour, Magic of Disney Animation and the Monster Sound Show. Later in the summer the Indiana Jones stunt show opened. Only the stunt show from the opening year is still open.

10.8 Million guests visited the park in 2015  making it the eighth most-visited theme park in the world.

Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios

It is widely rumoured that Hollywood Studios will soon be getting a new name. Rumoured names include:

  • Disney Kaleidoscope Park
  • Disney Storyverse Park
  • Disney Hyperia Park
  • Disney Beyond Park
  • Disney Cinemagic Park
  • Disney Legends Park
  • Disney XL Park
  • Disney Cinemagine Park

Hollywood Studios Facts

Like all theme parks at Walt Disney World Hollywood Studios has plenty of interesting statistics and facts. Click the link to see some of our favorite facts.

2018 is going to be a big year for Hollywood Studios. To start the ball rolling we present Ten Fabulous Fascinating Hollywood Studios Facts.

Big Changes

Before discussing the park further we should highlight that Hollywood Studios is currently undergoing massive change. A selection of attractions have closed with exciting new expansions planned. The most exciting changes are Toy Story Land opening in summer 2018 & Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening 2019.

Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Fla., transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life. Inside these authentic lands, guests will be able to step aboard The Millennium Falcon and actually pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, steering the vessel through space, firing the laser cannons, in complete control of the experience. And with the arrival of the First Order to the planet, guests will find themselves in the middle of a tense battle between stormtroopers and Resistance fighters. (Disney Parks)

To find out more about these changes visit our dedicated page here.

Hollywood Studios Updates coming soon include Toy Story Land, A new Mickey Mouse Ride and Star Wars: Galaxy Edge. Read the latest news.

Planning Your Visit

To experience Hollywood Studios you should spend time planning your experience. Due to the current changes you can probably do most attractions in 1 day. However, expect the park to soon attract big crowds and return to a full 2 day adventure.

Green Army Man Hollywood Studios
Green Army Man

It is important you understand about Fastpass+ before you visit and the key booking windows. Have a look at our guide to aid with the planning.

Want to learn more about Fastpass+ Advanced Dining Reservations, My Disney Experience, MagicBand or MyMagic+? Read our handy guide.

We have produced some Top Tips to get the most from your visit to Hollywood Studios.

Current Attractions

Hollywood Studios is currently undergoing massive change. Make sure you check the My Disney Experience App for the most up to date list of attractions.

Hollywood Studios for Beginners
Hollywood Studios for Beginners

Hollywood Boulevard

Is the opening land of the park containing multiple shops and guest services.

Echo Lake

  • JEDI TRAINING: TRIALS OF THE TEMPLE audience participation Jedi Knight adventure.
  • STAR TOURS – THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE classic Star Wars attraction in a 3D simulator.
  • STAR WARS: PATH OF THE JEDI short film.
  • INDIANA JONES ™ EPIC STUNT SPECTACULAR! Now the oldest attraction in the park

Grand Avenue

  • MUPPET*VISION 3D 3d movie starring the Muppets
The Muppets Hollywood Studios

Pixar Place

Pixar Place
  • TOY STORY MANIA! Will move into the new Toy Story Land. Remains a very popular attraction.

Sunset Boulevard

  • THE TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR™ classic Disney thrill attraction.
Tower of Terror Hollywood Studios
Tower Of Terror
  • ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER COASTER STARRING AEROSMITH very fast indoor looping coaster
Rock N Roller Coaster use Single Rider Top Hollywood Studios Tips
Rock N Roller Coaster
  • BEAUTY & THE BEAST – LIVE ON STAGE Broadway standard show

Animation Courtyard

  • STAR WARS LAUNCH BAY exhibit and character meet
  • DISNEY JUNIOR – LIVE ON STAGE! Great for little ones. Skip if none in your party
  • VOYAGE OF LITTLE MERMAID Good fun musical puppet show
  • WALT DISNEY PRESENTS Disney exhibit. Great place to get out of rain.


Hollywood Studios has some of the most innovative restaurants in Walt Disney World. There are 5 Table Service Locations:

50's Prime Time Cafe Hollywood Studios
50’s Prime Time Cafe

In addition there are several excellent quick service and snack locations.


Do you like characters?

Then Hollywood Studios might be your favourite park.

Meeting Olaf

There are an abundance of characters at Hollywood Studios you will not meet in other parks. These may include:

  • Stars of Disney Junior
  • Olaf
  • Kylo Ren
  • Chewbacca
  • Green Army Men
Hollywood Studios for Beginners
Captain Jake

Plus try to find the mysterious Character Palooza to meet some rare characters.

Night-time Entertainment

Make sure you check park schedules to see when the following events will be held.

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

The show is based on the Star Wars film series and features fireworks, projections, lasers and searchlights.


A voyage through Mickey Mouse’s imagination that culminates in a battle against the Disney Villains. Some small children might find this show a little scary.

This spectacular includes fireworks, characters, water effects, lasers, music, boat floats and mist screen projections.

In our opinion don’t miss it.

Kylo Ren Hollywood Studios

Read More

Learn more about Walt Disney World in our Beginners Guide including how to plan your trip.

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This article is part of a series forming a Beginners Guide to Walt Disney World. It is still in the early stages of development and will be expanded rapidly over the next few months with further updates,  more links and new articles. Please keep checking back.

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