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.
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 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.
It is widely rumoured that Hollywood Studios will soon be getting a new name. Rumoured names include:
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.
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.
To find out more about these changes visit our dedicated page here.
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.
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.
We have produced some Top Tips to get the most from your visit to Hollywood Studios.
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.
Is the opening land of the park containing multiple shops and guest services.
Hollywood Studios has some of the most innovative restaurants in Walt Disney World. There are 5 Table Service Locations:
In addition there are several excellent quick service and snack locations.
Do you like characters?
Then Hollywood Studios might be your favourite park.
There are an abundance of characters at Hollywood Studios you will not meet in other parks. These may include:
Plus try to find the mysterious Character Palooza to meet some rare characters.
Make sure you check park schedules to see when the following events will be held.
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.
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