Disney's Hollywood Studios is a
nod to the "Hollywood that never was and always will be." When it opened in
1989, it was a real, working television and movie studio built into
a theme park setting. Numerous television shows and movies were filmed on
location. These days, the Studios no longer hosts active productions.
Instead, the various soundstages have been transformed into attractions and
experiences that allow guests to "step into" some of their favorite Disney
movies. As you enter the park, you are transformed to 1940's Hollywood and
its Art Deco style. Shiny chrome, flashing neon, and streamlined
architecture outline Hollywood Boulevard, a collection of shops and guest
services that leads the way to Hollywood Plaza, the "hub", more or less, of
the park. Whether you like action, suspense, comedy, or musicals, Disney's
Hollywood Studios can deliver!
Studios is about to change in a dramatic way!
Recently announced by Walt Disney Company C.E.O. Bob Iger at the D23
Convention in August, huge changes (including a possible name change) are in
the works for this park. Ground will break in 2016 on two new
projects: Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land.
These two massive projects will create the largest theme park expansion in
Walt Disney World history. Clocking in at 14 acres and 12 acres,
respectively, the two new lands will anchor opposite ends of the park,
increasing the amount of attractions the park has to offer, a move that is
desperately needed. Among the new offerings will be a total of four new
rides (2 for Star Wars Land, 2 for Toy Story Land), new eateries, and new
character meet & greet opportunities. These two new lands will be fully
"experiential," allowing guests to be fully immersed into the themes of the
land and feel like they have stepped into the movies. Although completion
dates have not been announced, work is expected to take anywhere from 3-5
years. We are looking forward to seeing what is in store for the Studios,
and will keep the site updated as new information becomes available.
On April 2, 2016, the following
attractions and venues will close permanently: Lights, Motors,
Action-Extreme Stunt Show; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids playground; Writer's
Stop, and Studio Catering Co. In addition, the Earful Tower, the park's
original icon, will be removed.
Click here for a Disney Studios Map
(this is a large .pdf download)
Hollywood Studios has nearly doubled in size since
opening day in 1989. It continues to expand with all-new thrilling
attractions, Broadway-style shows and backstage glimpses.
- Some of the many television shows which have taped at Disney-MGM Studios
include: "ER," "Full House," "Wheel of Fortune," "Thunder in Paradise,"
"Miss Collegiate African American Pageant" and "ESPN College Football
- In the mid '80s, a greatly expanded production schedule for the Walt Disney
Company demanded more facilities. Rather than buy expensive land in California,
the company realized it had plenty of land in Florida and the opportunity to
combine its new production facilities with a chance for Walt Disney World guests
to see behind the scenes of movie and television production.
- Disney's Hollywood Studios was originally called Disney-MGM Studios. The name
changed in January 2008.