25 Things You Might Not Know About Disney’s Hollywood Studios

How familiar are you with Disney’s Hollywood Studio? Have you experienced the frightening Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? How about the new Star Wars Launch Bay? Perhaps you’re more of a rollercoaster type and prefer the adrenaline rush from the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Or maybe you’ve heard some interesting facts about Disney’s Hollywood studios but have yet to visit. No matter where you are in the gamut of Disney fandom we are confident you will find something you might not have known about Disney’s Hollywood studios in today’s list.

Opened in May 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is one of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida. Originally intended to be a small amusement park with a few basic attractions, the park became more popular than it was expected. Therefore, it was soon expanded into what is now one of the most famous and visited theme parks in the United States (and even the world). Get ready, because we are about to share with you 25 Things You Might Not Know About Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


A Disney Imagineers team's brainstorming session (who had been given an assignment to create two new pavilions for Epcot's Future World section) gave birth to Disney´s Hollywood Studios.

Disney´s Hollywood StudiosSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: disney-vacation-rentals.com

However, when newly appointed CEO Michael Eisner saw the plans for the pavilion, he requested that, instead of placing it in an already existing park, it should become a new park themed with Hollywood, entertainment and show business.

Michael EisnerSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: www.disneyeveryday.com

When the park opened in 1989, it was named Disney-MGM Studios as Disney and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had signed a licensing contract that had given Disney worldwide rights to use the MGM name and logo for the park.

Disney-MGM StudiosSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: www.yesterland.com

Standing 163 feet (50 meters) tall, the Earfell Tower was the first iconic structure of the park. In September 2001, the Sorcerer´s Hat with a height of 122 feet (37 meters) replaced the Tower as the new symbol for the park.

Earfell TowerSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: www.dlp.info

Originally, the Hat was going to be built outside the park, with two Ferris wheels as ears and twice as high as it was actually constructed. But not even this centerpiece lasted long – the Sorcerer´s Hat was removed in February 2015 and it has not been decided what – if anything – will replace it.

Sorcerer´s HatSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

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