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

Similarly to other Walt Disney World parks, the Hollywood Studios also feature many “hidden Mickeys” but if you take a careful look at the entrance plaza outside the ticket booths, you will find a “hidden Pluto”. It is even visible on the park map.

ticket boothsSource: www.hiddenmickeys.org, image: flickr.com

The most famous “hidden Mickey” was to be found at the plaza of the end of the Hollywood Boulevard. Once clearly recognizable on aerial photos, the picture has been gradually distorted by new constructions and other changes to the park.

hidden MickeySource: en.wikipedia.org, image: www.everythingmickey.com

The construction of Disney´s Hollywood Studios took three years and it cost more than 500 million dollars. Occupying a total area of 135 acres (55 ha), it is now the third largest of the four Walt Disney World theme parks.

Disney´s Hollywood StudiosSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: www.dadsguidetowdw.com

The voice of REX, the robot tour guide on Star Tours, is the voice of Paul Rubens, AKA Pee-wee Herman.

Paul RubensSource: studioscentral.com, image: dkult.iowajmc.com

Talking about the Star Tours, there are 54 potential ride experiences on the attraction, each created by combining various different scenes. To see every combination would take 4 hours of continuous riding.

Star ToursSource: themeparktourist.com, image: www.mouseplanet.com

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a live amusement show, is the most dangerous attraction of the park. A number of incidents involving a death of the show´s performer have occurred here since its premiere in 1989.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt SpectacularSource and image: en.wikipedia.org

In 1995, the Earfell Tower had blue goggles in honor of Orlando Magic player Horace Grant. The Magic made it to the final that year but they lost to Houston 0:4 in the final series.

Orlando Magic Source: mousellaneous.org, image: orlmagicstuff.com

While the Studios may not have tunnels underneath them like the Magic Kingdom, they provide another great option for cast members to get around: bikes. Since the park is almost round, with little guest access to the edges, the park staff use communal bikes to get around the area.

park staffSource: hiddenmickeys.org, image: www.miamiherald.com

In 2014, Disney´s Hollywood Studios hosted approximately 10.31 million guests, making it the fifth-most visited amusement park in the United States, and eighth-most visited in the world.

Disney´s Hollywood StudiosSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: www.easywdw.com

The only place in Walt Disney World where you can buy a photo of Walt Disney is at Sid Cahuenga's souvenir shop in Disney's Hollywood Studios where they sell for $4.00. Occasionally, the store carries an authentic autograph of Walt that can be purchased for about $3,000.

souvenir shopSource: www.studioscentral.com, image: www.yesterland.com

The giant rolling ball featured in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular weighs 440 pounds (200 kg) and is 12 feet (3.7 meter) in diameter.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt SpectacularSource: allears.net, image: www.playbuzz.com

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is not an environmentalists´ favorite place as the luggage set in the lobby is completely made from genuine alligator skin.

Tower of TerrorSource and image: playbuzz.com

The names you see on the windows on the Streets of America are those of the Disney Imagineers who designed the park.

Streets of AmericaSource: wdwfanzone.com, image: en.wikipedia.org

There are over 60 hours of recorded music played outside the Rock n Roller coaster so that guests will never hear the same tune played twice in a day.

Rock n Roller coasterSource: www.park-tickets.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Located at the Sunset Boulevard, Fantasmic, a night-time show is the most visited attraction of the park. Amphitheater built for this show accommodates up to 6,900 spectators.

FantasmicSource: en.wikipedia.org, image: www.smallworldvacations.com

The three water screens used in Fantasmic are 50 feet (15 meters) high and 100 feet (30 meters) wide, and created by pumping 2,400 gallons (more than 9,000 liters) of water into the air every minute.

FantasmicSource: themeparktourist.com, image: disneyparks.disney.go.com

With a height of 199 feet (60.7 meters) one of the tallest buildings in the Walt Disney World complex, the Tower of Terror was hit by lightning during its construction. Terrifying indeed.

Tower of TerrorSource: disney.wikia.com, image: commons.wikimedia.org

Splash Too, Ernest Saves Christmas, Instinct, Passenger 57, Marvin’s Room, Separate But Equal, Oscar, and Quick Change are among the movies filmed in Disney´s Hollywood Studios (or former Disney-MGM Studios).

Passenger 57Source: celebrationspress.com, image: www.snipview.com

The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant is a replica of the original Hollywood, California establishment frequented by the stars.

Brown Derby restaurantSource: wdwfanzone.com, image: theadultsideofdisney.com

Muppet Vision 3-D is the only 3-D attraction at the Walt Disney World resort that the 3-D glasses are actually called 3-D glasses. At It's tough to be a Bug they are called “Bug Eyes”, at Honey, I Shrunk the Audience they are called “Safety Goggles”.

Muppet Vision 3-DSource: studioscentral.com, image: www.mydreamsofdisney.com

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