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Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

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Operating since 5/1/1989

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Visits1,031
Websitego.com
TypeAmusement/Theme Park
CompanyDisney
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When the Disney corporation began making films and TV shows for adults - most notably Who Framed Roger Rabbit - they also set about devising a theme park to entertain adults as much as kids. Buying the rights to the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) oeuvre of films and TV shows, Disney acquired a vast repertoire of instantly familiar images to mold into shows and rides. Opening in 1990, Disney-MGM Studios served to mute the opening of Florida's Universal Studios, and at the same time found an extra use for the real film studios based here. The people you'll see laboring over storyboards aren't there for show, they really are making films.

There are more stage shows and tours than rides as such, though thrill-seekers will be more than happy with the delightfully sadistic Twilight Zone Tower of Terror , set in a haunted, cobweb-strewn hotel, or the new Rock & Roller Coaster , which, with a 2.8 second 0-60 mph launch, is Disney World's wildest ride. Star Tours , a flight-simulator trip piloted by Star Wars characters R2D2 and C-3PO, is toothless in comparison, and the Great Movie Ride , with actors and robotic figures re-creating scenes from classic Hollywood movies in an ersatz Mann's Chinese Theatre, is a tad disappointing.

Don't miss the half-hour Backstage Studio Tour , climaxing with the special-effects bonanza Catastrophe Canyon : the interest level fluctuates but you won't get your money's worth if you miss it. The same applies to Magic of Disney Animation , an enlightening trip through the animation studios, and Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3D show - enormous fun, with some great surprises. Capping them off is the twice-nightly Fantasmic , a 25-minute special effects-laden show in which Mickey battles the products of his own imagination.

Roller Coasters

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Steel Roller Coaster Operating since 7/29/1999

Rides

Backlot Tour General Attraction Operating since 5/1/1989
Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure General Attraction Operating Since 1991
Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular General Attraction Operating
Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show General Attraction Operating
Muppet Vision 3D General Attraction Operating
Sounds Dangerous - Starring Drew Carey General Attraction Operating since 2002
Star Tours Fixed Ride Operating
The Great Movie Ride Dark Ride Operating
The Twilight Zone - Tower of Terror Fixed Ride Operating since 7/22/1994
Toy Story Mania! Dark Ride Operating since 05/31/2008
Voyage of The Little Mermaid General Attraction Operating Since early 1990's

Past Rides

Sounds Dangerous General Attraction Operated 1989 to 2001
Superstar Television General Attraction Operated 1989 to early 2000's
Who Wants to be a Millionare- Play It! General Attraction Operated from 2001 to 2005

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