Disney’s Hollywood Studios was the third park to open at Walt Disney World on May 1, 1989. While it began its life as a park dedicated to giving guests a look behind the curtain to a working television and film production facility, it has changed over the years to focus on immersive storytelling. With the recent additions of Toy Story Land and the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the park is quickly becoming one of the most popular sections of Walt Disney World Resort.
The front half of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a celebration of Hollywood in its mid-century heyday. Guests walk down an idyllic Los Angeles street filled with buildings and references from the famous city. This leads to the iconic Chinese Theater which will soon be home to the new Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction.
Notable fan favorites in this park include the thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on Sunset Boulevard, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, and Slinky Dog Dash located in Toy Story Land.
Toy Story Land is Disney’s massive recreation of Andy’s back yard. Guests feel as if they are shrunk down to the size of a green army man and explore a themed land that looks and feels as if it were created by a kid playing with his toys. Oversized Christmas lights are strung high and giant Tinker Toys help make many of the area’s structures. Take a moment and see if you can find Andy’s footprint in the ground. The land features rides with favorite characters from the Toy Story film series like Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania. Slinky Dog Dash is the lands biggest draw and grabbing a Fastpass+ is definitely recommended as the lines can still get very long.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be the park’s newest and most exciting addition. Opening on August 29, 2019, the land has wowed guests at its sister location in Disneyland and quickly become one of the most impressive undertakings at a Disney theme park. Here guests will step through the screen and into a galaxy far, far away to live adventures from the classic series of films, shows, and books. Fans can fly the Millenium Falcon, build their own working lightsaber, or even have a drink at the cantina with a wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Wonderful World of Animation is the nightly fireworks and projection show that takes place at the Chinese Theater. Covering the rich history of Disney animation, the new show takes guests on a visual journey focusing on timeless themes featured in Disney’s classic films and characters. The use of new projection-mapping technology is not to be missed and transforms the theater into scenes and sequences that are some of the most impressive. Because of this aspect, we recommend grabbing a spot well before showtime with a good view of the theater to fully experience the projections.
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