Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, only one makes guests the stars of their own movie as they are offered a chance to step behind the camera and become part of Hollywood. Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers guests the chance to step into their favorite movies, enter into fictional universes like Star Wars and the Twilight Zone, and see just how big action stunts and movie magic are pulled off safely. With so many exciting things to experience on a day in the park, guests can have a hard time deciding which attractions and experiences they must see and which they can skip. Here are ten sensational experiences that guests must have on a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
10. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
This thrilling attraction takes guests into the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel where they stumble upon a lobby that looks as if it were suddenly deserted years ago. Guests soon realize that they are starring on their own episode of the Twilight Zone as they travel to a different dimension on an evil service elevator that is out of control. With ghostly encounters and creepy elements around every turn, the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one sensational attraction that can’t be missed.
9. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Located right next door to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is this rocking attraction that takes guests into the fictional G Force Records where Aerosmith is finishing up a recording session. After being invited to a show across town, guests soon find themselves launching through downtown Los Angeles in a super stretch limo to make it to the performance on time. The initial launch of the attraction is one of the most thrilling moments on any Walt Disney World attraction and should not be missed.
8. Toy Story Mania
This attraction located on Pixar Place is one of the most popular in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and features Woody, Buzz, and all of the characters from the Pixar classic Toy Story. Guests are shrunken down to the size of a toy and play several different 3D midway games hosted by the film’s characters. Guests will definitely find themselves returning to this sensational experience time and time again to beat their friends and family and best their own high score.
7. Walt Disney Presents (formerly Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream)
This classic attraction has recently undergone some changes! Walt Disney Presents continues to offer guests a chance to view the history of Walt, but now has the addition of a space for guests to preview what’s on the horizon. Models such as the Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and even Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction are available to preview. We’ve always loved this informative collection of memorabilia, designs, and historical models about Walt. Now we get to experience the past, present, and future of Walt Disney! It’s rarely crowded and provides a great way to cool off as it is totally air-conditioned.
6. March of the First Order
Gulp! This one is pretty impressive. Stand back as commander Captain Phasma leads a squad of Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard to Center Stage. Let the goosebumps continue, as you watch their epic First Order demonstration and finally their march out from Center Stage. Definitely a goosebumps moment!
5. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
This sensational stage show retells the classic animated tale of Ariel as she falls in love with Prince Eric and battles Ursula for her voice. The performance combines puppets, live acting, animation, and special effects for a spectacular show that can’t be missed on a day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
4. Star Tours –The Adventure Continues
This thrilling 3D adventure takes guests into the universe of Star Wars where they will find themselves interacting with loveable characters like C3PO, R2D2, Darth Vader, and Chewbacca. With each experience randomized ensuring a different ride each time, guests join the Rebel Alliance after finding out that they have a rebel spy on board. This sensational experience is one of a kind and a must for any Star Wars fan.
3. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
This live action stunt show takes guests into the world of Indiana Jones through iconic scenes like temples and air base fights. Guests are shown how big action movie stunts are effectively and safely executed by both actors and stunt doubles. Featuring a hilarious bit of audience participation, this show is a must see on a day in the park.
No visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without a viewing of this sensational nighttime show. Fantasmic! takes guests into the imagination of Mickey for an epic battle between good and evil. Housed in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater off of Sunset Boulevard, the show combines live acting, Disney characters, classic Disney music, special effects, dancing water, pyrotechnics, and Mickey himself for a spectacular show that can’t be missed!
1. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
It doesn’t matter if you are a Star Wars nerd or not – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is the perfect way to close out a night at Hollywood Studios! Watch as the Chinese Theater turns into a huge screen for a 14-minute show full of high-definition projection surrounded by lasers, fire, incredible music and sound effects, and of course – the sky lights up with awesome fireworks! It’s an unforgettable Hollywood Studios moment!