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8 Awesome Facts About Disney’s Hollywood Studios

From the chance to enter into fictional universes like Star Wars and The Twilight Zone to the chance to see how Indiana Jones pulls off major action stunts – guests feel like stars, Hollywood Studios is an exciting theme park to visit! One of the things that makes Disney’s Hollywood Studios so amazing is its attention to detail in all areas of the park. With so many things to see and experience, it is no surprise that there are some details which often get overlooked by guests. Here are eight awesome facts about Disney’s Hollywood Studios that guests might not know.

8. The Morocco Zone –

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the largest structures in Walt Disney World, coming in at one hundred and ninety nine feet. Imagineers realized during construction that the massive attraction could be seen from nearby World Showcase in Epcot, specifically behind the Morocco Pavilion. Due to the sight obstruction, Imagineers designed The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in a similar color scheme to the Morocco Pavilion and made the architectural details similar as well. Guests who are walking through World Showcase would never guess that they are actually seeing The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in the distance and guests in Disney’s Hollywood Studios don’t think that they tower looks out of place at all.

7. Gertie –

In the Echo Lake area of the park there is a counter service ice cream location located inside a large green dinosaur named Gertie. Gertie has a rich Hollywood history as she was developed and animated by Winsor McCay and would seemingly interact with him as he performed in front of a screen.

6. Rocking Launch –

The fastest attraction in Walt Disney World is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith which takes guests into the studio with the band where they are recording their next hit. After being invited to a show across downtown, guests soon find themselves strapped into a super stretch limo and launched from zero to sixty in 2.8 seconds!

5. A Henson Muppet –

Muppet Vision 3D is home to seemingly endless sight gags, props, and items scattered throughout the queue, preshow area, and theater. Guests in the preshow area can look in the rafters above for a portrait of a happy looking Muppet. The portrait is actually a representation of the late Jim Henson in Muppet form, honoring his life and legacy.

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4. Tin Toy Tribute –

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania which shrinks guests down to the size of a toy and takes them through a series of interactive midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and the gang. In the loading area of the attraction, guests might notice a Little Golden Book titled Tin Toy by Lasseter. Tin Toy was actually a short created by John Lasseter years ago that featured a toy that came to life. The idea for the story eventually evolved into Toy Story, so it is a fitting tribute in Toy Story Mania.

3. Broken Glasses –

The lobby of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is full of amazing details which hint that the Hollywood Tower Hotel was abandoned in a hurry many years before. What many guests don’t realize is that a number of props throughout the lobby are from episodes of the television show. Guests can try and spot a pair of broken glasses from the episode “Time Enough at Last.”

2. 13 Diamonds –

Also found in the lobby of the Hollywood Tower Hotel is a commemorative plaque awarded for excellent service by AAA. Many guests might assume that it is just a random prop, but upon closer inspection the plaque has as sinister undertone. In real life, AAA presents a five diamond rating for excellent hotels, but the Hollywood Tower Hotel received thirteen diamonds which seems rather unlucky.

1. A Hollywood Premiere –

One of the buildings in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is modeled after the historic Carthay Circle Theater which played host to a significant moment in Disney history. Walt Disney held the 1937 premiere for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in the real Carthay Circle Theater, so it is fitting that a representation of it exists in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.