11 Things You Might Not Know About Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios may be under construction, but there are still plenty of awesome attractions, shows and experiences for guests to enjoy! Guests can experience everything from stepping into the Star Wars universe or the Twilight Zone to seeing some of their favorite animated films come to life live on stage. With so much to do and see, some details can go unnoticed by guests. Here are eleven things that guests might not know about Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


11. Min & Bill’s Crates

Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner in the Echo Lake section of the park offers up counter service meals including hot dogs and pulled pork. Located off to the side of the ordering counter is a pie of crates which guests might not realize pay homage to several famous movies including Casablanca, Citizen Kane, and The Producers.

10. A Henson Muppet

Muppet Vision 3D brings the zany world of Jim Henson and the Muppets to life and many guests might not notice a touching tribute to the late Henson in the preshow area of the attraction. Found amongst props on the beams above, a portrait of Jim Henson as a Muppet can be found, making a touching tribute to a great man.




9. R2D2’s Shadow

While moving through the line for Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, guests can spot a screen overhead which features the shadows of some recognizable characters moving back and forth. Sharp eyed guests can spot R2D2 rolling past at one point wearing some iconic mouse ears.

8. A Unique Award

Guests in the lobby of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror might not notice an odd award as they move towards the library. There is a commemorative plaque for the 13 Diamond Award which strikes an eerie cord since the actual award is usually 5 Diamonds.

7. Rocking Speed

The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coasting Starring Aerosmith takes guests on a thrilling journey through downtown Los Angeles to get to an Aerosmith concert in time. The initial launch of the attraction is the most thrilling part, and guests might not realize that they accelerate from zero to sixty in less than three seconds!

6. Hidden Paint Mickey

Located near Muppet Vision 3D is a wacky gift shop named the Stage 1 Company Store. Featuring Muppets and regular Disney merchandise, this is a great place to pick up some souvenirs in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. When guests are entering the store, they might not look down on the pavement to notice a Hidden Mickey comprised of splattered yellow paint!

5. A Historic Dino

One of the most recognizable structures in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a massive green dinosaur on the shores of Echo Lake where guests can purchase ice cream. Many guests might not know that the dinosaur’s name is Gertie and that she has a rich Hollywood history. Gertie was created by Winsor McCay as an animated character who would ‘interact’ with McCay while he performed on stage.

4. License Plates

The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is one of the most unique dining locations in Walt Disney World and allows guests to be seated in classic cars and dine while watching old Sci-Fi clips. While the license plates looks like normal jumbles of letters and numbers, they actually represent the initials and birthdays of Imagineers who helped to create the restaurant.

3. Toy Story’s Hidden Book

While in the loading area for Toy Story Mania, guests feel as though they are shrunken down to the size of a toy and can observe other toys and games in larger than life versions. Guests might notice a Little Golden Book titled Tin Toy but might not realize that it is the name of the story John Lasseter created which eventually was developed into Toy Story!

2. Hidden Mickey Doll

While watching the film in the library of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, many guests might be too apprehensive for what is to come to notice the doll that the little girl is holding. The doll is an antique stuffed Mickey Mouse and pretty awesome to check out!

1. Eerie Glasses

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is one of the most intricately themed and detailed attractions in Walt Disney World. Guests who are not fans of the television series might not realize that many of the props scattered throughout the abandoned lobby are from original episodes. Try and spot a pair of shattered glasses from the episode “Time Enough At Last.”

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.