Major changes are on the way to Hollywood Studios in the next couple of years! Expansion to the park may cause the removal of a few previously existing attractions like Magic of Disney Animation, Studio Backlot Tour, and the Great Movie Ride. Some guests might assume that they shouldn’t bother with visiting the park on a Walt Disney World vacation- and how wrong they are! Here are ten reasons why Disney’s Hollywood Studios is still worth a visit.
10. 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.
9. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
One of the most thrilling attractions in all of Walt Disney World can be found looming at the end of Sunset Boulevard. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror invites guests in with the screams of those already on the attraction and is housed inside of the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel. Those who are brave enough to venture inside soon discover that one fateful night years ago five guests were struck by lightning in one of the hotel’s elevators and disappeared directly into The Twilight Zone. Guests soon find themselves on board a service elevator and repeating the same experience where they find themselves in a different dimension in The Twilight Zone.
8. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Located right next door to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a thrilling attraction which brings guests into G Force Records. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has guests run into Aerosmith in the studio where they are working on their next hit song. Guests are then invited to a concert across town and find themselves strapped into a super stretch limo which launches from zero to sixty in several seconds. The limo then plunges into the neon lights of downtown Los Angeles passing through several inversions along the way.
7. Beauty and the The Beast – Live on Stage
Also found on Hollywood Boulevard is a live performance which retells the classic Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage features all of the beloved characters from the film as they share the classic story through dance, musical numbers, and wonderful acting. The show also features some pretty incredible effects which help to show how the Beast transformed into his cursed form. Guests should definitely take the time to watch this performance as it is incredible!
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6. Toy Story Mania
The most popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania in the Pixar Place area of the park. Guests are invited into the attraction where they shrink down to the size of a toy to play a series of 3D midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and the Toy Story gang. While on the queue guests can interact with Mr. Potato head and then hop aboard the attraction vehicles where they are outfitted with 3D glasses and pull cannons. Each midway game features a different theme and different targets hosted by characters like the Green Army Men and the Green Aliens. Guests love returning to Toy Story Mania over and over again to see if they can beat their high scores!
5. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Guests who are fans of the Star Wars films can be completely immersed in the universe when experiencing Star Tours – The Adventure Continues. The attraction invites guests to be passengers on a normal Star Tours flight which soon becomes an adventure after they find out that there is a Rebel Spy on board. The attraction then features a series of randomized 3D scenes which makes each experience totally unique. Guests will love becoming members of the Rebel Alliance and experiencing Star Tours – The Adventure Continues multiple times to enjoy all of the various scenes on each adventure.
4. Muppet Vision 3D
Located on Grand Avenue is a hilarious attraction that can’t be missed. Muppet Vision 3D invites guests into the laboratories of the Muppets where they have discovered how to capture the spirit of 3D. Guests will love the zany, corny humor of the Muppets and laugh at all of the 3D effects along the way. The attraction is a classic and it is definitely an experience that guests love when visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
3. Star Wars Launch Bay
Head to the Star Wars Launch Bay to check out what all the Star Wars hype is about! Browse through the shop to see the incredible movie props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; watch the Star Wars saga 10-minute movie in the Star Wars Launch Bay Theater; visit with Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca, BB-8, Kylo Ren; and even enjoy a few video games while you’re at it!
Get ready to watch a battle of good vs. evil as Mickey and Friends take on some of the creepiest of Disney Villains! This outdoor, amphitheater nighttime show is bursting with awesome music, pyrotechnics, lasers, fireworks, and water screens. Plus, the amount of Disney characters you’ll catch a glimpse of is rather impressive! Check show times and think about making a Fantasmic dining package or FastPass+ for prime seating.
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!