Guests who spend time in the park can laugh along with the Muppets, shrink down to the size of a toy, enter into The Twilight Zone and the Star Wars universe, and rock out with Aerosmith. With so many amazing things to see in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests spend a lot of time there trying to see it all. By spending a lot of time in the park, guests might feel as though they know all there is to know, but there are plenty of hidden details and secrets found all around Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Some secrets are hidden in plain sight and some are very tricky to find, but guests love spotting them on Walt Disney World vacations. Here are seven of the best kept secrets at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
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7. Min & Bill’s Mail
In the Echo Lake section of the park is a small quick service location which serves up tasty options from a steamer ship. Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner features options like Barbecued Pulled Pork Macaroni & Cheese and Turkey Legs and allows guests to enjoy their meals with wonderful views. Nearby the restaurant is a pile of shipping crates which may look random but upon closer inspection pay tribute to names and locations from classic Hollywood films like The Producers, Citizen Kane, and Casablanca.
6. Trolley Numbers
On Sunset Boulevard, guests feel as though they are back in the roaring twenties in Hollywood complete with a classic red trolley car. Guests who inspect the trolley car closely can spot the number 694 which may seem random but pays tribute to a very important date. 694 references June 1994 which is when Sunset Boulevard was first open to guests in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
5. A Hidden Mickey Doll
At the end of Sunset Boulevard is the looming Hollywood Tower Hotel which is home to the thrilling and eerie attraction The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Guests who are brave enough to enter soon learn that five guests were struck by lightning in one of the hotel’s elevators and sent directly to The Twilight Zone many years ago. Guests who look closely at the doomed little girl in the preshow video will notice a Mickey Mouse plush doll from the 1930s.
4. Episode Editing
As guests enter into the library in The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, they are introduced to the story of what happened in the Hollywood Tower Hotel all those years ago. The short video is set to look like an introduction into a classic episode of the television series, complete with an appearance and narration by Rod Serling. Since Serling died some time before the attraction was constructed, Imagineers used preexisting footage and a voice actor to create the perfect preshow video for guests to enjoy today.
3. Tin Toy
One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania in the Pixar Place section of the park. The attraction invites guests to shrink down to the size of toys and compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and the Toy Story gang. After scoring lots of points on the attraction, guests disembark their attraction vehicles and move away from the loading platform towards the exit. As they do so, guests might not realize that they are passing by a very important item in the history of Toy Story. Located right near the exit is a Little Golden Book titled Tin Toy written by Lasseter. The book pays tribute to John Lasseter who wrote the story Tin Toy years ago and was ultimately inspired to develop the story into the Toy Story that guests know and love.
2. Gertie The Dinosaur
Located in the Echo Lake section of the park is a massive green dinosaur which features a counter service location that serves up ice cream treats. Many guests might not know that the dinosaur is named Gertie and that she has a rich history in Hollywood. Gertie was originally created in the early 1900s by Winsor McCay who would live act in front of a screen where Gertie would be animated and appear to be interacting with him.
1. Mr. Cadwallader
Guests who are fans of The Twilight Zone teleivision series will love finding countess props and references to various episodes scattered throughout The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. A reference to the episode titled “Escape Clause” can be found outside of each service elevator and guests need to look closely to spot it. The episode featured a man who traded his soul with the devil named Cadwallader in exchange for immortality. Guests who look closely at the inspection certificate will notice that the inspector’s name was Mr. Cadwallader, making boarding the elevator not seem like such a great idea!