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Disney’s Hollywood Studios - Orlando

Theme Park at Walt Disney World

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a major theme park at the vast Walt Disney World in Orlando, drawing in around 10 million visitors every year with its range of shows, rides, and attractions inspired by Disney’s 1930s and 1940s films. The huge site spans 135 acres of southwest Orlando, making up one-quarter of the wider Walt Disney World complex, which includes the other theme parks of Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom. One day passes for Hollywood Studios are priced at $105 for adults and $99 for children, with a ‘park-hopper’ option available for an additional $64.

For many, a whole day here is not enough – especially if you plan to swap parks – so it’s recommended to buy a multi-day pass if you have more time on your hands.

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Areas and Attractions at Hollywood Studios Disney

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is split into six main areas, each dedicated to a different Disney-related theme featuring rides, attractions, shows, shops and restaurants. These areas are Hollywood Boulevard (at the park’s main entrance), Echo Lake, Streets of America, Pixar Place, Animation Courtyard and Sunset Boulevard. There are also plans to open an additional ‘Star Wars Land’ and ‘Toy Story Land’ in the future. See each area below!

Hollywood Boulevard
Sitting right at the entrance and stretching into the park, this long road is filled with themed shops selling Disney merchandise and a few eateries. At the end of the walkway used to sit Hollywood Studio’s former icon, a model of ‘The Sorcerer’s Hat’ from the Fantasia movie, until it was recently removed. There are also a few attractions including ‘The Great Movie Ride’, themed around some of the classics such as Alien, Casablanca and the Wizard of Oz. 

Echo Lake
Themed around Hollywood’s Golden Age of Travel, this small lagoon area promises highlights such as ‘Star Tours—The Adventures Continue’ (3-D motion simulator ride), the ‘Jedi Training Academy’, (the kids’ chance to get brush up on their lightsaber skills), and also the hugely popular ‘Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!’, a live-action ride that takes you on your very own adventure through Spielberg’s movie Raiders of the Lost Ark.  

Streets of America
This cool street is only open to traffic of the pedestrian variety – rather than actual cars - with numerous shophouse facades inspired by classic New York and San Francisco cityscapes. In terms of attractions, the ‘Muppet Vision 3D’ is worth checking out for its special effects and amusing storyline, while younger kids will love the ‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: Movie Set Adventure’ - where they can climb over the oversized movie props. There’s also a stunt show here (‘Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show’) where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the vehicle action scenes are made for the blockbusters. 

Pixar Place
The clue really is in the name at Hollywood Studio’s lively Pixar Place, with the attractions and rides here dedicated to the movies and characters created by Pixar Animation Studios. The big-name attraction here is ‘Toy Story Midway Mania!’, which takes you on an interactive 4D adventure through the famous movie along with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Andy. Look out for the quirky ‘Luxo Jr’, a six-foot-tall moving version of Pixar’s iconic desk lamp mascot which performs shows – all by himself – throughout the day. 

Animation Courtyard
Head through the archway to explore a world of Disney’s animation up in detail, with interactive rides, shows, exhibits and fun meet-and-greets with some of the famous characters (a must-have photo-op!). The ‘Mickey Avenue’, actually a subsection of Animation Courtyard, is well worth checking out for its exhibits detailing the life and legacy of Walt Disney, including some rare photos, drawings and models. In the wider area there are also two live shows, ‘Disney Junior Live on Stage’ and ‘Sofia the First’. 

Sunset Boulevard
Home of the new icon of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (although opened years ago), the huge ‘Tower of Terror’, this is the must-visit area for adrenalin seekers. This thrilling ride is located near another hair-raiser in the form of ‘Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith’, a spooky ride taking you indoors and outside all to the soundtrack of you know who.… Elsewhere, Sunset Boulevard has two amphitheaters for live shows scheduled throughout the day.  

 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  • Opening Hours: 09:00-22:00 daily
  • Address: 351 S Studio Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
  • Tel: +1 407-939-5277
  • Price Range: One day passes for Hollywood Studios are priced at $105 for adults and $99 for children, with a ‘park-hopper’ option available for an additional $64.
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