Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 10 Must Do's at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Originally Disney MGM Studios, Disney's Hollywood Studios was the third of the Florida parks to open in 1989 and is inspired by Hollywood's Golden Age.  The park spans 135 acres and is home to 8 areas: Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Sunset Boulevard, Streets of America, Commissary Lane, Pixar Place, Mickey Avenue and Animation Courtyard.  Two new areas are scheduled to debut in the upcoming years that I am very excited about: Toy Story Land and Star Wars Land!  Stay tuned for an update to this list once those new lands open.

Disney's Hollywood Studios has so many amazing attractions and entertainment that this Top 10 Must Do list was incredibly difficult to narrow down!  After much internal debate, here are my top 10 Must Do's at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

10. Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
There isn’t a Walt Disney World without Walt Disney!  This attraction is a must do for anyone who is fascinated by the man who started it all with his ever imaginative spirit.  Walk through the exhibits filled with all kinds of wonderful memorabilia and facts about Walt Disney’s life and creations.  You can end your self guided tour of Walt Disney's life with a 15 minute film.


 
9. Great Movie Ride
When I think of Disney's Hollywood Studios, I think of the Great Movie Ride.  Located in the reproduction of Grauman's Chinese Theatre, the Great Movie Ride is a spectacular journey into the movies.  It's an 18 minute tour of some of Hollywood's most famous films and ends with a montage of scenes from classic films.  It's a wonderful attraction but it may be scary for little ones.  If you don't think your child would be okay watching Alien, then I suggest they sit this one out.








8. Dine in the 1950s
We know Disney does a great job at theming and two great examples of that are the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater and the 50's Prime Time Café.  The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater restaurant transports you to a drive in movie theater complete with sci-fi clips from the 1950's.  The 50's Prime Time Café is themed as though you are in your Mom's house in the 1950's.  Wait staff remind guests to mind their manners while they watch black and white television clips from popular 1950s shows.  If you are feeling nostalgic or just love everything vintage, make sure to make reservations for these two restaurants.





7.  For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration 
Relive the magic of Disney's Frozen with this sing-along spectacular!  If you just can't get enough of the songs from Frozen, this is the attraction for you!  Even if you don't love Frozen or are slightly sick of it, it's worth a visit at least once.  The 30 minute show is actually pretty funny with the help of some Arendelle Royal Historians who relive the tale of your favorite Frozen characters.  You also get to sing-along to the amazing songs and the oh-so-popular, "Let It Go" which I just can't let go!  See what I did there? :)  Don't be ashamed to belt out the lyrics because everyone else in the theater will be doing it!  FastPass+ is also available so



6. Fantasmic!
Fantasmic! is Hollywood Studio's nighttime entertainment.  It combines pyrotechnics, lights, dancing water, a great musical score and a ton of Disney characters.  Why isn't Fantasmic! higher on our Must Do list?  Well, it's only shown on select nights so check the Times Guide or My Disney Experience app to check the show times.  Since it is only available on select nights, the line to enter the outdoor theater can get pretty crowded.  If they are showing two shows, go to the second one for lighter crowds.  You could also purchase a Fantasmic! Dinner Package to get reserved seating.

5. Muppet*Vision 3D
The Muppets have made a major comeback in recent years but their awesomeness has been around at the Studios since 1991!  This attraction is great if you love the comedy stylings of the Muppets.  It's filled with great jokes!  Well... Muppet fans will think they are great!







 

4. Star Tours - The Adventure Continues
Explore a galaxy far, far away on the reimagined Star Tours!  Based on the blockbuster Stars Wars series, the attraction combines characters and locations from the movies with 3D video, Audio-Animatronic characters, special effects and music. There are 50 story combinations so you get a unique experience each time you visit.  Who knows?  You may even be the Rebel Spy on your next flight!  If you love Star Wars, this is a major must do!







 
3. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Is your party dragging right at rope drop?  There's nothing like dropping in on the Hollywood Tower Hotel to wake everyone up!  (See what I did there?)  The Tower of Terror has, quite possibly, one of the best back stories and theming of any Walt Disney World attraction.  The attraction is based on the popular television series which aired from 1959 to 1964.  Take a look around the lobby and the library to see some artifacts from some episodes of The Twilight Zone.









2. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
There is something about roller coasters and rock music that just work great together.  If you are a thrill ride junkie, then Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is the ride for you!  It's a roller coaster in the dark complete with three inversions.  My favorite part of this ride is the launch.  You go from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds while Steven Tyler is screaming in your ear.  It doesn't get much better than that!  Worried that no one else in your party wants to join you for this rock 'n' good time?  Just use the single rider line.

1. Toy Story Midway Mania
This attraction consistently has one of the longest wait times in all of Walt Disney World and for good reason. Simply put, this attraction is awesome!  It combines 3D and 4D effects, competition and Toy Story so it's hard for it not to be great.  Make sure to visit the standby line first thing in the morning for the shortest wait times and grab a FP+ to ride again later.  It's a great attraction that the whole family can enjoy.

As you can see, there is a lot of competition to get to the top of our Must Do list!  There are so many wonderful attractions to choose from that you really can't go wrong at this park.  What are your Must Do's at Disney's Hollywood Studios?

Ashley

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