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* <see name="Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A 20-minute condensation of the popular animated film.  It's more "cartoony" than the Broadway musical you may have seen, but it's great for kids who may not sit through a longer production.  Colorful costumes and the classic songs make for an entertaining time.</see>
 
* <see name="Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A 20-minute condensation of the popular animated film.  It's more "cartoony" than the Broadway musical you may have seen, but it's great for kids who may not sit through a longer production.  Colorful costumes and the classic songs make for an entertaining time.</see>
 
* <see name="Fantasmic!" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Shown after dark two or three times a week; check the Times Guide for details" price="">Watch as Mickey Mouse uses the power of imagination to defeat some of Disney's nastiest villains.  Live action extravaganza with incredible film and lighting effects, fireworks, and a 50-foot dragon!  The theater fills up quickly, so get there early if you want a seat.</see>
 
* <see name="Fantasmic!" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Shown after dark two or three times a week; check the Times Guide for details" price="">Watch as Mickey Mouse uses the power of imagination to defeat some of Disney's nastiest villains.  Live action extravaganza with incredible film and lighting effects, fireworks, and a 50-foot dragon!  The theater fills up quickly, so get there early if you want a seat.</see>
* <see name="Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Hop into your "limousine" and take a wild ride through the streets of Los Angeles to get to Aerosmith's concert.  The only roller coaster at Walt Disney World with inversions, this indoor launched coaster accelerates you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds.  An exciting but fairly smooth ride, it's accompanied by the (very loud) music of Aerosmith and decorated with bright fluorescent signs that obscure any view of the track, so you never know where you're headed next. [[Image:Stop hand.png|15px]] </see>
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* <see name="Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Hop into your "limousine" and take a wild ride through the streets of Los Angeles to get to Aerosmith's concert.  The only roller coaster at Walt Disney World with inversions, this indoor launched coaster accelerates you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds.  An exciting but fairly smooth ride, it's accompanied by the (very loud) music of Aerosmith and decorated with bright fluorescent signs that obscure any view of the track, so you never know where you're headed next.</see> [[Image:Stop hand.png|15px]]  
* <see name="The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Rod Serling himself welcomes you into this mystery, involving an elevator on the thirteenth floor, a late-night lightning strike, and vanished guests.  Most people ignore the story, though, and just go on this ride for the 13-story free-fall down the elevator shaft, followed by a random sequence of sudden rising and falling.  ''Not'' for the faint of stomach, period.  The view from the top is quite a sight, if you can open your eyes long enough to look. [[Image:Stop hand.png|15px]] </see>
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* <see name="The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Rod Serling himself welcomes you into this mystery, involving an elevator on the thirteenth floor, a late-night lightning strike, and vanished guests.  Most people ignore the story, though, and just go on this ride for the 13-story free-fall down the elevator shaft, followed by a random sequence of sudden rising and falling.  ''Not'' for the faint of stomach, period.  The view from the top is quite a sight, if you can open your eyes long enough to look.</see> [[Image:Stop hand.png|15px]]  
  
 
===Animation Courtyard/Pixar Place===
 
===Animation Courtyard/Pixar Place===
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* <see name="Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">An exciting 35-minute live-action stunt show recreating some of the best scenes from ''Raiders of the Lost Ark''.  A few lucky guests might even get to appear on stage as extras.</see>
 
* <see name="Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">An exciting 35-minute live-action stunt show recreating some of the best scenes from ''Raiders of the Lost Ark''.  A few lucky guests might even get to appear on stage as extras.</see>
 
* <see name="Sounds Dangerous Starring Drew Carey" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This comedy show with Drew Carey as an inept detective takes place primarily in a darkened theater, with headsets letting you hear the action you can't see.  It highlights the importance of quality sound effects to the theatrical experience.  It's funny but some kids might find it scary.  After the show, head to the Sound Works, where kids and adults can experiment with sound hands-on.</see>
 
* <see name="Sounds Dangerous Starring Drew Carey" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">This comedy show with Drew Carey as an inept detective takes place primarily in a darkened theater, with headsets letting you hear the action you can't see.  It highlights the importance of quality sound effects to the theatrical experience.  It's funny but some kids might find it scary.  After the show, head to the Sound Works, where kids and adults can experiment with sound hands-on.</see>
* <see name="Star Tours" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The only official ''Star Wars'' ride takes you into battle with the Death Star with C-3P0, R2-D2, and your rookie droid pilot, Max. This is a motion-simulator ride that can get rough at times, but it's an experience like no other for ''Star Wars'' fans. Don't miss it. [[Image:Stop hand.png|15px]] </see>
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* <see name="Star Tours" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">The only official ''Star Wars'' ride takes you into battle with the Death Star with C-3P0, R2-D2, and your rookie droid pilot, Max. This is a motion-simulator ride that can get rough at times, but it's an experience like no other for ''Star Wars'' fans. Don't miss it.</see> [[Image:Stop hand.png|15px]]  
  
 
===Parkwide===
 
===Parkwide===

Revision as of 20:39, 5 July 2009

The giant Sorcerer's Hat tells you that you've entered a place where the magic of film is brought to life.

Experience "the Hollywood that never was" at Disney's Hollywood Studios, [1] one of the theme parks of the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida. Here you can help destroy the Death Star, take a wild limousine ride through Los Angeles, get shrunk to the size of a gnat, and learn all about the process of creating films and animation.

Walt Disney World's third theme park opened in May 1989 as Disney-MGM Studios, joining the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. The park is themed around movies and television, featuring a variety of live shows and attractions based on both classic films from the Golden Age of Hollywood and modern-day favorites. Among the attractions are a few exceptional thrill rides, most notably The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (a 13-story vertical drop) and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (a launched coaster, 0-60 in 2.8 seconds). The latest addition to the park is an interactive live stage show, based on the hit TV show American Idol.

The park is not just about Disney productions; it's also where you'll find rides and shows based on Lucasfilm properties, MGM films, and Jim Henson'sTemplate:Index Muppets.

Just south of Hollywood Studios is Disney's Wide World of SportsTemplate:IndexTemplate:Index complex, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves and host to countless other sporting events throughout the year.

Contents

Understand

"The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood—not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was—and always will be." — Michael D. Eisner, May 1, 1989

The genesis of the "Studios" theme park was as a new pavilion for EPCOT Center's Future World that would provide an animatronic ride through cinematic history, much as World of Motion did for transportation and Spaceship Earth did for communication. This spark of an idea was so inspiring, however, that then-CEO Michael EisnerTemplate:Index suggested that the new ride be placed in an all-new theme park.

The original vision for this new park was to combine a traditional theme park atmosphere—rides, shows, restaurants—with a real working production studio. A team of animators began work even before the park opened to the public, working on real Disney animation—Mulan and Lilo & Stitch, among others, were animated entirely at the theme park. Live-action was also filmed here, from movies like Newsies and Ernest Saves Christmas to television shows such as Mickey Mouse Club and Adventures in Wonderland. Most importantly, all of these production facilities were viewable on the park's Backstage Studio TourTemplate:Index—guests could actually see animating and filming as they occurred, if their timing was right; if not, they still got to see the real sets and real studios where their favorite productions were created. A backlot was also created and placed on the tour, with house facades used in actual films and television shows and authentic props from movies like Flight of the Navigator and Star Wars.

Those days are gone, however, with the park's sound stages converted to rides and stage shows, and the animation facility closed down. The original ride idea, the one planned for Epcot, survives as the park's centerpiece, The Great Movie RideTemplate:Index, and a small backlot area still exists as part of a truncated backstage tour. New thrill rides have opened up and become the park's main draws, but the park's enthusiasm for the fantasy worlds created on film and guests' enjoyment of being able to "step into" their favorite productions remain.

Disney's Hollywood Studios trivia

  • The distinct Mickey Mouse-eared water tower, known as the Earfel Tower, is not designed to hold water.
  • The right ear of the Mickey Mouse statue atop the Crossroads of the World tower is made of copper to function as a lightning rod.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is exactly 199 feet tall. If it were 200 feet, FAA regulations would require a navigational light on the summit, which would detract from the ride's 1930s theme.
  • Catastrophe Canyon (featured on the Backlot Tour)'s high-pressure water cannons are strong enough to shoot a basketball over the Empire State Building.
  • The 1990s revival of The Mickey Mouse Club which starred JC Chasez, Keri Russell, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera, among others, was filmed here.
  • The first movie filmed here was Splash, Too, the 1988 direct-to-TV sequel to 1984's Splash, the first movie released under Disney's then-new Touchstone Films label. The sequel was not well-received by fans of the original film, and starred none of the original cast (with the exception of Dody Goodman, who reprised her role as Mrs. Stimler).

Get in

By car

Hollywood Studios is just southwest of Epcot; it's on Buena Vista Drive, which is accessible from either World Drive or Epcot Center Drive. Parking is $12.00 per car, although Disney resort guests can park for free—just show your Key to the World card at the toll gate.

If you're going to Disney's Wide World of Sports, you'll need either your own car or a cab ride. There's no regular Disney transportation.

By Disney transportation

From Epcot and nearby resorts

From Epcot, the Boardwalk, the Yacht and Beach Clubs, and the Swan and Dolphin, you can take the Friendship ferriesTemplate:IndexTemplate:Index to Hollywood Studios. There is also a nice wide walking path that follows a similar route. Note that if you are coming from Epcot, you must exit through that park's rear entrance: the International Gateway, located between the United Kingdom and France pavilions in World Showcase.

From other on-property resorts

From other areas of the property, simply go to your resort's bus stop and wait for the Studios bus to arrive. You will be dropped off in front of the Hollywood Studios gates.

From the other parks

From any of the parks except Epcot, you will need to make your way to a resort, then go from that resort to Hollywood Studios. The best option here might be to take the bus to the Swan, which is the closest hotel to the Studios, then take the Friendship or the walking path to the Studios.

Get around

Map of Disney's Hollywood Studios

Upon entering the park, you'll find yourself on Hollywood Boulevard, the park's equivalent of the Magic Kingdom's Main Street, U.S.A. Shops line both sides of this street, perfect for grabbing a souvenir on your way out at the end of the day. (Feel free to browse now, though; you can always come back later, or if you find something you have to buy right away, you can have it held for you or delivered to your Disney resort.) Here, it's perpetually the 1930s, so keep an eye out for young starlets, ambitious directors, suspicious policemen, eager autograph hounds, and the like—these Streetmosphere actors play out comedic vignettes throughout the day, and they may just pull you into their stories.

At the end of Hollywood Boulevard, you won't be able to miss the giant conical Sorcerer's Hat, the one Mickey wore in "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment of Fantasia. It's gaudy and obscures the view of the beautiful Chinese Theater, but it's the centerpiece of the park and the most important landmark to remember if you get lost.

As you travel down Hollywood Boulevard, you'll find the famous intersection with Vine St., a smaller street that heads off to the left towards Echo Lake. The next intersection is with Sunset Boulevard, another major thoroughfare that branches to the right. Here you'll find more shops and more Streetmosphere, and looming in the distance is the 199-foot-tall Hollywood Tower Hotel, which houses the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

Past Sunset, as you approach the Sorcerer's Hat and the Chinese Theater, to the right will be a large gateway, through which you'll find the Animation Courtyard. Through the gate and to the left, starting around behind the Chinese Theater, are Mickey Avenue and the new Pixar Place, where former soundstages have been converted into the Toy Story Mania attraction.

From there, behind the Chinese Theater, you enter the Backlot, and then the Streets of AmericaTemplate:Index, where Lights, Motors, Action and Muppet*Vision 3-D are located. Commissary Lane connects this area to the plaza around the Sorcerer's Hat. Coming back toward the front of the park, you end up at Echo Lake—just look for the giant Dinosaur Gertie. The Lucasfilm attractions are nearby.

See/Do

The unfortunate façade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. If someone offers you a ride to the 13th floor in the elevator, you may be in for a ... let-down.

Hollywood Studios' attractions separate into one of two camps: sedate but fun stage shows and up-tempo thrill rides. There's very little in-between; even The Great Movie Ride is more like a theater production than a ride. The new Toy Story Mania! may be the first attraction that could be said to bridge that gap.

Fastpass queues are available for the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Star Tours, Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania, and Voyage of The Little Mermaid. Toy Story Mania, being so new, is incredibly popular; a Fastpass is highly recommended. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror are adjacent to each other, so your best bet there is to get a Fastpass for one of them and wait in line at the other; by the time you're done with that ride, hopefully your Fastpass time has arrived for the first one.

The Stop hand.png denotes rides with safety restrictions. See Stay safe in the main Walt Disney World article for more information.

For parade and stage show performance times, which change daily, please see your park guide map.

Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood Boulevard is mostly a location for shops, restaurants, and Streetmosphere, but at its far end is where you'll find the park's centerpiece attraction, the Great Movie Ride. While you're at the Chinese TheaterTemplate:Index, be sure to check out the cement plaza in front—just like at the real Chinese Theater in Hollywood, you'll find a number of celebrities have placed their handprintsTemplate:Index and signatures there. Everyone from Donald Duck and R2-D2 to Carol Burnett and George Lucas is represented there.

  • The Great Movie Ride. Slow moving ride through scenes of some of the greatest movies recreated using Audio-Animatronics, including Alien, The Wizard of Oz, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Mary Poppins. But remember: in the movies, not everything is as it seems! This is a great choice for your first ride of the day, to really get you in the mood and mindset of the whole park. The incredible attention to detail means you see something new every time you ride it.

Sunset Boulevard

In addition to more shops, restaurants, and Streetmosphere, Sunset Boulevard is home to the Studios' two major stage shows and its two extremely popular mega-thrill rides.

  • Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage. A 20-minute condensation of the popular animated film. It's more "cartoony" than the Broadway musical you may have seen, but it's great for kids who may not sit through a longer production. Colorful costumes and the classic songs make for an entertaining time.
  • Fantasmic!. Shown after dark two or three times a week; check the Times Guide for details. Watch as Mickey Mouse uses the power of imagination to defeat some of Disney's nastiest villains. Live action extravaganza with incredible film and lighting effects, fireworks, and a 50-foot dragon! The theater fills up quickly, so get there early if you want a seat.
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Hop into your "limousine" and take a wild ride through the streets of Los Angeles to get to Aerosmith's concert. The only roller coaster at Walt Disney World with inversions, this indoor launched coaster accelerates you from 0 to 60 miles per hour in three seconds. An exciting but fairly smooth ride, it's accompanied by the (very loud) music of Aerosmith and decorated with bright fluorescent signs that obscure any view of the track, so you never know where you're headed next. Stop hand.png
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Rod Serling himself welcomes you into this mystery, involving an elevator on the thirteenth floor, a late-night lightning strike, and vanished guests. Most people ignore the story, though, and just go on this ride for the 13-story free-fall down the elevator shaft, followed by a random sequence of sudden rising and falling. Not for the faint of stomach, period. The view from the top is quite a sight, if you can open your eyes long enough to look. Stop hand.png

Animation Courtyard/Pixar Place

Through the iconic gate is this courtyard, which segues into Mickey Avenue and Pixar Place as it heads toward the back of the park. There used to be working soundstages along Mickey Avenue, but they've been converted into semi-permanent exhibit space and the brand-new marquee attraction, Toy Story Mania!.

  • Journey into Narnia. Explore the making of the Chronicles of Narnia film series in this walk-through exhibit.
  • The Magic of Disney Animation. Once upon a time, this tour offered guests a peek at an actual working animation studio. The studio is gone, but the tour remains, to some a sad reminder of what once was (both for the park and for Disney animation in general). Still, for those with an interest in the topic, there is nothing like this anywhere else, and it does offer a rare look inside the animation process.
  • Playhouse Disney Live!. A cute audience-participation (dancing and singing) stage show featuring characters from the Disney Channel's programs for preschoolers. Don't even bother bringing anyone over the age of 7. Warning to parents with creaky knees: seating is on the floor.
  • Toy Story Mania!. Hollywood Studios' newest ride is a 3-D virtual midway game, complete with moving targets and special effects, themed around the characters from Toy Story. Great fun for all ages, but guests with aiming skills honed by years of video game playing will get higher scores. Extremely popular.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Go "Under The Sea" with Ariel and friends in this live stage show featuring black-lit puppets and costumes. Very imaginative and colorful, with neat special effects. Fairly popular, it can get crowded at times.
  • Walt Disney: One Man's Dream. A walk-through exhibition of Walt's life and career, including how he built the global entertainment empire that bears his name. Artifacts and diagrams galore, so Disney history fans will have a ball. Your average kid or thrill-seeker, on the other hand, is likely to get bored five minutes in.

Backlot/Streets of America

A motorcycle stunt from Lights, Motors, Action!

The Backlot is mostly a gateway to the Studio Backlot Tour, serving to connect Pixar Place with the Streets of America. Look for Luigi's Garage near the Tour entrance, where Lightning McQueen and Mater, from the movie Cars, are parked.

In the Streets of America, you'll find façades set up to give the illusion of walking down streets in New York City and San Francisco, using the movie-making technique called "forced perspective". These streets are also where you'll find the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights every holiday season.

Toy Story fans can often find Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and Bullseye outside the Al's Toy BarnTemplate:Index façade, posing for pictures.

  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - Movie Set Adventure. A huge play area that makes you look and feel like you're a quarter of an inch tall. Totally safe for kids to run around and climb on everything, from spider webs to anthills. Older folks can look for giant-sized versions of famous objects like a roll of Kodak film and a can of Play-Doh, but watch out for the dog's nose—he's been known to sneeze!
  • Jim Henson's Muppet*Vision 3-D. A hilarious show featuring the Muppet characters, shown in an amazing replica of the Muppet Theater. You have to see it to believe it. The combination of a 3-D film, in-theater animatronics and special effects, and a special live-action appearance makes for a fantastic show. The pre-show, held in a staging area while the previous main show runs, is just as good as the main show; if it's not too crowded, ask a cast member if you can stay to see the whole thing. The queue area and the pre-show area are filled to overflowing with sight gags and bad puns. You will never see them all in just one trip. Template:Index
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Imported from Disneyland Resort Paris, this new show features incredible live action stunt driving. Kids, don't try this at home!
  • Studio Backlot Tour. Continuous 25-minute tours. Starts off with a demonstration of special effects techniques in a giant water tank, with one lucky guest getting to star in an water-soaked film clip. Guests then board trams for a tour of old Disney and Lucasfilm movie props and the former production studios. The highlight of the tour is Catastrophe Canyon, where guests get to experience some disastrous special effects up-close. Template:Index

Echo Lake

Obscure snack-stand references
"Min and Bill", of Dockside Diner fame, are named for Minnie Mouse and Steamboat Willie, Mickey Mouse's character in the first cartoon with a synchronized soundtrack. Gertie the Dinosaur, on the other hand, was made famous by cartoonist Winsor McKay as one of the first-ever animated characters.


On one side of Echo Lake is a large steamboat, known as Min and Bill's Dockside Diner; on the other is a large dinosaur, with Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction. Around the perimeter of the area are attractions based on Lucasfilm properties, restaurants, and two unique attractions housed inside soundstages.

  • The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza. Not much of an attraction or even an exhibit, this plaza between Sounds Dangerous and American Idol showcases a gigantic Emmy statue and busts of famous television personalities from Milton Berle to Bill Cosby. It's nothing exiting, but might be worth five minutes to look at while you're waiting for your Fastpass time.
  • The American Idol Experience. Sure, you can sit in the audience and watch this attraction, but wouldn't you rather be up there on stage? You can! Sign up first thing in the day for an audition slot, and you might find yourself singing on-stage in front of your fellow park guests and an entertaining panel of judges, competing for the grand prize: a Dream Ticket to audition for the actual American Idol TV show!
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. An exciting 35-minute live-action stunt show recreating some of the best scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark. A few lucky guests might even get to appear on stage as extras.
  • Sounds Dangerous Starring Drew Carey. This comedy show with Drew Carey as an inept detective takes place primarily in a darkened theater, with headsets letting you hear the action you can't see. It highlights the importance of quality sound effects to the theatrical experience. It's funny but some kids might find it scary. After the show, head to the Sound Works, where kids and adults can experiment with sound hands-on.
  • Star Tours. The only official Star Wars ride takes you into battle with the Death Star with C-3P0, R2-D2, and your rookie droid pilot, Max. This is a motion-simulator ride that can get rough at times, but it's an experience like no other for Star Wars fans. Don't miss it. Stop hand.png

Parkwide

  • Block Party Bash. Daytime parade with characters from Disney/Pixar films. The parade route starts outside Star Tours, then heads through the Echo Lake area and up Hollywood Boulevard to the entrance. See the Times Guide for schedule.

Disney's Wide World of Sports

South of Hollywood Studios is the Wide World of SportsTemplate:IndexTemplate:Index complex. This is a state-of-the-art sports complex with fields, stadiums, and arenas for a variety of sporting events. There are no regularly-scheduled events here; whether you'll find something going on is hit-or-miss. If there is something happening, it's probably a high school game with just a handful of spectators.

  • Champions Stadium, 700 S Victory Way (World Dr to Osceola Pkwy, east to Victory Way), [2]. A 9,500-seat baseball stadium. The Atlanta Braves play their spring training games here, and the Rookie-league GCL Braves play here all summer. Prices vary.

Buy

Disney's Hollywood Studios is an especially rich location for themed merchandise that's hard to find elsewhere. The main shopping areas of Disney's Hollywood Studios are Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard. Most of the merchandise is generic, but there's a wide variety. One of the less generic locations is Sunset Boulevard Shops, with menswear, timepieces, housewares, and collectibles.

  • Animation Gallery, (at the end of the Magic of Disney Animation tour). Here you'll find this combination display gallery/high-end art store, with displays featuring some of Disney's Academy Awards as well as some very expensive animation cels, prints, and collectibles. Wonderful to look at, even if you can't afford to buy anything.
  • Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, (near the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular). Indy fans can find authentic, licensed fedoras and bullwhips here, along with more traditional Indy-branded souvenir fare.
  • It's a Wonderful Shop. A Christmas store, open all year, complete with snow on the ground outside. It's a great place to buy Disney ornaments and decorations, even if it's not December.
  • Rock Around The Shop, (at the exit from Rock 'n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith). A rock music-themed store.
  • Sid Cahuenga's One of a Kind, (near the park entrance). This small store is filled to overflowing with celebrity memorabilia, especially autographed photos. Expensive, but lots of fun to browse.
  • Stage One Company Store, (just outside Muppet*Vision 3D). This store boasts Muppet merchandise that's hard (or impossible) to find elsewhere.
  • Tatooine Traders, (at the exit of Star Tours). This shop offers a wide variety of Star Wars-themed merchandise, in a variety of price ranges. Most Star Wars merchandise is sold online; being able to shop here in person is a rare treat, and there are several exclusive items found only here.
  • Tower Gifts, (at the exit from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror). The fashion boutique of the Hollywood Tower Hotel has everything for Twilight Zone fans.

Eat

Don't bring your own car; the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater has one already parked and waiting for you!

See Eat in the main Walt Disney World article for information on the Disney restaurant pricing system, character dining, dietary restrictions, and advance dining reservations. The telephone numbers below are for extraordinary circumstances only; for reservations and most health or diet issues, call the main Disney Dining number at +1 407 WDW-DINE (939-3463).

Disney's Hollywood Studios probably has the most unique restaurants on the property, with most themed around movies and television.

Counter service

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  • ABC Commissary, (Commissary Ln). Breakfast, lunch, dinner. An unusually international menu for a counter-service location. The menu varies, but there is usually at least one Asian entree and some sort of Latin American dish. $.
  • Backlot Express, (Echo Lake between Star Tours and Indy). Lunch, dinner. The menu is nothing special, but the decor is. The restaurant is themed to look like a huge studio warehouse. There is tons of seating here, and because of its location, it's rarely very crowded. $.
  • Starring Rolls Cafe, (Sunset Blvd near Hollywood Blvd). Breakfast, lunch. Pastries, sandwiches, coffee. $.
  • Studio Catering Company, (Backlot near the 'Shrunk the Kids' playground). Lunch, dinner. Possibly the most nondescript restaurant in the park. A good option if you just need to eat quickly on your way from the Backlot to Streets of America. Crowded at lunchtime due to its location; guests who came to the park in the morning are usually hitting this area right around noon. $.
  • Sunset Boulevard courtyard (Catalina Eddie's, Fairfax Fare, Rosie's All-American Cafe, Toluca Legs Turkey Co.), (Sunset Blvd near Rock 'n' Roller Coaster). These four locations share an outdoor seating area. Salads, fries, burgers, BBQ, etc. $.
  • Toy Story Pizza Planet, (Streets of America near Muppet*Vision). Lunch, dinner. A combined pizza parlor/video arcade, just like in the movie. Absolutely a must for kids. $.

Table service

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  • 50's Prime Time Cafe, (Vine St near Echo Lake), +1 407 560-4365. Lunch, dinner. Very good homestyle "comfort food" served in a classic 1950's sitcom kitchen, complete with Formica tabletops and black-and-white televisions. Word to the wise: you had better eat all your vegetables if you want to order dessert. Your server, in character as an ersatz family member, will have no qualms about putting you on the spot about this or any number of things; it's all in good fun, but do not eat here if you're not in the mood to play along. $$.
  • The Hollywood Brown Derby, (Sunset Blvd at Hollywood Blvd), +1 407 560-4835. Lunch, dinner. Dine like the stars in this East Coast version of Hollywood's most famous restaurant. The Cobb salad, a Brown Derby original, is just as good as you would expect. $$$.
  • Hollywood & Vine, (Vine St near Hollywood Blvd). Breakfast, lunch, dinner. A buffet set in the glitter and glamour of Hollywood in the 1930's. Breakfast and lunch feature the Playhouse Disney characters for young kids. $$.
  • Mama Melrose's Ristorante Italiano, (Streets of America near Muppet*Vision). Lunch, dinner. There aren't a lot of Italian restaurants at Walt Disney World, but this one fills the casual end of that niche admirably, even if it really has nothing to do with Hollywood. The decor is like stepping into an Italian neighborhood in New York City. $$.
  • Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, (Commissary Ln). Lunch, dinner. Dine under the stars and watch classic B-movie clips from your custom convertible in a re-created 1950's drive-in movie theater. The menu includes a variety of entrees. Excellent milkshakes. This one might be the most popular restaurant in the park, so plan accordingly. $$.

Resort dining

At the Caribbean Beach resort, you'll be heading to Old Port Royale for meals; it's the central location of the resort and where all the shopping and dining is.

  • Market Street Food Court. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. This is a pretty cool food court that's designed to look like an outdoor Caribbean street. $.
  • Shutters, +1 407 934-2830. Dinner. A variety of Caribbean entrees. $$.

The Pop Century Resort has only a food court.

  • Everything Pop. Breakfast, lunch, dinner. $.

Wide World of Sports

  • Disney's Wide World of Sports Cafe. Lunch, dinner. If you're at the Wide World of Sports and need refreshments, this is where you'll go. Soups and sandwiches. $.

Drink

The Hollywood stars of the 30s might have enjoyed a libation or two in their day (at least once Prohibition was repealed), but the nightlife around Hollywood Studios is virtually nonexistent. The table-service restaurants all have drinks of some sort available—Mama Melrose's has some particularly interesting cocktails—but the only bars to speak of are the poolside Banana Cabana at the Caribbean Beach resort and Petals Pool Bar at Pop Century.

Guests seeking nightlife can take a leisurely walk or ferry ride from the Studios to Disney's Boardwalk, or take a bus from one of the resorts to Downtown Disney.

Sleep

If you really want a hotel close to Hollywood Studios, you'll want to stay in one of the Epcot-area resorts. The Yacht and Beach Clubs, the Boardwalk, and the Swan and Dolphin are all within easy walking distance of both Epcot and Hollywood Studios, and the Friendship ferries connect the two parks and five resorts.

The two resorts listed here are not very far from Hollywood Studios, but there are no provisions for walking. You'll be taking a car or bus no matter which park you want to visit.

  • Template:IndexDisney's Caribbean Beach Resort, 900 Cayman Wy (off E Buena Vista Dr), +1 407 934-3400 (fax: +1 407 934-3288), [3]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. This was Disney's first attempt at creating a more affordable resort, and for a while had the cheapest rooms at Walt Disney World. With the advent of the Pop Century and All-Star Resorts, however, Caribbean Beach is now considered a Moderate resort. This is a visually exciting resort, very open and very colorful. The exterior-entrance rooms are grouped into one of six villages arrayed around a beautiful lake, each with its own exterior color scheme: Barbados, Jamaica, Martinique, Aruba, Trinidad North, and Trinidad South. Old Port Royale, with recreation, food, and shops, is centrally located. Each village has its own pool, beach area, and bus stop. Very special pirate-themed rooms are now available, but they are ridiculously popular. $130-$185. Template:Index
  • Template:IndexDisney's Pop Century Resort, 1050 Century Dr (off Osceola Pkwy), +1 407-938-4000 (fax: +1 407 938-4040), [4]. checkin: 3PM; checkout: 11AM. Walk down memory lane through the best and the worst of 20th-century pop culture. The exterior-entrance rooms are grouped into five "decade" themes—50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, each one featuring larger-than-life icons of the appropriate years from hula hoops to 8-tracks to cell phones. The gigantic decor is great fun for kids but may be sensory overload for adults. Aside from the whimsically-shaped pools, there's not much to do here besides catch a bus to the parks. If you're really bored, walk over to the "hourglass" lake and look at the unfinished buildings across the way; that's where decades 00s through 40s were originally planned to be built. $80-160.

Note that according to Disney's official classifications, Caribbean Beach is in the "Epcot resort area" and Pop Century is in the "Wide World of Sports resort area" (the only one in that area).

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