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At Disney's Hollywood Studios , you can help Indiana Jones escape from the Nazis, take a wild limousine ride through Los Angeles, get shrunk to the size of a gnat, and learn all about the behind-the-scenes process of creating films and animation.
This compact but fun-filled theme park is located at a major crossroads in the Walt Disney World Resort, with plenty of thrill rides and effects-laden shows. The ESPN Wide World of Sports is nearby.
- "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
Walt Disney World's third theme park opened in May 1989 as Disney-MGM Studios, joining the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT. The park, billed as "the Hollywood that never was", features live shows and attractions based on movie and television favorites, from classic Golden Age films to modern-day blockbusters. The park is not just about Disney productions, either; it's also where you'll find rides and shows based on Lucasfilm properties, ABC television, and Jim Henson's Muppets.
Among the top attractions is an exceptional thrill ride, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (a 13-story vertical drop).
Just south of Hollywood Studios is the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves and host to countless other sporting events throughout the year.
Productions at the Studios
- The revival of The Mickey Mouse Club (or MMC) that is filmed here has kickstarted the career of, among others, JC Chasez, Keri Russell, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Christina Aguilera.
- The first movie filmed here was the poorly-received Splash, Too, the 1988 direct-to-TV sequel to 1984's Splash.
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 Eisner suggested that the new ride instead become the marquee attraction in an all-new theme park.
The original vision for this new park was to combine a traditional theme park atmosphere: rides, shows and 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, are animated entirely at the theme park. Live-action is 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 are viewable on the park's Backstage Studio Tour: guests can actually see animating and filming as they occurred, if their timing is right; if not, they still get to see the real sets and real studios where their favorite productions are 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.
In 1995 the park's first big expansion came with the addition of Sunset Boulevard. This expansion came with a majestic avenue lined up with shops and restaurants, the newly-rebuilt Theater of the Stars (which now hosts Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage) and the park's star: Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror a drop ride themed after a Hollywood hotel, where you become part of the 1950s hit TV series. The area was expanded in 1999 with the opening of another well-known attraction, Rock n' Rollercoaster - starring Aerosmith, the only inverted rollercoaster of Walt Disney World. The ride is housed indoors. At the same time the backlot's New York City opened to the public to relieve traffic, and was renamed Streets of America.
In 2001, the Sorcerer's Hat, inspired by the 1940 movie Fantasia, was erected in front of the Chinese Theater and instantly became the park's icon. The Residential Street in the Streets of America was demolished in 2004 to accommodate with the opening of Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, a car-based stunt show that was copied from Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. In 2008, the park's name was changed from Disney's MGM Studios to Disney's Hollywood Studios and at the same year the former Stage 1 became a popular, 3D, interactive shooting ride, called Toy Story Mania.
In the 2010s Disney decided that the park would need to head in a different direction, completely abandoning the "studios" theme and focusing more on the actual movie environment. This lead to a number of removed attractions from 2014 to 2017. In 2014 the Studio Backlot Tour, The American Idol Experience and the Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow in the Streets of America were all shut down permanently. In 2015 the park's icon, the Sorcerer's Hat, was removed and the original sightlines from the Hollywood Boulevard to the Chinese Theater were restored. In April 2016, after 2 years of mismanagement and no rides, the Streets of America officially closed to the public in April 2016 for the construction of the recently announced, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land, to commerce. Finally, in 2017 the park's last remaining opening-day attraction, the Great Movie Ride, was closed to be replaced by Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.
The first part of the park's re-imagining, Toy Story Land, opened on June 30th 2018 and added a family-friendly outdoor coaster (Slinky Dog Dash) and a spinning ride (Alien Swirling Saucers) to the park's attraction lineup, whilst completely relocating and rebuilding the entrance and queue to Toy Story Mania and adding a new restaurant (Woody's Lunchbox). Star Wars Galaxy's Edge is expected to open in late fall 2019, while Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway in mid-2019.
Out of Disney World's theme parks, Hollywood Studios has the most intense rides and are suited more for older children and teenagers. Parents with younger children may want to try out Magic Kingdom if the rides seem too intense for them. If you want to stay in the park, several character greetings dot the park for younger children.
The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights, or some small fraction thereof.
Hollywood Studios is just southwest of Epcot; it's on Buena Vista Drive, which is accessible from either World Drive or Epcot Center Drive. There are two entrances - a north and south entrance (N Studio Drive and S Studio Drive, respectively). Parking is $17 per car, although Disney resort guests can park for free, just show your "Key to the World" card at the toll gate.
Parking is free at the ESPN Wide World of Sports, which is on South Victory Way, south of Osceloa Parkway.
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 ferries 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 Epcot's main entrance, there is a bus that goes to the Studios.
From Animal Kingdom and other resorts
From other areas of the property, simply go to the bus stop and wait for the Studios bus to arrive. You will be dropped off in front of the Hollywood Studios gates.
From the Magic Kingdom
Take the monorail or ferry to the Transportation and Ticket Center, then board the Studios bus.
From Disney Springs
Disney Springs does not have direct buses to the parks; 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. Another option is to walk or take the boat to the Saratoga Springs resort, then the bus to the Studios.
To the Wide World of Sports
Public transportation to the Wide World of Sports is limited. Buses are available only from the All-Star Resorts, the Caribbean Beach Resort, and the Pop Century Resort, so you'll need to get to one of those hotels before switching buses. The buses regularly run only Thursday through Monday, from 5PM to 11PM. If there's a special event going on outside of those days and times, bus service will start one hour before the event and end no earlier than 11PM.
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 on the way in, though; you can always come back later, or 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 beautiful Chinese Theater. 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 and the Commissary Lane, home to the ABC Commissary, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. 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. (Why 199 feet? If it were one foot taller, it would require a blinking red light at the top under federal aircraft regulations.)Just across the Tower of Terror in the northeast corner of Sunset Boulevard lies Rock n' Rollercoaster, the only looping coaster in Walt Disney World and it is also indoors.
Past Sunset Boulevard, as you approach the Chinese Theater, to the right there is a large arch, through which you'll find the Animation Courtyard. The land is home to the Star Wars Launch Bay (featuring sets and screens from the movies along with character meet n' greets) and shows like Disney Jr. Live on Stage! and the Voyage of the Little Mermaid.
Past the Animation Courtyard gate you can find Walt Disney Presents, an exhibition showcasing Walt Disney's life and features of the original Disneyland park. Then you continue on into the former Pixar Place (where Toy Story Mania used to sit before being relocated to the brand new Toy Story Land! Toy Story Land can be accessed by only one pathway on the left side of the ending of Walt Disney Presents.
See and Do
The unfortunate façade of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. If someone offers you a ride to the thirteenth floor in the elevator, you may be in for a ... let-down.
Disney or Universal?
Disney's Hollywood Studios is sometimes confused with the two parks at the other big Orlando resort, Universal Orlando Resort. Universal Studios Florida, in particular, is very similar in concept, but its licensed properties include Men In Black, Despicable Me, The Simpsons, E.T., and Shrek. Universal's other Florida park is Islands of Adventure, where you'll find Dr. Seuss, Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, and King Features cartoons.
Even though Marvel Comics is now owned by Disney, a pre-existing contract with Universal means that Islands of Adventure is still the place to go to find Spider-Man and his friends, at least for now.
Hollywood studios current lineup of attraction consists of 6 rides, 8 shows and 2 walkthrough exhibitions and 2 character meet n' greets. This means that Disney's Hollywood Studios is currently the park with the least number of rides in Walt Disney World and also in all of Disney theme parks worldwide. It is should still be visited though as many of the rides and shows are worth watching
For parade and stage show performance times, which change daily, please see the Guide Map and the Times Guide you'll receive when you enter the park. You can also check the Wait Times Boardat the corner of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, which lists current wait times for rides and show times for shows or the My Disney Experience app.
Fastpass+ is available in every ride and show in Disney's Hollywood Studios (for more information on how it should be used is in the attractions listing). Fastpass+ in Hollywood Studios is also divided into Tiers. Tier 1 includes: Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania. Tier 2 includes: every ride and show in the park apart from Toy Story Land.
The denotes rides with safety restrictions. See Stay safe in the main Walt Disney World article for more information.
Along this impressive boulevard, inspired by Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, guests can admire the glance and elegance of Hollywood as they enter this Walt Disney World theme park. The Boulevard also offers a huge variety of shops!
- Citizens of Hollywood — A show in the boulevard where the audience gets to help some Hollywood actors to shot a movie scene! The show doesn't have any schedule and can be performed anytime between 9am and 5:30pm. Will you be there?
- Center Stage
- March of the First Order — The stage is set for Captain Plasma as this ruthless commander leads her squad of Stormtroopers in a show of strength and dominance! This small show is performed every hour between 10am-12pm and 2pm-5pm.
- Star Wars: A Galaxy Far Far Away — This powerful live show, brings legendary scenes from Star Wars movies to life! Guests can also get a chance to meet their favorite characters, such as: Rey, Kylo Ren, Chewbacca, BB-8 and others. The show is performed every hour from 11:30am to 1:30pm and from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.
- Disney Movie Magic — This nighttime projection-show spectacular, lets guests relive their favorite moments from Disney movies and see well-known characters like Jack Sparrow, Indiana Jones and Aladdin! The show is performed daily at 9:40pm.
- Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular — State of the art special effects, awesome projections, lasers and a whole new array of fireworks bring this show to life in Disney's Hollywood Studios. You'll be thrusted in the middle of the action and enjoy some of your favorite moments in all Star Wars movies! The show is performed daily at 10pm.
- Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway — This ride will take the place of the legendary Great Movie Ride, which remained the park's only opening day attraction, until it was closed in 2017. The ride is projected to have state-of-the-art special effects and feature "2.5D" experience in the world of Mickey and Minnie.
You are traveling through another dimension...
In The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror's pre-ride video, Rod Serling speaks the line "Tonight's story on The Twilight Zone is somewhat unique and calls for a different kind of introduction. This, as you may recognize, is a..." This actually comes from the episode "It's A Good Life", which aired on November 3, 1961. The rest of the dialogue was spoken by a voice actor.
Suit yourself for a rock n' rolling ride, experience a free-fall drop in haunted Hollywood hotel or take a look at shows showcasing Mickey's Dreams and Beauty and the Beast in this magnificent avenue filled with shops, restaurants and a charming feeling.
- Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage — Relive the romance of a tail "as old as time" and be swept in this cartoony but lavish musical, showcasing the story of Beauty and the Beast in the Theater of The Stars. The show premiered on November 22nd 1991, the same day when the original Beauty and the Beast movie opened in theaters in the US! The show lasts 25 minutes and runs at 11am and every hour between 1pm-6pm (except 3pm). While the show offers FP+, it is deemed as useless due to its high capacity and no waits in almost every day of the year.
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (40" height requirement) — Welcome to the Hollywood Tower Hotel. We invite you if you dare to step aboard a service elevator that will take you straight through......The Twilight Zone! This free-fall elevator ride opened in 1995 as part of the Sunset Boulevard expansion of the park and instantly became the most popular attraction in Walt Disney World. While now it has been surpassed by other rides, it still attracts crowds and wait times usually peak at 90 minutes on busy days and at 45-60 in non-busy ones. The ride sits in the Tier 2 of the Fastpass+ system and it should be used along with Rock n' Rollercoaster. If you don't manage to score a FP+, this should be experienced in the first hour after park opening or the last hour before park closing.
- Rock n' Rollercoaster-Starring Aerosmith (48" height requirement) — Meet the Aerosmith and board a super-stretched limo (in the form of a train) and rock n' roll as you race your way through the darkened freeways of Los Angeles. This attraction is the only looping rollercoaster in Walt Disney World and it is also housed indoors. With the new tiers of the FP+ system (that have alleviated the pressure of having to chose between Rock n' Rollercoaster and Toy Story Mania as your Fastpass in the 1st Tier), the ride is now easier to book and should be along with the neighboring Tower of Terror. If FP+ isn't available, it should be experienced within the first hour or the last hour that the park is open as peak waits can reach 2 hours on busy days.
Enter through the giant archway into the Animation Square and experience some of Disney's most well-known characters like the Little Mermaid, Mickey and Chewbacca in a variety of shows and other Disney themed entertainement.
- Disney Jr Live on Stage — This show is inspired by the popular TV-shows Doc McStuffins and Sofia The First, while singing and dancing with all your heart! The show is performed at selected times each day and it is subject to changes. Good capacity, usually no need for Fastpass+. The show will unfortunately be closed in September 2nd 2018 and re-themed to Disney Jr Dance Party, which will feature Vampirina, Timon and other favorite characters!
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid — Another show where you take a seat and immerse yourself in some unforgettable moments from Disney's animated hit movie and a live show puppetry at this live show puppetry extravaganza! The show lasts 15 minutes and is performed daily between 8:45pm and 9:40am. It is also the least popular one in the park and waits are very rare and Fastpass+ shouldn't be used.
- Walt Disney Presents — In this exhibition explore Walt Disney's creative legacy, including some rare artifacts.
- Star Wars Launch Bay — This huge building is offers exclusively Star Wars themed experiences. Admire sets and screens from Star Wars movies, enjoy a 10 minute film that celebrates the whole of the homonymous saga and meet some of your favorite characters like BB-8, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren. The exhibits replaced the Art of Disney Animation in 2015 as part of the Star Wars experiences implemented in Disney's Hollywood Studios. The character meet n' greets usually have a wait of around 15 minutes (but 25min+ should be expected on busy days) and the small theater is a walk-on most of the time.
Step into this square on the south side of Disney's Hollywood Studios and experience the world of Muppets!
- Muppet Vision 3D — In this 3D theater, experience the magic of Muppets during a hilarious puppet play extravaganza with Kermit, Miss Piggy and the entire gang all with 3D effects! The theater has very good capacity and waits are rarely above 15 minutes. No need to use FP+.
Obscure snack-stand references
"Min and Bill", of Dockside Diner fame, was the name of a 1930 MGM film starring Marie Dressler and Wallace Beery, but the name also serves as a reference to 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.
Take a tour around this giant lake, that also has a dinosaur!, or experience rides and shows featuring your favorite characters like: Indiana Jones, Elsa, Anna and, for Star Wars fans, Kylo Ren, Rey and others!
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (40" height requirement) — Board a Starspeeder 1000 and make a jump through hyperspace in this 3D-motioned simulator and travel in your favorite locations from Star Wars movies like Naboo, Jakku and Crait while coming to-face-to with villains like Kylo Ren and Darth Vader! The ride experienced a major overhaul that added state-of-the-art special effects back in 2011 and was also given a new name (the former one being Star Tours). The simulator also adds new scenes for every new Star Wars movie that comes into theaters, the last being Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Christmas 2017. The attractions is typically the least popular one in the park but does hit 45 minute waits on busy days. It is a very good choice for a 4th or 5th Fastpass+.
- Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple — This show gives children the opportunity train with the force and then test their skills against the Dark Side! This is neither an ordinary show nor a typical character meet n' greet. Parents must register their children (who must be between 4-12 years old) at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost, that sits between Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular and 50's Prime Cafe. Registration starts when Hollywood Studios opens to the public and is ended when there is no more capacity. The show lasts 20 minutes and is performed every 40 minutes between park opening until around 6pm. Keep in mind that the show has limited participants and registration should be done within the first 2 hours that the park is open. The show is also subject to cancellations due to inappropriate weather.
- Star Wars: Path of the Jedi — This short movie compiles famous moments from the Star Wars movies to tell the tale of the Jedi Order's fall and return. The film is shown at the former ABC Sound Studio between 10am and 6pm.
- Celebrity Spotlight — This character meet n' greet features characters in a changing order. Currently, you can meet your favorite snowman from Frozen, Olaf! The spotlight is generally less popular than the Mickey character meet n' greet over at Commissary Lane but can still peak at 45 minute waits on busy days but it's usually less than 30.
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular — Step into this giant theater and cheer on Indy and Marion as they perform amazing stunts with the help of a crew to demonstrate how magic is being made! The show operates since August 1989, lasts 30 minutes and it is performed 5-6 times every day between 10:45am and 6pm. The theater has a huge capacity of 2,150 people per hour meaning that you rarely have to be there before 15 minutes from show start and Fastpass+ is generally not useful here.
- For The First Time in Forever: Frozen Sing-Along Celebration — Experience a one-of-a-kind show where the story of Frozen springs to life packed with lively retelling - packed with favorite charcters, songs and flurries! This show is one of the most recent in the park, it lasts 30 minutes and it's performed every hour between 9:30am and 8:30pm. This is the most popular show in Disney's Hollywood Studios and one must arrive at least 20-25 minutes before the start time, especially on busy days, to have a guaranteed seat. Same-day Fastpasses are hard to get.
Toy Story Land
Step into Andy's backyard in this brand new land, opened on June 30th 2018! Become and honorary toy and enjoy a family-friendly ride in the Slinky Dog Dash, swirl and twirl in the Alien Swirling Saucers or shoot at your targets in the fan-favorite Toy Story Mania, all of this with the ability to meet your favorite characters such as Woody, Jessie and Buzz!
- Slinky Dog Dash (38" height requirement) — Take off in this family-friendly coaster which Andy has assembled from its Mega-Coaster Kit! With help of Slinky Dog go through a wild adventure which also offers awesome views of Toy Story Land. The rollecoaster isn't too intense (has the same height requirement as the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train in the Magic Kingdom) and it is also features to launches! This is the highlight of Toy Story Land and gets the longest wait in the park early (90min+ on busy days), while also being the toughest Fastpass+ to obtain in Walt Disney World. If Fastpass+ isn't available experience the ride immediately after park opening or right before park closing. Keep in mind that 50% of the queue is outdoors and the 50% that is indoors is non-air-conditioned meaning no protection from the afternoon heat or rain.
- Alien Swirling Saucers (32" height requirement) — A spinning ride where you get to board your toy rocket and go for a journey through space with your favorite Aliens! The ride uses the same ride system with Mater's Junkyard Jamboree in Disney's California Adventure. The second ride to be added with the opening of Toy Story Land, it isn't nearly as popular as Slinky Dog Dash but has the potential to accommodate waits above 1 hour on busy days, mainly due to its very low capacity. If Fastpass+ isn't available, experience the ride in the first 2 hours or last hour that the land is open.
- Toy Story Mania — In this midway style 4D adventure, hop on board and put your glasses as you blast moving targets. All of this with the help of your favorite Toy Story friends, such as Woody, Jessie and Buzz! While the ride is now part of Toy Story Land, it opened more than 10 years, in 2008 in a former land called "Pixar Place" (which is now a backstage area), but with the opening of the land it got a new entrance and extended queue. The ride used to be extremely popular but the opening of Slinky Dog Dash and the addition of a third track in 2016 significantly cut down wait times (rarely above 60-70 minutes nowadays). Still the ride should be experienced early after Slinky Dog Dash or the last 2 hours before park closing. If the wait is below 30 minutes, the queue is worth checking out mainly due to the animatronic of Mr Potato Head entertaining guests!
Parades and annual events
ESPN The Weekend
Disney's popular ESPN The Weekend annual sports-themed event is no more; the 2011 edition was the eighth and last.
- Disney Stars and Motor Cars. Daytime parade with characters from Disney/Pixar films, each in their own themed vehicle. The parade route starts near the entrance and heads down Hollywood Boulevard to the Sorcerer's Hat; it then heads through the Echo Lake area to a gate near Star Tours. edit
- Disney STEP Classic, (New York Street), . Early Sep. Youth step teams from around the country come to Hollywood Studios to enjoy workshops and a big competition on the last day. edit
- Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, (New York Street). mid Nov-early Jan. Each year, the Streets of America are transformed into an enormous Christmas display. At Walt Disney World in December, Christmas decorations are all over the place, but the Osborne Family display (moved here when it got too big for the Osborne family home) takes them to the next level. It's very popular; be ready for wall-to-wall people. edit
ESPN Wide World of Sports
South of Hollywood Studios is the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex (formerly Disney's Wide World of Sports), a state-of-the-art sports complex with fields, stadiums, and arenas for a variety of sporting events.
The complex is the flagship facility of the Amateur Athletic Union , which has its headquarters on Hotel Plaza Boulevard in the Downtown Disney area. Regularly-scheduled AAU-sanctioned events are held at the complex from January to August. Outside of that time-frame, 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.
Admission to the complex counts as one of your "Fun Visits" if you've added the Water Park Fun & More option to your Magic Your Way tickets, however, considering the low cost of admission it could be said that it's better to save your "Fun Visits" for one of the more expensive options. Admission is $14.95 for adults and $10.28 for children ages 3–9.
- Champion Stadium, 700 S Victory Way (World Dr to Osceola Pkwy, east to Victory Way), . 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. Other events occur throughout the year. $0-$32. edit
- ESPN RISE Games, . Mid- to late-Jul. Two weeks of competition featuring some of the best young athletes in the country. High school athletes compete in basketball, soccer, lacrosse, and football; youth teams will show what they can do in baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, and track & field. edit
- Old Spice Classic (college basketball), . Late Nov. Since 2006, college basketball fans have been able to catch eight top Division I teams playing a total of twelve games in this early-season tournament. edit
- Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, (Hess Sports Field), . Late Feb. In what's shaping up to be an annual event, four Major League Soccer teams compete in a preseason tournament. $14.50 per day (2 games). edit
Shops line Hollywood Boulevard on both sides, while tourists fill the space in between.
Shoppers will find plenty of generic souvenirs and apparel, of course, making up the lion's share of merchandise found along the main shopping areas (Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard). One of the less generic establishments on these two streets is Sunset Boulevard Shops, with menswear, timepieces, housewares, and collectibles.
But Disney's Hollywood Studios is an especially rich location for themed merchandise that's hard to find elsewhere. Most of these locations are found at the exits from associated attractions. Fans of Jim Henson's Muppets, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones should be particularly pleased.
- Animation Gallery, (at the end of the Magic of Disney Animation tour). Here you'll find a 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. edit
- Cover Story, (Hollywood Blvd). In this store, you can buy a replica of Hollywood's most famous newspaper, the Hollywood Reporter, with your picture on the cover. edit
- Crossroads of the World, (near the park entrance). This replica of the central building of the mall of the same name sells souvenirs, Kodak film, sunglasses, rain coats and sundries. edit
- Endor Vendors, (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. edit
- 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. Currently the shop opens late and closes early, coinciding with the nearby stunt show's performance times. edit
- It's a Wonderful Shop, (between The Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor and the Muppet Studios Arcade). 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. Outside is a fish stall named "Lew Zealand's Boomerang Fish", which features Muppet fish who, every quarter of an hour, spin round and tell fish-related jokes to one another. edit
- Lakeside Vendors, (Echo Lake). At this mockup of a news stand, you'll find a good selection of comic books. edit
- Mickey's of Hollywood, (Hollywood Blvd). Here you'll find exclusive Disney merchandise, including clothes and toys. Occasionally, you'll also be able to find Minnie Mouse in here doing her shopping. edit
- Oscar's Classic Car Souvenirs, (Hollywood Blvd). Here you'll find car-themed souvenirs in a shop that's themed to a garage. edit
- Pacific Electric Pictures, (Hollywood Blvd). If you've ever wanted to star in a Hollywood spectacular, then go to this store, where you can be filmed for a scene in one of several random major Hollywood movies. edit
- 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. edit
- Stage One Company Store, (just outside Muppet*Vision 3D). This store boasts Muppet merchandise that's hard (or impossible) to find elsewhere. edit
- Sweet Success, (Hollywood Blvd). If you have a sweet tooth, then this is the store for you. Here you'll find speciality candies and M&Ms merchandise. edit
- The Disney Studio Store, (at the exit of the Backstage Studio Tour). This store features Disney and Touchstone-themed clothing and accessories. edit
- The Kodak Darkroom, (Hollywood Blvd). This darkroom-themed store sells Kodak cameras, Kodak film, Kodak camera accessories and photo processing. edit
- 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. edit
Disney's Hollywood Studios probably has the most unique restaurants on the property, with most themed around movies and television.
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).
Please note that exact opening and closing times may vary with the park hours; check your Times Guide for official restaurant hours. Breakfast is usually served until 10:30AM, and dinner usually starts between 3:30PM and 4:30PM.
- Backlot Express, (Echo Lake between Star Tours and Indy). 11:30AM-park close. The menu is nothing special, but the decor is. The restaurant is themed to look like a huge studio warehouse. There is plenty of wide-open seating here, and because of its location, it's rarely very crowded. $6-$9. edit
- Disney's Hollywood Studios Commissary Restaurant, (Commissary Ln). Park open-park close. 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. $6-$9. edit
- Muppet Studios Arcade, (Muppet Studios). 11AM-park close. A combined eatery/arcade. Absolutely a must for kids. $5-$9. edit
- Starring Rolls Cafe, (Sunset Blvd near Hollywood Blvd). Park open-4PM. Pastries, sandwiches, coffee. $3-$10. edit
- Studio Catering Company, (New York Street, near the 'Shrunk the Kids' playground). 11:30AM-5:30PM. Possibly the most nondescript restaurant in the park. A good option if you just need to eat quickly while at New York Street. Crowded at lunchtime due to its location; people who came to the park in the morning are usually hitting this area right around noon. $6-$9. edit
- Sunset Ranch Market (Rosie's Red Hot Dogs, Catalina Eddie's Frozen Yogurt Anaheim Produce Co.), (Sunset Blvd). 11AM-park close. These three locations share an outdoor seating area. Salads, pizza, burgers, BBQ, etc. $6-$9. edit
Don't bring your own car; the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater has one already parked and waiting for you!
- 50's Prime Time Cafe, (Vine St near Echo Lake), ☎ +1 407 560-4365. 11AM-park close. 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. $13-$21. edit
- The Hollywood Brown Derby, (Sunset Blvd at Hollywood Blvd), ☎ +1 407 560-4835. 11:30AM-park close. 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. $22-$36; Dining Plan requires two credits. edit
- Hollywood & Vine, (Vine St near Hollywood Blvd). Park open-park close. A buffet set in the glitter and glamour of Hollywood in the 1930's. Breakfast and lunch feature the Disney Junior characters for young kids. Currently featured are June from The Little Einsteins, Oso from Special Agent Oso, Jake from Jake & the Neverland Pirates, and Manny from Hanny Manny. $25. edit
- Soundstage Restaurant, (Hollywood Blvd). 11:30AM-park close. This restaurant allows you to dine on the sets of the movie Big Business, which was filmed here, and the menu includes pizza, pasta, sandwiches, soups and salads. $6-$9. edit
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, (Commissary Ln). 11AM-park close. Dine under the stars and watch classic B-movie clips from your custom convertible in a re-created 1950s 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. $12-$23. edit
- The Catwalk Bar, (Above the Soundstage Restaurant). 11:30AM-park close. This licensed bar is located above the Soundstage Restaurant, and serves wine, beer and cocktails $6-$9. edit
- The Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor, (Muppet Studios). Noon-park close. 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 the kitchen is run by The Swedish Chef. The decor is like stepping into a pizza restaurant that has gone mental. $12-$22. edit
- The Hollywood Brown Derby, (Sunset Blvd at Hollywood Blvd), ☎ +1 407 560-4835. 11:30AM-park close. 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. $22-$36; Dining Plan requires two credits. edit
- The Terminal Bar, (Next to the Red Car Trolleys boarding station). 11:30AM-park close. This licensed bar is themed to Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and, like the Catwalk Bar, it serves wine, beer and cocktails $6-$9. edit
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. 6AM-midnight. This is a fun, casual food court that's designed to look like an outdoor Caribbean street. $7-$10. edit
- Shutters, ☎ +1 407 934-2830. 5PM-10PM. A variety of Caribbean entrees. $16-$28. edit
At the Pop Century and Art of Animation Resorts, you'll dine at a food court:
- Everything Pop, (Pop Century). 6AM-midnight. Typical Disney food court, decorated in the same style as the rest of the Pop Century Resort. $6-$9. edit
- Landscape of Flavors, (Art of Animation). Opening late May; hours TBA. Disney refers to the options at this food court as "better-for-you"; the stations include a soup/salad/sandwich shop, a "world flavors" shop, plus burgers, pizza, and baked goods. Beverage options are a bit more extensive than other food courts as well, with smoothies, organic tea, specialty coffees, and even wine. Price TBA. edit
Wide World of Sports
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill. Lunch, dinner; exact times vary depending on events and season. If you're at the Wide World of Sports and need refreshments, this is where you'll go. Soups and sandwiches. $7-$10. edit
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 Tune-In Lounge is attached to the 50's Prime Time Cafe and themed the same; it's often crowded with "family members" waiting for their table in the restaurant, but if you need a drink, Dad's liquor cabinet is open. In fact, all of the table-service restaurants have drinks of some sort available; The Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza Parlor has some particularly interesting cocktails. Each resort has a poolside bar as well: Banana Cabana at the Caribbean Beach resort and Petals Pool Bar at Pop Century.
If you're looking for something more, just take a leisurely walk or ferry ride from the Studios to Disney's Boardwalk, or take a bus from one of the resorts to Disney Springs.
There's more to do at the Caribbean Beach Resort than just eat and 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 three 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.
- Disney's Art of Animation Resort, Century Dr (off Osceloa Pkwy), . The Art of Animation Resort sits across Hourglass Lake from the Pop Century Resort. Like its sibling, Art of Animation will feature giant iconic sculptures, but instead of commemorating pop culture, the resort's themes will involve four Disney/Pixar films. There will eventually be a total of 1,120 family suites and 864 standard rooms. The Finding Nemo and Cars family suites are open now, to be followed by The Lion King suites, and then The Little Mermaid standard rooms in September. Family suites $240+, std rooms $92+. edit
- Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort, 900 Cayman Wy (off E Buena Vista Dr), ☎ +1 407 934-3400 (fax: +1 407 934-3288), . 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. $149-$249; pirate rooms $174-$274. edit
- Disney's Pop Century Resort, 1050 Century Dr (off Osceola Pkwy), ☎ +1 407-938-4000 (fax: +1 407 938-4040), . 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 across to the other side at Disney's Art of Animation Resort; the site was formerly intended for the "Legendary Years" 1900s–1940s expansion of Pop Century. $80-$160. edit
Note that according to Disney's official classifications, Caribbean Beach is in the "Epcot resort area", while Art of Animation and Pop Century are in the "Wide World of Sports resort area".