Walt Disney Studios Florida opened on May 1st, 1989, as Walt Disney World's third theme park. The entire park is devoted to the land that makes dreams come true: Hollywood. Guests learn how TV shows, movies and music albums are made.
The original name of the park was the Disney-MGM Studios but due to recent events including the proposed sale of MGM Studios, the name has been changed on this site.
Walt Disney Studios Florida is the key spot to learn about Walt Disney and his creative genius as this is the home of the 15 month long 100 Years of Magic Celebration. Check in for continuous changes and updates.
Though the 100 Years of Magic celebration ended on February 28th, 2003, Disney has decided to keep some of things from the big party. Such things include all the parades, except the Tapestry of Dreams parade, and the Sorcerer's Hat which was the icon of the celebration.
The Hollywood Tower Hotel is the setting for this thrilling experience into the Twilight Zone. Accourding to legend, lightning hit the tower on October 31st, 1939, sending five passengers into the 5th Dimension. Now guests enter the delapadated hotel to drop multiple times. Look around for a lot of props referring to the old Twilight Zone episodes.
The newest and fastest roller coaster at WDW is here! The attraction which goes 60 mph in 2.8 seconds flat takes guests through two loops and a corkscrew. The guests are late for a post show party with Aerosmith but the driver will get you there quickly...and hopefully in one piece. Each coaster car has a different Aerosmith song to jam to, so go on it a couple of times to hear different favorites.
Beauty & the Beast LIVE on Stage
The animated classic has become a musical here. Though the songs are out of order, most people know the general plot so it isn't too confusing. Watch Belle, Gaston and all your favorite characters perform right before your eyes. The stage show celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year, so come in and enjoy the show!
Ever wonder how Disney makes those great animated films year after year? Well wonder no more! Watch real animators work on animated shorts or scenes from the latest animated feature length film like Brother Bear. The tour lasts about 35 minutes, so go when you have plenty of time. Look at pictures in line and in the halls to see shots from upcoming Disney animated films like My Peoples and Home on the Range. The tour all ends with a film showcasing the greatest moments in Disney animated film history.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
One of the park's most popular attractions is also one of the best. The 15 minute show takes guests through the favorite songs and highlights of the classic 1989 Disney animated film. The special effects are very amazing but not too intense for smaller kids. Get here early before the crowds hit or get a FASTPASS ticket to see it later.
Have little one in the family? Then Play House Disney LIVE! is the the place for them. Come bring them to see their favorite characters like Bear in the Big Blue House, Stanley, PB&J Otter and the Book of Pooh. Here they can sing, dance and play while also learning about friendship and other life lessons.
Think that you are ready for the hot seat like on the hit TV show? It is harder then it seems. The newest Disney Studios attraction allows guests to join in the fun of the show with a host (fill in for Regis) while the player answers questions for points (No actual money). Each show lasts about 25 minutes but the shows fill up quickly. There is no idea if the show will be removed if Millionaire is not picked up next season.
"I hope we never lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse."
Located in the theater on Mickey Avenue, this exhibit allows guests to see great moments and interviews of Walt Disney as well as some Disney memorabilia that use to belong to Walt himself. The experience will truely be inspiration for some hard-core Disney fans.
Presented by Coca-Cola
This favorite attraction is housed in an reproduction of the famous Mann's Chinese Theater. The queue showcases props from favorite films as well as shows off trailers from famous films like Indiana Jones or Alien. The 22 minute attraction takes guests into the movies and shows famous moments from Raiders of the Lost Ark, TARZAN, Alien, Fantasia, Foot Light Parade, Mary Poppins, The Public Enemy and the Wizard of Oz. The ride shows that anything can happen in te movies. At the end guests are shown a montage of favorite scenes from famous movies.
Sounds Dangerous starring Drew Carey
This 12 minute presentation showcases sound like never before: in 3-D! A detective played by Drew Carey sports a tiny camera to find a group of criminals. Unfortunately in an attempt to hide the camera, it is damaged but the sound is still there. Drew finally catches them in the end after some close encounters.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Ever wonder how those stunts are done in movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark? Well you can witness them here in a 2,000 seat amplitheater which showcases favorite scenes from Indiana Jones. Audience members can volunteer to participate in this 30 minute show as extras or they sit back and enjoy the action.
New York Street
Presented by KODAK
This has to be the #1 attraction you must visit when at the Disney Studios park. Most of the laughes come from the details of the pre-show and the 12 minute presentation. A lot of the props and Muppet backgrounds are based on The Muppet Show from the 1970's. Guests don 3-D glasses and watch Dr. Bunsin HoneyDew, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Sam Eagle,Fozzie and the rest of the Muppet gang run wild throughout the show. The pre-show and 3-D presentation together take about 25 minutes.
Presented by Energizer
This favorite attraction is based on George Lucas' Star Wars films. Guests meet up with C-3PO and R2D2 while traveling through the queue and board Starspeeders heading for the moon of Endor. Unfortunately your pilot, Rex, is new and takes too many wrong turns through comets, past the Endor moon and even into the Death Star. Things return to normal when you land...well, almost!
Disney Studios Backlot Tour
The 35 minute tour runs some little-known areas of the studios and shows you how TV shows and movies are exactly made. The pre-show at the current time is based on the movie Pearl Harbor then you board the trams. They pass the boneyard, prop and costume departments, New York Street and comes to Castrophe Canyon. NOTE: Those on the left side of the tram WILL get wet! Afterwards check out the AFI building for cool props from films.
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure
This oversized playground is based on the hit Disney film, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Children slide down a roll of film, ride an ant, or play around larger then life Hasbro toys like a can of Play-Dough and a Tinker Toy. This area is meant mostly for little kids but can be entertaining for older kids as well.
Disney Stars & Motor Cars Parade
This is a star studded tribute to the Hollywood of yesteryear where Hollywood stars drive by in their great cars. Hollywood hotshots like Mary Poppins, Mickey Mouse, Aladdin, The Muppets, Bear, Disney Villains, Mulan and Luke Skywalker drive in their own specialized cars once a day at 2:30pm.
The most lavish and ambitious project ever created by Disney for any theme park is presented at least twice a night. The 26 minute presentation based on the show of the same name at Disneyland, Fantasmic takes guests through the dreams of Mickey Mouse. Mickey must use his imagination to destroy the villains who try to invade his dreams. Since the show is extremly popular, come at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours before show time just so you get a good seat. The best seat is in the Mickey section because you get everything straight in view unlike the Witch section.
* Arrive at the Studios about an hour before stated time.
* Hit Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and Tower of Terror early before they get too crowded.
* If an attraction gets too crowded, get a FASTPASS if available.
* The Great Movie Ride is located behind the giant Sorcerer Hat just in case you miss it.
* If there are two performances of Fantasmic!, the second one is always less crowded.
* Line up for Fantasmic! at least 2 hours before show time due to the popularity of the show.
* Hollywood Brown Derby & Mama Melrose's offer Fantasmic! Dinner Packages and reservations must be made 7 days before the show.
* Hollywood Boulevard shops remain open about 1/2 hour after closing.
* Interactive Kiosks are located under the Sorcerer Hat at the Studios.
* The Hunchback of Notre Dame Stage Show officially closed on September 28th, 2002.
* Muppet-Vision 4-D is no longer offerring FASTPASS.
* Disney Stars & Motor Cars makes one performance per day around 3:00pm.
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