By Caitlin Corsello
The glamour and adventure of Hollywood come to life in one of the four theme parks found in Walt Disney World. Disney’s Hollywood Studios invites guests to step into the movies and television and enjoy their very own starring experiences in thrilling and classic attractions and live entertainment. Guests who spend time in the park can enjoy rocking out with Aerosmith, entering into The Twilight Zone, playing with the Toy Story characters, blasting off into space in the Star Wars universe, and laughing along with the Muppets. With so many amazing experiences to enjoy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests might become a little overwhelmed trying to decide what are the must do attractions and entertainment. While each experience in the park is amazing, there are some that are truly mind blowing and definitely shouldn’t be missed while enjoying time there. Here are the top ten mind blowing experiences to enjoy at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
1. Great Movie Ride —
The signature attraction of Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found at the end of Hollywood Boulevard when guests first enter into the park. The Great Movie Ride is housed in a replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater and invites guests to step directly into iconic moments in classic films like Casablanca, Alien, Mary Poppins, Singing in the Rain, The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, and Fantasia. With so many wonderful moments in the attractions and a combination of pre-recorded and live narration, the Great Movie Ride is a must do experience for any guests visiting the park.
2. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror —
Sunset Boulevard is home to two of the most thrilling attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, one of which beckons guests in with the sound of screams. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror brings guests into the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel where five guests mysteriously disappeared on a fateful night many years ago. After boarding a rickety service elevator, guests soon find themselves at the mercy of the tower and on their way directly to The Twilight Zone.
3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith —
Found right next door to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith brings guests into G Force Records where the band can be found in the studio working on their next hit. Guests soon find themselves invited to a concert across town and strapped into super stretch limos which rocket throughout the neon lights of downtown. The rocking adventure is accompanied by a pumping soundtrack of classic Aerosmith songs and is an experience that definitely shouldn’t be missed!
4. Toy Story Mania —
One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found in the Pixar Place section of the park. Toy Story Mania magically shrinks guests down to the size of toys and incites them to compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by the beloved characters of the Toy Story films. Guests absolutely love competing in the silly and thrilling 3D midway games and love to ride again and again to see who can achieve the highest score.
5. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues —
Joining the Rebel Alliance is easy on any visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests who are fans of the Star Wars universe will absolutely love Star Tours – The Adventure Continues. Guests board what begins as a routine Star Tours flight that soon takes a thrilling turn once a Rebel spy is discovered on board. Each experience on Star Tours – The Adventure Continues is unique in that 3D scenes are randomly generated, making each sequence totally different. Guests absolutely love the thrills and unique experiences offered on this mind blowing attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
6. Muppet Vision 3D —
Found nearby Star Tours – The Adventure Continues is an attraction that is sure to leave guests cracking up. Muppet Vision 3D invites guests into the laboratories of the Muppets where they have discovered the spirit of 3D. Chaos soon ensues like only the Muppets can create and guests will love a show stopping finale that nearly brings the theater down!
7. Voyage of the Little Mermaid —
Those who are fans of the Disney animated classic The Little Mermaid will love seeing that story come to life in a unique live show. The Voyage of the Little Mermaid shares the story of Ariel falling in love with Prince Eric through live action, animation, laser lights, special effects, black lights, puppets, and audio animatronics. No visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without enjoying this wonderful show!
8. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage —
Another amazing live show to enjoy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found on Sunset Boulevard near The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage brings the tale of Belle meeting the Beast to life through live acting, beloved characters, musical numbers, and special effects. While this show is very popular with guests, it only runs several times each day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios so guests should be sure to consult a times guide for show times.
9. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! —
Guests who are fans of the Indiana Jones film series will absolutely love a live show in Disney’s Hollywood Studios which brings the adventures and thrills of Indy to life. The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! demonstrates to guests how the big action stunts and scenes are safely executed in the films. Guests can observe recreations of classic moments from the films as well as have the opportunity to be selected to be part of the show. Like Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular only runs several times each day so guests should consult a times guide for show times.
10. Fantasmic! —
No day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without the mind blowing show Fantasmic! The show is housed in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater on Sunset Boulevard and brings an epic tale of good versus evil to life through Mickey’s imagination. Guests who enjoy the nighttime show can check out fireworks, pyrotechnics, special effects, classic Disney music and characters, projected animation, dancing water, and beautiful floats. While Fantasmic! can accommodate a very large crowd, the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater often fills on busy nights, so guests who want prime seating should plan on lining up at least an hour before show time.