Park Spotlight: Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios got it’s start as MGM Studios when it opened in 1989. The original idea was to use MGM as a movie lot but eventually a theme park was opened that would be based around movie making. This park officially became Hollywood Studios in 2008 with the name change in due part to recognize how the park celebrated all things cinematic rather than just the golden age of MGM.

When I was there on my program, we witnessed two sad events that happened at DHS. The first was the closing of the Backlot Tour, in which you rode a tram through movie sets and explored the history of some of the greatest movies in cinematic history. The second event was when we witnessed the beginning of the construction to take down the hat at the park, which was the icon of DHS.

From these changes, many new things were announced for the park. Unfortunately, during this time period there isn’t as much to do at DHS as you would find at other parks since many things have shut down or are being redone. Of course, you can still ride the iconic Hollywood Tower of Terror, which luckily for the moment is being spared the Guardians of the Galaxy remake that the California version is getting. And there is also the fun Toy Story Midway Mania over in Pixar Place. This recently had a third ride track added so the legendary long wait time have since gone down making this ride more accessible to those without fast passes.

As some exciting news coming to the parks, a new Star Wars land and an expansion of the Pixar area to include a Toy Story land are in the works. These new sections of the park will hopefully breathe new life into the park that it desperately needs. In the mean time, I would maybe consider Hollywood to be a half day park, unless you’re willing to do the same things a few times.

When you do ride Toy Story Midway Mania, see if you can beat the high score of the day. Here are some tips for that…if you need them!

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