Everyone has a favorite Disney park; the one you HAVE to visit every time you attend Walt Disney World. My goal in this series is to give you a glimpse into the thrills and MAGIC* each park holds.
Now, let’s make our way on over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
The attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios appeal to people from all walks of life. Children can venture to Pixar Place to make small talk with Mr. Potato Head before hopping on Toy Story Midway Mania. Both teens and adults can enjoy the stomach-dropping thrill rides of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror. Looking to get your educational fix? Try the Art of Disney Animation and Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream. If you desire attractions fit for the whole family or if you need to get out of the heat, the Great Movie Ride and Muppet*Vision 3D are perfect crowd pleasers.
Open your eyes to the nostalgia of Hollywood’s Golden Age! As you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, let yourself escape to the past. Peruse and select a thing or two from “The Darkroom” and “L.A. Shop Cinematic Storage”; shops that pay homage to a magical time in film-making. Stop and admire the classic cars…they’re a great photo-op! Disney’s Hollywood Studios allow the Baby Boomers to reminisce their days of adolescence watching the Mickey Mouse Club (in COLOR) while letting the youngin’s time travel back to a slower paced period before computers and video games. It’s an ambiance that creates “a Hollywood that never was—and always will be” – Michael Eisner.
Some of my favorite meals have been at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. When I went to Disney World for the very first time, my most memorable meal was at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater. The concept of eating at a drive-in theater INSIDE was almost too much for my six-year-old mind to comprehend. It was out of this world! *pause for a groan and eye roll* Experiencing the dancing hotdog and soft drink commercial as my parents had in their childhood gave me a “taste” (too punny?) of the past.
Another restaurant worth mentioning is the 50’s Prime Time Café. “Uncle Gary” made my dad remove his hat and put my husband in charge of passing out menus. He made sure my mom finished her green beans before he took her plate away and referred to me (to my elation) as “Princess.” Disney bumped it up a notch and made eating at a diner not just a meal, but an experience. Just make sure you keep your elbows off the table!
Fantasmic! is a unique fireworks experience in a league of its own. Sorcerer Mickey takes you on an immersive adventure full of heroes, villains, and many of your favorite Disney characters. You’ll be captivated by water and fire pyrotechnics while appreciating the musical splendor of familiar Disney melodies. If you’re worried about getting a great seat, think about reserving a spot using the Fantasmic Dining Package. You’ll enjoy a scrumptious meal before enjoying an enchanting show. If you’re looking to become even more involved, you can “glow with the show” by purchasing mouse ears that light up in sync with the performance.
If you’re traveling with a lot of people, sitting together on rides and captivation’s is no small feat. Such attractions as the American Idol Experience (shameless plug here), Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage and the Voyage of the Little Mermaid make it easy for whole families and groups to enjoy the park together. This unique feature, in addition to the constant sidewalk performances like Mulch, Sweat & Shears, Jedi Training Academy and the Citizens of Hollywood mean no waiting for your group to be entertained. You can have your turkey leg and eat it too!
What do you think of Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Which park do you favor? Which park would you like me to delve into next? Let’s get the party started in the comment section!
*M = Memorable Moments, A= Awesome Atmosphere, G=Good Grub, I=Innovative Illumination, C= Completely Captivating