An Introduction to Hollywood Studios
When Hollywood Studios was first conceived it was actually meant to be a Pavilion over at Epcot. As part of the Disney Decade, then Disney Company CEO Michael Eisner wanted to make it it’s own gate.
At first Hollywood Studios was designed to be a half day park where guests can tour a working studio.
Attractions were added but the main component of the park was the Backstage Tour. This tram tour took 3-4 hours long and guests would actually tour a studio street where movies and shows would actually be filmed.
Disney Animation originally set up shop here as well, Mulan was animated in this studio.
Over the years, and into today, the studio component of the park has disappeared in lieu of more lands and attractions.
In 2018 Toy Story Land opened and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be opening in 2019.
Even through all the changes, Hollywood Studios will remain the Hollywood that never was and always will be.
Navigating Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is divided into different lands and streets. Like Magic Kingdom, each individual area has its own unique theming to tell the story the story of that area.
Guests are able to visit old Hollywood landmarks, Andy’s backyard and Star Wars.
The areas of Hollywood Studios are:
- Hollywood Boulevard
- Sunset Boulevard
- Animation Courtyard
- Toy Story Land
- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (Opening Summer 2019)
- Grand Avenue
- Commissary Lane
- Echo Lake
Attractions – Although Hollywood Studios is the smallest of the four parks, it packs some great attractions inside. The park is filled with the best thrill rides on property, as well as, great stage shows for all ages.
At Hollywood Studios guests can live out adventures more than anywhere else.
Dining – The dining options at Hollywood Studios offer varying choices for families. Guests can enjoy the high class of The Hollywood Brown Derby, a 1950s homestyle dinner or a drive-in style restaurant complete with a car booth.
There is absolutely something for everyone at Hollywood Studios.
Shopping – Hollywood Studios offers great shopping options, many themed to famous California landmarks. Many of the shops line Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards making it feel like you are just out shopping in the city.
Entertainment – Hollywood Studios was based on the idea of a working studio, with that same theme in mind, some of the best theme park entertainment. Between the streetmosphere and nightly shows there is so much to see and do here.
Guest Services – Hollywood Studios has amenities to meet all your needs throughout the day. There are ATMs, a Baby Care Center, First Aid and Guest Experience Teams available to you.
Transportation – Getting to the park is half the fun itself. Here are the available options for traveling to and from Hollywood Studios.
- Resort Bus System
- Minnie Van
- Disney Skyliner
- Walkway from Disney’s BoardWalk Inn, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan and Dolphin.
- Walkway to Epcot.