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 History of the Studios 

Disney's Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort immerses guests in the glamour of show business 365 days a year with thrilling attractions, Broadway-style shows, world-class entertainment, and television and radio production facilities

The idea for a park based on favorite movie themes originated with Walt Disney at a time when "backlot tours" were limited to a privileged few. He first considered a park on his own backlot, then looked across the river from the Disney Studios in Burbank to land adjacent to Griffith Park. Lack of land combined with potential traffic problems caused him to look elsewhere -- namely, Anaheim. The result was Disneyland. In the mid '80s, a greatly expanded production schedule for The Walt Disney Company demanded more facilities. Rather than buy expensive land in California, the company utilized its land in Florida and combined its new production facilities, giving Walt Disney World guests a behind-the-scenes look at movie and television production.

 Attractions of the Studios 

  • The American Idol Experience captures the energy and excitement of the “American Idol” TV series, with some guests auditioning to take the spotlight onstage while fellow guests cheer them on from the audience and vote for their favorite singer with instant results. The day’s top vote-getter receives “The American Idol Experience” Dream Ticket, which allows an eligible holder to schedule a front-of-the-line audition to a future regional audition for the “American Idol” television show. 
  • Toy Story Mania!: Celebrating Disney•Pixar classics “Toy Story” and “Toy Story 2,” this new ride-game experience combined delightful film characters with personality-matching games guests can play. Donning 3-D glasses, guests shrink to the size of a toy and hop fanciful ride vehicles following a midway-themed route. At each game booth, they aim for animated targets using their own special on-board spring-action shooter.
  • Block Party Bash;: Play, party and dance as the most interactive traveling show in Disney history performs. Guests are invited to rock to retro tunes, be dazzled by high-flying acrobatics and join in the fun as more than 20 partying Disney•Pixar characters fill the theme park streets. This immersive rolling spectacle features favorite characters from “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “A Bug’s Life.”
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show,” presented by Brawny/Georgia-Pacific: This action extravaganza spotlights the high-octane best of the movie industry’s stunt masters. Cars, motorcycles and watercraft are .and watercraft are sent careening and jumping across an enormous Mediterranean village set.
  • Fantasmic!: Another dream comes true at Walt Disney World Resort, only this time it's Mickey Mouse's dream that comes to life in a brilliant display of lights, lasers, fireworks and water animation.
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, presented by Hanesbrands Inc.: A "super-stretch limo" catapults guests through a series of unexpected twists and turns. Specially recorded Aerosmith soundtracks echo throughout this indoor roller coaster.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: A thrilling journey through the eerie corridors of the Hollywood Tower Hotel, culminating as guests plummet 13 stories again and again -- faster than free-fall -- in a breathtaking finale.
  • Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage! : Stars from “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “Little Einsteins” and “Handy Manny” have children clapping, singing and dancing.
  • Muppet Vision 3-D, presented by Kodak: Three-dimensional film spectacular in a 584-seat theater starring Jim Henson's famous Muppets and featuring explosive in-theater effects.
  • The Great Movie Ride: 22-minute journey into the movies aboard 70-passenger vehicles; stars a cast of Audio-Animatronics characters re-creating memorable movie moments, including Wizard of Oz, Indiana Jones, Alien, and Casablanca.
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! : 30-minute live show in a 2,000-seat amphitheater; daring stunt artists and thrilling special effects, re-creating spine-tingling motion picture stunts.
  • The Magic of Disney Animation: Features animation gallery, showcase of Disney animation and the animation process, and a chance for guests to draw a Disney animated character.
  • Disney's Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour: Tour aboard 200-passenger shuttles through studio backlot including costuming, scenic shop and Catastrophe Canyon.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure: Based on the hit film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, the movie set adventure playground features an ant the size of a pony, grass blades 30 feet tall and mushroom caps three stories tall.
  • Star Tours: Space journey in a 40-seat advanced flight simulator from the creative forces of Disney and George Lucas, the ultimate Star Wars adventure.
  • Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage : A delightful musical stage show based on the hit Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast, performed multiple times daily in Theater of the Stars.
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid : Based on the hit animated film The Little Mermaid, the show features dazzling special effects that combine with puppets, Audio-Animatronics figures, live performers and favorite animated clips.
  • Walt Disney: One Man's Dream: Features an interactive gallery showcasing each era of Walt Disney's life; rare and historic Disney artifacts are on display.
 
 Entertainment & Shows 

Block Party Bash;: Play, party and dance as the most interactive traveling show in Disney history performs. Guests are invited to rock to retro tunes, be dazzled by high-flying acrobatics and join in the fun as more than 20 partying Disney•Pixar characters fill the theme park streets. This immersive rolling spectacle features favorite characters from “The Incredibles,” “Toy Story 2,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “A Bug’s Life.”

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