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Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney World is perhaps one of the most popular fixtures of Orlando, Florida. Millions of visitors each year make their way to the Walt Disney Resorts, visiting one of the four grandiose theme parks that feature familiar Disney characters, enchanting rides, good food and live entertainment. Hollywood Studios, a special space designed to take guests inside the magic of movie-making, is just one of the four unique theme parks in the Walt Disney Resorts family.
Theme and Attractions
Hollywood Studios in Orlando, Florida is designed to capture the magic of Hollywood from a bygone era--the 1930s and 40s. Attractions are inspired by the sounds and thrills of Hollywood’s action-packed movies, and incredible stories. Guests get a chance to go behind the scenes to discover how the magic of Hollywood is created. Among the many attractions, there are popular spots such as Star Tours, which features a tour through the world of Star Wars, including a 3D encounter with famous characters like Darth Vader and R2-D2. Toy Story Mania gives kids a chance to interact with games featuring characters from this beloved classic. Explore the set of “Cars,” or “Honey, I shrunk the Kids.”
Another favorite is a 20 minute show of how the animation comes together for some of Disney’s most popular movies. “The Magic of Disney Animation” is hosted by one of Disney’s own artists.
Eating at Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios has numerous dining options for guests, including casual dining, fast food, and signature dining restaurants. The ABC Commissary serves kid-friendly and family favorites like fish and chips, cheeseburgers, and fries. Pizza Planet offers a variety of pizzas, submarine sandwiches, salads and cookies. Multiple shops also offer snacks and desserts.
For casual dining, check out the 50s themed diner--50’s Prime Time Cafe, or the Sci-Fi Dine In, where guests take their seats inside tables fashioned after convertibles.
Shopping at Hollywood Studios
Looking for a souvenir to take home? The shops at Hollywood Studios offer a wide range of gift and novelty items. Mickey’s of Hollywood offers multiple items fashioned after popular Disney characters. Whether Mickey or Daisy, or another iconic friend is your favorite character, you’ll find some unique items here. Other specialty stores include a Class Car Memorabilia shop, the Indiana Jones Gift Truck, and a Rock ‘n Roll Gear shop.
Things to Know
Tickets to Hollywood Studios can be purchased online. Single tickets, along with combination packages with access to additional theme parks each day can be purchased online as well. Guests also have the option of booking a full holiday through the Walt Disney Resort. Guests staying at the resort enjoy additional privileges, such as free ground transportation via shuttle, and free parking.
Hollywood Studios is generally open every day starting at 9am. Closing hour varies from 7pm to 10 pm, and may change due to special events. Check the official Hollywood Studios calendar, which is regularly updated, for the latest information on daily operating hours.
When visiting Hollywood Studios, wear comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothes. Sunscreen and a shade hat are also good to have on hand, as is a light rain jacket or umbrella in case of rain. Guest Services can help with special arrangements, such as helping those with special dietary needs.
Guests staying at the Disney Resorts can take advantage of free shuttles. Other visitors will have to pay a parking fee for using nearby lots. Other things to do while visiting Hollywood Studios include visiting any of the four other Disney theme parks, such as Epcot---a 300 acre space that includes rides, restaurants and shopping, or arranging a relaxing spa package at one of the Disney resorts.