Hollywood/MGM Studios

Hi everyone! And welcome to my third installment of my four part series on the Wonderful World of Disney Parks!

Chinese Theater

Image courtesy of DisneyTouristBlog.com. Uploaded by Tom Bricker.

When you enter the amazing Hollywood Studios, previously known as MGM Studios, your eyes will first see the awesome Chinese Theater, home to The Great Movie Ride, a journey through some of the most iconic scenes from the greatest movies of all time!

In recent years, this beautiful replica theater based on the one in Hollywood, CA, was blocked by a large Mickey Fantasia Hat.

mickey fantasia hat

Image courtesy of TampaBay.com. Uploaded by Sharon Kennedy Wynne.

Before most people can make their way to the Chinese Theater however, it is typical and highly recommended to take a quick right at the beginning of the park to enjoy the two most iconic attractions at Hollywood Studios, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock’n Roller Coaster.

It is highly recommended that you grab fast passes for these attractions due to their high popularity!

Once you are done embarking your fast limo drive through downtown Los Angeles, and if you survived your stay at the Tower of Terror, you can then make your way back to the Chinese Theater and ride the Great Movie Ride, which I highly recommend. Afterwards, you can then enjoy Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular!, an awesome stunt show based on scenes from Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Beyond this incredible stunt show, due to a large amount of renovation at Hollywood Studios where Disney’s Imagineers are currently working on adding Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, there really only lies Star Tours, where you can take a tour around the galaxy with your favorite tour guides, R2-D2 & C3PO.

You can also find of my absolute favorite rides in all of Disney World, Toy Story Mania!, a fun interactive ride where you can compete with your parents, friends or significant others at an array of 3D games inspired by your favorite Toy Story characters.

I would highly suggest getting a fast pass for Toy Story Mania!, if there are any left that is…

Yes that is right, this attraction is so popular, fast passes sell out quicker than any other attraction. Without the passes, you will most likely find yourself waiting close to 2 hours.

As for dining options at Hollywood Studios, I would highly recommend, for lower cost options, The Hollywood & Vine, another awesome buffet option, or the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, a unique way to dine while inside an old style vehicle while watching trailers and scenes from old style Sci-Fi movies on the drive-in theater screen.

If you are looking for an upper end restaurant, I would strongly suggest The Hollywood Brown Derby, an excellent replica of the Hollywood, CA restaurant that features top of the line food choices.

As for my biggest secret for Hollywood Studios, I would highly recommend making reservations for either the Hollywood & Vine or the Hollywood Brown Derby with the dinner package for the great Fantasmic! show only offered on certain nights near the entrance of the Tower of Terror.

The dinner package will earn you preferred seating for this incredible water and firework show that incorporates the greatest Disney Villains and Heroes of all time while Mickey battles good and evil in his dream.

Hollywood Studios was once upon a time my second favorite park of all the Disney World parks but due to its renovations, it is hard to justify it as my second favorite at this point in time despite having Tower of Terror, Rock’n Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania! and Star Tours. However, the strides Disney is taking to incorporate a Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land could eventually make this park an extreme power house and for that, I find myself extremely excited.

In the meantime, I do recommend this wonderful park for what it has to offer despite the major renovations currently taking place because it still does offer the most thrilling rides that any of the parks have to offer.

And remember, you are always a simple boat ride away from Epcot if need be!


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