Welcome to the “Hollywood that never was — and always will be.” It’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened on May 1, 1989 as Disney-MGM Studios. The words of Michael Eisner’s opening day speech can still be read on a dedication plaque in the park: “The World you have entered was created by the Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood — not a place on the map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was — and always will be.”
Hollywood Boulevard is your entryway into Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Considered the “Main Street” of Hollywood Studios, Hollywood Boulevard sets the scene as you step into the Golden Age of Hollywood, featuring a replica of the Chinese Theatre that resides in actual Hollywood, California which also serves as the home to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway!
Here is the list of Hollywood Boulevard attractions:
Just off Hollywood Boulevard is Sunset Boulevard. And as home to several headliner attractions in Hollywood Studios, this area is always hoppin’!
Two of the park’s biggest thrill rides are here: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. This is also where you’ll enjoy two popular shows: Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage and one of the park’s nighttime spectaculars, Fantasmic!
Here is the list of Sunset Boulevard attractions:
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage — Disney Genie+ option
- Fantasmic! Nighttime Spectacular — Returning in 2022!
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith — Disney Genie+ option
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror — Disney Genie+ option
From For the First Time in Forever: A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration to the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, there are shows to take in around Echo Lake before or after enjoying the Star Tours attraction.
This area is also home to the Mickey Shorts Theater where you can catch “Vacation Fun – An Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie,” which debuted alongside the opening of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Here is the list of Echo Lake attractions:
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-along Celebration — Disney Genie+ option
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! — Disney Genie+ option
- Star Tours — The Adventure Continues — Disney Genie+ option
- Vacation Fun — An Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge gives guests the chance to step right into “a galaxy far, far away” as they enter the village of Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu. Black Spire Outpost invites you to stroll the marketplace to find unique souvenirs and even build your own droid or lightsaber further inside the village.
You can step inside – and take control of! — “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy” on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run! And you can face Kylo Ren in the groundbreaking and immensely popular Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance attraction.
Here is the list of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attractions:
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run — Disney Genie+ option
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — Individual Attraction Selection option; Virtual Queue access when needed to manage lines
As Disney World’s NEWEST land, we’ve dedicated an entire page to ALL of the experiences you can have in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!
Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land opened on June 30, 2018. All of us guests “shrink” to the size of toys as we’re surrounded by friends and familiar sights from the Toy Story movies (and possibly from our own childhoods) as we play in Andy’s backyard!
This land delivered two new attractions in addition to one of the park’s headliner attractions, Toy Story Mania. Get ready to swirl with some of the Little Green Men on Alien Swirling Saucers, where you might just be chosen by The Claw. And Slinky Dog Dash brought a family-friendly roller coaster to Hollywood Studios!
Here is the list of Toy Story Land attractions:
- Alien Swirling Saucers — Disney Genie+ option
- Slinky Dog Dash — Disney Genie+ option
- Toy Story Mania! — Disney Genie+ option
Grand Avenue has taken the place of what used to be known as the Streets of America, bringing with it some California-themed flair.
Muppet*Vision 3D is the primary attraction in the area, and the Muppets are also celebrated in the area’s Counter Service location, PizzeRizzo.
Here is the list of Grand Avenue attractions:
- Muppet*Vision 3D — Disney Genie+ option
Little ones in particular will enjoy two attractions in Animation Courtyard, with the Voyage of The Little Mermaid show (complete with colorful puppets and live actors) and the Disney Junior Dance Party, where they can get their groove on as they’re invited to dance with famous Disney Junior pals!
And we highly recommend Walt Disney Presents for everyone, as this memorabilia-filled gallery is dedicated to the man behind the World… Walt Disney!
Here is the list of Animation Courtyard attractions:
- Disney Junior — Live on Stage — Disney Genie+ option
- Voyage of The Little Mermaid — Temporarily unavailable
- Walt Disney Presents: One Man’s Dream
Need some help planning your day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Click HERE to learn about Disney Genie!
Whether you enjoy Hollywood-inspired eats or dine in a galaxy far, far away on Batuu in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll find food that is truly “out of this world” all around the park!
Hollywood Studios Table Service Dining
Table Service — or sit-down — restaurants can provide a relaxing (and air-conditioned) break during a busy park day!
Click any of the links below to learn more about Table Service dining in Hollywood Studios:
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe
- Hollywood Brown Derby
- Hollywood and Vine Restaurant
- Mama Melrose’s
- Roundup Rodeo BBQ — COMING in 2022!
- Sci-Fi Dine In
Hollywood Studios Counter Service Dining
If your priority is riding ALL. THE. RIDES. in Hollywood Studios, you may find that a quick meal at a Counter Service restaurant will fit your needs!
- ABC Commissary
- Backlot Express
- Catalina Eddie’s
- Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
- Dockside Diner
- Fairfax Fare
- Rosie’s All-American Cafe
- The Trolley Car Cafe — Starbucks
- Woody’s Lunch Box
Hollywood Studios Bars and Lounges
Looking for a spot to relax with a drink? Hollywood Studios has got a well-themed lounge — and a cocktail! — to suit every taste!
- BaseLine Tap House
- The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge
- Oasis Canteen
- Oga’s Cantina
- Sunshine Day Bar
- Tune-In Lounge
Hollywood Studios Kiosks and Snack Stops
Hollywood Studios is home to the famous Carrot Cake Cookie (at The Trolley Car Cafe), Luke Skywalker-inspired Blue and Green Milk, epic pretzels, and SO much more! This is truly a terrific park for some Disney SNACKING!
- Anaheim Produce
- Epic Eats
- Hollywood Scoops
- Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction
- Hot and Fresh Popcorn
- Ice Cold Stand
- Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea kiosks
- Kat Saka’s Kettle
- KRNR The Rock Station
- Milk Stand
- Neighborhood Bakery
- Nut Wagon
- Peevy’s Polar Pipeline
- Pretzel Palooza
- Ronto Roasters
- The Trolley Car Cafe
Disney World’s 50th Anniversary
As with the other three theme parks, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in its own special way!
The Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios glimmers with EARidescence as the Tower transforms into a Beacon of Magic each night!
And, of course, there is some 50th Anniversary SNACKING to be done!!
The 50th Anniversary Celebration will last for 18 MONTHS, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch the festive fun!
Parades and Fireworks
Please Note: As Walt Disney World continues in its phased reopening, select experiences that gather crowds including evening spectaculars are temporarily suspended.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to not one, but TWO nighttime spectaculars!
Fantasmic! — Returning in 2022!
Fantasmic! is a truly unforgettable production at the Hollywood Hills amphitheater. Combining water effects, fireworks, and appearances by literally dozens of Disney characters — all set to Disney songs in an original story starring none other than Mickey Mouse — it’s a show you won’t want to miss!
Previously, Fantasmic! was only performed on select nights, though two showings were often available during busier seasons. You’ll want to check My Disney Experience or the Times Guide in the park map for showtimes during your trip when it returns so you don’t miss it!
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular — Temporarily Unavailable
End your day in Hollywood Studios by viewing a stunning tribute to the sights and sounds of Star Wars with Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular! The replica of the Chinese Theater (home to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway) is the backdrop for projections of characters and scenes from the Star Wars films!
Lasers and fireworks join the projections, and it’s all set to music from the movies by John Williams. Check My Disney Experience or the Times Guide in the park map for showtimes during your trip so you don’t miss it!
Please Note: As Walt Disney World continues in its phased reopening, experiences that gather crowds including several live entertainment acts are temporarily suspended.
The Citizens of Hollywood provide “Streetmosphere” in Hollywood Studios, and bring the Boulevards to life with improvisational performances involving… YOU, the guest!
When the Citizens perform, appearances are intermittent, and they could pop up and surprise you anywhere!
Enjoy performances by the Green Army Drum Corps in Toy Story Land!
Their buddies in the Green Army Patrol just may recruit you for boot camp, too. ATTENTION!!
Celebrate 90 years of Disney and Pixar animation with an evening viewing of the Wonderful World of Animation! Projections of memorable scenes from Disney films are presented on the replica of the Chinese Theater (home to Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway), accompanied by those classic Disney songs.
You’ll see characters and scenes from films including — but not limited to — Sleeping Beauty, Coco, Frozen, Encanto, and more!
Disney Movie Magic is another projection show, also presented at the Chinese Theater. This one celebrates the magic of live-action films.
The show casts projections from live-action Disney movies on the Chinese Theatre, featuring scenes from films including Indiana Jones, Mulan, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Check My Disney Experience or the Times Guide in the park map for showtimes during your trip so you don’t miss a thing!
Get ready to HUG MICKEY! Traditional face-to-face character meet-and-greets are now officially in the process of a phased return to Disney World!
The traditional meet-and-greets are coming back in phases throughout spring and early summer, so not all locations are available immediately. But the phased return of traditional meet-and-greets at some spots officially started on April 18, 2022.
Guests are now able to go up to the characters and give them hugs, and characters are able to sign autographs! (It is largely be a return to “normal” in terms of what many guests were used to prior to the pandemic.)
There are several locations dedicated to Character Meet-and-Greets where you can be certain to encounter your favorites when Character Meets return in full. We have designated any temporarily unavailable locations in the lists below, and will continue to update this page as more Character Meets-and-Greets return. Check My Disney Experience and the Times Guide for characters and their appearance times.
Character Meet and Greets
- Disney Junior Pals in the Courtyard — Vampirina, Fancy Nancy, and more
- Pluto in Animation Courtyard
- Sulley at Walt Disney Presents
- BB-8 at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay
- The Incredibles — Temporarily Unavailable
Toy Story Land
- Buzz Lightyear — Temporarily Unavailable; however, Disney has confirmed that this Meet-and-Greet will return at a to-be-announced date!
- Sheriff Woody — Temporarily Unavailable; however, Disney has confirmed that this Meet-and-Greet will return at a to-be-announced date!
- Jessie the Cowgirl — Temporarily Unavailable; however, Disney has confirmed that this Meet-and-Greet will return at a to-be-announced date!
Beyond traditional meet-and-greets, there are other places to encounter Disney characters around the park…
Party with the Playhouse Disney Characters during breakfast as you chow down on some great food at the Disney Junior Play ‘n Dine Breakfast!
Though characters may vary, Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and Roadster Goofy are often your hosts for this high-energy start to the day!
Lunch and Dinner at Hollywood & Vine is also a character meal; however, these mealtimes feature Minnie’s Seasonal Dine!
Minnie Mouse is the hostess for various “dinner parties” throughout the year, and she’s often joined by Mickey, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy (we’ve also seen Pluto from time to time)! The theme of Minnie’s Seasonal Dine changes throughout the year, with a tribute to the Silver Screen kicking off the year (January 4- February 28, 2022), followed by the Springtime Dine (March 1 – May 30, 2022). A beach party scene is set for the Summertime Dine (May 31 – August 11, 2022) followed by fall’s Halloween Dine (August 12 – November 7, 2022) and the holiday season’s Holiday Dine starting on November 8, 2022!
More Character Appearances
Please Note: As Walt Disney World continues in its phased reopening, experiences that gather crowds including several live shows are temporarily suspended.
Guests can see all of their favorites from Beauty and the Beast, including Belle, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Chip, and Mrs. Potts, performing beloved songs from the film during Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage!
Oh, and Gaston makes a BIG appearance, too, of course. 😉 Performances take place in the Theater of the Stars on Sunset Boulevard.
See Ariel, Prince Eric, and all of their friends from “Under the Sea” in Voyage of The Little Mermaid! (Temporarily Unavailable)
Ariel’s journey is presented with live performances of songs from The Little Mermaid along with puppetry, clips from the animated film, and more.
Check My Disney Experience and the Times Guide for showtimes!
More Unique Experiences
Jedi Training Academy: Trials of the Temple
Does your youngling (age 4 to 12) dream of taking on Darth Vader or Kylo Ren in order to help save the galaxy? Jedi Training Academy can give them the chance! (Temporarily Unavailable)
Padawans will be trained by a Jedi before facing either Darth Vader or Kylo Ren! This is an extremely popular experience, and interested guests must register to participate.
Registration for the day begins upon park opening. Participants must be present for registration and availability — which is limited — is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration takes place at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost (in the Echo Lake area next to 50’s Prime Time Cafe).
Build Your Own Lightsaber at Savi’s Workshop
A visit inside Savi’s Workshop is reserved exclusively for guests who participate in the Build-Your-Own Lightsaber experience (purchase required).
Saber pieces, kyber crystals, and tales of the Force and the Jedi as told by the Gatherers will provide the tools you need.
Build Your Own Droid at Droid Depot
Droid Depot is an industrial workshop with a collection of droid parts — and visitors can select from those parts to customize their droid.
Did you know you can also have your own personal PHOTO SESSION in Hollywood Studios?
A NEW service made its debut within the My Disney Experience app for Disney World on October 19, 2021. Disney Genie provides on-the-go planning tools and customized itineraries to help guests maximize their park time in the parks!
The standard Disney Genie — which includes features like dining tips, recommendations for when to head to your next attractions, and enhancements to the Disability Access Service — is a complimentary service.
There are also optional add-ons available for a fee. TWO different options are available, and they allow guests to bypass the standby lines for attractions and instead enter the Lightning Lane. The Disney Genie+ base-price option — for $15 per person, per day — allows guests to select the next available time to arrive at an attraction and enter that attraction’s Lightning Lane at over 50 attractions across the four Disney World theme parks.
And another paid option is available for DIFFERENT — and more in-demand — attractions. Disney’s Individual Lightning Lane Attraction Selection service (pay-per-ride) is how guests pay a fee to utilize the Lightning Lane for an individual attraction.
There is a LOT to learn about this service, and you can find ALL the info you need HERE.
Believe it or not, there is LOTS MORE to learn about Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Check out our DFB YouTube Video below to find out Why Hollywood Studios is the BEST Disney World Park!