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:
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
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
- Fantasmic! Nighttime Spectacular
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
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
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
- Star Tours — The Adventure Continues
- 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
- Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance — 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
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Toy Story Mania!
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
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 Dance Party!
- Voyage of The Little Mermaid
- Walt Disney Presents: One Man’s Dream
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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!
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe
- Hollywood Brown Derby
- Hollywood and Vine Restaurant
- Mama Melrose’s
- 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 will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort in its own special way!
The Tower of Terror in Disney’s Hollywood Studios will receive some “special new touches” as it glimmers with EARidescence as the Tower transforms into a Beacon of Magic each night!
Additionally, golden Disney Character sculptures will arrive in the park in time for the October 1, 2021 celebration kickoff. The highlighted characters (which will be found in all four parks) will ultimately make up the Disney Fab 50!
The 50th Anniversary Celebration will last for 18 MONTHS, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch the characters in their new golden tributes!
Parades and Fireworks
Please Note: As Walt Disney World continues in its phased reopening, experiences that gather crowds including evening spectaculars are temporarily suspended.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to not one, but TWO nighttime spectaculars!
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!
Fantasmic! is only performed on select nights, though two showings are 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 so you don’t miss it!
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
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, and more!
Check My Disney Experience or the Times Guide in the park map for showtimes during your trip so you don’t miss a thing!
While traditional Meet and Greets are currently suspended during the phased reopening of Disney World, Hollywood Studios guests can see beloved Disney friends as they appear throughout the day in charming Character Motorcades!
There are several locations dedicated to Character Meet-and-Greets where you can be certain to encounter your favorites when Character Meets 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, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy
- BB-8 at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Chewbacca at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Darth Vader at Star Wars Launch Bay
- Sully at Walt Disney Presents
- Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
- Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams
- The Incredibles
- Edna Mode at the Edna Mode Experience
Toy Story Land
- Buzz Lightyear
- Sheriff Woody
- Jessie the Cowgirl
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)!
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!
Ariel’s journey is presented with live performances of songs from The Little Mermaid along with puppetry, clips from the animated film, and more.
Do you feel the pull of the Dark Side? If so, that might be because you can see Darth Vader and Kylo Ren at the Jedi Training Academy throughout the day!
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!
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.
Please Note: As Walt Disney World continues in its phased reopening, experiences including backstage tours, dining packages, and dessert parties are temporarily suspended.
Additional opportunities exist to enhance your time in Hollywood Studios, allowing guests to pair dining opportunities with reserved seating for one of the park’s popular shows, enjoy extra hours at the park, or even Dine With a Disney Imagineer.
Click on any of the experiences below to learn more!
Dine with an Imagineer
Extra Hours Events
Nighttime Spectacular Viewing Packages
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 25 Things You NEVER Knew About Hollywood Studios!