Hollywood Studios Information
Featuring the glamour and thrills of both today's and yesterday's movies, theatre, music and television. Be a star center stage for a day with some of the biggest screen names in animation. Explore one-of-a-kind attractions. Dare to enter The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, travel back in time with The Great Movie Ride, go behind the scenes on The Backlot Tour, and see the magic behind Disney Animation. Take a stroll down Sunset Boulevard and indulge in a plethora of upscale venues, shops, memorabilia, street performances, and much more.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: Once a glamorous hotel, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has long been abondoned due to paranormal phenomenon. With a chared facade, cobweb-infested lobby, and broken-down elevators, today your checking into the Twilight Zone. Rumor has it, that back in 1939, a family on vacationing at the hotel simply dissappeared without a trace. Since then, there has been sightings of their ghosts travelling the hallways. Continued blood-curtling screens pervade the broken walls on the elevator shafts. As you enter the front lobby, you discern something is wrong. French bronzes paintings, photoplay magazines on the front desk, everything in the same place it was back in 1939. As your led to the library, take a quick glance at the top shelves, you may see some props from the original Twilight Zone. Dare to take the elevator up to the 13th floor, it may be your last trip!
Upon entering the park, you are on Hollywood Boulevard, lined with wonderful venues; selling merchandise, ice cream, coffee, and other snacks. Live entertainment is found here all through the day and is very similar to Main Street, USA in Disney World; but with studios and entertainment entwined. The Great Movie Ride is found at the end of the boulevard inside of the replica Grauman's Chinese Theater, but without the Grauman's name; and the giant sorcerer's hat used by Mickey sits in the front. Here you will be able to view many of the hand and foot prints of many great stars in the cement walkways. Seated inside the dark theater, you review scenes from many of the great movies; although you will notice that there is no reference to Universal. The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Plaza is located along the boulevard; with busts and icons of movie greatest in the television era, including Oprah Winfrey and Walt Disney.
The Great Movie Ride: Housed in Hollywood's legendary Graumann's Chinese Theater si the Great Movie Ride. Follow the winding queue through a display case featuring props, costumes, and pieces from various films. See pre-show theatre providing a condensed version of each movie on the ride. Great Movie Ride transports guests back to the 30s era of Hollywood Hills. You tour-guide will narrate different scenes from Berkeley's Foodlight Parade to Singin in the Rain with Gene Kelley.
Off towards the left is Echo Lake, a small oval shaped lagoon; which was the left ear of Mickey if you could fly overhead and notice it; with many attractions, services and architecturally designed buildings of the movie era of the 30s and 40s in the original Hollywood. The attractions here are; Star Tours, motion simulator in the Star Wars world; Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy, where the kids will actually get the chance to become padawan learners of the light saber training; Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, showing visitors how the scenes are created and showing some of the best; The American Idol Experience, where you can really try out for the television show; and Sounds Dangerous with Drew Carey, a 3D presentation with the famous comedian.
On the streets of America, you will find; Muppet*Vision 3D, starring your favorite muppets; Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show, will reveal how some of the great action scenes with vehicles are done; Honey I Shrunk the Kids" Movie Set Adventure, which is a big playground using the scenes' sets for the various area toys; and the Studio Backlot Tour, explaining how the many special effects are accomplished in the movies and showing water and fire effects.
At Animation Courtyard, where the studio arch is, is home to Walt Disney: One Man's Dream, this is a kind of museum about the man that started it all with models, artifacts and pictures depicting the life of Walt, Journey Into Narnia: Prince Caspian, here you walk through an area with examples from the movie and scenes from the second; Playhouse Disney Live on Stage, a live puppet show with characters from the Disney Channel; the American Film Institute Showcase, shows props and other mementos from the movies; and the Magic of Disney Animation, explains the way animation is done and gives you a chance to meet many of the wonderful Disney and Pixar characters, with interactive games and exhibits.
Pixar Place is the most recent addition to the studio area, with a number of film studios that were originally used in the production of many shows; and is a replica of the studios in California. Toy Story Midway Mania involves 3D action related to various carnival games using the favorite characters of the Toy Story film.
In 1994, the first major increase to the studio area was the great Sunset Boulevard with some really great rides; including: Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Rock n Roller Coaster with Aerosmith, with a high speed ride reaching up to 60 mph and a jump start that will thrill you; The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, this awesome ride takes you to the top of the building where you will board an elevator that drops you fast; according to different aspects, which happens 4 times to give you a stomach, heart dropping experience that will definitely excite you and Fantasmic!, a beautiful blending of lasers, lights and water effects held in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater.
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster: As one of Disney's signature rides, Aerosmith Rock 'n' Roller will take you to a new level in high-speed coasters. Teamed with one of America's most thrilling bands, join Aerosmith on his way to his next concert. Join Aerosmith during a studio recording hosted by G-force records, As you wind through the queue, Aerosmith is just finishing his last song. Guess what, your invited to travel with Aerosmith to the rock concert right now. As his invited guest, his 24-seat high-speed limo is waiting just outside the studio. Neon signs warn passengers, heads back, all roads jammed, count down 4,3,2,1 bam! Get ready for the adrenaline rush of your life, 0-60 in 2.8s, Wow! Hold on for an inversion, corkscrew inversion, loops, bank and twists.
In any of the Disney parks, live entertainment has always been a part of the fun and magic of the particular land you are visiting. It is no different at Hollywood Studios, with various character guests showing up on the street in costume performing some small feat, or just hanging around giving out autographs to the visitors and taking pictures with their favorite small frys. Some of the current characters include JoJo's Circus, Kim Possible, Bolt, Little Einsteins or Ratatouille. Occasionally cover groups or a cappella quartets will perform in the shows held throughout the area, or along the streets. Often all these folks will take part in the parades that are held throughout the day to the enjoyment of all the crowds attending.
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