Disney's Hollywood Studios: The Hollywood That Never Was and Always Will Be

For part 3 of my Basics of Disney Series, I'm taking everyone back to old Hollywood!
That's right!  
We're going to Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Basics of Disney- Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has a special place in my heart because I've worked there!
In the summer of 2009 I worked as an Attractions hostess at the Voyage of the Little Mermaid/Playhouse Disney Live on Stage shows.
Basically, I was that annoying person who yells at you to move all the way down to the end of the row, even though everyone wants to stop right in the middle of said row because that's where the best view of the show is.  
Hollywood Studios is currently undergoing a MASSIVE refurbishment.  I originally wrote this post in 2013 and am going through and updating everything for the present day, 2016.  A lot has changed in the last 3 years and there is still a ton of change coming.  But this post is up to date as of 4/19/2016! :)
So knowing that....here's a basic breakdown of Hollywood Studios:

Hollywood Studios has the best thrill ride attractions.  So this is definitely the park for you if you're a fan of thrill rides.  But they have a mix of rides and shows. 

So here are the worth while rides: 
The Hollywood Tower of Terror
Rockin Roll Roller Coaster: Starring Aerosmith
Star Tours 
Toy Story Midway Mania
The Great Movie Ride

Worth while shows:
The Indian Jones Stunt Show Spectacular 
Beauty and the Beast
Voyage of the Little Mermaid (obviously)


Like Magic Kingdom there aren't too many restaurants at Hollywood Studios.
But what they do have is really good!

50s Prime Time Cafe - Great fun! All the waiters treat you like you're eating in your Mom's kitchen in the 1950s.  Once when I ate there, our waiter made me go stand in the corner because he had to tell me three times to get my elbows off the table.  See....fun! 

The Hollywood Brown Derby - Takes you back to old Hollywood.  It's apparently an exact replica of the Hollywood Brown Derby in LA.

Mama Melrose Restaurant Italiano - It's Italian and its good. Not much else to say about this one.

Sci-Fi Dine In Theatre - This one is fun because you sit in convertible cars and watch the trailers to cheesy sci-fi movies, like you're at drive inn movie theatre.

The Citizens of Hollywood:  You can find them strolling around Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd.  They are pretty hilarious and definitely worth having an interaction with, when you see them!

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration: I've never personally seen this but I've heard good things.  Especially if your little princess is totally obsessed with Frozen.

FANTASMIC - This is their night time fireworks show.  It's part live stage show and part fireworks show.  It's probably one of the best shows on property.  But you do have to get there about 45 minutes before show time to get an ideal seat.  Maybe even earlier than that.  But trust me, it's worth it!

Well friends those are the highlights of Hollywood Studios.
If you at least hit everything I mentioned here you come out of your day at this park looking like this.....

I promise!  
Till next time.
PS. Here are Parts 1 & 2, if you missed them! :)


  1. Disney is soo bad ass!

    i miss it

  2. Girl. I have never been to this park.
    Or Epcot.
    What is wrong with me?

    We ned to fix this ASAP.


  3. I absolutely love Hollywood Studios...I think it might be my favorite park! My sister and I used to (and still do!) watch the Tower of Terror movie so you can imagine how excited we were the first time we got to ride the ride!! When my husband and I were at Disney for our honeymoon I Ben bought two copies of the DVD! Giant nerd here haha!

  4. This is where we ate our Kathleen Ice Cream :)
    ALSO this was my first Disney Park, my first ride was The Great American Movie RIde, so Disney holds a special place in my heart too :)


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