10 Fun Facts About Disney’s Hollywood Studios as We Approach Its 30th Anniversary
As we approach the end of April, all eyes are on Disney’s Hollywood Studios which will be celebrating it’s 30th Anniversary starting on May 1st. Here at MickeyBlog, we’ve talked to you about the awesome merchandise and food coming your way as part of this celebration and today we thought we’d pay home to one of our favorite theme parks by sharing 10 awesome facts!
This iconic Hollywood Studios building was carefully modelled after the famous Hollywood landmark. The theater is a near replica and is on a 9/10 scale of the original building. In 2020 the theater will be the home of the first ride themed after Mickey himself.
Over 50 performers, pyrotechnics, laster lights and 1 million gallons of dancing water are used in this nighttime spectacular. Oh and have we mentioned the 40-foot tall dragon? There are also 5 costume changes for Mickey Mouse?
3. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
When Imagineers were developing one of Disney World’s most iconic thrill rides they actually watched 156 episodes of “The Twilight Zone” as a means of inspiration.
4. Beauty and the Beast- Live on Stage
Changes are you’re familiar with this Hollywood Studios mainstay. However, did you know that the production premiered on the same day as the original animated feature on November 22, 1991? It has the distinction of being the longest running stage show at Walt Disney World theme parks.
5. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Though so much attention is being paid to the new Galaxy’s Edge expansion, did you know that this attraction actually provides guests with a first look at the planet from the outer rim of the galaxy known as Batuu?
6. Baseline Tap House
One of Disney’s newest eateries was quick to gain accolades for its awesome menu and tasty brews. And if you look closely, you’ll also notice that a lot of thought went into the building. The backstory makes it the previous home of Figueroa Pringint Company, a mom-and-pop printing house that enjoyed great success through the late 20th Century. You can still see some of their work adorning the walls!
7. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
This attraction is a great way to learn about moviemaking magic! Guests join the 2nd Unit of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” to be treated to some behind the scenes magic!
8 Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
A 40-foot-tall guitar greets you at the entrance to the first Disney attraction to take guests upside down. Take off from 0 to 60 to the sound of over 900 speakers blasting the music of Aerosmith throughout the attraction.
9. The Hollywood Brown Derby
Inspired by the historic Hollywood locale, this signature dining location features three items from the original menu: the famous cobb salad, grapefruit cake and the Shirley Temple cocktail.
10. Gertie the Dinosaur
Created by Winsor McCay in 1914, Gertie sprang to life on the vaudeville screen as who many believe was the first animated character to show a distinct personality, paving the way for our own cast of characters – including Mickey Mouse himself.
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