It used to be called MGM Studios. I have a hard time not calling it that. Though I believe Disney’s Hollywood Studios fits. But, the diehard fans from the 90s know what I’m talking about.
We spent our first afternoon here. Having just checked in to Port Orleans Riverside (and lazing half the day around in hammocks!) we were ready for the ‘Four Parks in Four Days’ whirlwind adventure to begin. Our time was tight and not a moment could be wasted.
What I love about MGM … er, Hollywood Studios … are the faux buildings, backdrops and ode to old hollywood and movie making in general. Living in Southern California, I have access to working movie studios, but the idea here is the same and the attention to detail is impeccable. I am mesmerized by all of the potential for role play, drama, comedy and mayhem. So, let the mayhem begin!
Hollywood Studio’s entrance is so retro/deco and captured nicely by Allie’s Instagram!
The Great Movie Ride (a must!) is housed in the Chinese Theater. This building is beautiful, but somewhat covered up when WDW added Sorcerer Mickey’s Hat in front of it.
The props are fun, too!
Hollywood Studios is really about the shows. The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is true to its name and one of my favorites in the parks.
The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow is an interesting show with special effects and ‘almost live’ visit from the real Jack Sparrow himself!
Behind the Streets of America is the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. This stadium is huge and has filled to capacity each time we’ve been. The show is amazing using cars, motorcycles and jet skies for stunts. The cars, though, are the star attraction here.
The rides are great, too … we highly anticipated our ride on Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster.
The entrance to Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster foreshadows how the ride will go.
Even though Jacob and I stopped the whole ride in the beginning by holding our iPhones up (we wanted to film the take-off) we did manage to stay on to ride the coaster.
The long walk out of the ride proved to be a fun photo op for Rod.
While this isn’t exactly Abbey Road … I think we paid homage to the Beatles nicely.
The Streets of America is a great place for photos! There isn’t a shortage of unique areas to have your picture taken.
Just wondering the streets and taking in the atmosphere was a lot of fun.
Group Selfie in the Streets of America! There would be many group selfies this trip.
Tower of Terror looms menacingly over Sunset Boulevard. While we have this attraction at home in California Adventure … it is undeniably different. Not to miss!
Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan were out for a character meet and greet.
Rod and I couldn’t pass by the chance for a photo op with Mike and Sulley!
Allie chose to create squashed penny souvenirs from the parks. This made for a great collection and she had a lot of fun, too.
Cupcakes. Need I say more? They were plentiful, enormous and oh, so yummy!
The Fantasmic show has seats! Very different from what we get in Disneyland. The crowd, as you can see, was huge! This would be a good time to try for some of the ‘long line’ rides!
We were able to catch a smallish line for Toy Story Mania right after the first Fantasmic show. Otherwise, we may have missed this attraction … the lines were close to two hours all day.
We are here … standing in line.
Mr. Potato Head is a wonderful greeter and helps pass the time in the Toy Story Mania line.
Group Selfie at Toy Story Mania! If you look closely, you can see Rod peeking through Allie and Jacob!
Sorcerer Mickey’s Hat … an enormous structure anchored at the end of Hollywood Boulevard. Our day at Hollywood Studios was a bit too short, but we had a great time!
We each took photos and videos on our iPhones during this trip. I have gathered all the footage together to create this trip journal of our adventure … offering everyone’s point of view. Hope you enjoy our trek!
Next up: Magic Kingdom!