The park consists of five themed areas. Major attractions are listed below.
Hollywood Boulevard is lined with shops selling Disney merchandise and food. This is also the location of the "Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade." Michael Eisner, who had a major part in the park's creation ever since the earliest development, demanded the opening land operate on the same principle as Main Street, U.S.A. a street lined with shops and food, but in a style more fitting to the Studios.
The Great Movie Ride, a dark ride paying homage to several classic films is located at the end of Hollywood Boulevard. This ride takes you back through many classic film scenes. Some of the animatronics are very convincing. This ride is due to be revamped.
Inspired by the location sharing a similar name and designed to mimic the architecture form Hollywood's Golden era. It is anchored by a small oval-shaped lagoon, which was supposed to form one of the ears in the enormous Hidden Mickey from the park's original layout. Surrounding it are the land's many attractions and services. The seasonal ABC Sound Studio pavilion is used to give exlusive sneak peeks at upcoming Walt Disney productions. In between that and the former American Idol Experience, where you can audition yourself in fornt of the judges.
Echo Lake has 3 main attractions Star Tours, a motion simulator, identical to the one at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, soon to be replaced, a live-action performance showing how movie stunts are done. The show re-enacts various scenes from the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. The Jedi Training Academy, this is a live-action stage show, children are invited to become "padawan learners" and receive "lightsaber training" from a Jedi master.
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Jim Henson's MuppetVision 3D, a 3-D movie experience similar to Epcot's "Honey, I Shrunk The Audience" Actually it’s 4D now!! Great fun for all. Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, a car & motorcycle stunt show. Quite new to the park. Well worth watching. Meet the Power Rangers from five generations: Wild Force, Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder, S.P.D. and the newest series Mystic Force. making appearances throughout the day.
The Hollywood Studios Studios Backlot Tour, showing how movie special effects are done. Guests see a movie scene set on the Special Effects Water Tank filmed using volunteers from the audience and various special effects. The audience sees this final sequence edited all together in an action sequence called 'Harbour Attack' Guests board trams and are taken through Catastrophe Canyon, to see fire and water effects, are driven past large-scale movie props, and are shown streets made up of facades. Walt Disney: One Man's Dream, a museum-like walkthrough attraction that explores the life of Walt Disney and his legacy through photos, models, rare artifacts and a short biographical film narrated by Disney himself. Journey Into Narnia: Creating the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a walkthrough interactive attraction featuring props from the movie and an appearance from the White Witch.
Pixar Place is dedicated to films and characters created by Pixar Animation Studios. This area, that replicates the animation studio's California campus, Emeryville, includes many of the original sound stages used when the park operated an active production studio. Its sole attraction is Toy Story Midway Mania!, an interactive 4D attraction inspired by classic carnival midway games, each hosted by characters from the Toy Story film series and a whole lot of fun. The liones for this attraction can be long so fast pass if you can.
Voyage of The Little Mermaid>, a live performance using puppets, lasers, movies, human actors, and water (mist). The show recreates the animated Little Mermaid movie, in an abbreviated form. The Magic of Disney Animation>, a short presentation showing how animated films are made. Playhouse Disney Live on Stage!>, a live performance featuring Disney children's television characters.
Beauty and the Beast >Live on Stage, a simplified version of the film Rock 'n' Roller Coaster> Starring Aerosmith, an indoor roller coaster in the dark with three inversions and a high-speed launch absolutely exhilarating!!The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror>, a thrill ride which drops guests in an elevator in a randomised set of 4 sequences each involving multiple high speed drops and ascents. In addition, special effects including smell, lighting and sound enhance the thrill. Not to be missed!!Fantasmic!>, a night time show with characters and fireworks held in the specifically built Hollywood Hills Amphitheatre off Sunset Boulevard
Little Known Facts
Each year, Star Wars Weekends bring Star Wars fans and celebrities for special park events. Star Wars Weekends are generally held for five consecutive weekends (including Fridays) through late May and early June; they feature the 501st (a worldwide Star Wars costuming group) parading through the park in Stormtrooper costumes, a "Star Wars Edition" of the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: Play It!" game where the game begins with Greedo answering questions and a Gamorrean Guard in the audience cheering him on, two (or more) Star Wars actors appearing each weekend for photos and autographs, Jedi Lightsaber Training classes for kids, and other assorted events.
Every Christmas season, Disney Hollywood Studios features the "Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights">, with five million Christmas lights on more than 350 miles of wire. According to Internet urban legends, while Michael Eisner was working for Paramount Pictures, he saw the early plans for the Universal Studios park in Florida (Paramount has always been closely associated with Universal, and Paramount provided much needed finance into the Universal Orlando Resort). After moving to Disney, he took some of these ideas and used them in early plans for the future Disney Hollywood Studios. As DHS narrowly opened before Universal (the park and its resort had finance problems), it was seen that Universal copied Disney Hollywood— or was it the other way around? Some reports say that, in a coincidence, both Universal and Disney planned studio/theme parks at the same time without knowing of the other company's ideas in the beginning and both rushed to finish their respective parks when they heard the news.
The Magic of Disney Animation attraction originally allowed spectators to watch Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida artists at work on actual Disney productions. From behind glass panes, visitors were allowed to peer into a small section of the studio, aptly called the "fishbowl". At least one sequence from every WDFA film from The Rescuers Down Under> to Home on the Range >was produced in Florida; films created primarily at this facility were Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, Mulan, and the Roger Rabbit shorts Rollercoaster Rabbit and Trail Mix-Up. WDFA Florda was shut down in late 2003, after the release of Brother Bear. When one looks at the Disney Hollywood Studios on a map, turn it upside down and you will see a Hidden Mickey in the overall layout of the park.