WHAT TO SEE AT DIS­NEY’S HOL­LY­WOOD STU­DIOS

WDW Magazine - - Disney's Hollywood Studios - BY HERB LEIBACHER

Per­haps more than the other Florida parks, Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios has its fair share of live stage shows and movie-based at­trac­tions. Given that the park’s his­tory is—or should I say was—rooted in the movies, it kind of makes sense.

While we have lost some shows re­cently as we anx­iously await all the good­ness that will come with Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, there are still plenty of shows and movies to en­joy at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios. If you look at the list, you might be sur­prised at how many ter­rific op­tions are still avail­able!

Let’s take a look:

Mup­pet* Vision 3D

Lo­ca­tion: Streets of Amer­ica

Given the re­cent growth of con­struc­tion fences around the Streets of Amer­ica, it looks like Dis­ney will likely bull­doze much of this sec­tion of the park to make way for the new lands. How­ever, at least for now, it looks like Mup­pet*vision 3D is safe—that’s good news! It is spec­u­lated that the area will be­come “Mup­pet Court­yard” in the near fu­ture.

This of­ten- over­looked show rarely has a wait but it fea­tures one of the best pre- shows in all of Walt Dis­ney World. This clas­sic take on Mup­pet may­hem is sure to send you on your way with a smile on your face—even through the Mup­pets de­stroy the the­ater by the time the show is done.

For the First Time in For­ever: A Frozen Sing-along Cel­e­bra­tion

Lo­ca­tion: Echo Lake

I had my doubts when Dis­ney an­nounced this new show to cap­i­tal­ize on Frozen fever. It’s ba­si­cally a quick retelling of the run­away hit movie. Still, it com­bines a nice mix of hu­mor and mu­sic to make it a worth­while visit. Each time I see the show, I wit­ness guests of all ages belt­ing out their fa­vorite songs. Tired of too much Frozen? Let it go!

Jedi Train­ing: Tri­als of the Tem­ple

Lo­ca­tion: Echo Lake

Kids love to dress up as fu­ture Jedi Knights and wield lightsabers with aban­don, while par­ents and adults love to watch how un­pre­dictable and cute kids can be! If you have a Star Wars fan be­tween the ages of 4 and 12 stop by first thing in the morn­ing to regis­ter at the In­di­ana Jones Ad­ven­ture Out­post ( be­tween the In­di­ana Jones Epic Stunt Spec­tac­u­lar! and the 50's Prime Time Café). Even if you don’t have a youngling to put into the ac­tion, this is still a f un show to watch.

In­di­ana Jones Epic Stunt Spec­tac­u­lar

Lo­ca­tion: Echo Lake

If any show on Dis­ney prop­erty de­serves the word “epic” in the ti­tle, it is this one. This live show un­folds on an enor­mous stage, and com­bines live ac­tion, stunts, and a touch of au­di­ence par­tic­i­pa­tion. Whether you are a fan of Indy or just like to see stuff blow up, you are sure to en­joy this show!

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

Lo­ca­tion: Echo Lake

This 10 minute film shows you the high­lights of the Star Wars films to you can re- live the epic story - or get caught up if you haven’t seen the movies but still want to en­joy other Star Wars at­trac­tions at the park.

Jedi Train­ing: Tri­als of the Tem­ple d For the Love of Walt Dis­ney

Voy­age of the Lit­tle M er­maid

Lo­ca­tion: An­i­ma­tion Court­yard

Go­ing strong since 1992— this show com­bines movie pro­jec­tion, lasers, pup­pets, and live ac­tors in a retelling of the story about ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite mer­maid. The tech­nol­ogy seems a lit­tle faded but the story still rings true.

Dis­ney Ju­nior – Live on Stage

Lo­ca­tion: An­i­ma­tion Court­yard

Dis­ney makes in­ter­est­ing use of pup­pets to spin a sim­ple tale with char­ac­ters from Jake and the Never Land Pi­rates, Doc Mc­stuffins, and the Mickey Mouse Club­house. Plenty of mu­sic and au­di­ence in­ter­ac­tion helps preschool­ers wig­gle and jump as they burn off a bit of en­ergy. Adults will get a kick out of all the kids en­gag­ing with the show.

Star Wars Launch Bay

Lo­ca­tion: An­i­ma­tion Court­yard

I lost one of my fa­vorite hid­den gems at DHS, the An­i­ma­tion Academy, when the Art of An­i­ma­tion shut down to make way for the Star Wars Launch Bay. I still miss the chance to learn how to draw Dis­ney char­ac­ters, but I have to ad­mit that Dis­ney did a fine job with this new walk­through ex­hibit.

From the in­tro­duc­tory movie to the mod­els, or the de­tailed cos­tumes to the chance to give a Wookie a hug— this at­trac­tion is fun for Star Wars fans of all ages. If you have an over­flow­ing bank ac­count, go wild in the gift shop at the exit!

One Man’s Dream

Lo­ca­tion: Mickey Av­enue

Did you even know that there was still a land in Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios called Mickey Av­enue? There isn’t a lot there, ex­cept one of the most in­spir­ing walk through at­trac­tions in all of Dis­ney World: One Man’s Dream.

If you are a Dis­ney fan, this is a must- see ex­hibit with price­less art and ar­ti­facts from Walt’s life and the com­pany he built. If Dis­ney isn’t pre­sent­ing a movie pre­view in the the­ater at the end of the ex­pe­ri­ence, be sure to watch the movie that sum­ma­rizes Walt’s life. You will be in­spired.

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

Lo­ca­tion: Mickey Av­enue

The mu­sic of the clas­sic Dis­ney movie comes to life as tal­ented per­form­ers in amaz­ing cos­tumes present a Broad­way- qual­ity pro­duc­tion that is def­i­nitely worth see­ing! This show has been run­ning at DHS since the day Beauty and the Beast [the movie] first opened in the­aters: Novem­ber 22, 1991.

This show holds the honor of be­ing the long­est- run­ning stage show at Walt Dis­ney World!

Fan­tas­mic!

Lo­ca­tion: Sun­set Boule­vard

It’s the per­fect end­ing to the per­fect day at DHS. This night­time spec­tac­u­lar uses wa­ter pro­jec­tions, ships, char­ac­ters, fire, and just about ev­ery other the­atri­cal trick to bring Mickey’s dream to life as good bat­tles evil. Many of the char­ac­ters used are from by­gone times, but the show is still plenty of fun for view­ers of all ages!

Are you sur­prised at how many shows and movies are still avail­able at Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios? Be sure to pick up a Times Guide when you en­ter the park, or check the show times un­der the “En­ter­tain­ment” tab in your My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence app, and take in some fun!

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