Mag­i­cal mile­stone

30 things you may not know about Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios, which turns 30 in May

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - HOME SALES - By Bruce Pe­cho

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLA. — On May 1, Walt Dis­ney World’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios turns 30 years old.

The theme park — much like the movie-star denizens of Hol­ly­wood it­self — doesn’t look its age.

Orig­i­nally called Dis­neyMGM Stu­dios, this play­ground in­spired by Hol­ly­wood’s golden age has un­der­gone a lot of change since the early years, when it func­tioned as both a typ­i­cal theme park and work­ing pro­duc­tion fa­cil­ity cre­at­ing movies, TV shows and an­i­mated films.

These days, the park is less about delv­ing into be­hind-the-scenes as­pects of en­ter­tain­ment pro­duc­tion and more about giv­ing peo­ple per­sonal, im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ences into the world of film, tele­vi­sion, mu­sic and theater through whiz-bang at­trac­tions, en­ter­tain­ing rides and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy.

To cel­e­brate its 30th mile­stone, here are 30 things you may not know about Walt Dis­ney World’s age­less Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios. the long­est run­ning stage show at any Walt Dis­ney World theme park.

DIS­NEY PHOTOS

The Won­der­ful World of An­i­ma­tion night­time spec­tac­u­lar will in­cor­po­rate nods to every Dis­ney and Pixar an­i­mated film.

The main court­yard of Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios forms the world’s largest Hid­den Mickey.

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