24 July 2018

Disney Guide: Hollywood Studios

Hey guys! Welcome to another instalment of Disney Guides, I hope you enjoyed my Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom posts, it's so hard to talk about everything in these parks as there is just so much to see and do, but I hope they have given you a brief insight into the magical world of Walt Disney. 

Today, I want to talk about Disney's Hollywood Studios, although this park may not have as many attractions as the previous parks, there are definitely some iconic rides in this one that you don't want to miss, so let's get stuck in shall we?

Inspired by the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood, Disney's Hollywood Studios is a step into the world of movies, this park boasts some fantastic rides, backstage tours and a ton of shows for your entertainment, the park is currently undergoing some SERIOUS changes, including the new Toy Story Land which opened on the 30th of June 2018, there are also big plans in the Star Wars themed section as Disney are currently conjuring up Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge coming in 2019. 

Of course in true Disney style, the park is divided into 6 themed-zones and will take you on an adventure of Hollywood glamour! Your first point of call will be Hollywood Boulevard, with a selection of souvenir shops and photo opportunities, this is like walking down the streets of L.A. Here is also where you'll be able to see the much-loved and legendary Tower of Terror and Rock n' Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith. 

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Animation Courtyard gives you an glimpse of the amazing animation and drawings that the Disney staff members create, with a behind the scenes look at how the Disney Imagineers bring your favourite characters to life, there is also the chance to take up a free animation class (be sure to check the times for this), this section is also home to Star Wars Launch which is an exhibition showcasing all the props from the films, this is also where you'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the heroes and villains from Star Wars.

In Echo Lake is home to the Star Tours 3-D simulator, again if you're a massive Star Wars fan then you'll definitely love this section of the park, make sure you keep updated on the latest construction work as they are vastly improving this section! Echo Lake is surrounded by a selection of  art-deco inspired architecture, right out of the golden age of Hollywood, you'll also find some restaurants in this section if you're looking for a bite to eat. 

Sunset Boulevard is where you'll find all the action, home to the Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror and Rock n' Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith, these two rides are up there with the best. You can also enjoy a show in one of the parks many stadiums, Hollywood Studios also has it's own fireworks display Fantasia for those after-dark hours. 

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Next on the list is Grand Avenue, take a picture on the life-like backdrop of San Fransisco, here you'll find the large dining area Commissary Lane, there used to be the set of Honey I Shrunk The Kids which was turned into a play area, however the much loved section has been removed to make way for the new Star Wars attraction :( !

Pixar Place is where you'll find your favourite Pixar characters come to life, including Buzz and Woody, they have also recently opened the much anticipated Toy Story Land, which recently opened at the end of June. Rides include Slinky Dog Dash rollercoaster and Toy Story Mania. 

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As briefly mentioned, there's plenty of shows and attractions at this park, including the Jedi Training and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Like I said, Hollywood Studios may not be the best place for rides however the amount of detail and effort that's in this park is outstanding and it's certainly one that takes you into the heart of the glamorous life of movie stars. 

Until next time, 

G xx 


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