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Attractions At Disney's Hollywood Studios

Attractions and Rides at Disney's Hollywood Studios

 

Notes: C- Cool! You Must See This  - Kids Will Love These

 

Echo Lake Area Shows and Rides

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular ****

Hollywood Studios Attractions-Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

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Show Length: 30 minutes
The show begins with one of the cast members picking audience members (age 18 and up) to be part of the
show. Then, Indiana Jones comes from the ceiling, and after many carefully timed stunts recreates the famous "Boulder Scene" from the beginning of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." After that, the audience members are introduced to the some of the cast; two more scenes from "Raiders of the Lost Ark" are recreated, with the help of the audience members.

Sounds Dangerous ***
Show Length: 12 minutes
This show, starring by Drew Carey, takes place in the complete darkness (might scare small children). Carey plays a cop on the new show Undercover Live. The audience follows Carey as he attempts to find a diamond
smuggler. While the show has entertaining parts, I wouldn't wait more than 10 minutes to see this show.

Star Tours *****

New Star Tours Attraction

Height Restrictions: 40 inches
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Ride Length: 10 minutes
Visitors are boarded into 40-person motion simulator spacecrafts to visit Endor. Once on board, passengers find out that this trip will be their pilot's first time flying alone. The new pilot has several close calls and almost crashes into several objects. Inspired by the Star Wars movie, this ride will shake and rock you, so if you have motion sickness, this isn't the ride for you. Tip - The further back in the spacecraft you are, the rougher the ride.

Sunset Boulevard Area Rides

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage *****
Show Length: 30 minutes
This show brings to life an abridged version of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. The show performs such songs as "Be Our Guest", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Belle". After the fight scene around the castle, the beast is transformed into a prince. The show is very entertaining and the elaborate costumes make the show one of the best at the park.

Rock N Roller Coaster ***** C

Height Restriction: 48"
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Located right next to the Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster is a thrill seekers dream! The idea is that the Aerosmith fans need to take the fastest route to get to the concert on time (as the manager says, "Get the
stretched limo, no, better make that the super stretched limo"). Riders are then loaded into their limousines (with Aerosmith music playing) and sent off into the dark. The coaster contains a double loop at the beginning and a corkscrew turn in the middle. This ride is one of the most intense rides in Walt Disney World. Tip - If you sit in the back, it is a lot rougher than if you sit towards the front. Tip - When you ride the Rock and Roller Coaster, if you want to try to sit in the front car, get in line on the right side. (There will be two lines).

The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror ***** C

Tower Of Terror

Height Restriction: 40"
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This attraction is set in the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Once inside the hotel, be sure to look around - the detail of the lobby is amazing. From there, visitors are sent into the library for a pre-show. Tip - once in the library, move to the opposite corner you entered. This door will open into the basement where you will be loaded into the elevator. Tip - In the basement, go to the left line - it's quicker. Once loaded into the elevator, the elevator travels through the hotel. Before dropping, the elevator is brought to the front of the hotel where a door opens allowing passengers to have a bird's eye view of the park.

Fantasmic ***

Disney's Hollywood Studios Attraction Fantasmic

Fantasmic One of Disney's Hollywood Studios Attractions

Show length: 25 minutes
Disney recommends getting to this show at least an hour ahead of time. This show takes place at the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater. The show basically consists of a water pageant with fireworks and music. Each float contains different Disney characters. While some people love this show, I felt that the show didn't follow a natural progression. Most people probably want to see this show once, but I have no desire to go back due to the long wait and crowds.

Hollywood Boulevard Area Rides

The Great Movie Ride ****
Ride Length: about 22 minutes
This ride, set in Mann's Chinese Theater, travels through the greatest movies ever made. Movies like "The Wizard of Oz", "Mary Poppins", and "Aliens" are brought to life with Audio-Animatronics Characters. In the middle of the ride, a violent life-action scene takes place that might scare small children. The ride concludes with clips from several different movies.

Toy Story Mania! ***** C
Ride duration: 5-6 minutes
Step right up and compete in an interactive "Toy Story" adventure like no other. It's Toy Story Mania!– a brand new attraction inspired by Disney•Pixar's "Toy Story" films.

Mickey Avenue Area Rides

Disney’s-Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour *****
Tour Length: 35 Minutes
The tour starts with a demonstration on the creation of storm scenes in movies (audience participation is
requested). Next, visitors are loaded onto trams (sit on the right if you don't want to get wet) and are driven past sights including the homes from Golden Girls and Empty Nest (Interesting fact - The homes are only partial structures, shown later in the tour). Next stop on the tour is Catastrophe Canyon - the highlight of the tour - where the Canyon is set on fire (those sitting on the left will get wet and be closest to the flames) and then is put out, showing how filmmakers create disaster scenes. Afterwards, the tram drives by New York Street to demonstrate the illusion of a three-dimensional street with a one-dimensional set.

One Man's Dream * * * *
Film Length: 25 minutes
This exhibit includes a collection of never seen before memorabilia and interviews from Walt Disney. A short film concludes the attraction.

Journey Into Narnia: Creating The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe ****
Tour Length: 15 minutes
Get a behind the scenes look at the making of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Animation Courtyard Rides

Voyage of the Little Mermaid ****
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Show Length: 17 minutes
This show combines live-action, puppetry, and film scenes to create the story of the little mermaid. When
choosing a seat, keep in mind that some of the puppeteers wear black clothing, so if you sit too close to the stage it takes away from the illusion. The show begins with a rendition of "Under the Sea", followed by Ariel wishing she could live on land. Ursula then makes a deal with Ariel and takes her voice. The theater comes alive with scenes from the film and the illusion that the audience is underwater. The show concludes with Ariel's transformation from a mermaid into a human and is reunited with her love Eric.

Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage ***
Show Length: 22 minutes
This musical show features characters from Disney Channel shows such as "Bear in the Big Blue House", "The Book of Pooh", "Stanley", and "Rolie Polie Olie". Intended for younger children, most seating for the show is on the floor.

The Magic of Disney Animation ****
Tour Length: 15 minutes
Learn the secrets of Disney Animation. Guests have an opportunity to draw their own Disney Character at the end of the tour.

Streets of America Shows and Rides

New! Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show ****

New! Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

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Show Length: 35 minutes
Learn the tricks behind the stunts from your favorite action movies. Guests discover the secrets behind exciting car jumps, riveting explosions, and more in this action packed show!

Honey, I Shrunk The Kids Movie Set Adventure * *
Restrictions: Children must be at least four
This playground uses oversized objects to create the illusion that you have been shrunk and placed in the front yard. This attraction is intended for children. Waits are short, so visit when you are done with the other Hollywood Studios rides.

Jim Henson's Muppet Vision 3-D ***** C
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10 minute pre-show
Show Length: 15 minutes
After entering the theater, guests are given 3-D glasses for the show. The pre-show goes on continuously and is very funny if you are lucky enough to catch the whole show (Rizzo Rat tricks Sam Eagle into thinking he is Mickey Mouse). Once in the theater, Kermit the Frog is your "guide" through the Muppet Laboratories. Although Kermit promises not to stoop to "cheap 3-D effects", it is inevitable including a thrown pie, blown bubbles, and many others. Miss Piggy has a short musical number and Sam Eagle prepares a two and a half hour tribute to "all nations, but mostly America" (he is then told he has two minutes). The tribute is interrupted when a fight breaks out with the Swedish Chef which leads to the theater being "blown up." This show is one of my personal favorites and shouldn't be missed by anybody.

Toy Story Pizza Planet **
A Toy Story themed arcade inside the Pizza Planet. Most games cost from 50 cents to a dollar.