Although Hollywood Studios is the smallest of all the Disney Parks, I have had some of my best Disney memories here. This park houses both my favorite rollercoaster and my favorite show! If you’re looking for a little taste of Hollywood, great food, and arguably some of the best rides Disney World has to offer, this is the park for you!
1. Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster
Be warned, this is not a ride for young children. To me, this is the most intense ride in Walt Disney World. Before boarding, you are brought to a room where you are greeted by Aerosmith, and their manager. They’re running late for a show so Steven Tyler, lead singer of Aerosmith, orders his manager to get everyone a stretch limo and free tickets to their show. After you leave this room, it takes about 5 more minutes of wait time to board your “stretch limo.” You then experience a high-speed launch in which you go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.8 seconds! Make sure to put away all of your belongings because there will also be three inversions during the ride! However, the best part of the ride is experiencing Aerosmith music through a speaker in your “stretch limo.” I know I always have my funnest times on this ride when “Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” is playing!
2. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
This was one of my all time favorite movies growing up with Kirsten Dunst so when I was finally tall enough to ride this ride, I was thrilled (and also terrified)! I have got to say out of all the staff that also serve as actors on rides, the Tower of Terror staff are the most impressive.
As you are first entering the deserted lobby, cobwebs and 1930’s music is playing, giving the lobby a very spooky feel. You are then greeted by a very creepy hotel employee into a dark library, where you get to watch a brief video on the hotel in its glory days. However, at the end of the video, you will see a couple, a little girl and her governess as well as a bellhop enter the elevator and never return. If you are still feeling brave after this, you then exit this room and are assigned a certain row in the elevator you are about to aboard. As your elevator is traveling up 13 stories (199 feet), you are greeted by the five people that never returned and they are waving goodbye. The ride then turns pitch black and the computer randomly generates how many times your cart drops up and down. This is definitely the most scary ride in Disney World but so worth it! (Check out the Disney-made video of me and my sibling’s experience on the ride above).
3. Toy Story Mania
If you’re anything like me and you have terrible aim, this will be the ride you try to beat your family out on but never succeed. This is one of the most popular and newest rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. As you walk into this ride, you will notice that you are reduced to a toy size. You are surrounded by huge toys that were similar to ones you played with as a child. After you get through this line, which is usually extremely long, you will grab a pair of 3D glass and board your car, which takes up to 4 guests. As you take off, you have one trial round and then the points really start to matter! You are presented with Toy Story themed targets and you aim at them by pulling a string attached to your toy cannon. The targets and weapons vary with each game, but don’t worry you will have Woody, Buzz, and the Green Army Men cheering you on as you rack up your points. At the end of the game, you will find out your total score. This is a great time for those of you who have great aim, and you will for sure have bragging rights for the rest of the day!
4. The Great Movie Ride
Unfortunately, this ride will be closing for good on August 13, 2017. If you have never ridden this ride, get there fast before they close. This attraction is being replaced with Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This legendary ride has been opened since 1989 and is one of Disney’s longest rides– lasting nearly 19 minutes in total. This is my favorite line to wait in because you are surrounded by real movie memorabilia such as the carousel horse in Mary Poppins. Once you get on the ride, you have a very enthusiastic host who will describe each movie and react to the scenes as if you are actually in them. For example, during the Wizard of Oz scene, she gets in a fight with the wicked witch. The combination of film footage, special effects, and audio-animatronic figures of the famous actors of movies like Casablanca, Tarzan, Alien, and Raiders of the Lost Ark make for a wonderful, unforgettable experience. I got to say my favorite part of this ride is the movie montage at the end with all of the greatest movies of our time.
In the mood for the best show Disney has to offer? This is where you need to be. This nearly thirty minute show will bring you through the story of Sorcerer Mickey battling Disney villains. The stage for this show is simply astounding. The amphitheater’s stage is surrounded by a moat that contains 1.9 million gallons of water. There is also a fire- breathing dragon that rises 50 feet in the air and has a wing span of 50 feet. If you have little ones, make sure you do not sit in the front because this dragon is pretty intense. It also breathes fire on the water. At the end of this show after Mickey prevails, the finale is arguably the best part. There is a 80 foot replica of the ship from “Steamboat Willie” that features 26 Disney characters waving and dancing around the ship. This is the most amount of characters I have ever seen in one place, which is reason enough to go see this fabulous show!
** Please let me know if you have any questions regarding any of these rides or this park in general!