List of Disney's Hollywood Studios attractions

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Disney's Hollywood Studios consists of six themed areas. Major attractions are listed below.

Hollywood Boulevard[edit]

The Sorcerer's Hat at the end of Hollywood Boulevard.

Hollywood Boulevard is lined with shops selling Disney merchandise and food. This is also the location of the former parade "Pixar Pals Countdown To Fun!." While parades are a major attraction today, the area was not originally built to handle parades, and an appropriate sound system and other facilities had to be retrofitted after initial construction. Michael Eisner, who had a major part in the park's creation ever since the earliest development, demanded the opening land operate on the same principle as Main Street, U.S.A. — a street lined with shops and food, but in a style more fitting to the Studios.

Echo Lake[edit]

Streets of America[edit]

The hero car makes the finale jump at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

Pixar Place[edit]

Animation Courtyard[edit]

Mickey Avenue[edit]

Sunset Boulevard[edit]

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, a simplified version of the film.
  • Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, an indoor roller coaster in the dark with three inversions and a high-speed launch
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, a thrill ride which drops guests in an elevator in a randomized set of four sequences each involving multiple high speed drops and ascents. In addition, special effects including smell, lighting, and sound enhance the thrill.
  • Citizens of Hollywood, improvisation actors who roam the Street throughout the day.

Entertainment[edit]

Theater of the Stars[edit]

  • Hollywood! Hollywood! A Star-Studded Spectacular (May 1 – August 31, 1989)[1][2]
  • Dick Tracy starring in Diamond Double-Cross (May 21, 1990 – February 16, 1991)
  • Hollywood's Pretty Woman (September 24 – November 3, 1991)
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (November 22, 1991 – present)

The theater is also used for occasional corporate, seasonal, promotional and internal events, and presentations.

ABC TV Theater[edit]

  • Superstar Television (May 1, 1989 – September 26, 1998)
  • Doug Live! (March 15, 1999 – May 12, 2001)
  • Get Happy...With ABC! (July 1 – October 5, 2002)
  • The American Idol Experience (February 14, 2009 – August 30, 2014)

ABC Sound Studio[edit]

Hollywood Boulevard[edit]

New York Street[edit]

Premiere Theater[edit]

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (1993–94; built on a temporary basis while Theater of the Stars was being constructed)
  • The Spirit of Pocahontas (June 23, 1995 – February 24, 1996)
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame – A Musical Adventure (June 21, 1996 – September 28, 2002)
  • For the First Time in Forever: A "Frozen" Sing-Along Celebration (July 5 – September 28, 2014)
  • Used for seasonal special events: Night of Joy, Star Wars Weekends, ESPN the Weekend, etc. (January 2008 – present)

Walt Disney Theatre[edit]

Animation Courtyard Theater[edit]

Soundstage Theater[edit]

Hollywood Hills Amphitheater[edit]

Nighttime entertainment[edit]

  • Sorcery in the Sky (May 29, 1990 – October 1998) — This fireworks show debuted in 1990 when the film Fantasia was celebrating its 50th anniversary. The show was cancelled in 1998, and its replacement was Fantasmic!, debuting later that same year. The show was brought back from 2001 to 2003 for performances on July 4 and New Year's Eve before being replaced with new shows in 2004. While Sorcery in the Sky is no longer performed, a Hollywood-themed fireworks show is still occasionally presented during corporate functions and on special evenings such as New Year's Eve and Independence Day.
  • Fantasmic! (October 15, 1998 – present) — This nighttime spectacle with water projection screens, fireworks, and Disney characters has drawn record numbers of guests to the park.
  • Lights, Camera, Happy New Year! (2004–07) — This show debuted in 2004 as the New Year's Eve fireworks display for Disney's Hollywood Studios. A visually similar display was shown on Independence Day until 2011 when it was replaced by a new show.
  • Rock the Night Fireworks (2008 – present) — This is the current New Year's Eve fireworks display. The show stars the park's in-house band Mulch, Sweat and Shears, and the fireworks are set to the band's live music performance. Occasionally, the show is performed outside of the New Year's holiday.
  • Rockin' 4th of July Celebration (2011 – present) — This is the current Independence Day fireworks display. It stars Mulch, Sweat and Shears, and is a similar set up to the New Year's show.

Parades[edit]

  • Dinosaurs Live (September 26, 1991 – August 29, 1992)
  • Aladdin's Royal Caravan (December 21, 1992 – August 27, 1995)
  • Toy Story – The Parade (November 22, 1995 – June 8, 1997)
  • Hercules "Zero to Hero" Victory Parade (June 27, 1997 – April 18, 1998)
  • Mulan – The Parade (June 19, 1998 – March 11, 2001)
  • Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade (October 1, 2001 – March 8, 2008)
  • Block Party Bash (March 14, 2008 – January 1, 2011)
  • Pixar Pals Countdown To Fun! (January 16, 2011 – April 6, 2013)
  • Frozen Royal Welcome Ceremony (July 5 – September 28, 2014)

Former attractions[edit]

Name Attraction Type Description
Superstar Television Interactive stage show Here, guests could re-enact famous scenes from television history. Using chroma-key technology, the on-stage guests would be shown on TV monitors in the theatre appearing opposite famous celebrities. For example, a female guest would play Ethel Mertz alongside Lucille Ball's Lucy Ricardo in the famous candy factory scene from I Love Lucy. In another example, a guest would appear on the set of The Tonight Show being interviewed by Johnny Carson. It originally opened on May 1, 1989. It closed on September 26, 1998 and was replaced by [Disney's Doug]] Live!. The theatre was renovated to host a new live-action show, The American Idol Experience, inspired by the hit television series of the same name, which opened on February 14, 2009.
The Monster Sound Show Guests could become volunteer Foley artists and add various sound effects to a short comedy film starring Chevy Chase and Martin Short. Sounds Dangerous! now uses this theatre. It originally opened on May 1, 1989, and was closed on February 20, 1999.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire – Play It! One of the first attractions to make use of the former production soundstages. During Star Wars Weekends, a Star Wars Edition of the game would be played. The game began with Greedo answering questions and a Gamorrean guard in the audience cheering him on, followed by a typically played game featuring all Star Wars questions. The attraction was closed in 2006, and its soundstages were renovated for Toy Story Midway Mania!, which opened in May 2008.
Soundstage Restaurant Quick service restaurant Formerly located in the current Disney Junior Live on Stage theatre. Designed to look like a "live set" for the animated feature films Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast, and before that the live-action film Big Business.
Catwalk Bar Bar Cocktail bar located on catwalks above the seating and service areas for the Soundstage Restaurant. It was reached by a stairway and elevator between the Soundstage Restaurant and the Brown Derby.
Aladdin's Royal Caravan Parade Promoted with the release of film of the same name. It featured spitting camels that are now outside The Magic Carpets of Aladdin at the Magic Kingdom.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical stage show Based upon the 1996 animated musical film of the same name, was performed in the Backlot Theatre, which was renovated into the Premiere Theater, currently used for special events.
The Spirit of Pocahontas Based upon the 1995 animated film of the same name, was another performance located in the Backlot Theatre.
Here Come The Muppets Stage show The Muppet characters were portrayed in life-size costumes and performed songs in a concert form. Voyage of the Little Mermaid now performs in its place.
Doug Live! Here, Doug and his friends performed daily. Guests were selected to play some of the other roles in the show.
Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade Featured cars decorated to resemble various park characters, including those from Disney films.
Star Tours Motion Simulator Based upon the Star Wars film series. This ride was replaced with the prequel ride Star Tours: The Adventures Continue on May 20, 2011.
Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian Walk-through attraction Guests could view props and set pieces on display from the The Chronicles of Narnia film series (originally distributed by Disney; now handled by 20th Century Fox), as well as meet the namesake of the second film in the series, Prince Caspian. This attraction was located in Animation Courtyard, and was closed on September 10, 2011.[3] The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow now takes it place, which opened on December 6, 2012.
Sounds Dangerous! Audio show A show following Drew Carey through a day as an undercover detective when his video camera fails and the audience is left in the dark wearing earphones, following his adventure through sound cues.
The American Idol Experience Live stage show A live show where guests audition in front of live audiences to vote for their favorite singers. Inspired by the television series of the same name.
Studio Backlot Tour Tram tour A walking-tram tour showing how film special effects are produced. Guests saw a scene from Pearl Harbor recreated on the Special Effects Water Tank with volunteers from the audience. After that, guests boarded studio trams and were taken through Catastrophe Canyon, to see fire and water effects, are driven past large-scale movie props, and are shown Creative Costuming department along with lighting and grip and the carpentry shop.

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