Hollywood Studios

When Disney’s Hollywood Studios (formally MGM Studios) opened on May 1, 1989, it was in response to Universal Studiosopening up a theme park a few miles away. Whilst it had a rocky start in the beginning it has now evolved into one of Disney’s main attractions featuring many rides and shows based on successful films or Hollywood characters. 

In 2008, Toy Story Mania opened and is one of the best (and busiest) attractions in Disney World. In addition, the American Idolattraction is now open. 

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to perennial special events starting with ESPN – The Weekend, Star Wars Weekends, Night of Joy, and Super Soap Weekend. The best is the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights covering the Christmas season. If you’re there at this time, you definitely should not miss it. 

One thing that’s consistently noteworthy at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are the great restaurants. The Hollywood Brown Derby is a detailed replica of its legendary namesake and is fantastic. At the 50’s Prime Time Café you’re back at “Mom’s” (if you grew up in the 50’s), with black and white TV’s showing highlights of sitcoms from that era. Be prepared as they do give you a hard time if you don’t eat all of your veggies or put your elbows on the table. It’s all part of the theme. If you don’t like that sort of thing, you may want to go elsewhere. 

At the Sci-Fi Drive-In, you’re seated in convertibles watching clips of some pretty cheesy horror flicks. Then there’s Mama Melrose’s Ristorante. Just walking in and getting a whiff of the wood fired pizza oven makes you hungry. Hollywood and Vine is a buffet with a character breakfast and lunch. As always, the usual assortment of self service restaurants are everywhere.