Happy 25th Anniversary Hollywood Studios!

Disney Parks Blog

Disney Parks Blog

Back on May 1, 1989, Hollywood Studios (formerly MGM Studios) opened at Walt Disney World in Florida.

Originally, the park only had 9 attractions – Backstage Studio Tour, Catastrophe Canyon, Disney Classics Theatre, The Great Movie Ride (I think the water is still the same as 25 years ago!), Hollywood Hollywood, Magic of Disney Animation, Monster Sound Show, Superstar Television and Residential Street.

My, how things have changed.

Now, the park has tons of rides and attractions for all to enjoy – Fantasmic, Toy Story Mania, Star Tours, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, and Rock n’ Roller Coaster, to name a few. One special treat we got to experience on our last trip was the Jedi Academy Training. Both of my kids signed up (BIG Star Wars fans) and had so much fun!! Darth is huge close up!

The one thing I definitely miss from the old MGM Studios days is Residential Street. I loved seeing the Golden Girls house, one of my favorite shows growing up. It was just such a treat to see these props as you rode by, making you feel like you were somehow part of the ‘magic’ of television.

So Happy Anniversary Hollywood Studios! Here’s to the next 25! 😉


Glow with the Show

Glow with the Show

On Tuesday, the ‘Fantasmic!’ show at Hollywood Studios debuted the “Glow with the Show” ear technology.

Essentially, guests can purchase “Glow with the Show” ear hats throughout the park, and then proudly wear them for the ‘Fantasmic!” show later on to officially be part of the show! This new ear hat technology will be part of the nightly show from now on!

If that’s not enough, the “Glow with the Show” ears will also work at Magic Kingdom’s “Celebrate the Magic” nighttime projection show as well as “Wishes” fireworks starting this Saturday, October 19!

Guests can pick up these cool ears for a mere $25. Yikes!

The whole idea sounds awesome to me! However, paying $50 for 2 pairs (one for each kid) seems ridiculously steep. How on earth am I going to rationalize this to my husband?!?

But, anything to get closer to the magic! 😉