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Bryce McGibeny

Top 10 Reasons to Love Disney's Hollywood Studios

Published: April 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Disney's Hollywood Studios seems to get a lot of flak, however, I find it to be a pretty great park, despite it's many obvious flaws.

So, what are your top ten Disney's Hollywood Studios moments that really just "spark" a special sense of magic for you?

Mine are (in no particular order):

1. Seeing Tower of Terror in the distance from your car, and knowing that you'll be travelling into the Twilight Zone later in the day.

2. Approaching the beautiful park entrance and hearing all of the epic and sweeping film scores all around you.

3. Passing under the main entrance and finding yourself immersed into Hollywood Boulevard, and hearing all of the sounds and music that help to immerse you into old Hollywood. Incredible theming.

4. Turning right from Hollywood Boulevard and then down Sunset Boulevard, and seeing Tower of Terror in the distance. That special feeling is enhanced at night, haha.

5. Hearing the screams from Tower of Terror as you approach the grounds of the Hollywood Tower Hotel.

6. Coming out of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster's pre-show and into the dark alley, then watching and hearing the stretch limo blast off into the darkness.

7. All of the fun photo ops in the Streets of America.

8. The amazing music loop in Animation Courtyard.

9. Nerding out in the Star Tours queue and during Indy, also hearing John Williams' epic film scores help plenty.

10. The final collection of movie clips on The Great Movie Ride.

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Replies (17)

James Trexen

Published: April 1, 2014 at 8:07 PM

Only one thing calling out to me at the moment: Fantasmic. My favorite night show in the world. Sitting in the arena as people around you wave light up souvenirs while modern artists sing Disney tunes helps you get excited for a grand show. I could visit DHS hundreds of times and would refuse to allow myself to miss it. It's just a great way to end a day at a park.
James Rao

Published: April 1, 2014 at 10:59 PM. Edited: April 1, 2014 at 11:00 PM

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
Toy Story Midway Mania
Star Tours The Adventures Continue
Starring Rolls Cafe
Carrot Cake Cookies at the Writer's Stop
PB&J Milkshakes at the 50's Prime Time Cafe
Citizens of Hollywood (Streetmosphere)

And most importantly, the park actually has a shrine to the man himself: Walt Disney. Genius.

Tony Duda

Published: April 2, 2014 at 9:25 AM. Edited: April 2, 2014 at 9:29 AM

1- Fantasmic! That is the only night-time spectacular at WDW that stars Mickey Mouse!!!!!
2- Streetmosphere
3- Tower of Terror
4- Rock n Rollercoaster
5- Star Tours 3D
6- Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
7- Star Wars Weekends
8- The fun, happy, relaxed park atmosphere
9- All the live shows
10- Writer's Stop coffee and muffins
Kelly Muggleton

Published: April 9, 2014 at 4:25 AM

Yaaaaaaaaaay I LOVE DHS!!!
The little details in the Backlot Express.
Do pull the rope!
Dinosaur Gertie.
Streetmosphere/Citizens Of Hollywood
The way that CM's on ToT seem to (for the most part) stay in creepy character
Elbows off the table!
Some imagination huh?

I could go on but one of my all time favourite Disney attractions used to be in the park... The Hunchback of Notre Dame musical. Such an elaborate show for a tiny theatre, amazing singing, sets... I still miss and love it.

Kelly Muggleton

Published: April 9, 2014 at 4:26 AM

oh oh oh and.... its called the GREAT Movie Ride for a reason! :-)
TH Creative

Published: April 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM. Edited: April 10, 2014 at 3:34 PM

You guys forgot the GIANT Sorcerer Mickey hat!

Behold its AWESOME Awesomeness!

Mike Saperstein

Published: April 17, 2014 at 12:44 PM

Nobody mentioned the "Disney Channel Rocks" concert-show yet -- is that still playing ? And does anyone know if they have plans to update it soon ?
Tyler Harris

Published: April 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Disney Channel Rocks is no longing playing (it shut down last April). No one has said what will replace it yet. And if you enjoyed it, sorry for your disappointment.
Amanda Jenkins

Published: April 17, 2014 at 2:29 PM

I agree with all of the above! Plus, I would add the only place to get a photo with Sorcerer Mickey.
TH Creative

Published: April 17, 2014 at 2:38 PM

You people keep ... forgetting ... The HAT!!!!
Tony Duda

Published: April 17, 2014 at 9:45 PM

We are trying to forget The Hat but you keep reminding us.
James Trexen

Published: April 17, 2014 at 10:36 PM

Yeah, the Hat: an icon so great they decided to put an ugly stage in front of it...
Amanda Jenkins

Published: April 17, 2014 at 11:10 PM

If it is any consolation TH, my boys think the hat is awesome.
Jaiden Cohen

Published: April 19, 2014 at 5:10 PM

No Universal movies
TH Creative

Published: April 21, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Do not ... Mock ... The HAT!
James Rao

Published: April 21, 2014 at 4:04 PM. Edited: April 21, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Sadly Jaiden, that statement is pretty much true of Universal's own parks as well.

And TH, seriously.... can't Disney just give you your darn hat back so we can see that pretty theater hidden behind it?

James Trexen

Published: April 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

^Only if you have the power to see through eyesore platforms.

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