Sign in or Join the Community!

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Robert Niles

Photo of Disney's Hollywood Studios

See all photos | Submit Photo

Published: August 20, 2015

Disney's Hollywood Studios opened as Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989. Originally envisioned as an entertainment industry pavilion in Epcot, Disney expanded the plans into a full theme park to compete with the Universal Studios Florida theme park that was under development at the same time.

Once the home to several movie and television productions, including a "New Mickey Mouse Club" that launched the careers of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Christina Aguilera, all the studio production facilities in the park have closed. When MGM declined to renew the licensing deal that gave Disney the right to use its name, Disney renamed the park Disney's Hollywood Studios in January 2008. Today, the park is transforming again, as Disney has announced plans to open new lands based on Toy Story and Star Wars. No opening dates for those lands have been announced.

Most Popular U.S. Theme Parks

Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney California Adventure
Universal Studios Florida
Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal Studios Hollywood

Popular International Parks

Tokyo Disneyland
Tokyo DisneySea
Disneyland Paris
Universal Studios Japan
Hong Kong Disneyland
Europa Park
Walt Disney Studios Paris
Universal Studios Singapore

Features, News and Advice

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
The Theme Park Insider Awards
What's Under Construction for 2015/6?
How to Stay Safe at a Theme Park

Books and Shirts

Theme Park Insider Visits Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Theme Park Insider Visits The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Stories from a Theme Park Insider Get Theme Park Insider Shirts and Hoodies


2015 · 2014 · 2013 · 2012 · 2011 · 2010 · 2009 · 2008 · 2007 · 2006 · 2005 (Dec 27-31) · 2005 (Jan-Dec 26) · 2004