Disney's Hollywood Studios opened as Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park on May 1, 1989 — the third theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort. To celebrate, Disney is hosting a live stream of the park's 30th anniversary character cavalcade starting at 9:55am Eastern Time on Wednesday. The broadcast also will include news about new and upcoming attractions at the park.
One of the new attractions the park is debuting for the anniversary is Wonderful World of Animation, a new nighttime spectacular playing on the park's iconic Chinese Theater facade. This show will feature projection mapping and fireworks, honoring classic moments from Disney's animation history. Here's a look at the making of the new show:
Disney-MGM Studios changed its name in January 2008, after the license to use the MGM name expired. But the transformation of the park began even before that, as Disney transitioned from the working movie and animation studio the facility was designed to be into more of a movie-themed park. In its first year, Disney-MGM Studios was home to the production of several upcoming Disney Animation films, as well as the live-action New Mickey Mouse Club, which spawned the careers of Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Christina Aguilera.
The studio also hosted a future member of the Theme Park Insider family that summer, as recalled in our post honoring the 25th anniversary of the park, On stage the first summer at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Later this year, Disney's Hollywood Studios will welcome the opening of its largest theme park land ever, Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. And next year, it will welcome the first dark ride themed to Mickey Mouse, Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway.
Update: Here's the new look for the park's logo, as unveiled in concept art this morning.
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