Nooks, crannies, and details are meant to be explored. The parks all full of all these things, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no exception. Mysterious hotels closed since 1939, Shrinking down to the size of a toy, and the Hollywood that never was. Let’s look into the 25 year-old park, and explore some of its interesting facts.
“The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood—not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was—and always will be.” -Michael Eisner, Disney-MGM Studios dedication, May 1st, 1989
Did you know that comedians/actors George Burns and Bob Hope helped cut the film ribbon to dedicate the Studios? Today, the 135 acre park is the fifth most visited United States theme park (after Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom).
Look up close at the gas pumps near the entrance of the park. They have the park opening date on them.
The original concept for Disney-MGM Studios was a fully functional television and motion picture facility and theme park. Before completion of the park, Ernest Saves Christmas and Newsies were filmed in 1988. Walt Disney Animation produced/entirely animated Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and Brother Bear in Disney-MGM Studios before closing Disney’s Florida animation in 2004. More…