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The Walt Disney World’s Resort is the combination of four major theme parks and two water parks. Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park is popular among movie buffs. While doing your Orlando attractions planning make sure you include this thrill-seeking park. Before diving into what to expect while visiting Hollywood Studios, let’s take a brief lesson on how all the theme parks, when combined together, become one.

When most people think of Walt Disney World they usually picture Cinderella’s Castle. The magnificent castle is, in fact, the iconic symbol associated with the park and anything relating to it. When the amusement park was first built it was actually named Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. As the other parks were built, the first park became known as just Magic Kingdom. Every Orlando attraction, in the different parks, revolves around their own, yet each equally entertaining theme.

In 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park opened to the public.  As the name insinuates, this is park that is devoted to creating legendary rides and unforgettable shows that are based on popular movies and shows. Even if you are not a movie buff, you’ll enjoy this Orlando attraction.

Hollywood Studios is where our favorite movies come alive. It’s the home of two major attractions, Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. You can also catch shows that focus on popular classic movies such as Cars attractions. One more main attraction is the American Idol Experience. The Orlando attraction allows visitors the experience of being a contestant while going through the audition process and eliminations. Others choose to judge the contestants; the thrill of elimination is in their hands.

Rock and Roller Coaster at Hollywood Studios

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One of the most popular roller coasters for this Orlando attraction, and also among all of the theme parks, is Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Located in Walt Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this indoor coaster shoots you from 0 to 57 miles an hour in just 2.8 seconds; is that thrill enough for you?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is open for guests every day at 9 a.m. This Orlando attraction stays open later during the summer months and on holidays so closing time will vary by season. ORLANDO TOURIST TIP: Gates open at 8:30 a.m., so make plans to arrive early. Although admission to the attractions is not allowed until the ropes officially drop, this is a perfect opportunity to catch your favorite Disney characters visiting guests at the park’s entrance. Photo Op!

Orlando attraction planning should have gate times for opening and closing for all parks. You may also study the park’s maps ahead of time and create a plan to visit your favorite rides and shows accordingly. Make the most of your vacation and enjoy Orlando!

Spotlight: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Be part of the glamorous world of entertainment at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park! It’s like being on a large, action-packed movie set with Hollywood-style action. There is something for everyone – thrilling attractions, live shows, backstage tours, and entertaining events. You can feel like a star at the new American Idol Experience, where you can experience being on stage or in the audience at this replica of the actual American Idol studio set. Take a walk through the magic of Narnia: Prince Caspian and get a behind the scenes look at how this fantasy movie was made. Or, check out one of the awesome stunt shows – the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular or the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. These live stunt shows give you a glimpse into exciting vehicle stunts and pyrotechnics.

Ever wanted to know what it would be like to be very small, like a bug? “Honey, I shrunk the kids” Movie Set Adventure will give you a bugs-eye view in an 11,000 square foot play area. For the thrill-seekers, you will want to ride the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. This fun, high-speed coaster has a special soundtrack by the rock legends themselves. You will also want to go to one of the most well-known attractions, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. A once glamorous hotel is the set for this scary elevator ride.

May the force be with you as you check out Star Tours and Star Wars: Jedi Training Academy, where you can use your lightsaber against Darth Vader himself. For the little ones, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Toy Story Mania!, and Playhouse Disney-Live on Stage are just a few of the fun things they will love.

The Character Greetings is where you can meet, get autographs, and take pictures with your favorite Disney character.  And, there are many shows to entertain you on your visit, including Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage, The Block Party Bash, High School Musical 3: Senior Year-Right here! Right Now!, and more!  Make sure you see Fantasmic! This is a spectacular nighttime fireworks and water show performed by Mickey Mouse and other delightful Disney Characters. It features classic Disney songs, laser lights and amazing hydrotechnic effects that you won’t want to miss. (Note:  Select nights only.)

Of course, there are many dining options with everything from ice cream shops and pizza to the Hollywood & Vine cafe´ and Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.   Hollywood Studios is also home to plenty of shopping options so you can bring home wonderful souvenirs to go with your wonderful memories.

Orlando Tourist Tip: For the rock and roller coaster there are three lines; general, fast pass, and singles. If you don’t mind being split up, go in the singles line – it is a significant time-saver. Or, make sure to get a Fast Pass earlier in the day and come back at your given time.

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