Hollywood Studios

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Hollywood Studios is a park at Walt Disney World that I wasn’t sure I wanted to go to, but it turned out to be one of my favorites! I remembered it being called MGM, but I guess the name changed.  I guess I didn’t really know what was there, so when I polled my facebook readers about what they loved there, it got me more excited!

{If you missed Days 1-3, get caught up with links on the original post} Disneys Hollywood Studios
I didn’t realize that is is quite “Hollywood” based, and has lots of fun shows with a handful of rides. But the rides were SO much fun–2 of my 3 favorite rides from the whole trip! I like a good thrill ride. Here is a little map of the park:



Here are the top 10 MUST DO at Hollywood Studios

1. Tower of Terror–I loved this thrill ride SO much! It had some unexpected movements in the ride that had me scream/laughing out loud the whole time. You’re in an elevator and it goes up and down (stomach dropping type) and up and down, in the dark and in the light. It is a popular one and I wanted to get a fast pass early in the day, but that didn’t happen (our main source of drama the whole week). Luckily we got to go later and didn’t have to wait too long.

tower of terror

2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith–0-60 in 2.8 seconds. No easing into this roller coaster. It was inside in darkness most of the time, with twists and turns and Aerosmith singing to you!

Rock n roller coaster

{I love capturing moments like this, I’m a sucker for buying these pics}

3. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular show–30 minute audience participation action packed show with behind the scenes from the Indiana Jones show–loved it! They changed scenes 3 times, and told us how they make it all look real. Lots of fun!

Indiana Jones

4. Toy Story Mania–I thought this was a more fun “buzz” ride than at the Magic Kingdom. You are in a cart with a partner, riding through a set, shooting 3-D targets, adding up points as you go. We ran to get the FAST PASS for this first thing in the morning, because we heard it gets busy fast. Waiting in line is also a feast for the eyes.

Toy Story Soldier

5. Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Car Stunt Show–Behind the scenes footage of shooting a spy thriller with crew members on a live set.  After each scene is filmed, the director shares with the audience the tricks on how they film it. Very cool!

Stunt Show

6. Star Tours/Jedi Knight Training–If you have Star Wars fans, this is a must do. Star Tours is the ride that takes you through scenes of the movies, but the Jedi Training is a sign up for kids to join in the fun, get there early to sign up for a slot throughout the day. My son did this in Disneyland, it was fun.

7. Honey I Shrunk the Kids park–Interactive playground for kids with HUGE props. My kids loved playing through this tall grassed maze as the rest of us relaxed for lunch right next door.

Honey I Shrunk the Kids

Giant Play Doh

8. Beauty and the Beast show–This was a 30 minute musical production on stage that was a mini version of something you’d see on Broadway. I loved it, my boys tolerated it, and my girls adored it.

Beauty and the Beast

9. Pixar Parade and Disney Channel Rocks Street Dancers–These were two events, but I loved them both and they are similar ideas. The Pixar parade was quite short, with maybe 5 or 6 floats with Pixar characters on top. The Street dancers just showed up with a moving stage, singing songs from the tween Disney channel shows and dancing.

Pixar Parade

10. Disney Jr. Live on Stage Show–Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, and Mickey’s gang, how can you go wrong? I missed this because my kids don’t know the first two characters (and went to Beauty and the Beast instead) but my sister in law said it was great, and if your kids are familiar with the characters, it would be lots of fun. A handful of shows throughout the day.

Happy Girl at Disney

Honorable Mention: I’m sure Fantasmic was AWESOME, but we didn’t go. It’s a night time light show that everyone raves about. Also didn’t go to the American Idol Experience because we don’t watch, but sounded fun!

Some fun pictures of our day:

Mickey Ice Cream

dancing in the street

All the grandkids


grandpa twirls

Giant Leaf

my kids

Phineus and Ferb

my big brother

Hollywood Studios

Duke Family at Walt Disney World

{If you missed Days 1-3 on Magic Kingdom and Epcot, get caught up with links on the original post, tune in tomorrow for tips at Universal Studios}

 What do YOU love about Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

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  1. Sara says:

    I’m so excited to go to this park next week. I cannot wait to see the Beauty and the Beast show and the Disney Jr. show my girls LOVE Doc McStuffins and Sophia. I want to ride the Aerosmith Roller Coaster. Thanks for your posts on all the parks, perfect timing for me!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yay, Sara, I’m so happy to hear you are going soon and this is helpful! You’ll have so much fun!!

  2. Aline says:

    “I loved it, my boys tolerated it, and my girls adored it.” – LOL. This cracked me up…

    I haven’t been to Hollywood Studios in about 17 years… it was MGM back then… some of the attractions are still the same… one more place to go back to 🙂

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Ha! Glad you liked that, thanks for sharing the quote, it’s fun to see what lines I share that stick out to people;)

  3. Amanda says:

    Oh my gosh I want to go on vacation with you guys!!! What a fun family!:)

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Well thanks, come along, it’ll be a party!

  4. Mindy says:

    I had no idea it changed names, I would’ve totally looked for MGM still. Tower of Terror is my favorite also! That last picture is definitely a framer. And the mickey shaped ice cream is a MUST! Thanks for sharing your week. Hopefully at the end you’ll do one post that links to all the others so I can pin it for future reference!

  5. Leire says:

    Your kiddos really know how to pose!!! very beautiful family picture. This trip will make great memories for a long time! thanks for sharing it with us!

  6. Letici Carlson says:

    I loved Holywood Studios, and loved it even more because it was an easy day. The best tip for the fast pass: look at the list of rides that require fast Pass. Get to the park early ahd go straight to those rides. Start getting your fast Pass around 10 am. When we got to the park Star Wars had a 15 minute waiting and so did the Buzz Ride (We already knew thisw rides were popular because we had been there in Nov 2011). So we used or fastpass for all the othe stuff, rode and watched everything we wanted and got back to the hotel in time to enjoy the pool!!!!
    Both my kids loved the beauty and the beast show and my little boy was amazed with all the stunt shows. Hang around the blue hat and you will get the chance to meet a bunch of chatacters!
    We were there the same time tou were… Its so much fun!! We already want to be back! 🙁

  7. I love this series you’re doing. I live in Florida and have been to all of these parks a million times but it gets me excited for our next trip!!! Thank you for sharing your experience with us all!!!

  8. Colleen says:

    Just helped a friend plan her trip…she leaves in two weeks she was going to skip this park but I told her besides Magic Kingdom this is my Favorite!! So glad that you had so much fun and this just gets me excited about our trip at Christmas!!!

  9. Your post has gotten us so excited for or November trip! Love the Mickey bar shot!

  10. Gael says:

    I’m a big Disney fan, annual pass holder, and in 2013 I was going Dian to Disney from Jacksonville once a week and trying to blog it. It was hard to keep up with the blogging, the trips are so frequent and had so much content,. I ended it at 6 months when I had emergency surgery and was unable to drive the rest of the year. I always enjoy seeing other people’s photos, and I especially like that one of your daughter holding the Mickey Bar. I’m going to have to copy that with my family. Mickey bars are a must! They are expensive ice cream bars, but they are delicious!