Who hasn’t wanted to star on the big screen, be the leading man or woman in a blockbuster film? Well Disney’s Hollywood Studios allow you to do just that, in Disney’s own iconic way.
Well Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Out of the four main Disney Parks, aside from the spine-tingling vibe of the Magic Kingdom, this park was my favourite, for sheer fun and attractions. Of course, it’s also home to the terrifying but absolutely amazing Tower of Terror ride – my absolute favourite ride in the world!
There are that many attractions and shows packed into this park, so I’d definitely recommend at least two days to see it completely.
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The Mickey Mouse ears are famous, and the moment you see them, huge and illuminated, you’re guaranteed shivers! Characters roam freely around the park, from Pluto, Chip n’ Dale, to Mickey and Minnie themselves – with bodyguards in tow! Disney magic is well and truly alive in Hollywood Studios, with a happy go lucky atmosphere to make everyone smile, even the miserable ones!
For big thrills, this is a great park to visit with the pre-mentioned (and amazing) Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster great for adrenaline junkies. If you can, I’d highly recommend riding Tower of Terror when it goes dark, for an added thrill!
For those less into scaring themselves silly, the park has parades and shows to make everyone sing and dance along to the Disney beat, such as the fantastic Muppet Vision 3D, and the famous Fantasmic! Show. The Backlot Tour gives a real taste of a backstage film set, whilst Lights, Motors, Action! Stunt show is a great high energy spectacular for all the family. For any budding singers out there, the fairly new attraction, American Idol, will test your tonsils.
My day at Hollywood Studios left me exhausted, and I wish I’d spent another day in the park. The sheer amount going on is quite draining, and be sure to pick up a park map and schedule on your way in, so you don’t miss anything. I visited in November when the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights was on, and I’d certainly recommend this if you’re there in November/December, as the fake snow and Christmas music is really atmospheric with an astonishing number of dancing lights.
One tip I can give is to leave the shopping until after the rides and parades have finished. The shops are open later, so you can browse without missing anything interesting, just be warned that everyone tends to have the same idea and the shops can get very busy! Here you can buy the usual Disney memorabilia and lots of different bits and bobs to remember your day by. I’d highly recommend pre-booking your airport extras, to save dollars, so you can spend guilt-free in the shops. Check out Parking at Heathrow and look forward to putting those spare dollars to retail therapy use!
You don’t have to have a major interest in films to enjoy Hollywood Studios, just a love of Disney and fun will do – lights, camera, action!