Walt Disney first had the plan for a park
based on the movies more than 40 years ago, but it wasn't in anticipation till
May 1989 that the Walt Disney Company unveiled the Disney-MGM Studios, where
visitors of Walt Disney World can observe the internal mechanism of living,
gasp movie and television production amenities.
Through its electrifying attractions, like the new Lights, Motors,
Extreme Stunt Show, Broadway-caliber shows, and hands-on sharing, the
Disney-MGM Studios not only amuse but train.
The Studios have almost doubled in dimension in the last 10 years and persist to
get bigger -- in fact, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, an
indoor roller coaster featuring a speedy launch of 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds, was
a division of the major property-wide development in Walt Disney World history.
At Disney-MGM Studios, visitors go into the turnstiles onto the main street,
Hollywood Boulevard, where realism blends into fancy -- neon and chrome, art
deco and contemporary structural design control the vista.
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To augment the old-time ambiance,
Streetmosphere characters like 1930s detectives, starlets and hearsay
columnists, crowd the streets, interacting with the crowds they portray.
multi-colored shops and restaurants strengthen the feeling of
yesteryear -- the Hollywood Brown Derby, for instance, authentically recalls
the attraction meeting place of the stars, right down to its autograph Cobb
salad and grapefruit cake.
The first left you come across off Hollywood Boulevard takes you
past Echo Lake, eminent by the soaring Dinosaur Gertie who serves up snacks and
As you follow around the lake, you meet the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt
Spectacular, a live show with terrifying aerial tricks.
As you make the first right off Hollywood Boulevard, you come upon Sunset
Boulevard, with its focused shops that feature gifts themed to classic films
and Disney characters, especially the Disney Villains spotlighted in the
night-time show Fantasmic. In fact, the entry to the Hollywood Hills
Amphitheater, home to Fantasmic!
To the right of the Chinese Theater is Mickey Avenue, home to more than a few
of the park's production amenities. At the end of Mickey Avenue, guests can
board the Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour for a 25-minute tram tour that allows
theme park visitors to glance in at gunfire on state-of-the-art soundstages and
sprawling backlot sets.