Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hits 25


Photo from Disney Parks blog.

What started out as Disney-MGM Studios has grown into a fun-filled attraction that celebrates Disney’s influence in movie history.

The name was changed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 2008. At the time WDW President Meg Crofton said, “the new name reflects how the park has grown from representing the golden age of movies to a celebration of the new entertainment that today’s Hollywood has to offer—in music, television, movies and theater.”

But grown it has, according to Ken Pilcher at WKMG.com, who acknowledges the quarter century mark with some before and after photos. He’s included before and after shots of the entrance, as well as the original map and the greatly expanded one from today. He laments the loss of the celebrity handprint ceremony and Roger Rabbit (though the death of Bob Hoskins may be a cue to bring him back) along with the fact that the studios tour, which used to be 3 1/2 hours is just now includes Catastrophe  Canyon and the tram tour.

The imminent opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train may have taken away from this milestone, but check out the photos.

Attractions Magazine posted a great video of the fireworks celebration on May 1.

What are your memories of the old Disney-MGM Studios?




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