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Backlot Tour - Hollywood Studios
If you pass under the archway located to the right of the Chinese Theater, take a left turn into Mickey Avenue, walk to the end of the street you will find Disney’ s Hollywood Studios Backlot Tour. The Tour takes about 25 minutes as Shuttles take you behind the scenes of a real, working studio and through Catastrophe Canyon with special effects recreating some intense natural disasters
When you enter the Park it is always best to look at the Attractions Board (this is located at the junction of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevard) to check the waiting times for rides/shows. This Tour always seems to be quieter early in the day.
Restrooms and telephones are located to the left of the entrance to the Backlot Tour.
Even if there is a queue at the Tour the time will go quickly as while you wait for your Tour to begin, overhead monitors show a video on behind-the-scenes special effects and interviews from several recent action/adventure films.
If you are in a Wheelchair/ECV the Tour is accessible. If you are able to transfer out of the chair/ECV, you can leave it behind and board the tram. If, however, you are unable to transfer, alert the Cast Member, who will direct you up the ramp to the front of the tram. In the space near the tour guide, your chair/ECV can be strapped down securely at three points.
During the opening part of the Backlot Tour, guests standing up front along the railing may get wet. Likewise, if you’ re seated on the left side of the tram, you may get wet during the flood in Catastrophe Canyon.
After being ushered into an outdoor viewing area, guests learn how battles and storms at sea are simulated using large water tanks and pyrotechnics. Several guests may be chosen from the audience to participate in these scenes, this really is hilarious.
Look out for the reproduction of the Nautilus, from the movie 20, 000 Leagues under the Sea, in one of the water tanks at the tour’ s beginning.
All of your group then board a long, 200-seat tram that winds its way through many backstage areas, beginning with the wardrobe and props departments. The tram continues on to Catastrophe Canyon, where a make-believe crew is allegedly filming a flash flood sequence.
Special effects, including flaming explosions and a rickety bridge, give guests a taste of what such a catastrophe would feel like, before the tram moves on to the Streets of America area and the tour’ s conclusion.
Be sure to look out for a Hidden Mickey in the rocks on the left-hand side, as you exit Catastrophe Canyon.
You exit the tram into the exhibits of the American Film Institute Showcase where you will find TV and movie-related souvenirs.
Check your daily Times Guide for times and locations of the Characters as Kim Possible and the Power Rangers can sometimes be found in this area.
If you go to this Tour during the Christmas period do see the Osborne Family of Lights which can be found in the Streets of America as you exit.
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