Florida Guide > Disney Parks
You enter Hollywood Studios through the turnstiles onto the main street, Hollywood Boulevard. Here you will find Streetsmosphere characters like 1930s detectives, starlets and gossip columnists who interact with the crowds around them. The very colourful shops and restaurants make you feel like you are in the olden days, the Hollywood Brown Derby, for example, recalls the landmark meeting place of the stars, right down to its signature Cobb salad and grapefruit cake.
As you walk down Hollywood Boulevard, immediately in front of you you will see the park icon, a gigantic Sorcerer Mickey Hat. This was originally built to celebrate WDW' s 100 Years of Magic Celebration. Behind that is a replica of Manns’s Chinese Theatre which houses the great movie ride. This slow-moving tram ride shows some of the most memorable moments ever captured on screen. In front of the Chinese Theatre, look at the pavement you will see where Robin Williams, Samuel L. Jackson, Sylvester Stallone, Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley have left their handprints in cement.
Behind the Chinese Theater is the former Mickey Avenue, now dubbed Pixar Place, home to the park' s newest attraction Toy Story Mania, this is not to be missed but be prepared to queue.
The first left off Hollywood Boulevard takes you past Echo Lake, distinguished by the towering Dinosaur Gertie who serves up snacks and desserts. You go by two restaurants Hollywood & Vine, home of a character breakfast and lunch featuring the Little Einsteins and JoJo and Goliath, and the ' 50s Prime Time Cafe, where the servers treat you like family, right down to telling you off for putting your elbows on the table! Then you come to Indian Jones a live show with death-defying stunts. If you go to Star Wars you go on an amazing journey to the Moon of Endor, featuring some of the familiar Star Wars characters.
The first right off Hollywood Boulevard takes you to Sunset Boulevard, with its specialized shops that feature gifts themed to classic films and Disney characters, especially the Disney Villains spotlighted in the night-time show Fantasmic. The entrance to the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater where you can see Fantasmic! is just a little further down Sunset on the right. At the end of Sunset Boulevard, is the Tower of Terror which is not for the faint hearted. Adjacent to this is the RocknRoller Coaster and across the street from this is Beauty and the Beast, I must admit I never tire of seeing this show.
To the right of Pixar Place is the Animation Courtyard. Try to see the One Man’s Dream exhibit. The young ones enjoy the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. You can see real-life film making in The Magic of Disney Animation, this is a tour allowing guests to get an insider' s view of animators. Across the Courtyard, children can see their favourite characters like the Little Einsteins, Handy Manny, Mickey and Pooh in the Playhouse Disney show.
At the end of Commissary Lane turn right onto the Streets of America, which create the illusion of New York City, San Francisco and other cities using forced perspective techniques. The Lights, Motor, Action is a great show with stunt cars and motorcycles, and even some daring jet skis. To the right of this show you will find the Studio Backlot Tour which is a 25-minute tram tour that allows theme park guests to look in at shooting on state-of-the-art soundstages and sprawling backlot sets
Children can spend some time the size of ants winding their way through giant blades of grass in the Honey I Shrink the Kids Adventure and then go to the nearby Muppet Vision 3D.
I hope this have given a brief overview of Hollywood Studios, there is so much to do you want to return time and time again.
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