Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Florida

Almost everyone in the civilized world has heard of Disney World and Epcot Center in Florida. Found near Lake Buena Vista, Forida, the Disney theme parks and resorts offer one the ability to fulfill dream vacations…maybe even to places that don’t exist anymore.  For example, Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers a step into history with many attractions that from the 1930’s and 1940’s silver screen era. Disney went all out to make every detail as realistic as possible, it is a park that you will definitely want to put on the list of places to see.

Hollywood Boulevard – Created after the famed Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, this entrance has the facades of well-known landmarks in Hollywood. Most of these buildings are entrances to restaurants and gift shops, but the famed Chinese Theater at the end of the street is a ride to some of the greater movies throughout the years such as “Singin’ in the Rain“, “Casablanca“. and “The Wizard of Oz“.

Echo Lake – Inspired by Echo Park in Los Angeles, California. It’s fashioned after the architectural style known as California Crazy from the Golden Era of Hollywood. Some of the more exciting attractions here are the “Stars Wars” inspired Star Tours – a 3D motion simulator ride, the Jedi Training Academy where children with lightsabers by a Jedi Master and the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular which not only reenact scenes from Raiders of the Lost Ark, but also shows and explains how stunts are really done.

Streets of America – Built as a backlot studio to resemble a neighborhood in New York, this area’s attractions include “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids“: Movie Set Adventure which allows one to play among giant plants and toys as if you were one of the characters in the movie.  There is also a Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt show which reveals how to make stunts with vehicles.

Pixar Place – This attraction brings to life from one of Pixar’s most famous movies “Toy Story“.  Its main attraction is the Toy Story Midway Mania which is similar to the midway games in a carnival. Great place for the children!

Animation Courtyard – Explores the process of animation with many hands-on attractions. Filled with characters from many Disney movies of the years, it’s an interesting place for both adults and children.

Sunset Boulevard – Attractions such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster rides. Both are very exciting rides with the Tower of Terror having a haunted theme based on an out-of-order elevator.

If you are looking for a cool hotel, check out Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort. Not only can you enjoy a pool and water slide or carriage rides along the river right at the hotel, but the theme parks are just minutes away, offering fun for the entire family.

You will want to check directly with the Disney World website for current attractions that are open. There are several attractions that are now closed due to remodeling of the park. According to recent speculation, the new attractions will be “Star Wars” themed and a delight to every fan of the movie


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