Disney’s Hollywood Studio; Half Park, Full Ticket??
Disney’s Hollywood Studio; Half Park, Full Ticket. Disney’s Hollywood Studio‘s opened in 1989 as Disney – MGM Studios theme park. In 1989 it was not only a theme park but also an operating production studio, an animation facility branch, and a functioning backlot. Disney had entered a licensing agreement with Metro – Goldwyn – Mayer, hence the MGM name.
Hollywood Studio’s History
In 1993 Disney had some “problems” with Metro – Goldwyn – Mayer and the name changed to Disney Studios. The parks current name took effect in 2008, with the removal of MGM branding. Okay, enough of the history lesson, this little history lesson was for good reason; the park has been unsettled since losing its identity.
After all the name changes and lawsuits with MGM, Disney’s Hollywood Studio pretty much sat there in its original state, there has been very few changes or updates through the years. Well, those days are over. Disney’s Hollywood studio is under a massive makeover. Several attractions have closed that will shed the theme parks movie studio – theme identity. Disney is building a 14-acre Star Wars Land and an 11-acre Toy Story Land. In addition to the park’s makeover, there is a lot of infrastructure occurring around the park. A great portion of the parking lot is closed, Disney is expanding the parking area which is long overdue. Let’s face it after all this construction is completed, the park will be booming.
Disney has added many stage shows to turn your focus away from all the construction walls and closed rides. Let’s face it, they needed something for you to do and see in the park! If shows are your thing, you’ll have a fairly large variety. Beauty and the Beast, Disney Junior Live, Indiana Jones Stunt Show, Muppet Vision 3D and Voyage of the Little Mermaid. There are some rides that have not been affected by this massive makeover. Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror and Rock N Roller Coaster is pretty much your choices.
Disney has expanded their nighttime fireworks show. State of the art production effects, laser and pyrotechnics light the night. Characters of Star Wars with special effects combined with the fireworks put you inside the scenes from the Star Wars Saga.
I must admit, I am not a Star Wars fan, but if you are, you’ll probably find Star Wars Launch Pad interesting. Guests are able to look at movie props from the Star Wars franchise.
Should You Go
Many people have asked me about visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios in this ‘hot mess’ state it’s in. Do I recommend going or skipping it? Here’s my advice, if you are planning to buy a one-day ticket to Disney Hollywood Studio, please reconsider. The reason, with only half of the park functioning, you are still paying full price admission, not much bang for your buck. There really isn’t much to take up a whole day in the park. Now, with that said, if you should have Park Hopper tickets, I would go to see some attractions. I would not try to do a split park day with Epcot or the Magic Kingdom. That leaves Disney’s Animal Kingdom, even though Disney’s Animal Kingdom has improved its half-day park reputation, it would be your only option for a shared day theme park ticket. If you are a pass holder, there would be no loss in your pocket to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studio, so enjoy what is there. All of this construction should be completed by late 2019, let’s hope!
Many guests, while in the park, has voiced their disappointment, stating “Disney should close the park while the construction is taking place”. Disney wouldn’t ever consider such an idea. They are in business to make money. Such a massive makeover takes years to build. Would it hurt Disney’s pocket? If you took one strand of straw out of a bushel of hay, can you tell? If you are willing to spend the money, why would they stop you?
Do you think it’s worth the ticket? Share your thoughts or stories. I would love to hear from you.
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