Disney’s Hollywood Studios
- The best place to meet Disney characters is on Mickey Avenue
- Did you ever notice the 13 minute wait time for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror? When there is no wait, the sign displays 13 minutes.
- For the best seating at shows, visit early in the morning while everyone else is experiencing the popular rides.
American Idol Experience Watch real contestants compete in the live singing competition, or audition to become a contestant.
- The high-tech theater is wired with more than 76 miles of cable and 25 miles of conduit.
- The attraction has 25,000 square feet of indoor space, which includes the giant replica stage/set and 1,000 seats for audience members.
- The judges in “The American Idol Experience” are all industry professionals who bring an expertise of music, showmanship and what it takes to have that “star quality.” Coast-to-coast auditions were held to find individuals who possess a deep knowledge of show business and can share that knowledge with attraction guests.
Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage! Broadway style musical based on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast animated feature film.
- There are 1500 seats in the theater
- The original version of this show opened on the same day the film premiered in theaters: November 22, 1991
The Great Movie Ride Journey into classic movies in this ride-through attraction.
- The Great Movie Ride was the feature attraction when park first opened.
- In the queue, several movie props are on display from classic movies. These displays are often on temporary loan from other movie studios.
- The montage scene at the end of the ride has received several updates over the years to include movies that were more recently made.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular A live stunt show featuring Indiana Jones.
- The spears shoot up from the ground are actually activated by pressure switches that the performer steps on.
- It was the first theme park attraction to use a computer based show control system
- Indiana Jones often battles Nazis in the movies, but for Disney, Nazi symbols are replaces with black “plus signs” instead.
- It is sometimes rumored that this stage show will give way to the Indiana Jones ride, like the one over in Disneyland.
- Listen for the line, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this.” It’s a nod to George Lucus who used the line several times in Star Wars films. This same line can also be heard in the Star Tours attraction.
Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Spectacular Stunt show featuring stunt cars, motorcycles, and lots of fire.
- In addition to four forward speeds, the cars are equipped with a custom-designed transmission gearbox that also allows four reverse speeds. This enables the cars to go as fast in reverse gears as they do in forward gears.
- The cars featured in "Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show" are custom-built in Europe.
- Design components in the cars include the latest in safety and technology. Among the features: a NASCAR-style fire-suppression system, speed sensors and an on-board computer that assists drivers with maintaining proper speeds for precision stunt jumps.
- On-stage pyrotechnics during the show include fireballs that billow 40 feet in diameter.
Muppet Vision 3D A 3D film featuring Jim Henson’s The Muppets
- Don’t miss the all the props in the queue, they’re full of gags and Muppet humor
- Kermet the Frog is voiced by the late Jim Henson who passed away just months before the show opened.
- Upon entering the building there’s a door on the right with a sign, “Key under mat” If you look under the mat, there really is a key. Sometimes, cast members will leave a special prize for those who actually look under the mat.
- During the show, watch for the penguins in the orchestra pit. They make subtle movements and interact with the show.
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith In-the-dark roller coaster
- Look (and listen) for the many references to famous bands / songs on signs, posters, and PA announcements. For example, listen for a PA announcement “Phone call for Jude on line one. Hey, Jude, pick up the phone” - a reference to the Beatles song, Hey Jude
- Inversions: Two roll-over loops and one corkscrew -- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is Disney's first coaster in the United States to feature inversions.
- The attraction's high-speed launch catapults each Limotrain to approximately 60 mph in 2.8 seconds
- Each Limotrain features a different Aerosmith song, with lead singer Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry recording custom lyrics and riffs for each tune, ex. "Love In A Roller Coaster" ("Love In An Elevator") and "What Kind of Ride Are You On?" ("What Kind of Love Are You On?").
Toy Story Midway Mania Play classic carnival games on this ride-through attraction. Based on Disney’s Toy Story film.
- The midway games will be updated periodically. The first update came in 2010 - Bo Peep’s Baaa-loon Pop was replaced by Rex and Trixie’s Dino Darts.
- Siemens AG helped to build the wireless communications system that the ride vehicles rely on. It’s estimated this attraction cost over $80 million to build.
- At Toy Story Mania!, every guest gets to experience life at the size of a toy. So in Andy's room, a 5-foot 6-inch person will feel about 14" tall.
- The Mr. Potato Head Audio-Animatronics figure is the first time that an Audio-Animatronics figure can remove a body part and re-attach it (his ear).
- In each of the Toy Story Mania! games, there is at least one "easter egg" -- targets that can trigger the appearance of bonus high-value targets and other changes in the scene.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Tour an abandoned hotel before plummeting 13 stories in an elevator.
- The elevators were built by Otis Elevator in Bristol, Connecticut, across the street from the ESPN headquarters. ESPN is a Disney-owned subsidy, by coincidence. When Disney asked Otis to build an elevator that plummeted 13 stories, they were shocked. Ever since Otis Elevator began, they had been trying to prevent their elevators from plummeting down the shaft.
- The elevator cars do not free fall, they are actually pulled down creating a force faster than gravity.
- The elevator cars weigh each load, like giant scales. The weight of each car determines the drop sequence once in the shaft.
- The Tower is 199 ft. tall. At 200 ft. it would have required navigation lights for aircraft, ruining its appearance.
- Next to the concierge desk is a plaque honoring The Hollywood Tower Hotel with AAA's "13-diamond award.
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