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|At A Glance
||The Gateway to the 100 Years
of Magic Celebration.
Some thrill rides including The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Car parking charged (10USD) for non on-site residents, Disney
characters appear throughout the park at various times. Entrance
fee includes all rides and attractions. Food/Refreshments
extra. Some rides carry min/max height restrictions. Time
required - 1 Day min
The Disney MGM Studios, which opened in 1989, has
been transformed into the Gateway to the 100 Years of Magic Celebration,
the centerpiece of which is a huge 120-foot Sorcerer Mickey hat,
built at the very end of the entry plaza, outside the Great Movie
A working studios, Disney MGM is themed to resemble
Hollywood in the 1930's, even down to the Hollywood
Towers Hotel, which towers more than 190 feet above the park.
The Disney MGM Studios isn't as large as The
Magic Kingdom or EPCOT,
and like the Disney's
Animal Kingdom, it can't be reached by the Disney Monorail
but it's still worth allocating a full day to see the park's many
attractions, which includes musical productions such as The Voyage
of the Little Mermaid, and the Beauty and the Beast at the Theatre
of the Stars.
Muppet Vision 4d is a 25 minute show, which starts harmlessly
enough, but is full of traditional muppet antics, with a grand
finale in which the theatre is destroyed!
The Indiana Jones
Stunt Spectacular (another 30min show) takes you behind the
scenes to see how some of the classic Hollywood stunts are performed,
while in the 22-min Great Movie
Ride the whole theatre breaks up into a large-scale gentle
ride through the golden age of Hollywood.
tour takes 35-mins to complete, and takes you through some
of the original sets and props used in many classic Disney productions,
culminating with a trip through Catastrophe
tour takes you through a real working animation studio, where
Disney animators can be seen putting finishing touches to a forthcoming
Disney animated feature.
From late November to early January the Residential
Street part of the backlot is used to display the Osborne
Family Spectacle of Lights. Enhanced and added to by Disney
there are now more than three million fairy lights in the display.
Originally bought by Jennings Osborne of Little Rock in Arkansas
over a period of years to make his child's christmas wish come
true, it was bought by Disney and moved to the Disney MGM Studios
when Jennings Osborne received too many complaints from his neighbours
about the volume of visitors to see his local christmas light
As with the Magic Kingdom, many of the well known
Disney characters are on hand throughout the day signing autographs
and posing for family photographs.
Changing tables, and facilities for nursing
mothers can be found at the Baby Care Centre, in the Guest
Relations lobby near the park entrance. Disposable nappies
/ diapers are available at many of the shops in the Studios,
though you may need to ask for them.
||Cameras and Film
The Darkroom on Hollywood Boulevard stocks
film, batteries, and disposable cameras. It also offers
two-hour film processing, (also offered wherever there's
a Photo Express sign). Additionally, most of the shops in
the Disney MGM Studios park sells film of varying speeds.
Most attractions, restaurants, shops and shows
are fully accessible to guests using wheelchairs and walking
assistance devices. Additional services are available for
guests with visual or hearing disabilities.
For a detailed overview of the services offered,
including transportation, parking, attraction access, and
more, collect a copy of the Guidebook for Guests with
Disabilities at Guest Relations.
On Wednesday and Sunday, WDW Resort Guests may
enter the Disney MGM Studios up to 1½ hours before
the official opening time to enjoy some of the more popular
attractions without the disadvantage of the large queues
that form once the parks have opened.
Attractions that are particularly during the
early opening days are the Towerof Terror, Muppet Vision,
The Great Movie Ride, and Star Tours.
Note that unless you're a resort guest it is
often worth avoiding the parks with early opening on the
EE days, and head for a park without EE instead, where it's
likely that the early morning queues will be shorter.
The First Aid Center is located right next
to Guest Relations at the main theme park entrance.While
they're not really geared up to handle major emergencies,
they can effectively treat minor medical problems, and in
the event of anything more serious can contact the emergency
services as required.
Guest Relations, located just inside the main
park entrance has free guidemaps, along with fully trained
staff that can help with most kings of queries.
Restaurant bookings can be made at the small
booth at the junction of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.
Lockers, located at Oscar's Super Service near
the theme park entrance cost $5 per day, plus $1 refundable
||Lost and Found (including
Lost and Found items can be handed in, or claimed,
at the Lost and Found near the theme park entrance, just
past the turnstiles on the right.
To report an item lost after your visit, call
Lost Children should be reported to Guest Relations,
or to any Disney Employee.
Generally, it's not as frightening an experience
as you'd think for a kid to get lost in the theme park,
because once found by a Disney Employee they'll be well
entertained until their parents arrive to claim them. If
naything it's more of a nerve wracking experinece for the
parents than the kids.
If you find you're in need of hard cash rather
than plastic whilst in the Disney MGM Studios, there's an
ATM machine located just outside the park entrance on the
In addition to cash, all major credit cards are
taken at practically all locations within the park, including
the Disney Credit Card. Travellers cheques can be used just
like cash, and for resort guests staying in a Disney hotel,
the resort ID card can be used to charge purchases back
to your hotel bill.
When you buy something in the Disney MGM Studios
park, if it is bulky, or particularly fragile, or if you
just don't want to carry it around with you all day, stores
can arrange to transport your purchases to Package Pickup,
located at the Lost and Found near the main park entrance.
You can then enjoy the park's attractions at your leisure,
collecting your packages as you leave the park. This is
a free service to all Disney guests.
||Same Day Re-Entry
If you plan to leave the theme park, and want
to return later in the day you must make sure you get a
hand-stamp on exit. Basically this means your hand (usually
your right hand) will be stamped with an Ultraviolet-sensitive
ink, clear in normal light.
This hand stamp can then be used in conjunction
with your original theme park pass to get you back into
You don't need to worry about the hand-stamp
washing off if you visit one of the water parks either,
because it's reasonably hard enough to remove so that it
will survive a good day at a water park. (In fact it'll
also survive a couple of normal washes as well).
||Strollers and Wheelchairs
Strollers (Prams), Wheelchairs, and ECVs (Electric
Convenience Vehicles) can be rented on a daily basis from
Oscar's Super Service, located on the right just inside
the main theme park entrance.
Wheelchairs and Strollers cost $5 per day with
a $1 refundable deposit. ECVs cost $30 per day, with a $10
You need to make sure you keep your receipt,
so that in the event that someone else helps themselves
to your rental while you're in an attraction, you can claim
a replacement free of charge.
The Tip Board in the Disney MGM Studios is located
at the junction of Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards, and
should be one of the first places you visit in the theme
park, because the Tip Board lists the current waiting times
for all of the most popular attractions, along with the
details of any attractions that are closed.
The Tip Board also lists the times for the various
shows that are put on throughout thepark.