Hollywood Studios Overview

Hollywood Studios

Opening in 1989, Disney World’s third park was originally named Disney’s MGM Studios, though the park’s name was changed to Hollywood Studios in 2008 (Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios are often confused, but Universal Studios is a theme park owned by NBCUniversal, not Disney, and is therefore not on Disney property). Hollywood Studios features nine main areas, which are Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Animation Courtyard, Echo Lake, Commissary Lane, Pixar Place, Grand Avenue, Toy Story Land, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is the newest addition.

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Hollywood Boulevard

Immediately after entering the park, the first section you will come to is Hollywood Boulevard, which is basically Hollywood Studios’ Main Street. Located to the right of the entrance is Oscar’s Super Service, which looks like an old gas station and is the place where you can rent strollers, wheel chairs and EVCs, as well as pick up any items you’ve bought and had shipped to the front of the park. Shows and entertainment found on Hollywood Boulevard include the Citizens of Hollywood and Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away. At night, shows featuring lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, fireworks, and projection screens located at the end of Hollywood Boulevard are Wonderful World of Animation and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (which is replaced with Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! every Christmas season).

There are no rides located on Hollywood Boulevard, however, there are multiple shops, including:

  1. Celebrity 5 & 10
  2. Crossroads of the World
  3. Keystone Clothiers
  4. Mickey’s of Hollywood
  5. Movieland Memorabilia
  6. Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind

There are only two restaurants located on Hollywood Boulevard, which are The Trolly Car Cafe, a counter service restaurant that serves STARBUCKS® coffee and food items, and The Hollywood Brown Derby (and its adjoining Lounge) which is considered a Table Service restaurant.

There are currently no rides on Hollywood Boulevard since the longtime fan-favorite Great Movie Ride closed last year, but it will soon be replaced with Disney World’s first Mickey Themed ride – Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – that is set to open in 2020.

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Sunset Boulevard

Turning the corner near the end of Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard branches off to the right (if you are facing the Chinese Theater) and leads guests toward two of Hollywood Studio’s most popular rides – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – and three different shows, which are Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Fantasmic!, and the new Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.

Food and beverage options on Sunset Boulevard are:

  1. Anaheim Produce (Quick Service)
  2. Catalina Eddie’s (Quick Service)
  3. Fairfax Fare (Quick Service)
  4. Hollywood Scoops (Quick Service)
  5. KRNR The Rock Station (Quick Service)
  6. Rosie’s All-American Cafe (Quick Service)

Sunset Boulevard has several shops, including:

  1. Beverly Sunset Boutique
  2. Legends of Hollywood
  3. Once Upon a Time
  4. Rock Around the Shop
  5. Sunset Ranch Pins and Souvenirs
  6. Tower Hotel Gifts
  7. Tower Photo

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Animation Courtyard

Sitting directly to the right side of the Chinese Theater (if you are facing the front of the theater) is Animation Courtyard, which at this time has no restaurants.

Shopping options in Animation Courtyard include the Disney Studio Store, In Character, and Launch Bay Cargo.

While there are no rides in Animation Courtyard, there are two museum like areas, Star Wars Launch Bay and Walt Disney Presents. Also located here is the Star Wars Launch Bay Theater.

There are multiple character meet and greets in Animation Courtyard, including BB-8, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc. There are also two shows, which are Voyage of the Little Mermaid and the Disney Junior Dance Party!

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Echo Lake

The Echo Lake area of Hollywood Studios branches off to the left from Hollywood Boulevard if you are facing the front of the Chinese Theater.

Echo Lake has three Quick Service restaurants and three Table service restaurants:

  1. 50’s Prime Time Cafe (Table Service)
  2. Backlot Express (Quick Service)
  3. Epic Eats (Quick Service)
  4. Dockside Diner (Quick Service)
  5. Hollywood & Vine (Table Service; Character Dining)
  6. Tune-In Lounge (Table Service)

Echo Lake has a small selection of shops that are specifically themed to their particular area or attraction. These shops are:

  1. Frozen Fractal Gifts
  2. Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
  3. Indiana Jones Truck
  4. Tatooine Traders

One classic ride is located in Echo Lake – Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue. Also in this area is Star Wars: Path of the Jedi, a mini film version of the Star Wars saga.

There is currently one character meet and greet with Olaf (Celebrity Spotlight) in this area and an interactive kids show, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

There are also two other shows located in Echo Lake, which are:

  1. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration
  2. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!™

Commissary Lane

Commissary Lane is located to the left side of the Chinese Theater and has two restaurant options. One is a Quick Service restaurant, ABC Commissary, and the other is a Table Service restaurant, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.

Commissary Lane currently has no rides and no shops. However, there are two character meet and greets here with Sorcerer Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

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Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue is located just around the corner from Commissary Lane and currently has three restaurants:

  1. BaseLine Tap House (Table Service)
  2. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (Table Service)
  3. PizzeRizzo (Quick Service)

Grand Avenue has only two shops at the moment, which are the Stage 1 Company Store and the year-round Christmas store, It’s a Wonderful Shop.

Only one attraction is located in Grand Avenue, which is the show Muppet*Vision 3D. There are no rides in this area.

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Pixar Place

Pixar Place is located behind the Chinese Theater and was the home of the the Incredibles characters and experiences for a limited time. The Incredibles Celebration ended in September of 2019 and Disney has yet to announce what will take its place.

Toy Story Land

One of Walt Disney World’s newest lands, Toy Story Land, is located near the back of the park and is completely themed to Pixar’s Toy Story movies.

Toy Story Land has only one Quick Service restaurant, Woody’s Lunch Box, and currently no shops other than a few kiosks and one pop up shop at the end of Toy Story Mania. There are two kinds of entertainment in Toy Story Land, which are the Green Army Patrol and the Green Army Drum Corps who roam the area.

Toy Story Land also has three very popular rides:

  1. Alien Swirling Saucers
  2. Slinky Dog Dash
  3. Toy Story Mania!

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Walt Disney World’s newest land addition and opened in August of 2019.

Restaurant options and beverage locations in Galaxy’s Edge include:

  1. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  2. Kat Saka’s Kettle
  3. Milk Stand
  4. Oga’s Cantina
  5. Ronto Roasters

Shops in the land are:

  1. Black Spire Outpost
  2. Creature Stall
  3. Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
  4. The Droid Depot
  5. First Order Cargo
  6. Jewels of Bith
  7. Resistance Supply
  8. Savi’s Workshop
  9. Toydarian Toymaker

Galaxy’s Edge currently features one ride, which is Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. A second ride, which is the highly anticipated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, which is set to open on December 5, 2019.

For an overview of the other Disney World Parks, visit the Walt Disney World Overview page.

We try to update the information on this page as often as possible, but Disney frequently makes changes and updates to their parks and offerings, so this information is subject to change at any moment. We always recommend double checking the official Walt Disney World website before planning your trip. Any information in this post was current at the time of publishing. Post last updated October 7, 2019.

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