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 Universal, not Disney, and is therefore not on Disney property). Hollywood Studios features seven main areas, which are Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Animation Courtyard, Echo Lake, Commissary Lane, Grand Avenue, and Toy Story Land, the park’s newest addition. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is set to open late 2019 and will add an eighth area to Hollywood Studios.

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, and pick up any items you’ve bought and had shipped to the front of the park. Shows and entertainment found along Hollywood Boulevard are the Citizens of Hollywood, the March of the First Order, 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 Disney Movie Magic 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. Adrian & Edith’s Head to Toe
  2. Celebrity 5 & 10
  3. Cover Story
  4. Crossroads of the World
  5. The Darkroom
  6. Disney & Co.
  7. Keystone Clothiers
  8. Mickey’s of Hollywood
  9. Movieland Memorabilia
  10. Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind

There is only two restaurants located on Hollywood Boulevard, which are The Trolly Car Cafe – counter service restaurant serves STARBUCKS® coffee and food items, including sandwiches and pastries – and The Hollywood Brown Derby and its adjoining Lounge which are both considered Table Service restaurants.

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.

Sunset Boulevard

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 the largest selection of shops, which are:

  1. Beverly Sunset Boutique
  2. Legends of Hollywood
  3. Mouse About Town
  4. Once Upon a Time
  5. Planet Hollywood Super Store
  6. Reel Vogue
  7. Rock Around the Shop
  8. Sunset Club Couture
  9. Sunset Ranch Pins and Souvenirs
  10. Tower Hotel Gifts
  11. Tower Photo

The two most iconic rides in Hollywood Studios are located on Sunset Boulevard – Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.

Sunset Boulevard will soon have one show set to open in 2019 – Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.

Animation Courtyard

Animation Courtyard currently 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 and one show, Voyage of the Little Mermaid.

Two classic Disney shows are located in Animation Courtyard:

  1. Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage
  2. Fantasmic!

Also coming soon to Animation Courtyard is the new Disney Junior Dance Party! which is set to open sometime late 2018.

Echo Lake

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. Dockside Diner (Quick Service)
  4. Hollywood & Vine (Table Service; Character Dining)
  5. Oasis Canteen (Quick Service)
  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 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 has two restaurant options, one a Quick Service, ABC Commissary, and the other a Table Service, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.

Commissary Lane currently has no rides and no shops. However, there is one character meet and greet here with Sorcerer Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue 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.

Toy Story Land

Toy Story Land has only one Quick Service restaurant, Woody’s Lunch Box, and currently no shops. There are two kinds of entertainment in Toy Story Land, which are the Green Army Patrol and the Green Army Drum Corps.

Toy Story Land has three rides:

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

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

– Information on Galaxy’s Edge Coming Soon!

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

Disney frequently makes changes and updates to their parks, hotels, and shopping areas, so information is subject to change and may do so at any time. Any information in this post was current at the time of publishing. Post last updated October 14, 2018.