Disney-MGM Studios

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When he first opened Disney-MGM in 1989, Michael Eisner welcomed guests to Disney World's third park - "…the Hollywood that never was and always will be."  Truer words were never said.  The original idea for this park came from Walt Disney himself, who had the idea over forty years ago.  Walt wanted to offer a way for more people to experience the backlot of his studio - something that was only available to the privileged.  Almost half a century later, his company fulfilled this dream, building a park that evokes the Golden Age of Hollywood.  As you stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, you are surrounded by Art Deco and neon.

Disney MGM Studios five different themed areas lets you experience how movies are made and stunts are performed.  You may even see an actual movie being filmed.  But there's more to just movies here.  Kids can see their favorite friends from Playhouse Disney like Stanley or Bear.  Adrenaline junkies will love the limo ride with Aerosmith across Los Angeles.  And trivia nuts will have a blast experiencing "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.  And as the sun goes down, make your way to see "Fantasmic," where Sorcerer Mickey and his friends battle the Disney Villains amidst an incredible show of lasers, pyrotechnics, and water screens. 

Mickey Avenue

Backlot

Animation
Courtyard

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Sunset Blvd

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Hollywood Blvd

Some suggestions to help you enjoy your visit to the Disney-MGM Studios include:

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The best time to go to Disney-MGM Studios when the least likelihood of crowds is there is early in the week.  Typically, guests tend to go to the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom early in the week.

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If you're staying in a Disney resort, take advantage of days when the Magic Kingdom opens early.

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If it's a busy day at the Park, go on the big named rides while the parades are on. 

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Arrive at the park early. Unlike Epcot, MGM's 154 acres of attractions can pretty much be seen in 1 day.  Then, at the end of the day, take the motor launch or walk over to Epcot (it's about a ten or fifteen minute walk) for dinner and the night-time show.

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Definitely use the Tip Board listing the day's shows, ride closings, and other information at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards.  It'll help you plan out any special shows you may want to see as well as hit rides when lines are short and avoid them when they are long.

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Check the map for the occasional TV and film celebrity visitors, and plan your day around the celebrity motorcade if it's a star you don't want to miss.

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If you have a large group, arrange rendezvous points for various times of the day in case you get separated.  Some good spots include the giant Sorcerer Mickey Hat, at the statue of Miss Piggy near the Muppets attraction, and on Mickey Avenue by the large Coke bottle that sprays water.  Also, if you have small children, teach them to go to a cast member if they get lost.  Teach them to talk to "the people with the nametags."   

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If you have young ones, there are several attractions that are very appealing to small kids.  For those who love romping around (and who may need to burn off some energy), head over to the Honey, I Shrunk The Kids movie set adventure.  Little girls love seeing Ariel and friends at "The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid" while all kids love the Muppets MovieVision 3-D.

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This is one place where you actually want to pray for rain when it's particularly busy as it tends to chase the crowds away.  If the heavens open up, simply step into any merchandise shop (you should have NO trouble finding one of these!) and purchase a Mickey Mouse poncho and then push on!

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Take advantage of Disney's FastPass.  This little miracle is guaranteed to make your day easier as you navigate through the park.  Simply slip your ticket into the FastPass machine.  You'll receive a ticket stub with a time period on it along with your park ticket (don't forget this!).  You may return during the time period on the stub and by-pass 90% of the ride line.  If you are getting a FastPass for a ride you are fairly certain you'll want to go on more than once, get your FastPass and then get into the normal line.  By the time you come out, it'll be time for your FastPass and you'll be able to practically get right back onto the ride!  NOTE - you can only have one FastPass out at a time.  Note on the FastPass when you'll be able to get a new one.

Hidden Mickeys started as an inside joke among early Disney Imagineers and soon became a park tradition (I'm not kidding -- the entire Disney-MGM Studios layout when viewed from the sky is one giant Hidden Mickey!). Today, dozens of subtle Mickey images -- usually silhouettes of his world-famous ears, profile, or full figure -- are hidden (more or less) in attractions and resorts throughout the Walt Disney empire. No one knows how many, because sometimes they exist only in the eye of the beholder. But there's a semiofficial, maybe-you-agree-maybe-you-don't list. See how many HMs (Hidden Mickeys) you can locate during your visit. And be sharp-eyed about it. Those bubbles on your souvenir mug might be forming one.  We've listed SOME of these Hidden Mickeys with each of the sites, just to get you started.  For more of these (of course, this means you're cheating!), go to www.hiddenmickeys.org.