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Disney's  Hollywood Studios

Disney’s third park is also a working studio and the theme is very clearly and definitely The Movies & TV. It is also noticeably the funkiest Disney park, although there are three shows based on cartoons and Mickey Mouse is still the star of the show.

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The Tower of Terror takes you through an old crumbling, mysterious hotel, with spooky music and eerie unsettling visual effects, before plunging you down a 13-storey lift-shaft….this is claimed to be “a different ride every time”, since the details change – but you will feel “weightless” every time as you plunge. The hotel lobby itself is a beautifully dressed on a 1930s theme.

 

Rock_n_Roller_coasterThe other outright thrill ride is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, a similar indoor dark coaster to Space Mountain, although accompanied by thundering Aerosmith rock music and featuring the added element of a 70mph launch.

A bit less motion-frantic is Star Tours, an extremely well done Star Wars simulation of a tourist trip in space that goes very badly wrong. The ride now includes details from the second trilogy of movies.  

Fantasmic is a light-and-water spectacular held once or twice a day, according to season, in an 8000 capacity arena. Calling it a laser and firework show with fountains doesn’t begin to describe the impact of the outstanding effects, including projections of movies onto parallel curtains of water. 

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Beauty and the Beast is a live theatre performance of the movie, featuring several of the songs, all the main characters and a grand set-piece finale. Voyage of the Little Mermaid is a stage version of the movie, featuring songs with live performers and puppets, and uses lasers, light effects and curtains of water to create an “underwater” show, including a storm. The other live show is the American Idol Experience, a spectacular lights 'n' sound recreation of the show with audience performers.

Serious movie buffs will love the Great Movie Ride, a thoroughly enjoyable journey through many famous movies (including Alien, Casabanca and Mary Poppins), recreating scenes with animatronic figures, some live action, a bit of a “plot” and a helping of movie magic. The Backlot Tour lets you see props, sets and locations from real movies as you are taken around the studios on a tram. There are also a couple of stunts and a few surprises in Catastrophe Canyon and you’ll see how to stage a sea-battle with torpedoes and depth-charges. Plus a display of models and characters from famous movies. 

Stunt_showLights! Motors! Action! is an import from Disneyland Paris and is a live action show featuring some extraordinary driving stunts over ramps, into flames and through buildings, on the basis that it’s a film shoot for an action movie. The setting is a French market town and you watch from stadium seating – it’s a startling show and highly recommended.

 

The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular delivers on the name, recreating three powerful scenes from the first film on a large set, with giant boulder, gun fights, crashing trucks and exploding planes.  Very spectacular and who can resist that music?

Muppets

Muppet Vision hasn’t got out-and-out thrills but does have a few surprises and very striking 3D effects. It’s staged in a theatre just like the Muppet theatre on TV with “live” puppets as well as the movie and is funny as well as entertaining.

Toy Story Mania is a 3D whirling shooting arcade of several different funfair games involving the characters from the Toy Story movies - witty and inventive, there are often long lines for this ride.

Much more about Disney's Hollywood Studios - http://disneyworld.disney.go.com/parks/hollywood-studios/

 

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