Hollywood Studios

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    ABOUT

    The park now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened on May 1, 1989 as MGM Studios. Depending on who you believe, the opening of the park was rushed so that it could open before Universal Studios debuted in Florida.

    The lands of the park aren’t as well defined as the other four Disney World Parks, but we have attempted to classify them on this site. Some are best described as streets while others are classified as areas.

    The park was originally a working studio with live action movies and television shows shot on location. Additionally, Disney feature animation was located within Hollywood Studios and guests could tour the working animation facility.

    The main thoroughfare is dubbed Hollywood Boulevard. The first street on the right is Sunset Boulevard, this was the first major addition to the park when it was added in July of 1994. The second street on the right leads into the Animation Courtyard and to the left of Hollywood Boulevard is Echo Lake. Behind Hollywood Boulevard is Pixar Place which used to lead guests towards the Streets of America.

    Pixar Place is now a dead end as the park evolves with the future additions of Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Part of the former Streets of America can be reached through Echo Lake and Commissary Lane. This area, known as Grand Avenue highlights the industrial feel of modern Los Angeles while housing park staples like Muppet*Vision 3-D.

    Hollywood Studios is the smallest of the four Disney World parks, but Disney has staggered the schedules for the shows to extend guest visits in order to see all of them.

    The front part of the park has a loose connection to Hollywood during different time periods, they are as follows:

    • Hollywood Boulevard – 1930s
    • Sunset Boulevard – 1940s
    • Echo Lake – 1950s

    HISTORICAL NOTES

    Opened May 1, 1989
    Name changed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios January 7, 2008

    Estimated attendance courtesy of Themed Entertainment Association TEA-ERA/AECOM for 2006-Present. Prior years courtesy of WDWMagic.com user donsullivan.

    Year Attendance % Change Global Rank
    2017 10,722,000 -0.5% 9
    2016 10,776,000 -0.5% 8
    2015 10,828,000 5.0% 8
    2014 10,312,000 2.0% 8
    2013 10,110,000 2.0% 8
    2012 9,912,000 2.2% 8
    2011 9,699,000 1.0% 8
    2010 9,603,000 -1.0% 8
    2009 9,700,000 1.0% 7
    2008 9,608,000 1.0% 7
    2007 9,510,000 4.5% 7
    2006 9,100,000 5.8% 7
    Pre 2005 data courtesy of WDWMagic.com user donsullivan
    Year Attendance % Change Walt Disney World Rank
    2005 8,600,000 4.9% 3
    2004 8,200,000 5.1% 3
    2003 7,800,000 -2.9% 3
    2002 8,030,000 -3.3% 3
    2001 8,300,000 -6.7% 3
    2000 8,900,000 2.3% 3
    1999 8,700,000 -8.2% 3
    1998 9,473,000 -8.9% 3
    1997 10,400,000 4.0% 3
    1996 10,000,000 5.3% 3
    1995 9,500,000 18.8% 3
    1994 8,000,000 0.0% 3
    1993 8,000,000 0.0% 3
    1992 8,000,000 50.9% 3
    1991 5,300,000 -8.6% 3
    1990 5,800,000 20.8% 3
    1989 4,800,000 3

    SIGNIFICANT PERSONNEL

    • Vice President: Phil Holmes (August 2015 – Present)
    • Vice President (Former): Dan Cockerell (Through July 2015)
    • Vice President (Former)Rilous Carter
    • Imagineering Creative Lead for Hollywood Studios: Kathy Mangum (July 2013 – Present)
    • Imagineering Creative Lead for Hollywood Studios (Former): Eric Jacobson, Senior Vice President of Creative Development at Walt Disney Imagineering (Through July 2013)