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Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

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Categories: Theme parks, Tourist attraction

Features: Date night, Guided tours, Kid-friendly, Live music

Payment options: Credit cards accepted

Alcohol: Full bar

The original concept for this Disney park was that it would operate as an actual production facility, so the park has a real backstage Hollywood vibe, including behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hollywood-style action live shows. For thrill-seekers, there's some of Disney's most heart-racing rides: Aerosmith's Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror are big (and crowded) draws. Hit these first or put them at the top of your FastPass+ list. Hollywood Studios' newest section, Pixar Place, is home to one of the park's biggest draws, the Toy Story Midway Mania 4D attraction. 

Journey further into the park and you'll stumble upon two of the most enchanting (and air-conditioned!) attractions. First, there's One Man's Dream, a walkthrough exhibit chronicling Walt Disney's life and achievements. Tucked away behind the Great Movie Ride, it's easy to miss, but a must-see for Disney fanatics. Then there's the Magic of Disney Animation studio, a perfect indoor spot to unwind while the kids get up close with characters and play at interactive stations. Plus, the Animation Academy is definitely worth a visit: You can learn how to draw a character in free classes hosted by a Disney Animator. Your day would not be complete without letting your younglings become a part of the Jedi Training Academy stage show. It's right near Star Tours. More than a dozen kids are selected from the audience to be trained in the ways of the Jedi. 

Like at all Disney parks, you can bring in your own food. However, if that isn't your thing, there are many restaurant choices, including the buffet at Playhouse Disney's Play 'n Dine at Hollywood & Vine (this restaurant is for the little ones); the ABC Commissary which features fast food with international twists; and for big spenders, The Hollywood Brown Derby, which has steaks and classic cocktails in the manner of Hollywoods Golden Age.

Overall, Hollywood Studios is one of the less crowded and slower-paced parks; you can see just about everything here in a full day. 

Events at Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

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