Hollywood Boulevard, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Full bar
If Disney World and Epcot are filled with all the bells and whistles of the Imagineers, then Disney's Hollywood Studios shows you how they do it. But don't think you're not going to have fun here. There are plenty of rides and shows to keep you busy.
Disney's Hollywood Studios offers behind-the-scenes glimpses of Hollywood-style action live shows. When you first walk in, there are actors on the street portraying various characters. If you want to get on the fast track, try the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith. Buckle up and hold on tight and whatever you do, do NOT lift your head off the back of the seat. This roller coaster takes off super fast, goes upside down and is amplified -- read LOUD -- with a special soundtrack from the "Walk This Way" dudes. If that is a little too much for you, you have to try Star Tours, a bumpy, full-motion simulator that is piloted by a novice droid. Don't worry, you'll make it back home safely. And for those who would rather play a game than get bumped around, try out Toy Story Mania!, hosted by none other than Mr. Potato Head. This 4D attraction features the cast of the Toy Story films and gives you the chance to play midway-style games from the comfort of the ride's vehicle.
Your day would not be complete without letting your younglings -- for those without the force, those are kids -- 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. Luckily, the Jedi master who is training them has a sense of humor. It keeps you laughing while the sun pounds on you for a while. Kids get a lightsaber to use during the show, learn a few moves and then take on Darth Vader. At the flashy American Idol Experience, you can watch the show, indulge in a cheesy sing-along, mock the worst, vote for the best. Or, if you're 14 or older, you can try out for the show, put your fate in the hands of a sweaty family from Akron - and maybe become the next Kelly Clarkson.
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.