Disney transitions studio park to new name, dropping MGM

Posted Tuesday, January 8, 2008 9:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Disney officially launched the former Disney-MGM Studios under its new name -- Hollywood Studios -- on Monday. But tourism experts say there will be more than a name change in the future of the park. Several new attractions are planned based around some of the company's key media properties.

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Tuesday, January 8, 2008 4:02 PM
This park was the poorest at the WDW resort. I'm glad they will be adding more to it.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 8:23 AM
The poorest at WDW? That might be a stretch. Tower of Terror and Rock 'n RollerCoaster alone put the park on my map. But, add to that the new stunt show, a variety of very successful live entertainment options, Fantasmic, etc and I think it has a pretty strong lineup.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 9:21 AM
I've always liked the Studios park. The prettied-up version of old Hollywood at the front of the park is beautiful and two of Disney's finest E-tickets reside at the park. With a new darkride and perhaps another great E-ticket in the near future, it will be a fantastic park.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 10:19 AM
When I was there a year ago, I was actually surprised how much I liked that park. Maybe it's because of all the time I spent at Universal Studios, but I had a great time, and even came back for a second night.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008 2:20 PM
The park only has 5 things to do once 6-7 pm rolls in and the shows conclude for the day. Rock n Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, Great Movie Ride, Star Tours and Muppetvision 4-D are all that remains open! Toy Story Mania should help the park a lot once it opens. I just hope that rumored Ratatouille spinning coaster never comes... Walt Disney Studios is a tiny park making 2 millions guests a year and over there, their "Crush Coaster" is an automatic 2 hours line ever since it opened. Now, toss a 700-800 pph rollercoaster that everyone will want to ride in a park that has little rides and the lines will be enormous!

Food wise, its pretty weak, unless you eat at one of the expensive sitdown restaurant, there is only 2 indoor fast food places. Rest is just small counters.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 2:23 PM
The park to me is the best designed at WDW, except for that bloody mickey hat which ruins the view of the Chinese Theatre framing the end of the street.

If the long in the tooth east coat version of Indy does finally come, along with revamped Star Tours, and a sprinkling of Pixar the park could be great again. Its also open later than MK or AK right?

Wednesday, January 9, 2008 2:39 PM
Going back 4 years (to the day) here, but I really enjoyed visiting Disney/MGM. I loved the atmosphere of Hollywood Boulevard. Primetime Cafe was a hoot, as long as you're into the shtick, and I didn't think it was all that pricy.

The one downer we found was that times for several of the shows and attractions overlapped. One show would begin before the other one ended. This meant we had to decide between two things we would have really like to have seen, and some of them were offered just once daily.


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