Disney-MGM Studios is one of the four theme parks built on the 300,000-acre Walt Disney World in Florida, USA. The other three theme parks are Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Animal Kingdom.
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MGM Studios was the third of the four theme parks in Disney World to be opened to the public in May 1, 1989. It occupies 135 acres of land and features Hollywood classic movies and popular TV theme attractions and rides. According to Disney Chairman Michael Esner, this theme park was opened with a dedication to "Hollywood" not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was - and always will be.
Entering MGM Studios will transport you back in time to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Art Deco is the main style and design of Hollywood Boulevard, with sleek chrome trimmed structures and bright neon lights. The "Earffell Tower", previously the park’s icon, prominently towers over the park with its 5000-pound Mouse Ears. The new park’s icon is the 122 ft tall Sorcerer’s Hat, located at the center of the park.
Some parts of the theme park are appropriated for television and movie productions. The "Magic of Disney Animation" tour allows you to take a peek at animators at work. The "Backlot tour" takes you behind the scenes in the world of special effects.
The park also has its own version of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire," where you can win fabulous prices. Productions and stage shows abound, including entertaining shows such as "Voyage of the Little Mermaid", "Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular", "Beauty and the Beast", and "Playhouse Disney-Live On Stage".
If you are looking for wild thrills and fast rides, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Star Tours are sure winners. For something more relaxing, you can take a movie trip in the Great Movie Ride, featuring classic Hollywood films. You can also see "Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D". In the documentary "Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream", you will see a glimpse of the man who made it all come true - a fascinating exhibit of the life and times of Walt Disney.
Favorite Disney characters will not be missed at MGM Studios in Al’s Toy Bam where the characters of Toy Story reside and along Mickey Avenue and in Playhouse Disney where characters from Power Rangers, Chicken Little, and the Incredibles can be found.
A perfect nighttime treat is to witness the spectacular "Fantasmic!" fireworks display, choreographed to be combined with animation, pyrotechnics, lasers, and water screens.
Some tourists go straight to MGM studios before they even visit Magic Kingdom, Epcot Center, and Animal Kingdom. If you can make fairytales come true in Magic Kingdom, stretch the limits of possibilities in Epcot Center, and live the fascinating world of animals in Animal Kingdom, in MGM studios, you can make real-life dreams come true - whether it’s the life of a movie star or a rock star.
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