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Happy 29th Birthday Hollywood Studios! Let's Celebrate with the Top 10 Highlights!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios officially opened 29 years ago today on May 1, 1989.

Today, the park is in the middle of an expansive multi-year transformation that will add two new lands where guests will become part of their favorite stories and create their own adventures: Toy Story Land, which will debut to guests this June 30, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, is set to open in 2019.

In honor of today’s anniversary, let's talk about the top 10 highlights of the park’s history

1. The Chinese Theater – Modeled after the Hollywood landmark, this near replica is a 9/10 scale of the original building. Coming soon in 2019, the theater will be home to the first attraction dedicated to Mickey Mouse: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

2. Gertie the Dinosaur – Created by Winsor McCay in 1914, Gertie sprang to life on the vaudeville screen as many believe was the first animated character to show a distinct personality, making way for the main mouse himself.

3. The Hollywood Brown Derby – Inspired by the actual historic Hollywood eatery, this dining location features three items from the original menu: the famous cobb salad, grapefruit cake and the Shirley Temple cocktail.

4. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – A 40-foot-tall guitar leads you to the entrance to the first Disney attraction to take guests upside down. Take off from 0 to 60 to the sound of over 900 speakers blasting the music of Aerosmith throughout the attraction.

5. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – Join the 2nd Unit of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” film crew and experience the thrills of a live set.

6. BaseLine Tap House – Baseline Tap House, which recently opened within the last year, offers “small bites and dreamy flights.”

7. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Climb aboard a starspeeder and travel the galaxy and find yourself on Batuu, the planet from the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge!

8. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage – The Broadway-style show premiered the same day as the animated feature on Nov. 22, 1991 and is the longest-running stage show at a Walt Disney World theme park, now that's a tale as old as time.

9. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – Imagineers watched 156 episodes of “The Twilight Zone” in preparation for this iconic attraction. Hold on tight!

10. Fantasmic! – The show features 50 performers, pyrotechnics, laser lights, one million gallons of dancing water, a 40-foot-tall dragon and five costume changes for Mickey Mouse, now that's a show!

What is your favorite attraction & memory at Hollywood Studios?

News Source: Disney Parks Blog



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