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Disney's Hollywood Studios is a movie-inspired theme park, aiming to celebrate the magic and glitz of Hollywood in its heyday.
When the park opened in 1989, it was called Disney-MGM Studios and was conceived as a true working movie studio that allowed visitors to get a "behind-the-scenes" peek at studio production and animation. The park was home to such series as "Mickey Mouse Club" (starring Christina, Britney, Justin, et. al) and "Ed McMahon's Star Search." The animation studio, officially Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida, produced scenes for "Lion King," "Mulan," "Brother Bear," and, its crowning achievement, a majority of the film "Lilo and Stitch."
Little by little, the promise of Orlando as "Hollywood East" began to lose it luster, and Disney-MGM Studios (and its crosstown competitor Universal Studios) began to focus less on studio production, in favor of the more-profitable theme park that surrounded the soundstages. The final blow came in 2003, when the animation studio was officially shuttered, victim of Pixar's success in the new-fangled world of digital animation. Today, the studio park is home to very little (if any) production. Its just a more traditional Disney theme park.
The park continues to evolve and it became the "Disney's Hollywood Studios," in January 2008.
Disney's Hollywood Studios is one of the most exciting (and most visited) theme parks on the Disney campus. Two of the more popular and special Disney theme park attractions are located here: Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (where park visitors drop faster than gravity in an old "abandoned" cargo elevator) and the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, starring Aerosmith (a dark roller coaster ride with corkscrews and loops in vehicles that look like super stretch limos). The backlot tour is also well worth the time especially with the catastrophe canyon sequence.
There is also some great street entertainment and character experiences. One of the great street entertainment gags is the "Hollywood Public Works" and the characters from "Cars" come out for visitors.
Disney Studios is home to several popular annual events: