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WDW Disney's Hollywood Studios Discussion Thread

Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:26 pm

Hey everybody!

This thread is simple! Rather than having a million little threads about everything that goes on at Walt Disney World's Disney's Hollywood Studios, this thread is designed to consolidate it all into one user-friendly thread. Feel free to use it to post updates, trip reports, questions, comments, and of course, general discussion. For pictures and videos of the park as well as past updates, see TPR's Park Index Page.

Official Park Website

Below are some links to past updates from the park, you may be interested in. Enjoy!



March 17th, 2005 - Lights, Motors, Action! Stunt Show rehearsal photos! (see below)
July 12th, 2005 - 16 year old in critical condition after riding Tower of Terror

June 29th, 2007 - Child dies on Rock n Roller Coaster

August 9th, 2007 - Disney/MGM Studios to be renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios; Toy Story Mania, Block Party Bash & more coming in 2008!

February 7th, 2008 - American Idol-based experience coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios
February 8th, 2008 - American Idol theater concept art posted!

February 18th, 2009 - Lawsuit emerges from 2005 Tower of Terror incident
May 2nd, 2009 - Secret Star Wars shoot could mean Star Tours II
May 4th, 2009 - Yoda to have a role in Star Tours II
September 12th, 2009 - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue officially announced!

March 20th, 2010 - American Idol Experience song list updated
March 29th, 2010 - New Disney Channel-inspired show to replace High School Musical 3
August 5th, 2010 - Disney's Hollywood Studios to host Last Tour to Endor Star Tours sendoff event in conjunction with Star Wars Celebration V
October 7th, 2010 - Star Tours: The Adventures Continue droids revealed
October 13th, 2010 - Anthony Daniels to reprise C-3PO role in Star Tours update
October 26th, 2010 - C-3PO to pilot the Starspeeder 1000 in Star Tours

February 2nd, 2011 - George Lucas visits Star Tours to give the ride a test run!
February 11th, 2011 - Admiral Ackbar, Princess Leia, Darth Vader & other notable characters star in Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
April 1st, 2011 - Star Tours destinations revealed!
June 22nd, 2011 - Disney pulls the plug on ESPN the Weekend!
December 8th, 2011 - Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights photos posted!
December 9th, 2011 - Comedy Warehouse returns for the holidays at DHS!
December 13th, 2011 - Quick photo update from the park!
December 23rd, 2011 - Star Tours Mainstreet Electrical Parade tribute found!
December 28th, 2011 - Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special photo report posted!

January 21st, 2012 - Rock the Night special fireworks show coverage!
February 9th, 2012 - Fastpass return times to now be strictly enforced
April 8th, 2012 - Star Wars Weekends 2012 Celebrity Details Revealed!
April 25th, 2012 - Mama Melrose's gets new head chef & menu updates
April 27th, 2012 - 'Darth's Mall' shopping venue for Star Wars Weekends
May 1st, 2012 - 'The Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow' attraction announced
May 7th, 2012 - "Carbon-Freeze Me" offered at Star Wars Weekends 2012
May 10th, 2012 - Droid Factory experience coming to Tatooine Traders
May 15th, 2012 - New Fantasyland model moves into One Man's Dream
May 15th, 2012 - Learn to draw Phineas & Ferb characters at The Magic of Disney Animation attraction
May 15th, 2012 - Star Wars Weekends 2012 promo videos & photos
May 20th, 2012 - Star Wars Weekends Update! (Warning! PG-13!)
May 30th, 2012 - Several American Idol finalists originally performed at the American Idol Experience
September 11th, 2012 - FastPass+ reader installation photo update
September 11th, 2012 - Fantasmic adding 1000 seats to the amphitheater
September 23rd, 2012 - Wreck-It Ralph characters coming to new meet & greet
November 8th, 2012 - Legend of Jack Sparrow attraction to open on Dec. 6th
November 27th, 2012 - Behind the scenes look at the Legend of Jack Sparrow
November 29th, 2012 - Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special set to return!
December 20th, 2012 - New stories coming to Disney Junior: Live on Stage!

January 21st, 2013 - New songs added to The American Idol Experience list
March 27th, 2013 - Countdown to Fun Parade ending on April 6th
April 26th, 2013 - "May the Fourth" Star Wars Celebration announced!
April 26th, 2013 - Monsters University Meet & Greet location announced!
October 7th, 2013 - Glow with the Show ears coming to Fantasmic!
October 30th, 2013 - The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge now open!
November 10th, 2013 - Bob Iger confirms Star Wars development for DL & WDW

March 18th, 2014 - Do You Want to Draw a Snow Man? Learn to draw Olaf!
June 9th, 2014 - Guardians of the Galaxy preview debuts July 4th!
June 14th, 2014 - American Idol Experience officially closing Jan. 2015
June 26th, 2014 - Frozen Summer Fun Live announced for Summer 2014!
July 5th, 2014 - Frozen Summer Fun Event - Full photo & video report!
September 12th, 2014 - Frozen Summer Fun elements get extended run!
September 25th, 2014 - Studio Backlot Tour closing after September 27th, 2014
October 24th, 2014 - Sorcerer's hat to be removed
November 8th, 2014 - Big Hero 6 Meet and Greet Now Open!
November 25th, 2014 - Great Movie Ride to get TCM-inspired updates in 2015!

March 18th, 2015 - Toy Story Midway Mania adding more track!
March 13th, 2015 - CEO Bob Iger confirms park name change ahead
March 21st, 2015 - 'Frozen' Summer Fun LIVE returns June 17th - Sep 7th
May 16th, 2015 - Star Wars Weekends 2015!
June 18th, 2015 - Frozen Summer Fun photo report posted!
June 23rd, 2015 - The Great Movie Ride enhancements confirmed!

January 15th, 2016 - Lights, Motors, Action! stunt show closes April 2nd!
April 20th, 2016 - Expansion of Toy Story land (Slinky Dog coaster)
July 11th, 2016 - New Star Wars Land concept art released!
November 22nd, 2016 - New nighttime Star Wars Land concept art released!

November 6th, 2017 - Flurry of Fun Christmas Event Media Night!

January 11th, 2018 - New background audio loops debut throughout the park
February 12th, 2018 - Preview new toys coming to Star Wars - Galaxy's Edge!
February 12th, 2018 - Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway to open in 2019!
February 12th, 2018 - New Star Wars-inspired resort details released!
February 16th, 2018 - Toy Story Land officially opens on June 30th, 2018!
February 22nd, 2018 - New Star Wars-inspired resort visuals released!
February 22nd, 2018 - New Toy Story Land preview photos & video!
June 28th, 2018 - Slinky Dog Dash Complete POV!

January 17th, 2019 - Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy opening date revealed!
March 7th, 2019 - Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge officially opens on 8/29/19
May 1st, 2019 - Star Wars: Behind The Wall Sneak Preview!
October 30th, 2019 - New destinations coming to Star Tours this December!

Original Post:

Here are some cool shots from a compatriot in crime. Its from the testing of Lights, Motors, Action, Extreme Stunt Show (Disneyland Paris Import) yesterday:

Unlike Soarin, I have not had the privilege of seeing the original. From the shots (more at www.MKT3000.com)
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Last edited by robbalvey on Fri May 01, 2020 9:10 am.

Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:32 pm

I miss the houses... :(

I honestly have never been a big fan of stunt shows... This looks kinda cool but they always seem a bit lame. I just kinda never know what to think of these things as usually most of the things going on just aren't close enough to you to make a real impact.

Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:37 pm

kenshinmac wrote: This looks kinda cool but they always seem a bit lame.

Anything with fire will get me in the door ;) Plus -- stunt cars? That seems so difficult (I saw them practice at Epcot's parking area -- and what they did was pretty wicked).

I'm looking forward to it. Sorry you miss the houses. Never saw that.
Last edited by Jose Eber on Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:40 pm.

Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:38 pm

I hate shows. Never liked them. If I see one show a year, that's a lot for me.


I *LOVED* this show when we saw it in Paris.

--Robb "That says something!" Alvey

Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:45 pm

Damnit Robb now you have me interested...

I have never enjoyed a stunt show before and was especially disappointed when the plane didn't launch when I went to see Waterworld at Universal Hollywood. All the shows I have seen were terrible. Worst was a Batman show at Six Flags Over Texas... 30 min late because of technical difficulties in high 90's and it was just complete and utter crap.

Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:49 pm

^ Yeah, take the Waterworld show, give it Disney quality and a budget that seems to be 10x that show and that's what this is.

IMO, a show is only 'good' unless there is a lot of action, a lot of fire and stuff blows up.

This show gives me all that!


Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:56 pm

What you mean good narration? None of the terribly acted bits between something that could be considered remotely action oriented.

Seriously though Waterworld had some cool parts. The bit where they launch the jetski under the wall and some of the explosions were cool. Overall though it was pretty painful.

The worst thing was that Batman show I was talking about at SF:OT was setup as like a stunt shoot. So they keep pausing and saying now we are going to film such and such. OMG it was terrible you saw the stunt men bouncing on trampolines and stuff on some of the falls. Ack!!! Six Flags shouldn't be allowed to do stuntshows.

Honestly why hasn't anyone made a tongue in cheek stuntshow? I mean seriously make fun of the bad acting and stuff. Joke around with the audience. It could be incredibly funny if they got the right people.

Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:20 pm

Here's a shot from the show in Paris. Looks nearly identical.



Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:50 pm

Wow, great pictures. I saw this show a few times before in Disneyland Paris and yes, it looks definitely like the same in DLRP. I like this show, because there are a lot of cool stunts and action. I think it is a good expansion for the MGM Studios.


Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:32 am

Believe me when I say that this is not your average Theme Park Show whit some lame pretending stunts. This is the real deal and you’ll be on the edge of your seat during many of the stunts… There is some time between the set up of the next stunt where not much happens, but is needed so you can be amazed again…

Have a good look at the picture from Paris higher up in this topic. You can see the bridge over the water. I would like to know if they have this one in MGM too. This was added later, after a stunt gone wrong. (The car didn’t make it over the water)… This safety procedure did take the jet ski stunt out… Would be interesting to know if the bridge is there and if the jet ski stunt will be performed…
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