Top 10 BEST Disney Hollywood Studios Secrets! | Disney-MGM Studios History

Top 10 Disney-Disney Hollywood Studios Secrets & Facts! Today, we're taking a look behind the scenes at the Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World, sharing the best history & facts about Disney MGM Studios. From Disney rides like Tower of Terror and Muppet Vision 3-D to extinct attractions like the Streets of America and the Backlot Tour, to the largest hidden Mickey at Walt Disney World! Disney-MGM Studios opened on May 1st, 1989 and used to be home to a working film studio. Over the years the park has seen a lot of changes including the loss of the working production studio, and more recently the construction of Star Wars Galaxy's Edge, Toy Story Land and Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway! DON'T FORGET TO LIKE AND SUBSCRIBE!*** ► ◄
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#10- Crossroads of the World
#9- Universal Idea- Backlot Tour
#8- Walt Disney's Airplane
#7- Key Under the Mat (Muppet Vision 3-D)
#6- The Chinese Theatre
#5- Largest Hidden Mickey
#4- Rock N Roller Coaster (Studio A&B)
#3-Theatre of the Stars (Beauty and the Beast)
#2- Pull the Rope- Indiana Jones
#1- Tower of Terror
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Caption: Welcome to tpmvids disney beat where we talk. about all things disney. if you’re new to. the channel, hit that subscribe button and. click the bell icon to be notified when we. upload a new video. disney mgm studios opened on may 1st and was walt disney world’s third theme. park at the resort. it was built over the. course of 3 years and cost the company over. $500 million dollars to build. with today’s. inflation is approximately 1 billion dollars. the park was inspired by the golden age of. hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s and was also. designed to be a working film studio in addition. to the theme park. this is the map from opening. day. all the purple buildings were part of. the production studio and everything else. was the theme park which was a very small. portion of the 135 acre park. well since opening as disney-mgm studios,. the park has seen many changes including the. name change to disney’s hollywood studios. in 2008 and the loss of the working studio. aspect through the late 90’s into the early. 2000s. as of recently, the park has become. a shell of its former self. it used to be. a place where hollywood came alive and you. could experience the movies and feel like. you were part of the action. it was an exciting. park to visit so we’re gonna relive the. prime of disney-mgm studios. through the video. we’ll be looking at the park’s history. and will refer to it as disney-mgm studios. where necessary. so today, we’re gonna be. counting down the top 10 disney’s hollywood. studios secrets & facts. number 10- the crossroads. when you walk into disney’s hollywood studios. one of the very first things you’ll see. after you pass through the turnstiles is the. crossroads of the world monument. this opened. with the park in may of 1989 and did you know. that this is almost a full scale replica of. the original crossroads monument in los angeles . built in 1936, the original sits outside of. what is said to be the first shopping mall. of america off sunset blvd. at disney’s. hollywood studios, the monument sits outside. hollywood blvd and is the exact size and scale. of the original, but has one major difference;. mickey mouse. thats right, the disney version. features a statue of mickey mouse on the top. of the spinning globe and he’s actually. there on double duty. not only is mickey the. company’s icon, mickey’s right earn which. is actually made out of copper actually doubles. as a lightning rod to protect guests at from. the inclement florida weather. number 9- a universal idea. when disney mgm studios opened in 1989, the. main attraction at the park was the backlot. tour. the attraction used to be a combination. of a tram and waking tour that lasted over. 2 hours; a much longer experience than the. 30 minute tour the attraction closed with. in 2014. it would take guests through the. streets of america, through the residential. street and into the iconic cat canyon. so lets rewind back a bit. in 1982 while michael. eisner was the current ceo of paramount studios,. he was approached by universal to join their. theme park project in orlando. eisner declined. but while he stepped into the ceo position. at disney in 1984, he was very knowledgeable. on the details of the universal studios orlando. theme park. this included the headliner attraction. that was supposed to be a tram tour that would. feature a scenario like what opened in universal. studios hollywood in 1988. well looking at. cat canyon in mgm studios, you can definitely. see the similarities to the attraction at. universal studios, so you could say eisner. borrowed this idea from universal studios. cat canyon was demolished in february . to make way for star wars galaxy’s edge. number 8- the disney airplane. on october 8th, 1992 an airplane touched down. on world drive in orlando and found a home. on the backlot at disney mgm studios. well. this aircraft, which went by the name of “the. mouse,” was in fact walt disney’s actual. airplane and holds a lot of disney history. walt disney bought the grumman gulfstream. 1 in 1964 and in addition to transporting. imagineers from california to new york in. preparation for the 1964 new york world’s. fair, it’s also said that it was responsible. for going on secret missions flying over florida,. scouting land for project x which would then. became walt disney world. well here’s the. problem; walt’s decision to locate project. x in florida was made in 1963, but this aircraft. was purchased in 1964. well it turns out the. decision was made on the beechcraft queen. air, another aircraft the company owned at. the time. the mouse may have very well been. used to scout out specifics of the land after. the fact, but it’s not where the decision. was made to locate to florida. now as of 2016, the entire backlot section. of disney hollywood studios like we mentioned. before has been demolished to make way for. star wars galaxy’s edge. this includes the. spot where walt’s airplane was found for. almost 25 years. so now the question becomes,. what’s actually happened to walt disney’s. air plane and this piece of disney history . well its honestly a mystery since no one in. the disney community, aside from disney themselves,. knows the actual location of the plane. what. is known is that it was repainted to the original. orange and white color scheme it used to have,. and was removed in tact, from disney’s hollywood. studios. it’s rumoured that its now in the. hands of the disney archives but who knows. where the plane might pop up someday. number 7- the key under the matt. muppet vision 3-d opened at disney’s hollywood. studios on may 16th 1991. a major part of. the attraction is its queue and pre show which. includes a lot of details, gags and theming. that will definitely keep you entertained. as you enter the front doors of the attraction,. on the right hand side theres a security booth. with a sign that says back in 5 minutes, key. is under mat. well because it’s disney where. no little detail goes unnoticed, if you lift. the mat on the floor you will in fact find. a gold key. now the key’s screwed into the. ground so don’t get your hopes up of trying. to take it home as a souvenir but its another. little secret that makes disney attractions. stand out from the rest. number 6- the chinese theatre. as you walk down hollywood blvd you can’t. help but notice the chinese theatre. it’s. kinda like the cinderella castle of hollywood. blvd. but did you know that the theatre is. an exact full scale replica of the graumen’s. chinese theatre in hollywood it’s actually. one of the very few replica buildings in walt. disney world thats built to the exact scale. disney imagineers used the original blueprints. from the theatre in california to build their. theatre at disney mgm studios. imagineers. took numerous reference pictures of exterior. details to match everything as close as possible. from the doors right down to the stone foo. dogs at the theatre’s entrance. after the florida theatre was built, the owners. from california asked imagineers for their. blueprints so they could be used for the theatre’s. renovation since they were gonna be more up. to date with building codes. so the florida. blueprints of the replica were used for the. california renovation of grauman’s chinese. theatre. actually disney wasn’t able to. secure licensing rights to use the grauman’s. name, so from the park opening until now,. the theatre is simply referred to as just. the chinese theatre. number 5- the largest hidden mickey. hidden mickey’s can be found all over the. walt disney world resort. now for those of. you that don’t know, hidden mickey’s are. representations of mickey mouse found designs. of pretty much anything at the disney resorts. they’re typically made up of three circles. creating the silhouette of mickey mouse. well. did you know that disney’s hollywood studios. is home to the largest hidden mickey at walt. disney world thats right, and its a hidden. mickey that you won’t really be able to. see from in the park. you sort of need to. be above it. when disney-mgm studios was built, a giant. hidden mickey was designed right into the. park’s central hub through the buildings. and landscaping. do you see it the chinese. theatre is mickey’s mouth, echo lake was. the right ear, the roof of the brown derby. restaurant was the left ear and the planters. and trees were his eyes and eyebrows. now. every day thousands of people walk right by. all these things not even knowing they’re. a part of the largest hidden mickey. now over. the years, with expansion and just the overall. evolution of the park, you can see that the. mickey silhouette is slowly becoming harder. to make out but its a cool little feature. incorporated into the design of the theme. park. number 4- studios a & b . rock n roller coaster opened in july of . and is definitely a thrilling attraction. in the ride’s queue while waiting to tour. studio c, try to listen to the sounds coming. from the doors of studio a and b. you’ll. hear sounds from real aerosmith recording. sessions. some of the sounds even came from. the rerecording sessions for the attraction. at disney’s hollywood studios.  also while. you’re in studio c watching the pre show,. take a look at the ground of the recording. studio to spot a hidden mickey. the wires. by the rack of guitars are coiled up into. the silhouette of mickey mouse!. number 3- theatre of the stars. beauty and the beast: live on stage opened. on november 22, 1991 at disney mgm studios. playing in theatre of the stars. the current. theatre can be found off sunset blvd but the. sunset blvd expansion opened in july of . and beauty and the beast opened in 1991. so. how can this be well that’s because where. theatre of the stars is today, isn’t the. original theatre. the original actually opened. with the park on may 1st 1989 and was located. where sunset blvd and hollywood blvd meet. today. this theatre didn’t have covered. seating but the stage design and circular. proscenium arch was very similar to whats. there today. since the entire park is based. on hollywood, its design inspiration seems. to have come from the hollywood bowl amphitheater. located in los angeles, california. from park. opening until beauty and the beast opened,. the theatre was home to a couple stage shows. about hollywood that featured many of your. favorite disney characters. in sept of 1993, theatre of the stars closed. while the sunset blvd expansion was being. completed. in sept of 1993 beauty and the. beast was temporarily relocated to the premiere. theatre in the backlot section of streets. of america. the show played the premiere theatre. until july of 1994 when it reopened at the. newly built theatre of the stars on sunset. blvd. stop! stop it i say. do you hear me!. number 2- don’t pull the rope. so the indiana jones epic stunt spectacular. officially opened on august 25th, 1989, almost. 3 months after the park opened. the show takes. place in a amphitheatre type venue but the. experience actually begins outside of the. theatre. so you know how we’re always told to not. do something but we do it anyways cause we. wanna know what would happen, well disney. knew this would be the case when designing. elements for disney mgm studios. so outside. of the indiana jones epic stunt spectacular,. there’s an archeological dig site with a. sign that reads “warning: do not pull rope”. but you’ll notice that the not is crossed. out. well next time you’re at the park,. go ahead and give the rope a couple pulls. and you’ll learn there’s some people down. in the excavation site. number 1- moroccon pink. the twilight zone tower of terror opened at. disney’s hollywood studios in july of . as part of the sunset blvd expansion. the. hollywood tower hotel is a 199 foot building. with a pinkish brownish facade, but have you. ever wondered about that pinkish color on. the hotel why that exact color well epcot. and disney’s hollywood studios are very. close in proximity. since they built tower. of terror just one foot under the florida. building code, the imagineers knew it would. be visible from parts of epcot. if you’ve. looked across the world showcase lagoon at. the morocco pavilion from the right angel. you’ve probably completely missed it. when you look at the buildings in morocco. they have a very similar color scheme and. architecture design to the tower of terror. so to solve the problem of seeing the ride. from epcot, they designed the attraction to. blend right into the morocco pavilion so it. appears like its part of the architecture. now as of today disney’s hollywood studios. is going through a lot of changes, specially. the construction of star wars galaxy’s edge,. as well as toy story land and the new mickey. and minnie attraction. there’s also rumours. that the name of the park will be changed. once again. so the question for you today is how do you. feel about the loss of so much history at. the. former disney-mgm studios do you have any. favourite memories or stories from the park . leave a comment down below and start . a conversation!. .

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