Secrets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Every Disney Park has secrets and Disney’s Hollywood Studios is no different! The park is full of hidden Mickeys and historical facts and secrets.

Have you ever noticed the red trolley on Sunset Boulevard? Trolley #694 reminds us all when Sunset Boulevard opened to the public – June, 1994.

The gas pump on the right as you enter the park is marked with the opening date of Disney-MGM Studios. Anyone who rents a stroller stops here regularly!

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is full of props and cobwebs to give the feel of a long abandoned hotel. Be on the lookout for a pair of broken glasses as you move through the lobby. These glasses pay homage to an episode of The Twilight Zone about a man who found himself alone on earth finally with enough time to read his books until he broke his glasses. 

If the wait time sign for the Tower of Terror indicates a 13 minute wait – there is actually no wait.

Did you ever think the Tower of Terror was an odd color? Well the Imagineers knew the tower would be visible from Epcot so it was created and built so that it would blend in with the scenery of the Morocco Pavilion in World Showcase.

Everyone loves Toy Story Mania! After boarding your attraction vehicle, notice the larger than life barcode on the board game box in the loading area just before entering the main ride. The numbers represent the date December 15, 2006 which was the official announcement of Toy Story Mania.

When playing Toy Story Mania – aim low! Many of the higher point hits are low to make it easier for children.

Are you a Star Tours The Adventure Continues fan? When moving through the queue area, you will notice a blue screen. Watch for R2D2 to appear wearing Mickey Mouse ears!

When waiting in line for Star Tours, listen for a robot paging “Egroeg Sacul“. Spell it backwards and you have George Lucas.

The Great Movie Ride is one of my favorites! Be sure to look carefully at the mural on the left side after boarding your vehicle. The Hollywood Hills at night is a breathtaking scene – can you spot the Hidden Minnie in the cluster of trees near the Hollywood sign? Here’s a hint: Look for her bow!

Notice the license plate “021-429” on the car in the gangster shoot-out scene of The Great Movie Ride – It’s the date of the Valentine’s Day Massacre – Feb. 14, 1929.

As you enter the Indiana Jones room of the Great Movie Ride, on the wall to your left just before you leave the area, be sure to look for a Pharoah Mickey Mouse and a slave Donald Duck.

The lagoon where the Fantasmic show takes place is only 1-1/2 feet deep!

Next time you dine at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, while you wait in the reception area to be seated, looked for the Dalmation with the spot in the shape of Mickey! 

Gertie the Dinosaur was the world’s first animated film and an inspiration to Walt Disney. He was impressed with the film’s life-like movements and the film’s ability to have audiences love an animated character. Without Gertie there might not have been a Mickey Mouse! Gertie’s spot along the lake is a tribute to that movie.

I can’t wait to see what surprises and secrets the Imagineers have in-store when the expansion is complete!


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