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MGM Studios in Disney World
Disney'-MGM Studios in Florida

Getting there from Miami

Hollywood Studios is located approximately 286 miles north of Miami Beach, FL. If you need transportation from Miami, Fort Lauderdale or Pompano Beach, Miami Beach 411 can arrange a 1-Day Tour or Multi-Day trip.

About the park

Disney's MGM Studios opened in April 1989. The Park was created to evoke the Golden Age of Hollywood, and spotlight the history of movies, television and musical entertainment.

The Studios located one mile southwest of Epcot, approximately 22 miles southwest of Orlando, FL. You can visit Disney-MGM Studios by car, water taxi (from Disney resorts and theme parks) or use Disney bus transportation. The monorail system does not connect to this park.

MGM Studios 1-day Ticket - $89 (Ages 10+) - $83 (Ages 3-9). See multi-day ticket prices.
Hours: Depending on the time of year, MGM park hours can range between 8am and 1am. Call Guest Services at (407) 824-4321 for park hours and showtimes during your visit.
Size: 135 acres
Parking: $14, Free for Disney Resort Guests
Address: 351 South Studio Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Park tips

  • Sunscreen and walking shoes are a must.
  • Be sure to check the weather before you go to the park.
  • You must pass through a security checkpoint before entering.
  • ATM's are located at the Park entrance and Toy Story Pizza Planet.
  • Measure your child's height so you know which rides they can enjoy.
  • Use FastPass strategically.
  • Ride the most popular attractions early in the day.
  • Shops on Hollywood Boulevard are open a half hour past closing.
  • Bring your autograph book to Mickey Avenue.
  • Many Disney Cast Members speak more than one language. The flags on their name tags indicate which languages they speak.

Park layout

As you enter Disney-MGM you will be on Hollywood Boulevard. Here you can find many specialty shops; this is also a good spot to catch a live street performence.

As you approach the corner of Hollywood Boulevard & Sunset Boulevard you will see a guest information area. Here you can make restaurant reservations and check the wait times on all the major attractions.

The main areas at MGM Studios include: Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Animation Courtyard, Mickey Avenue, Commissary Lane, Streets of America.

Sunset Boulevard

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror – This premier attraction is found in a creepy 199 foot tall building, known as the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Riders board a phantom elevator, shoot up 13 stories and then a thrilling plummet. This attraction won the Reader's Choice Award for Favorite Attraction at Walt Disney World and Disney-MGM Studios – Fastpass is accepted. You must be at least 40 inches tall to ride.

Rock n Roll Coaster starring Aerosmith – this is the fastest rollercoaster at Disney World, reaching 60 mph in less than 3 seconds. Your vehicle is designed to resemble a limo, and you are traveling in it to a back stage party starring, Aerosmith. The vehicle is equipped with a state of the art sound system – Fastpass is accepted. You must be at least 48 inches tall to ride.

Beauty & Beast – Live on Stage – this Broadway style show is based on the hit movie. The show runs 30 minutes and is performed at various times throughout the day – Check your Park Map for details. Fastpass is accepted.

Fantasmic – This nighttime show takes palce in an outdoor amphitheater surronded by a man-made lagoon. The 25 minute show contains lasers, water and fire special effects. Seating begins 2-hours before the show begins – Check your Park Map for details

The Great Movie Ride – this 22 minute attraction spotlights famous Hollywood movie productions. The attraction is housed in a building designed to look like the Grauman's Chinese Theatre. As you wait in line, you watch scenes from famous movies on a giant film screen. After you board the attraction, your guide takes you on a tour of great movies from the 1930’s to today.

Animation Courtyard

Voyage of the Little Mermaid – this 17 minute live performance brings the movie "The Little Mermaid" to MGM Studios. Live actors, puppets and film clips tell the story of Ariel and her dream to become human. The show runs throughout the day – Check your Park Map for details. Fastpass is accepted.

The Magic of Disney Animation – this tour takes guests behind the scenes to view how Disney animators at work. There are hands-on exhibits and even a chance to meet film characters for photos and autographs.

Playhouse Disney – Live on Stage – this presentation is geared for the preschool age children and their families. The show takes place in a large theater, where guests sit on the carpeted floor and watch a live performance of Playhouse Disney. Characters including, Bear and the Big Blue House, Rolie Polie Olie, and Winnie the Pooh. The show has lots of music and encourages kids in the audience to get up and dance.

Mickey Avenue

Walt Disney – One Man’s Dream – this multisensory experience explores the life of Walt Disney and how he followed his dreams. This 25 minute show runs continuously thorughout the day..

Who Wants to be a Millionaire – Play It! – this attraction emulates the popular game show. You are part of the studio audience and can actually play along. If you are good enough, you might make it on stage to compete for Disney prizes – Fastpass is accepted.

Disney Studio – Backlot Tour – on this 35 minute tour, you board a tram that takes you through backstage areas of the studios. The tram also goes through Catastrophe Canyon where you witness an explosion, a flash flood and an earthquake.

New York Street

Sounds Dangerous starring Drew Carey
– this 12 minute 3-D presentation stars Drew Carey. A good portion of the movie takes place in complete darkness. Also some of the elements may be unsettling; use discretion when viewing with small children.

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular – this 30 minute show is filled with stunts based on the popular "Indiana Jones" movies. Stunts are recreated from the films including a chase by a 12 foot rolling ball, explosions and fight scenes – Fastpass is accepted.

Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D – as you enter the theater you will view a 12 minute pre-show. The Muppets introduce the show and tell you to enter the theater to view their latest invention, Muppet 3D Vision. Inside the theater you will view a 3D film, along with live action and puppets. Some parts of the show are loud and may frighten small children. This 25 minute show is presented continuously throughout the day – Check your Park Map for details.

Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure – this climb and play area is geared for children aged 4 years and up. It is an open area filled with oversized movie set props from the "Honey I Shrunk the Kids" movies. It is a great area to let the kids run around and work off some energy.

Star Tours – this attraction uses flight simulators to take guests on a trip to the Moon of Endor. The simulators offer a bumpy ride. They are not recommended for guests that suffer from motion sickness or health problems – Fastpass is accepted. You must be at least 40 inches tall to ride.

Special attractions

Lights! Motors! Action! – this show mixes high-octane thrills of a live stunt show with a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into shooting car chases for big budget movies – Fastpass is accepted.

Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade – see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Ariel, Sebastian, Mickey, Minnie and many other stars as they drive by in tricked out cars.

MGM Studios Shows:
• "Fantasmic"
• "Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade"
• "Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular"
• "Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage"
• "Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage"
• "Voyage of the Little Mermaid"

• "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It"
• "Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show"

Restaurants and dining

Signature Dining - Full-service restaurant options: Hollywood Brown Derby, 50's Prime Time Cafe, Sci-Fi Drive In, and Mamas Melrose Cafe. Call (407) WDW-DINE 90 days in advance to make dining reservations.

MGM studios restaurants include:

Hollywood Brown Derby (236 seats, full-service)
50's Prime Time Cafe (225 seats, full service)
Sci-Fi Drive In (252 seats, full-service theatre/restaurant)
Mama Melrose Ristorante (250 seats, full-service)
Hollywood & Vine (468 seats, all you can eat buffet)
Toy Story Pizza Planet (counter service)
Backlot Express (600 seats, counter service)
ABC Commissary (562 seats, fast food)
Anaheim Produce (produce stand with fresh fruit and vegitables)

Orlando weather


Disney vacations

The least crowded time to visit is from Labor Day to Thanksgiving and from the week after President's Day (mid-February) to the start of Spring Break (mid-March).

You can definitely make the most of your vacation by staying at one of the Disney World hotels. If you do, you will enjoy special benefits such as Magic Hours, discounts at six Disney World golf courses, and the special Walt Disney World quality and service.

But if you choose to stay at one of the many hotels near Disney World, you can still visit all of the Disney properties to enjoy the atmosphere, have a meal, or shop. You may be charged for parking, but you can get validated for up to one hour of parking for each $10 you spend while you're there.

Some of the popular moderate priced resorts include Walt Disney's Caribbean, Coronado, Port Orleans, and Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

Disney sells MGM tickets on their website, but you can not print the tickets, meaning you must order early and have the tickets mailed to you.
You can also buy tickets through your local auto club, Disney Store or through a school or work activities office. Many offsite hotels also sell Disney passports at the front desk.

I suggest researching Disney ticket prices in advance, and buy your pass before you get to the park. No sense wasting the first hour waiting in line at the ticket booth.

Wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV) - Rentals are available for a fee of $10 for a wheelchair (multiple day rentals are $8/day) and $35 for the ECV.

Strollers - Strollers are available for rent at the front of the park for a charge of $10/day for a single and $18 for a double.

Company info:
Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park
351 South Studio Dr., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

(407) 824-4321
Web: www.disneyworld.disney.go.com
Grand Opening: May 1, 1989
Employees: 5,500 cast members
Size: 135 acres (546,000 m²)

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