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Disney/MGM Studios

Disney/MGM Studios


Since January 7, 2008, the park has been referred to as Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney MGM Studios Gate

AFI Showcase: New name for Studio Showcase at the end of the Backstage Studio Tour starting in December, 1995.  It closed on August 16, 2014.
The American Idol Experience: Located in the former location of Superstar Television, multiple shows were presented each day and Guests could vote for the other Guests who were the performers.  The final show of each day awarded a "Dream Ticket" that would allow the guest the go to the front of the line at a regional American Idol audition.  The show operated from February 14, 2009-August 30th, 2014.
Backstage Studio Tour: An Opening Day tram tour that originally loaded near the Magic of Disney Animation.  It drove through Catastrophe Canyon and the New York and residential street.  It became known as the Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour on June 30, 1996 and in January of 2008 the name was shortened to The Studio Backlot Tour.  In 2009, live tour guides were eliminated and a pre-recorded spiel was used instead.  The tour closed for good on September 27, 2014.  
Honey, I Shunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure: Playground open from December 17, 1990 to April 2, 2016.  Oversize props such as a Kodak film slide and a giant ant made guests feel tiny.  It was also known as the Honey, I Shunk the Kids Adventure Zone.  
Lights, Motors, Action!  Extreme Stunt Show: Vehicle stunt show based on Moteurs...Action!  Stunt Show Spectacular at Walt Disney Studios Park in Disneyland Paris.  It ran stateside from May 5, 2005 to April 2, 2016.  
The Magic of Disney Animation: Animation tour featuring the Robin Williams film Back to Neverland, a tour of the animation process and a peek at the artists (until 2003).  It later featured the Animation Academy before closing on July 12, 2015 and become Star Wars Launch Bay December 1, 2015.
Residential Street: This area featured the Golden Girls house and Herbie the Love Bug was parked in one of the driveways at one point.  It was part of the Backstage Studio tram tour and the original site of the Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights until 2002.  It was removed in 2003 for Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show.
Rocketeer Gallery:  A display of costumes and movie props from the Rocketeer film.  It was during 1991 from July to September and was later replaced by Studio Showcase.
Streets of America: New name for New York Street starting in 2004.  It closed on April 2, 2016.
Studio Showcase: Replace the Rocketeer Gallery and opened on September 29, 1991.  If featured peops and costumes from the lastest movies and later located to the end of the Backstage Studio tour.  In December of 1995 it became the AFI Showcase.  
Theater of the Stars (Original Location): Was located on Hollywood Boulevard from Opening Day until May 2, 1993.  The new location of the theater was unveiled on June 15, 1994 on Sunset Boulevard.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-Play It!:  Located in what is now Pixar Place, guests could participate in an interactive version of the TV game show and win prizes.  It ran from April 7, 2001 to August 19, 2006 and later became the location of the Toy Story Midway Mania attraction.   Disney's California Adventure also had a version of this show that ran from September 14, 2001 to August 20, 2004.

Filming at the Studios
When the Disney-MGM studios first opened, it really was a working studio.  Some of the things filmed there included:
Baby Races
A Conversation With... (A 1989 Disney Channel show featuring stars such as George Burns, Carol Burnett, Bob Hope and Betty White answering questions from the audience.)
Disney's Nancy Kerrigan Special: Dreams on Ice
Ernest Saves Christmas
Family Secrets
The Lottery (The film staring Bette Midler that was shown during the Backstage Studio Tour)
Let's Make a Deal (1990)
The Mickey Mouse Club
Splash, Too (This made for TV movie was the very first thing filmed at the Studios on February 2, 1988)
Star Search
That's My Dog!  
Teen Win, Lose or Draw (1989)

The following animated films were done at the Animation Studios at the Disney/MGM Studios:

Back to Neverland: This animated film featured Robin Williams and was part of the Animation tour from opening day until September 30, 2003.  
Brother Bear
Lilo and Stitch
Mulan
Off His Rockers (An animated short film released July 17, 1992 that featured a plotline of a faithful rocking horse being overshadowed by video games.  This theme was later revisited in the Toy Story films.)
Trail Mix-Up (a Roger Rabbit Short)

See Unbuilt Disney-MGM Concepts Here

Disney MGM Studios 1989 Director Mickey guide book

Disney MGM Studios 1989 Chinese Theater Guide book

Disney MGM Studios Star Tours guide
(Thanks to Johnny Casella for the above brochure photos.)



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