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7 Secrets Most People Don’t Know About Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, many guests love to spend plenty of time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios where Hollywood comes to life. Guests who spend time in the park can enjoy feeling like Hollywood stars as they enjoy unique attractions, entertainment, dining, stage shows, shopping, and more. Disney’s Hollywood Studios allows guests to step directly into the movies and television where they can enter into The Twilight Zone, join the Rebel Resistance, laugh along with the Muppets, play with the Toy Story characters, and rock out with Aerosmith. With so many amazing things to enjoy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it is no wonder why guests spend so much time there and perhaps think that they are familiar with the entire park. While guests may think they know all there is to know about Disney’s Hollywood Studios, they might be surprised to learn some interesting secrets and details which are hidden all around. From Hidden Mickeys and Imagineer tributes to opening day references and Hollywood history, there are plenty of secrets to be discovered in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here are seven secrets that most guests don’t know about in Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

7. Great Movie Ride’s Hidden Mickey

Most guests who visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios always enjoy a whirl on the Great Movie Ride which brings them directly into some of the most popular and beloved movies in Hollywood history. While guests might think that they are totally familiar with the attraction, they may not know about several Hidden Mickeys found throughout the experience including one in a favorite scene. While moving through the scene depicting Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, guests should look to the left hand side of their attraction vehicles to spot a wall of hieroglyphics. One square of the wall depicts a Hidden Mickey dressed as a pharaoh being served by Donald!

6. Great Movie Ride’s Alien Crew

Another popular scene of the Great Movie Ride brings guests on board the ship Nostromo from the classic movie Alien. While moving through the scene, guests can spot the murderous creature, Sigourney Weaver, and a tribute to the Imagineers who helped to create the Great Movie Ride. On the left hand side of the Alien scene, guests should look near the floor to spot a manifest of the crew on board the ship. The names on the list are those of Imagineers who helped to create and build the Great Movie Ride.

5. Toy Story Mania’s Barcode

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania which magically shrinks guests down to the size of toys and invites them to compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by characters from the film series. Guests who move through the queue of the attraction can notice lots of classic toys and games which are larger than life thanks to their new sizes. After boarding their attraction vehicles and just before beginning their experience, guests should look for a box with a large barcode that displays a string of numbers. While the numbers may seem random, they actually reference December 15, 2006 which was the day that Toy Story Mania was announced.

4. Gertie’s Hollywood History

A familiar sight to many guests who visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the large green dinosaur in the Echo Lake section of the park. While many guests may recognize the dinosaur, they may not realize that her name is Gertie and that she has a rich Hollywood history. Gertie was created in the early 1900s by vaudeville performer Windsor McCay. McCay crafted an act in which he would perform in front of a screen on which Gertie would be animated and seemingly interacting with him. Gertie currently stands silently in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but she is Hollywood royalty.

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3. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’s Prop

One of the most thrilling attractions in Walt Disney World can be found on the end of Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror invites guests into the Hollywood Tower Hotel where they can star in their very own episode of the television series. With plenty of eerie details and thrilling moments, the attraction is also filled with props and details which are from original episodes of The Twilight Zone. When passing through the lobby of the hotel, guests should look for a pair of broken glasses which reference the episode “Time Enough at Last” in which the main character finds himself alone on Earth and finally able to read in peace until he breaks his glasses.

2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster’s Beatles Tribute

Found right next door to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is another thrilling attraction which brings guests into the world of rock and roll. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith has guests encounter the band at G Force Records and then rocket across town to make it to a concert on time. Before entering into the preshow area, guests should listen for a page at the studio which references a classic Beatles song. The page is looking for an employee named Jude and calls out “hey, Jude” which guests will recognize as an iconic song from the band.

1. George Lucas’ Page

Star Wars fans who visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios always enjoy a ride on Star Tours – The Adventure Continues where they can join the Rebel Resistance and experience the thrill of space travel. Before boarding their Star Tours flight, guests on the queue should listen for a page searching for an individual named Egroeg Sacul. The alien name might sound fictional, but is creator George Lucas’ name backwards!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.