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8 Secrets About Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Any vacation in Walt Disney World is sure to be filled with amazing memories of exploring the Disney Parks, Disney Resorts, water parks, and Disney Springs. While many guests love to spend time in the classic Magic Kingdom. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also extremely popular thanks to its perfect theme that brings the magic and glamour of Hollywood to life. The Disney Park is home to thrilling experiences, immersive areas that transport guests to other universes and the worlds of Disney Princesses, and live shows that bring favorite characters to life. With so much to see and do in Disney’s Hollywood Studios with much more coming on the horizon, it can be easy for guests to overlook some amazing details and hidden secrets that are designed to bring the park to life. From details that pay homage to the history and creation of some attractions to Hidden Mickeys, there are plenty of wonderful things to discover in the park. Here are eight secrets about Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios to discover on any visit!

1. Andy’s Footprints

The newest area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Land which brings the world of Woody, Buzz, and friends to life with massive toy details and more. Guests who wander through the area automatically feel as though they have shrunken down to the size of toys and there are many magical details that help support this feeling. One secret detail that is hidden in plain sight is often overlooked by guests simply because they aren’t looking down. Scattered along the main path through Toy Story Land are Andy’s footprints which are larger than life!

2. Tin Toy

The opening of Toy Story Land brought two new attractions and the resituating of an entrance to an already existing classic. Toy Story Mania’s entrance was moved to the back of the preexisting building and expanded to accommodate more guests than before. After enjoying the 3D attraction where guests compete for the high score, they emerge back at the loading and unloading platform and disembark before heading back out into the land. Nearby is a large scale Golden Book titled “Tin Toy.” While this might look like a random detail, it pays homage to the story of the same title created by John Lasseter that eventually evolved into the Toy Story that we know today.

3. George Lucas Reference

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also the central location for guests to enjoy all things Star Wars as it features entertainment, attractions, and more that bring characters and locations to life. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues has guests board a Star Tours flight that takes a thrilling turn when a Rebel Spy is discovered. Before boarding the flight, guests should listen for an announcement paging Egroeg Sacul which is actually George Lucas spelled backwards!

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4. Special Shipments

The Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to several popular experiences including a quick service eatery that features delicious bites and lakeside breezes. The Dockside Diner serves up hot dogs and more, but it is the nearby shipping creates that guests often tend to overlook. Each crate references a famous Hollywood film either through mention of a character or location. Guests who stop to read the names and addressed will find references to Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, It’s A Wonderful Life, and more.

5. Don’t Pull the Rope!

Also found in Echo Lake is the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! which brings some of the most beloved moments of the film franchise to life while teaching guests how big stunts are safely performed. Guests can even get in on the action and be a volunteer extra in the show, adding even more Hollywood magic. After enjoying the live stunt show, guests should look for a rope outside of the theater with assign that says to not pull on. The rope descends into a large hole, and those who ignore the sign and pull on the rope are in for a great surprise!

6. Eddie Valiant

Another wonderful detail in the Echo Lake area of Disney’s Hollywood Studios that many guests tend to overlook can be found above the popular Hollywood & Vine Restaurant. There a window with the name Eddie Valiant can be found with an eye inside of a magnifying glass and the title Private Investigator. This references the detective from the popular 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and is a great example of how details are seamlessly incorporated into the Disney Parks!

7. Abandoned Glasses

One of the most immersive experiences in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on Sunset Boulevard. The attraction brings guests into the Hollywood Tower Hotel and shares with them how five guests mysteriously disappeared into The Twilight Zone after their elevator was struck by lightning. The entire attraction is filled with countless details that pay tribute to episodes of the television series, including a pair of broken glasses that were left behind in the lobby. The glasses reference the episode “Time Enough at Last” and are a wonderful example of a small detail that can often be overlooked!

8. Hollywood Boulevard’s Hidden Mickey

Guests who take their time on Hollywood Boulevard can enjoy some wonderful details in addition to great shopping locations. Adrian & Edith’s Head to Toe sells mostly Mickey Ears that can be customized right there, and many guests love stopping in while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Those who take a moment to look up in the rear of the store can spot a Hidden Mickey formed by three lily pads close to the ceiling.

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.