Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been talked about a lot lately. With the closings of many of our favorite attractions and restaurants to say that Hollywood Studios is undergoing some changes is an understatement! We are in for a totally new experience! While I have always enjoyed visiting Hollywood Studios, it has always been my least favorite park. I love the thrill rides, I love streetmosphere, I love the shows, I love the restaurants and I love the attention to detail. See? While it may be my least favorite park right now, it’s like saying my 4th favorite milkshake is chocolate. I really love chocolate milkshakes. Since the announcements of so many new experiences coming to Hollywood Studios, the park can sometimes feel, well…in transition. Over the years, I’ve become intrigued by the idea of secrets of Walt Disney World. Hidden Mickeys are placed all over the property and nods to Imagineers and Disney legends are also hidden through the property. Searching for these hidden secrets and knowing their meanings is part of the fun! So, the next time you are at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, be sure to find these 5 secrets! Do you have any other secrets that are your favorite?
5. One of my favorite secrets involves the mouse that started it all! Mickey Mouse! Upon entering Hollywood Studios, look up! Mickey Mouse can be seen standing on the top of the world above the Crossroads of the World shop. Even though he seems super small all the way up there, he is actually 5’3” tall and his right ear is made out of copper! He serves as a lightning rod to make sure that if there is a lightning strike, it will find him rather than the very busy surrounding area. Speaking of the surrounding area, find the gas pump nearby. Notice the numbers on the pump? They represent the day the park opened, May 1, 1989.
4. I love the Movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? The story line was a hit in 1988, giving life to cartoon characters as if they truly existed. A dimwitted acting rabbit, married to his adoring, sexy human wife is framed for a murder he didn’t commit! So, he commissions a washed up private investigator, Eddie Valiant, who hates “toons” following the death of his brother. The relationship between Roger and Eddie is endearing and though it is not a popular movie today, many people still look back fondly on it! If you ever wondered what happened to Eddie Valiant, he’s doing just fine! He’s brought his practice to Disney’s Hollywood Studios and it looks like Roger has recently visited. Just look above the Hollywood and Vine Restaurant.
3. The Great Movie ride is a hot spot for hidden Mickeys! While there is no way to truly confirm how many hidden Mickeys are in the ride because they were often done secretly and even cast members can’t confirm the numbers, there are plenty of people who search for them! A hidden Mickey is considered to be a classic 3 circle design that makes up Mickey’s head and also includes silhouettes of characters where they do not belong. Enthusiasts have reported that there is possibly up to 27 hidden Mickeys in the Great Movie Ride alone! Another one of my favorite secrets in the Great Movie Ride is the Casablanca scene where we are able to see the famous goodbye scene between Rick and Ilsa complete with the front of a plane. This plane was an actual plane made by Lockheed, but cut in half to fit the scene. Head over to Magic Kingdom to see the other half of the plane on the Jungle Cruise, which skippers will tell you had a crash landing.
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2. One of the best secrets at Hollywood Studios is the wait time for Tower of Terror. If there is no wait time for the ride, it will still read that you have a 13 minute wait. So, the number 13 is actually very, very lucky for you thrill seekers! You are visiting a AAA 13 star diamond award winning hotel with a 13 story drop, of course.
1. Characterpalooza is my favorite secret at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! The unannounced and unadvertised character interaction is one of the best secrets on property! On nights when there is a Fantasmic! show, a special meet and greet occurs on San Francisco Street. It happens between 3-5 hours prior to the start of Fantasmic! and only lasts about 20 minutes or so. Many of the characters that appear on Steamboat Willie come out to play with guests for autographs, hugs and photos!