From MGM Studios to Hollywood Studios in 25 years!
Orlando’s 4th most popular theme park blows 25 candles out next month as it celebrates a quarter of a century of fun as a movie based theme park.
It’s going to be one gorgeous celebration, with all of the usual party atmosphere that Disney do so very well on May 1st 2014.
From its humble beginnings in 1989 Hollywood Studios has provided some amazing attractions including the legendary Fantasmic firework and light show plus of course the Rock n Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror.
Next week, on Thursday May 1st, the park opens between the extended hours between 9am and 11pm for a fun celebration that is included in regular park admission.
- From 10 a.m., Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will join Disney’s Hollywood Studios VP Dan Cockerell to start the celebration day, honoring some of the 25-year cast members during a short rededication ceremony.
- A special motorcade — “Stars of the Studios” — will make its way down Hollywood Blvd. beginning at 7 p.m. and feature many of the famous characters showcased throughout the park. Mickey and Minnie will be joined by television and film stars including Captain Jack Sparrow, Darth Vader, Doc McStuffins, Wreck-It Ralph, Venellope, Sofia the First and more.
- Following the motorcade, the area in front of the park’s Sorcerer Hat Stage will become a dance party before a fireworks show ends the day in grand fashion at 9:30 p.m. The pyrotechnics show, which will be high in the sky above the Sorcerer Mickey Hat, will pay tribute to 25 years of show business stories that have been told throughout the park.
- And finally, a taste-tempting treat — a 25th Anniversary Chocolate Nutella Cupcake — will be sold at many of the park’s quick service dining locations during the day.
With lots of speculation over the last 12 months about rumoured expansions to Disney’s Hollywood Studios the 25th Anniversary might have been a great opportunity for Disney to announce some exciting new news, but we would have expected Tom Staggs to be the speaker if that was happening. Perhaps we are wrong, and Dan Cockerell will let loose of some teasers that might offer Hollywood Studios it’s first entirely new attraction since the Lights, Motors, Action Stunt Show in 2005.
If it happens, we will let you know of course!