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“Tons of Fun--more things for older kids here”

Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Owner description: One of the 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, Disney's Hollywood Studios offers a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood-style action with live shows, thrilling attractions, backstage tours and star-studded special events.Feel like the star in your own movie as you romp through the streets and sections of the park that blend together like a large, bustling movie set. Immerse yourself in the glitz and glamour of the Hollywood heydays from the 1930s and 1940s, captured by the neon, chrome, art deco and modern architecture.Step into the action with exhilarating attractions and experiences inspired by television and silver screen favorites. Go center stage and into the spotlight with the American Idol Experience, stunt shows and more. Collect autographs and pose for photos at special events or at Character greeting locations. Embark on fantastic thrill rides you only see in the movies.Whether you seek rockin' adventures, playful stage performances, intergalactic fantasy or fascinating film history, you'll find it all—and more—at Disney's Hollywood Studios, where movie magic comes to life!
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Sioux City, Iowa
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“Tons of Fun--more things for older kids here”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

I went to Disney World at ages 6, 12, and 25 and have enjoyed it more every time! I really like Hollywood Studios (I didn't even know they changed the name from MGM!). In my opinion there is a little more to do here for older kids, although all the parks are great for all ages. I personally love the old time-y feel to this park, but it is smaller and can get a little more cramped.

Some of the best rides include Star Tours, Tower of Terror, and Rockin Roller Coaster (fastest roller coaster I have been on!!) and these are better for the older kids who like a little more thrill although on Tower of Terror I did sit next to a tiny, adorable boy about 5 years old who loved the ride and had been on it six times that day!

There are great shows here including my favorite Indiana Jones. Fantasmic night show is awesome and was our favorite night show of the trip. You actually have seats in an outdoor amphitheater so get in line ahead of time during busy months (we went in January so this was not an issue). There is also a really great Walt Disney museum we really enjoyed!

Our only mishaps: trying to go on the back lot ride (which is really fun but 30 mins long) We didn't realize it closes at dark as it is mainly outside and they don't have lights for it, so in winter months that ride is closed pretty early. We went to the stunt show and had to wait about 25 minutes past the start time as they had some technical difficulties. We ended up not really being into the show as it was mainly car stunts (which I know a lot of people love so if you are into that stuff definitely go to this show!). We left early in order to do something else.

We ate at the 50s restaurant which is really fun! Its funny when the server "yells" at you to set the table and eat your veggies in their 50s parenting character!

If your kids are into Star Wars there is a really neat Jedi training camp for kids (I'm 25 and would have loved it)! They get to do a little demonstration with characters from the movie right outside the Star Tours ride and it looked really fun however the classes book up fast so reserve a spot way ahead. There are many great shops and we really enjoyed being there at night during the extra magic hours.

Quick tip: if you love Rockin' Roller Coaster and want to get in an extra ride at the end of the day, make a mad dash out of Fantasmic (avoid the stroller mob) and go directly across to Rockin Roller Coaster (like we did) and you will likely have a very short wait. We had a five minute wait, but the wait was up to 50 minutes when we got off the ride as all the slow pokes (lol) from Fantasmic got in line too! You could also time a fast pass for Tower of Terror to get on after the show (ToT is also by Fantasmic)--run to Rockin' with no fast pass, and then go directly to ToT with your fast pass!

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Nice park but somewhat limited”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

I enjoyed the park but would not recommend it for small kids as there aren't that many rides there and not many for small kids really. For older ones it's fine, but unless you get there early for fast pass or want to wait on a line for 2 hours to see Toy Story mania.

Visited February 2013
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Gasport, New York
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“Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

We spent 4 days at Disneyland, Orlando. Our accomodations at Old Key West Resort were excellent. We had bus service to each park. Our recommendation would be to wear comfortable shoes and bring a backpack to hold your jacket, water and incidentals for the day. It was our first trip to Disney Land and we enjoyed each park. There is so much to do for the young and old. We definitely will go back in the future.

Visited January 2013
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Worksop, United Kingdom
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“A must”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

If you go must do the toy story but go first and get fast track this is a very busy ride queuing hours

Visited November 2012
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“Fun fun”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

Enjoy all the attractions. One of my favorites is toy story and rolling roller coaster. The stunt show is incredible, awesome and very exiting to watch the amazing performance. The best part for me is on Christmas for the Osborne dancing light. I love it and we go every year. Tower of terror is a good rush. Indiana jones is a great show.

Visited February 2013
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