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A ‘Hollywood’ Classic: The Monster Sound Show

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

This week, we’re continuing our celebration of Disney’s Hollywood Studios opening-day attractions with a look inside Monster Sound Show.


At this attraction, located in the Echo Lake section, guests could be selected to act as Foley artists and help record sound effects for a short comedic film starring actors Martin Short and Chevy Chase.

The attraction also offered an interactive post show called SoundWorks, where guests could learn hands-on about how to create sound effects, experiment with voiceovers and more.

Were you ever chosen to participate in the show? Tell us in the “Comments” section below!

For more on Disney’s Hollywood Studios original attractions, check out the following posts:


  • Of the original MGM Studios this is one of the things I truly miss…. it was edutainment at its very best. I miss the real studio feel of the longer back stage studio tour and the working animation studios, but those can not come back. THIS could and the park would be better for its return.

  • I miss this attraction so much. Great main show and all of the interactive stuff in the post-show were so entertaining and fun. From adding sfx to the Death Star fight or a cartoon (and using the sfx from one for the other, heh) to the super surround sound booths where you can hear Mickey come in and talk to you in your office in Hollywood while you’re getting a haircut. So much great stuff!

  • I recall that I was picked twice (yea!). At least for me the Monster Sound Show was so much more interesting that Sounds Dangerous. I just hope that find a better use for this space than Sounds Dangerous.

  • This was a great show. I was lucky enough to be choosen twice in the show. I wish they would bring this back. It was much better than what has currently been there.

  • This was one of the really great attractions that demonstrated how movies were made. Few attractions at DHS now do that which is such a shame.

  • My aunt, sister, and I were chosen to participate when I was 5 or 6. I don’t remember doing any of the sound effects but I do remember the host. My aunt lived in Orlando at the time and when she responded to his question about where she was from he said “Oh! We are neighbors”. My sister’s name is Leah and he said “Like Princess Leia. Mind if I call you Princess?” She was 9 or 10 yr old sassy pre-teen and I am pretty sure she gave him a death glare. 😀 I am sure he talked to me too, but I don’t remember what he may have said to me. It is one of my more vivid memories of that Disney trip.

  • My Grandfather did the sound effects for the monster and he was great at it. This was back in the 90s so I was only a teenager. I loved this show and was upset “Sounds Dangerous” took its place. It would be great if this came back. There’s nothing there now, right?

  • I was chosen to be part of this show once. I remember doing sound effects for the footsteps, door knock, thunder, the creaking door…that kind of thing. I thought it was a lot of fun. It was over 20 years ago, I was a teenager and it is still the only time I have ever been chosen as a special participant in anything at WDW.

  • I remember my dad being one of the Foley artists back when this attraction was open. He did the “monster voice” for Martin Short’s character and was really good! :-)

    • :)

  • My favorite memory from Monster Sound Show was the queue video featuring David Letterman and Disney Legend Jimmy MacDonald.

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