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A Silver (Screen) Anniversary for Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1


In a park that pays tribute to many Hollywood icons of the silver screen, a silver anniversary is a special one to celebrate. On May 1, 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios (known then as Disney-MGM Studios — a name that would identify the park until it was changed in 2008) became the third Disney theme park to open at Walt Disney World Resort. On May 1, 2014, the park will mark its 25th anniversary in several ways (*times and entertainment subject to change):

  • At 10 a.m., Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will take the stage with Disney’s Hollywood Studios Vice President 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.

Special events and entertainment for the celebration are included in regular park admission to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Also, as previously outlined by fellow Disney Parks Blog author Steven Miller, 25th anniversary commemorative merchandise will be sold (while supplies last). 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.

TIP: If you’re planning to visit the park on May 1, please plan on entering via the main toll plaza off of World Drive.


  • I am so happy that my first day of vacation will be May 1 and that I already planned on coming to Hollywood Studios! Funny how that planned out all on its own, as it is my favorite park! Cannot wait to celebrate its 25th anniversary 🙂

  • I still remember the first time I walked into (then) Disney -MGM Studios in the summer of 1991. It reminded me so much of where my father grew up in Culver City, California- just blocks from the real MGM studios. Twenty-Five Years later Disney Hollywood Studios is still my favorite Disney World park.

  • I’m so happy that this park is being celebrated in grand fashion! I hope that traffic is better than it was on the Villain’s Day event in October.

  • This is a ONE DAY only celebration? Anything new being added (besides the “while supplies last” merchandise) that will last the rest of 2014?

  • Nutella??? I loooooooove Nutella!!! Please make it a permanent or at least semi-permanent addition! Pahleeeeeeze!

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