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Today in Disney History: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Opens Its Doors at Walt Disney World Resort

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

On this very day back in 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios opened its doors to give guests a taste of the fascinating world of entertainment. I remember visiting the park that summer and was captivated by its attractions that offered a peek inside television production and the making of animated films, as well as the history of the silver screen inside The Great Movie Ride.


Many attractions have been added to the park over the years, including The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror in 1994, Rockin’ Rollercoaster – Starring Aerosmith in 1999, the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show in 2005, and Toy Story Mania! in 2008, among others. Entertainment, of course, has played a huge part at the park, with “Beauty and The Beast – Live on Stage” being the first theme park show to debut the same day the film was released in theaters in 1991. “Fantasmic!”, the park’s nighttime spectacular that combines Disney characters and songs with amazing special effects opened at the park in 1998.

Click through the gallery below for a look at how the park has changed over the years.

Which attraction or show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is your favorite? Tell us in the comments section below.


  • I truly wish this were a working studio again. Even if they only brought back the animation area, it would be a highlight of this park.

  • A rose by any other name is still a Rose – right? 😉

  • Sorry but if it this day in History then Disney’s MGM Studios Opened back in 1989.
    YES or NO ??

  • Hi,
    When they had actual shows my husband and I went to Let’s Make A Deal. My husband was selected from the audience to take what was in the box or curtain #3. He took the box and won his and hers Mickey watches which we still wear today. It is a nice memory.
    My youngest son told my husband you always take the box.

  • We got to go there that Sept ’89 and it has been a favorite park for us ever since then.

  • My personal favorite was walking through the animation building, watching the animators draw some of my favorite cartoons. While the animators teaching everyone to draw is cool, it has nothing on watching them work on actual television shows and movies.

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