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Join Us For Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Celebration May 1

Jennifer Fickley-Baker

by , Editorial Content Manager, Walt Disney World Resort

The Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary will take place May 1, 2019, and is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the past, present, and the new, exciting future of Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the park continues to evolve into a thrilling destination where you can let your adventure begin.

Disney's Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary logo with Slinky Dog

Here’s a taste of how guests can celebrate the milestone anniversary at the park on May 1:

  • View a Star Studded Celebration – A Disney’s Hollywood Studios 30th Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration cavalcade starring Mickey and friends will step off at 10 a.m. and will head down Hollywood Blvd.
  • Pick Up a Commemorative 30th Anniversary Guide Map & Button – Guests entering the park can grab a special 30th anniversary commemorative guide map and button.
  • Grab Exclusive 30th Anniversary Merchandise – Special 30th anniversary merchandise will be unveiled on May 1, including a new adult T-shirt, baseball cap, Tervis 24-oz tumbler, MagicBand, ornament and much more. Annual passholders can also shop for some items exclusively created for them. Merchandise can be found starting at 8 a.m. in Grand Park, while supplies last. (Please note: Merchandise will go on sale at 8 a.m., Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 9 a.m.)
  • Taste Special Food & Beverage Items – A slew of special anniversary food & beverage items will be available throughout the park, including Kylo Ren Cupcakes, Incredibles Macarons, Tres Leches Verrine and many more. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog next week for an official foodie guide!
  • Stay For the Debut of “Wonderful World of Animation – The park’s new nighttime projection show will light up the park for its official debut on May 1. Watch in wonder as the façade of the Chinese Theatre is magically transformed – displaying this stirring tribute to animation. Behold spectacular sequences celebrating themes like magic, family, adventure, romance and friendship. Each theme is brought to life through unforgettable moments from beloved films—like “Sleeping Beauty,” “The Incredibles,” “Coco” and many more. The show will debut at 9:05 p.m. ET, just prior to the park’s “Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular” fireworks show.

Want to make the absolute most of the 30th anniversary fun? Grab tickets now for a special Disney After Hours Event Night that has been added to the schedule for May 1. Attendees can experience little to no-wait on park favorites, including The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Toy Story Land attractions and more. Additionally, this special anniversary edition of Disney After Hours will feature some beloved Disney characters ready to greet guests in the Chinese Theatre Courtyard, at Star Wars Launch Bay and more. There will also be a special encore performance of “Wonderful World of Animation” taking place exclusively for event attendees.

Will you head out to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1? Tell us in the comments section below!


  • Is there a Starbucks mug for Hollywood studios 30th Anniversary?

  • May 1st was my birthday as well. Hollywood Studios opened on my 3rd birthday, so I had celebrate with them! Yes I am 33 years old and a Disney Fanatic! I love all things Disney and hope to work them one day.

  • There was so much confusion this morning with buses. We waited 45 minutes+ this morning for a bus from Ft. Wilderness. During that time we saw 3 Epcot and 2 Animal Kingdom buses.

    The line for merchandise took over two hours, much of it out in the sun. Next time there is an event like this – more transport to the park with the event, prior to the start time!

  • Does anyone know if the magic bands released tomorrow will do anything special? Some of the limited additions do something when scanned!

  • If a guest is staying at a Disney Resort, will Disney Transport be operating early so that guests can arrive at Hollywood Studios to purchase merchandise at 8:00 A.M.?

  • I just came home from Disney. Will the passholder merchandise be for sale?? Our next trip isn’t until November.We are Passholders & I really want the magicband

  • Ok. So it’s been stated three times that the merch goes on sale at 8, but park opens at 9. Are passholders getting in an hour early?? How can you sell stuff if the park isn’t even open yet?

  • I wish I could

  • I wish we could be there on the 1st!!!! We won’t be there untill May 13th. Will the Passholder items still be available or are they only for the 1st?

  • I will be there, and staying for the After hours event as well.

  • Will any of these be available on other days? Say…4/30?

  • Muppets Courtyard was renamed to Grand park.

  • Is Grand Park the same as Grand Avenue? Merchandise on sale at Grand Park at 8 but DHS opens at 9. So is Grand Park outside the park? 🤔

    • 30th anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase in Grand Park, home of Muppet*Vision 3D.

  • *Immediately logs in and adds “Wonderful World of Animation” to my plans in the My Disney Experience App for our visit. This is so exciting and the food, mouth watering! I can’t wait!

  • Why do you say merchandise goes on sale at 8 if you don’t open until 9?
    Will there be an early shopping hour for passholders or resort guests?

    • To help our Guests make the most out of their visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on May 1, 30th anniversary merchandise will be available for purchase in Grand Park, home of Muppet*Vision 3D, as early as 8 a.m., one hour prior to park opening.

  • How do I get the pin?

  • Please limit how many of one item people can buy so that people that do not live close by have a chance to come and buy items. We do not want to find the items on eBay and not available in the Park.

  • I’ll be there!! It will also be my first Disney After Hours event! I’m so excited! 😁

  • Yes… we have been waiting for info on this for months. Can’t wait. Is the merchandise in Grand Park only passholder items? Where is Grand Park located?

    • 30th anniversary merchandise, including items exclusive to Annual Passholders, will be available for purchase in Grand Park, home of Muppet*Vision 3D, as early as 8 a.m., one hour prior to park opening.

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