Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage – Once you enter the studios, head down Sunset Blvd. to The Theater of the Stars to take in this Broadway hit. Guests will be entertained with spectacular costumes, vocal performances, choreography, and musical scores in this wonderful show. We’ve seen the Broadway production at the Fox Theater in Atlanta and we feel this version is equally as stunning. “Be Our Guest” is our favorite portion of the show, along with other fans of Beauty and the Beast. Get there early….it fills up fast!
The Great Movie Ride – Walk straight down Hollywood Blvd. to the replica of Hollywood’s Graumann’s Chinese Theater and you’ll run right into this attraction. As you enter the building, you will notice the hand prints from many Disney stars pressed into the cement. We watched while the kids from Tim Allen’s show “Home Improvement” placed their hands in the cement back in the early 1990’s. Very cool! Once inside, you can reminisce or learn about movies from different genres and eras as you watch the film while waiting in the queue. Next, you step aboard your vehicle to take a 19-minute trip through old Hollywood blockbuster movies by the use of Audio-Animatronics. From a John Wayne western to The Wizard of Oz, you will see it all! Your ride ends as your vehicle enters a large dark room in order to watch a short film featuring many old and new favorite films. This attraction is a great way to educate guests regarding film history!
One Man’s Dream – We never miss this attraction! In our opinion, this is the heart of Walt Disney World and the Disney name itself. One Man’s Dream houses all the educational artifacts you need to learn about Walt Disney and his “dreams.” There are scores of memorabilia to read about in this attraction, as well as interactive areas. As you work your way to the back of the attraction, there is a 15-minute film narrated by Julie Andrews highlighted by personal film footage of the Disney family. This film is a wonderful way to learn about Walt Disney’s life from his childhood to his untimely death.
Disney Junior – Live on Stage – This attraction features pre-schooler’s favorite characters from the Disney Channel. Guests will be asked to sing along with Doc McStuffins, Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates, and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. There’s as much to learn in person as there is while watching on television. This is a fun attraction!
Toy Story Mania – This 3-D attraction is home to my family’s yearly “Toy Story Mania Challenge.” My husband scored the most points last year and got to keep the trophy of “Evil Doctor Porkchop!” Guests feel as if they have been reduced to the size of a toy as they walk through the queue. On the journey through the queue, guests will see toys such as Candyland, Barrel of Monkeys, Mr. Potato Head, Lincoln Logs, and many more favorites. Once “toys” board their car, they will be transported through a maze of carnival games as they try to score as many points as possible. This attraction is great for recognizing numbers and adding points. This is our favorite at the Studios!!
Voyage of the Little Mermaid – This musical puppet show is a great way to learn about the “Little Mermaid” and the art of live-action puppetry. Featuring beautiful songs sung by performers, guests will catch a glimpse of puppeteers dressed in black as they move about the stage.