Happy, Happy Birthday to You, Disney’s Hollywood Studios!


Today is a special day – it's Disney's Hollywood Studios' birthday – so I thought it would be a perfect time to chat about a few of my favorite things in that theme park.

First, when you walk into the park, you begin to hear that awesome music from years gone by that puts you in the right frame of mind for the Golden Age of Hollywood. I just love walking down Hollywood Blvd. seeing all of the vintage signs in front of each of the shops until that beautiful new neon sign for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway on the Chinese Theater comes into view. Can we talk about how you can see that it's all lit up even in broad daylight? It's amazing to me how they pulled that off!

Speaking of the music in the park, Josh D'Amaro, president of the Walt Disney World Resort, shared a bit of magic this morning on his Instagram account. As you all know, the Walt Disney World theme parks closed back on March 16, 2020, due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. I didn't really think about this until I watched this video, but not only are there no guests inside the parks, the music is not playing – it's quiet with the exception of birds chirping. Take a look at this awesome video where, for just a moment, the music is turned on within the park as a nod to its birthday today.

My next favorite thing is meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse at their Red Carpet Dreams location. This venue is just adorable and so fitting with the entire theme of Disney's Hollywood Studios with movie posters lining the indoor queue. Mickey Mouse is in his Sorcerer's Apprentice costume which is so cool as this is the only location at Walt Disney World where you can find him wearing that. I am a HUGE fan of Minnie Mouse and while I do love her in her classic red polka dots, when she wears pink, it makes me swoon! The photo below shows how she's dressed in her gorgeous pink dress in her dressing room at Hollywood Studios along with a beautiful pink bow and shoes!

I absolutely LOVE her pink outfits – just for ha-has, the photo below is how she appeared inside Pete's Silly Slideshow at Storybook Circus in the Magic Kingdom when I last saw her.

Lastly, but most certainly not least, is one of my very favorite dining locations in the park – 50's Prime Time Cafe. I shared a little bit about one of my family's experiences at this restaurant in my '5 Underrated Character Experiences at Walt Disney World' column last week, and we continue coming back as it gives us a different experience every single time we eat there. Plus, with hearty favorites like meatloaf and chicken pot pie, you just can't lose, can you?

What are your favorite things about Disney's Hollywood Studios? Please tell me in the comments below as I need your help on starting my checklist of things to do when the parks reopen. First on my DHS list is having a hot fudge sundae with Deni at Hollywood Scoops!!

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