Hollywood Studios

Opening in 1989, Walt Disney World’s third park was originally named Disney-MGM Studios, but the park’s name was changed to Hollywood Studios in 2008 (Hollywood Studios and Universal Studios are often confused, but Universal Studios is a theme park owned by NBCUniversal, not Disney, and is therefore not on Disney property). Hollywood Studios features nine main areas, which are Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard, Animation Courtyard, Echo Lake, Commissary Lane, Pixar Place, Grand Avenue, Toy Story Land, and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which is the newest addition.

UPDATE:

Due to the global health crisis, some of the experiences and features listed below are currently unavailable. For more info on the current changes to the parks and which attractions and entertainment are currently operating, see our post about Walt Disney World’s reopening phase.


Hollywood Boulevard

Immediately after entering the park, the first section you will come to is Hollywood Boulevard, which is basically Hollywood Studios’ Main Street. Located to the right of the entrance is Oscar’s Super Service, which looks like an old gas station and is the place where you can rent strollers, wheel chairs and EVCs, as well as pick up any items you’ve bought and had shipped to the front of the park. The main entertainment that can be found on Hollywood Boulevard is the Citizens of Hollywood, a group of hilarious characters that perform skits and comedic-improv. The Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show was also performed on stage at the end of Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Chinese Theater, but this show had its final performance earlier this year.

At night, shows featuring lights, lasers, pyrotechnics, fireworks, and projection screens located at the end of Hollywood Boulevard are Wonderful World of Animation and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (which is replaced with Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! every Christmas season).

There are no rides located on Hollywood Boulevard, however, there are multiple shops, including:

  1. Celebrity 5 & 10
  2. Crossroads of the World
  3. Keystone Clothiers
  4. Mickey’s of Hollywood
  5. Movieland Memorabilia
  6. Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind

There are only two restaurants located on Hollywood Boulevard, which are The Trolly Car Cafe, a counter service restaurant that serves STARBUCKS® coffee and food items, and The Hollywood Brown Derby (and its adjoining Lounge) which is considered a Table Service restaurant.

There is one ride located on Hollywood Boulevard – Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway – which opened on March 4, 2020 replacing The Great Movie Ride.


Sunset Boulevard

Turning the corner near the end of Hollywood Boulevard, Sunset Boulevard branches off to the right (if you are facing the Chinese Theater) and leads guests toward two of Hollywood Studio’s most popular rides – The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith – and three different shows, which are Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, Fantasmic!, and Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy.

Food and beverage options on Sunset Boulevard are:

  1. Anaheim Produce (Quick Service)
  2. Catalina Eddie’s (Quick Service)
  3. Fairfax Fare (Quick Service)
  4. Hollywood Scoops (Quick Service)
  5. KRNR The Rock Station (Quick Service)
  6. Rosie’s All-American Cafe (Quick Service)

Sunset Boulevard has several shops, including:

  1. Beverly Sunset Boutique
  2. Legends of Hollywood
  3. Once Upon a Time
  4. Rock Around the Shop
  5. Sunset Ranch Pins and Souvenirs
  6. Tower Hotel Gifts
  7. Tower Photo

Animation Courtyard

Sitting directly to the right side of the Chinese Theater (if you are facing the front of the theater) is Animation Courtyard, which at this time has no restaurants.

Shopping options in Animation Courtyard include the Disney Studio Store, In Character, and Launch Bay Cargo.

While there are no rides in Animation Courtyard, there are two museum like areas, Star Wars Launch Bay and Walt Disney Presents. Also located here is the new Mickey Short Theater that plays the short Vacation Fun starring Mickey and Minnie.

There are multiple character meet and greets in Animation Courtyard, including BB-8, Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and Mike and Sully from Monsters Inc. There are also two shows, which are Voyage of the Little Mermaid and the Disney Junior Dance Party!


Echo Lake

The Echo Lake area of Hollywood Studios branches off to the left from Hollywood Boulevard if you are facing the front of the Chinese Theater.

Echo Lake has three Quick Service restaurants and three Table service restaurants:

  1. 50’s Prime Time Cafe (Table Service)
  2. Backlot Express (Quick Service)
  3. Epic Eats (Quick Service)
  4. Dockside Diner (Quick Service)
  5. Hollywood & Vine (Table Service; Character Dining)
  6. Tune-In Lounge (Table Service)

Echo Lake has a small selection of shops that are specifically themed to their particular area or attraction. These shops are:

  1. Frozen Fractal Gifts
  2. Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost
  3. Indiana Jones Truck
  4. Tatooine Traders

One classic ride is located in Echo Lake, which is Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue.

There is currently one character meet and greet with Olaf (Celebrity Spotlight) in this area and an interactive kids show, Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple.

There are also two other shows located in Echo Lake, which are:

  1. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along Celebration
  2. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!™

Commissary Lane

Commissary Lane is located to the left side of the Chinese Theater and has two restaurant options. One is a Quick Service restaurant, ABC Commissary, and the other is a Table Service restaurant, Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant.

Commissary Lane currently has no rides and no shops. However, there are two character meet and greets here with Sorcerer Mickey and Minnie Mouse.


Grand Avenue

Grand Avenue is located just around the corner from Commissary Lane and currently has three restaurants:

  1. BaseLine Tap House (Table Service)
  2. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (Table Service)
  3. PizzeRizzo (Quick Service)

Grand Avenue has only two shops at the moment, which are the Stage 1 Company Store and the year-round Christmas store, It’s a Wonderful Shop.

Only one attraction is located in Grand Avenue, which is the show Muppet*Vision 3D. There are no rides in this area.


Pixar Place

Pixar Place is located behind the Chinese Theater and was the home of the the Incredibles characters and experiences for a limited time. The Incredibles Celebration ended in September of 2019, but you can still meet Edna Mode at the Edna Mode Experience.


Toy Story Land

One of Walt Disney World’s newest lands, Toy Story Land, is located near the back of the park and is completely themed to Pixar’s Toy Story movies.

Toy Story Land has only one Quick Service restaurant, Woody’s Lunch Box, but a Table Service restaurant Roundup Rodeo BBQ Restaurant will be coming to the land sometime in the near future.

The only shops in this land are a few kiosks and one pop up shop at the end of Toy Story Mania.

There are two kinds of entertainment in Toy Story Land, which are the Green Army Patrol and the Green Army Drum Corps who roam the area. You can also meet Toy Story characters in the land, including Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear. With the release of Toy Story 4, Bo Peep also met guests in front of Toy Story Mania for a while alongside Woody.

Toy Story Land also has three very popular rides:

  1. Alien Swirling Saucers
  2. Slinky Dog Dash
  3. Toy Story Mania!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is Walt Disney World’s newest land addition and opened in August of 2019. It is located at the back of the park near Toy Story Land and Grand Avenue.

Restaurant options and beverage locations in Galaxy’s Edge include:

  1. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
  2. Kat Saka’s Kettle
  3. Milk Stand
  4. Oga’s Cantina
  5. Ronto Roasters

Shops in the land are:

  1. Black Spire Outpost
  2. Creature Stall
  3. Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities
  4. The Droid Depot
  5. First Order Cargo
  6. Jewels of Bith
  7. Resistance Supply
  8. Savi’s Workshop
  9. Toydarian Toymaker

Galaxy’s Edge currently features two new rides, which are Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. At this time, Rise of the Resistance is the only ride in all of Walt Disney World that utilizes a virtual queue in order to ride the attraction.


Take a look at our guides for more detailed overviews of Walt Disney World Resort and each of its four parks!

Guide to Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World
Guide to Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World
Guide to EPCOT at Walt Disney World
Guide to Walt Disney World – Travel Times Two

We try to update the information on this page as often as possible, but Disney frequently makes changes and updates to their parks and offerings. Because of this, the information in this post was current at the time of publishing and is subject to change at any moment. We always recommend double checking the official Walt Disney World website before planning your trip.

Last Updated August 12, 2020