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Disney-MGM Studios

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The 100-foot-tall (30m) Sorcerer's apprentice hat, the symbol of Disney-MGM Studios
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The 100-foot-tall (30m) Sorcerer's apprentice hat, the symbol of Disney-MGM Studios

Disney-MGM Studios is a theme park in the Walt Disney World Resort, Florida, USA. It opened on May 1, 1989. 135 acres (546,000 m²) in size, the park's theme is Hollywood classic movies and popular TV entertainment.

It is not owned by MGM, but Disney does have a contract with MGM to use the MGM name as well as some MGM content in a ride called The Great Movie Ride.[1] (http://www.intercot.com/boards/ultimatebb.php?/topic/8/5382.html) It is unknown about the future of the park's name, as the contract allowing the usage of the name MGM expires summer 2005 and MGM was sold to Sony Pictures on April 8, 2005. Also, many merchandise and other material already refer to the park as either Disney Studios or Walt Disney Studios.

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Attractions

The park consists of five themed areas. Major attractions are listed below.

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Imperial Stormtroopers parade near the Sorcerer's Apprentice hat during Star Wars Weekends.

Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood Blvd. is lined with shops selling Disney merchandise and food. This is also the location of the "Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade." It could be seen as a Hollywood version of Main Street USA, as it operates on the basic principle.

New York St.

  • Sounds Dangerous, a show following Drew Carey through a day as an undercover detective when his video camera fails and the audience is left in the dark, following his adventure through sound cues
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a live-action performance showing how movie stunts are done
  • Star Tours, a motion ride identical to the one at Disneyland
  • Jim Henson's MuppetVision 3D, a 3-D movie experience similar to Epcot's "Honey, I Shrunk The Audience"

Mickey Ave.

  • The Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour, showing how movie special effects are done
  • Lights, Motors, Action!, an autocar stunt show that debuted at the Walt Disney Studios Paris
  • Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It!, a theme park version of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? game show with real prizes for contestants. The current grand prize is a three-night cruise on Disney Cruise Line.
  • Walt Disney: One Man's Dream, a biography film of Walt Disney's life narrated by Disney himself

Animation Courtyard

  • Voyage of The Little Mermaid, a live performance using puppets
  • The Magic of Disney Animation, a short presentation showing how animated films are made
  • Playhouse Disney - Live on Stage!, a live performance featuring Disney children's television characters

Sunset Blvd.

Studio operations and production

The Walt Disney Company's original concept of the Disney-MGM Studios was not only to operate it as a theme park but also as a full fledged television and motion picture production facility. The studio/production part would house two major television and motion picture production facilities, Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida, where a number of Disney animated projects, including Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear, and sequences from the other 1990s-early 2000s Disney animated features were produced, and the Walt Disney Studios Florida which consisted of several soundstages which were used for various Disney projects including The Disney Channel's All New Mickey Mouse Club and several third party productions including tapings for World Championship Wrestling and the TV series seaQuest DSV.

A radio studio is also located on the lot which original housed the first children's radio network Radio Aahs which rented the studio until Disney founded Radio Disney and essentially forced Radio Aahs out of business. Unfortunately Disney management including CEO Michael Eisner decided to downsize Disney's Florida operations by closing the animation studio, laying-off personnel and then moving the operations to the main animation studio in Burbank, California. Radio Disney decided it was no longer profitable to operate in Florida so they moved all of their shows from the Disney-MGM Studios to the Radio Disney headquarters in Dallas, Texas and the once bustling Disney Studios Florida soundstages now sit vacant and unused.

In 1992 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer filed a lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company claiming they violated a 1985 licensing agreement by operating a working movie and television studio at the Disney-MGM Studio in Florida and Disney filed a countersuit saying that MGM Studios, the MGM Grand Hotel, Casino and Park and MGM Airlines had conspired to violate Disney's right to exclusive use of the name MGM at the Florida theme park and that it would harm Disney's reputation by building the MGM Grand Hotel and Theme Park in Las Vegas, Nevada. On October 23 Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe ruled against MGM and said that both the Disney-MGM Studios in Florida and the then under construction MGM Grand Theme Park in Las Vegas could use the MGM name as long as the MGM Grand does not carry a 'Hollywood' theme like the Disney-MGM Studios.

Trivia

  • Each year, Star Wars Weekends bring Star Wars fans and celebrities for special park events. Star Wars Weekends are generally held for five consecutive weekends (including Fridays) through late May and early June; they feature a local Star Wars fan club parading through the park in Stormtrooper costumes, a "Star Wars Edition" of the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire - Play It!" game where the game begins with Greedo answering questions and a Gamorrean Guard in the audience cheering him on, two Star Wars actors appearing each weekend for photos and autographs, Jedi Lightsaber Training classes for kids, and other assorted events.
  • As far as Internet urban legends go, while Michael Eisner was working for Paramount Pictures, he saw the early plans for the Universal Studios park in Florida (Paramount has always been closely associated with Universal, and Paramount provided much needed finance into the Universal Orlando Resort). After moving to Disney, he took some of these ideas and used them in early plans for the future Disney-MGM Studios. As Disney-MGM narrowly opened before Universal (as mentioned above the park and its resort had finance problems), it was seen that Universal copied Disney-MGM - or was it the other way round?
  • The Magic of Disney Animation attraction originally allowed spectators to watch Walt Disney Feature Animation Florida artists at work on actual Disney productions. From behind glass panes, visitors were allowed ot peer into a small section of the studio, aptly called the "fishbowl". Films that were created at this facility include Lilo & Stitch and Mulan.
  • It is believed that 2005 will see Disney-MGM Studios receive a new name, due to the expiration of the contract that allowed Disney to use the MGM name. It is expected that the park will be renamed either the Disney Studios, Walt Disney Studios Florida or Disney Studios USA.

Links

MGMStudios.Org (http://www.mgmstudios.org) - Source for hours, attraction descriptions and ratings, listing of special events, touring plans, and forums.
RocknRollerCoaster.com (http://www.rocknrollercoaster.com) - Includes attraction information, photographs, statistics, and discussion forum.
Studios Central Radio (http://www.studioscentral.com) - Listen to recordings from the Disney-MGM Studios
Tower-of-Terror.com (http://www.tower-of-terror.com) - with facts and secrets, articles, sounds, pictures, and more.


Parks and resorts of The Walt Disney Company:
Disneyland Resort: Disneyland | Disney's California Adventure | Downtown Disney
Walt Disney World Resort: Magic Kingdom | Epcot | Disney-MGM Studios
Disney's Animal Kingdom | Downtown Disney
Tokyo Disney Resort: Tokyo Disneyland | Tokyo DisneySea | Ikspiari
Disneyland Resort Paris: Disneyland | Walt Disney Studios | Disney Village
Golf Disneyland
Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (Coming Soon): Disneyland | Disneytown
Disney Cruise Line: Disney Wonder | Disney Magic | Castaway Cay
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