Disney's Hollywood Studios, formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios, is a theme park located at the Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA that opened on May 1, 1989. One hundred thirty-five acres (546,000 m²) in size, the parks' theme is Hollywood classic movies and popular TV entertainment.
The only affiliation that Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM), now under the ownership of Sony, had to the Disney park was via contracts which allowed Disney to use the MGM name and lion logo in marketing, and separate contracts that allowed for specific MGM content to be used in a ride called The Great Movie Ride. However, rights for the entire pre-1986 MGM library were purchased by Ted Turner to create Turner Network Television and later, Turner Classic Movies, which in turn has become part of Time Warner. Therefore, the end of the MGM affiliation has not affected the content of The Great Movie Ride. As of January 7, 2008, the park was rebranded "Disney's Hollywood Studios" with the official announcement made on August 9, 2007 by Disney officials. According to a news report, the park will have a new name yet again, which will be revealed soon.
“The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood—not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was—and always will be.''”
The park was originally intended to be a pavilion at the Epcot, which was to be called "Great Moments at the Movies" with the Great Movie Ride as its main attraction. This would have been located between The Imagination and The Land pavilions, before it was suggested to dedicate an entire park about filmmaking.
It has been announced that the park will undergo a renovation that will add a Star Wars-themed land to the park as well as a land centered around Toy Story.
Superstar Television (1989-1998) (Replaced by Disney's Doug Live!)
The Monster Sound Show (1989-1999) (Replaced by Sounds Dangerous)
Who Wants to be a Millionaire - Play it! (1989-2006) (Replaced by Toy Story Midway Mania)
Dick Tracy Starring in Diamond Double Cross (May 21, 1990 - February 16, 1991)
ESPN: The Weekend (Late February or Early March; discontinued as of 2012)
Grad Nite (Starting in April 2009)
Star Wars Weekends (June)
Night of Joy (September as of 2008)
ABC's Super Soap Weekend (November; discontinued as of 2008)
“ "The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood--not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was--and always will be."”