Disney's Hollywood Studios, formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios, opened May 1, 1989. The 135-acre park is a salute to the world of entertainment from Hollywood classics of the 1930s and 1940s to the best of entertainment of today.
The idea for the park began at EPCOT when a team of Imagineers, led by Marty Sklar and Randy Bright, was given the job of creating two new pavilions for Future World. Out of this came the Wonders of Life and the Great Movie Ride. The Great Movie Ride was to be located between The Land and Imagination Pavilion and was to look similar to a soundstage backdrop. The, then, newly-appointed CEO Michael Eisner saw the plans for the pavilion decided the attraction should be surrounded by a brand new theme park which would have a Hollywood and entertainment theme.
The most popular part of the park is Sunset Blvd. This is where you'll find Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. But don't forget about the other areas. There is a lot to see and do at this park. Everything from seeing Broadway-style shows such as Beauty and the Beast to taking a trip through space on Star Tours. And, of course, there is the Fantasmic show at park closing.
I've probably been to this park over 200 times and I've enjoyed each and every one of them.
Park Dedication (Michael Eisner - May 1, 1989)
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.