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August 9

August 9, 2007 – Walt Disney World Announces Name Change for Disney-MGM Studios

“Disney announced the new name for the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park at Walt Disney World, and the winner is… Disney’s Hollywood Studios.”

On August 9, 2007, Walt Disney World announced that the Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park would be undergoing a name change to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park opened as Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989, and was intended to be a theme park and a working studio. Disney entered a licensing agreement with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, but that agreement ended long before the name change, which gave Disney no need to have another studio listed as part of one of their theme parks.

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July 29

July 29, 2000 – Disney Celebrates First Anniversary of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

On July 29, 2000, to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the popular roller coaster Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Disney created a guitar in the parking lot of Disney-MGM Studios Park out of 80 Corvettes, the signature car of the attraction. Using red, white, black, and silver cars, the formation resembled that of the Stratocaster, the guitar that covers the front of the attraction.

July 19

July 19, 2011 – Lightning McQueen Joins Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

“We just received word that Disney’s famous racecar is revved up and ready to make his debut performance in the show beginning today.”

On July 19, 2011, the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show attraction welcomed the Pixar character Lightning McQueen as its newest member of the show in Hollywood Studios Park. This cameo performance was part of the promotions for the Pixar film Cars 2, where Lightning and pal Mater are joined by secret agent Finn McMissile. After enjoying this themed performance, guests could meet Lightning and Mater at the Winner’s Circle area nearby. The attraction completely closed on April 2, 2016.

June 29

June 29, 2018 – The Beverly Sunset Boutique Opens in Hollywood Studios

“Shop from a show-stopping selection of Pixar merchandise and pre-packaged, tasty treats inside this whimsical ‘theater.’”

On June 29, 2018, the Beverly Sunset Boutique merchandise store opened in the Beverly Sunset Theater within Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. Replacing the confectionery Sweet Spells, the shop sells Pixar-related merchandise, with its opening coinciding with the opening of Toy Story Land. Guests can also purchase a variety of packaged sweets.

May 30

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May 30, 2011 – American Idol Winner Scotty McCreery Rides in Hollywood Studios Gala Parade

On May 30, 2011, to celebrate his win as the newest American Idol, Scotty McCreery rode down the streets of Hollywood Studios in a special gala parade, accompanied by Mickey Mouse. The parade ended in front of The American Idol Experience attraction, where McCreery treated guests to a rendition of his hit song “I Love You This Big.” He later surprised fans by making a surprise appearance in front of the attraction’s audience.

May 5

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May 5, 2005 – The Action Show Attraction Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show Opens

“Get ready for extreme thrills as this full-throttle, high-octane live stunt spectacular comes roaring in from Disneyland Resort Paris.”

On May 5, 2005, the stunt action show Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show opened in Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios park. The show shows guests the behind-the-scenes of extreme stunts, such as physical stunts and car chases through dangerous settings. The Hollywood Studios attraction was based on the show Moteurs…Action! Stunt Show Spectacular from Disneyland Paris. The Hollywood Studios attraction was closed on April 2, 2016, to make way for the new expansion areas of the park.

May 1

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May 1, 1989 – The Theater of the Stars Opens in Disney-MGM Studios Park

On May 1, 1989, the amphitheater Theater of the Stars opened on Hollywood Boulevard of Disney-MGM Studios park (now Hollywood Studios). The area was known for featuring the stage show version of the animated feature film Beauty and the Beast. It was temporarily closed on May 2, 1993, as the park prepared for the expansion of Sunset Boulevard, and was eventually moved and reopened in the expanded area.