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Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney-MGM Studios (as the park was originally known) grew out of the Great Movie Ride Pavilion, which was proposed as a new addition to Epcot's line-up. When rival Universal announced plans to build Universal Studios Florida, Disney CEO Michael Eisner ordered the company's Imagineers to expand the design into a complete new theme park, and it opened in 1989.

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Disney-MGM Studios construction (1)

Image © Disney
 

Disney-MGM Studios construction (2)

Image © Disney
 

Disney-MGM Studios construction (3)

Image © Disney

 

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In its original guise, the park resembed a Mickey Mouse face from the air.

Disney-MGM Studios

Great Movie Ride

Sunset Boulevard and Tower of Terror

Disney-MGM Studios proved to be an immediate hit, but it originally featured only a handful of attractions. Ambitious expansion plans were put into place, culminating in the addition of Sunset Boulevard, leading to the enormous Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Some 1,500 tons of steel were used to construct the ride building, along with 145,800 cubic feet of concrete. The roof is lined by 27,000 tiles. On the inside, sections of the lobby were inspired by the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Sunset Boulevard (1)

 

Sunset Boulevard (2)

 

Tower of Terror construction (1)

 

Tower of Terror construction (2)

 

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Disney's Hollywood Studios

Image: Greg Goebel, via Flickr
 

Lobby

 

Tower of Terror Exterior (2)

 

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster was originally built outside, with the enormous ride building then being constructed around it. The volume of the building is more than 3.7 million cubic feet. The ride opened in 1999.

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Rock n Roller Coaster construction

Image via Disney Avenue

 

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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Typhoon Lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon was the second water park at Walt Disney World, after the much-smaller (and now abandoned) River County. At its heart sits Mt. Mayday, with the wrecked Miss Tilly boat at its peak.

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Typhoon Lagoon construction (1)

 

Typhoon Lagon construction (2)

 

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Typhoon Lagoon

 
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I believe the third photo under Spaceship Earth is actually World of Motion.

I believe you're right. Removed for now.

In reply to by Visitor (not verified)

It isn't. It definitely is Space Mountain. Just look at the foreground, and you'll see Cinderella Castle. You wouldn't see the castle at Epcot.

In reply to by Visitor (not verified)

It isn't. Just look at the Background and you can see Cinderella Castle. You wouldn't see the castle at Epcot

wow what a great write up that was and to see some old pics of then and now love it

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