Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to several movie-themed attractions, shows, and thrill rides and is the perfect place for guests to see their favorite Toy Story, Cars, The Little Mermaid, and other Disney characters in action. It’s home to stunt shows like the Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular and The Great Movie Ride where guests can watch recreations of memorable film moments. However, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is about more than just movies. This Disney theme park boasts several unique tours and experiences that will help you make some great family memories and give everyone a chance to try something new.

Here are five ways Disney’s Hollywood Studios is about more than just Disney movies:

#1: Shopping Opportunities

Even though the Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney are popular shopping destinations for most guests, Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers several great shopping opportunities as well. Make your way down Hollywood Boulevard to shop at specialty stores like Adrian and Edith’s Head to Toe Costume Shop, the Celebrity 5 & 10, and the Crossroads of the World. Pick up Disney collectibles and clothing at Disney & Company, and round up some gifts at It’s a Wonderful Shop on the Streets of America. The Backlot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is also a great destination for souvenir and clothes shopping.

Buzz Lightyear is one of the main characters at Hollywood Studios

#2: Unique Dining Experiences

If you want to treat the family to a tasty meal and enjoy a unique dining experience, head to the 50’s Prime Time Café on Hollywood Boulevard. This classic American diner is the perfect spot for hearty burgers, thick milkshakes, flavored sodas, and specialty desserts. Catch clips from ’50-era sitcoms and the original “Mickey Mouse Club” on the small televisions set up at each table. It’s an old-fashioned diner experience that’s great for kids and families looking for a unique dining experience.

#3: Live Performances

One of the most popular shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. The 25-minute performance is like a Broadway musical with performers decked out in movie character costumes. It’s a beautiful presentation of the classic Disney love story and is a must for any Beauty and the Beast fan. Disney’s Hollywood Studios also hosts the Pixar Pals Countdown to Fun! Parade featuring all of your favorite Disney Pixar characters.

#4: Nightly Fireworks and Light Show

Stay at the park until closing time to catch the Fantasmic! water and light show. Mickey Mouse himself leads this laser light display with classic Disney songs and music, and a lineup of fellow Disney characters. The 25-minute fireworks and water show is a great way to end a day at the park and is yet another magical Disney experience you won’t want to miss.

#5: American Idol Experience

Show off your singing talents or cheer on a fellow guest at this television show-inspired experience. The American Idol Experience is your chance to stand on stage and perform in front of a live audience. If you’re not interested in performing, you can be a part of the audience on set. The audience gets to vote for the best singer of the day during the finale show and the winner of the finale has the chance to sing in front of an American Idol representative at a regional audition. Whether you’re performing or not, this can be a great way to experience the American Idol show beyond the TV screen.

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