These past four Crapstravaganza’s have all dealt with Disney theme parks. If you count past Crapstravaganza’s, we’ve essentially covered every other Disney theme park and waterpark except for MGM Studios, now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I guess it’s high time for that park to step into the limelight…
Firstly, we have the cover of MGM’s 2003 guide map. Underneath the logo then modestly proclaim, “where showbiz is.” The image below the logo shows Tower of Terror even though Rock n’ Roller Coaster was around at this point. Maybe Disney felt that everyone associates MGM with the Tower, which was and still is kind of true.Now the photo doesn’t just show Tower of Terror, but it also shows a car full of children about to slam into the ground in front of the ride. Studying the photo, we also see sparks raining down from the sign and that the ride is being run in a severe thunderstorm. Artists obviously depicted ToT as being unsafe and thus the ride should be avoided.
Skipping a FastPass page, we come to a page promoting Pal Mickey and Fantasmic.Pal Mickey is a stuffed Mickey toy that spews out information when you walk past certain areas. A friend of my sisters actually lent us one for the trip (it was like $65 to buy one.) What happens is when you walk past, let’s say Tower of Terror, Pal Mickey will begin to vibrate meaning that he’s anxious to say something. I think you squeeze it’s hand or something and Mickey will say his random fact or statement about Tower of Terror. What it says is usually presented in a Disney ‘kayfabed’ fashion as to not destroy the ‘magic.’ Pal Mickeys have been discontinued as of 2008, but they still work if you decide to tout one around.
Fantasmic on the other hand is a show that the park put on every night, and is basically their alternative to the fireworks show that Magic Kingdom and Epoct have. Fantasmic takes place in a giant outdoor amphitheater, and runs for 26 minutes. It shows a lot of scenes from different Disney movies using water screens, actors, props and fireworks and culminates with Mickey battling a giant dragon with great fire and water effects. Here’s the video on YouTube if you want to check it out. (There’s three parts to the video by the way.)
For the sake of completion, here’s a page showing all of the eating places around MGM as well as information and another Kodak ad (I think I should be getting some kick backs with all the Kodak ads I’ve presented these past weeks!)
In the Tips and Info section, the guide tells us “anytime you see someone with a Disney name tag, just ask!” It’s kind of open ended; I guess we can can ask anything from “where is The Great Movie Ride” to “how many lock nuts are on Rock n’ Roller Coaster.” Then again, it’s so open ended that I guess we can ask anything! “How far away is the sun?”; “What do you think about Universal Studios?”; “Where can I find a good strip club?”
Again, this page is added for the sake of completion; it shows all of the shopping venues in MGM. It also has Timon and Pumbaa telling us some park safety rules such as “no stampeding” and to “keep your tails on the seat.”
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Finally we have the park map. MGM/Disney Hollywood Studios hasn’t exactly changed a whole heck of a lot since 2003. Some of the changes are:
- The Making of The Haunted Mansion Movie was renovated in 2005 into “Journey into Narnia: Creating the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.” This was again changed in 2008 to “Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian.” The building is basically relegated to housing a vehicle for different Disney movies.
- Who Wants to be a Millionaire: Play it, is gone. I remember seeing the show in 2003 and it was actually kind of cool. The set for the show was interesting as it was basically a bowl shaped structure sitting in the middle of a large sound stage; on TV it looks like a full building.
- Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade changed to Block Party Bash in 2008.
- Sounds Dangerous turned into a seasonal attraction. (If you go and it’s closed, don’t worry, you’re not missing much.)
- Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show was added in 2005, taking out a section of the Backlot Tour to fit the attraction in. (Thanks for the info Bob!)
Also added, without taking anything out, were:
- The American Idol Experience in 2009
- Toy Story Midway Mania! added in 2008