May 1, 2014, marked the 25th anniversary of Walt Disney World®‘s third theme park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. Over the years, this “Hollywood that never was and always will be” has brought us dozens of experiences and even more memories, as we stroll its streets sprinkled with horrifying towers, crazed characters, and iconic moments of movie history. Some of these are so iconic that they prompt vacation reminders out in the real world. In celebration of Hollywood Studios’ silver anniversary, here are things that, when stumbling upon them, I find Hollywood Studios.
I find Hollywood Studios when I watch Saturday Night Live and the performers briefly break character and laugh at their own jokes. It reminds me of the fun that the Citizens of Hollywood have as an ensemble cast and the wacky situations they get themselves, and guests, into on a daily basis.
I find Hollywood Studios whenever someone instructs me to move all the way to the end of the row. After all, as I’ve been told before, stopping in the middle is distinctly unpatriotic.
I find Hollywood Studios whenever I smell a candy apple. Starring Rolls Cafe. All day. Every day.
I find Hollywood Studios when the coffee shop plays smooth jazz, and I’m immediately transported to a relaxing night on Hollywood Boulevard, sitting on a bench, enjoying the breeze, and watching the people pass.
I find Hollywood Studios whenever I eat macaroni, and I just want to put it in a cone. Is that too much to ask.
I find Hollywood Studios when one house in the neighborhood outshines all the others at Christmastime.
I find Hollywood Studios when I watch Golden Girls (come on, like you don’t?) and see exterior shots of their home, filmed on location at DHS’s Backlot.
But most of all, I find Hollywood Studios when the magic of moviemaking sparks an interest inside me to appreciate the technique behind it, the story within it, and the reach beyond it. Happy 25th, Hollywood Studios.
(Images from author’s personal family collection.)
Where do you find Disney’s Hollywood Studios®?
Blake is a college student studying Electronic Media. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade in Frontierland and then sprint to Main Street in time to see it again. You can find him on Twitter @olddirtyblake or at BlakeOnline.com.