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Disney's Hollywood Studios was built on the idea of being a studio backlot, so it's no surprise that the Backlot is the section of the park that helps transfer guests from a Disney park to an actual movie backlot in Hollywood.

While there are no signs indicating where this section of the park officially begins, there are some visual aids that help us cross from one section of the park to another. If you look at the picture shown to the left you will see a security gate and notice a dramatic difference between the one side of the gate and the other.

After passing the gate you will notice several things. For one, the ground, trash cans, and buildings themselves have lost a bit of glamour. This is due to the fact that
you are now in the "backstage" area of the park. I know what you are thinking: "I thought backstage was where only cast members (Disney employees) can go, so how can this be a backstage area?"

Great question! This portion of the park is meant to show you the secrets of filmmaking due to the fact that you are now a worker on a movie set and it doesn't matter if you see that the buildings are actually facades or see props just lying around. Like someone working at a studio, these items shouldn't faze you one bit, since it's part of your every day life.

Even though the storyline seems simple and some may point out that Disney could come up with this idea just to save money by using facades and throwing props around, there is a lot more to this area than meets the eye.

For instance, over at Muppet Vision 3-D, Kermit and the gang are working on perfecting 3-D so they can use it more often in the future. While the show is entertaining, picture yourself as a company big wig that is being shown different 3-D effects that some of his employees have been working on.

Over at Mama Melrose's, the Backlot story line continues! When a struggling actress brings in some food to work one day it causes quite the commotion! Everyone wants the Italian food she is eating which are all family recipes. She then realizes that her calling isn't acting, but cooking and soon sets up a restaurant in the Backlot for the movie stars to eat at while in between shooting.

The signature attraction in this area, although often overlooked, is the Studio Backlot Tour. Here guests can see cast members creating costumes, props used in past films, and they can even get a glimpse of a film shoot going on that day!

The current attractions in the Backlot area are Studio Backlot Tour, AFI Gallery, Muppet Vision 3-D, Star Tours, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure.


Fun Facts: Before Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show was added to the park in 2005, the Studio Backlot Tour was a little longer and went through a residential street which was home to the facades of different houses used in film and television! One of which was the Golden Girls house!

This area was home to several different film and television shoots in the late 80's/early 90's. These included Newsies, Ernest Saves Christmas, MMC (Mickey Mouse Club), Adventures in Wonderland, and more!


Touring Tips: There isn't a lot of ways to cool off at Disney's Hollywood Studios, but if you want to get wet, volunteer for the demonstration at the Studio Backlot Tour. Just ask a Cast Member in the queue line if you can be part of the demonstration and be prepared to get soaked!

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