Disney's Hollywood Studios
Echo Lake is home to many small references to the Disney
company's history, Walt Disney's history, and the film
industry. Although this section of the park isn't large,
there are several larger than life experiences here.
This portion of the park is home to the American Idol
Experience and Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, both of
which invite guests to join in the fun. In The American Idol
Experience, the entire attraction depends on the guests and
their talent. While the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
doesn't necessarily rely on the guests' performance to carry
the show along, it does give guests an opportunity to
participate in a "film shoot" and allow guests in the
audience to witness what goes into making action shots in
In addition to these two great attractions, Echo Lake is
home to some of Disney's Hollywood Studios greatest
restaurants on property. Here you can dine with the
Playhouse Disney characters at Hollywood and Vine or
flashback to the 1950's and eat at 50's Prime Time Cafe.
In addition to the sit down restaurants, you can stop by
Peevy's Polar Pipeline (which is themed around the 1991
film, The Rocketeer), Min and Bill's Dockside Diner
(inspired by the 1930 film Min and Bill), or stop by
Dinosaur Gertie's Ice Cream of Extinction (inspired by a
1914 short cartoon entitled, Gertie the Dinosaur).
Make sure you take your time to look at the amazing details
in this area. You'll be surprised at what you may find!
Fun Facts: When the park first opened the
characters from the 1989 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?,
were meant to have a much bigger role in the park. There are
still a few references to this film throughout this portion
of the park. If you look above the Hollywood and Vine sign
and to the left you can find Eddie Valiant's window with
Roger Rabbit's silhouette present. Eddie Valiant was the
private investigator in the film. In addition to this, if
you look above Peevy's Polar Pipeline you can find a
billboard for Maroon Studios, which was the studio Roger
Rabbit, Jessica Rabbit, and Baby Herman worked for!
Touring Tips: If you think you can wow the
audiences with your singing and want to audition for the
American Idol Experience, make sure you arrive earlier in
the day to audition. The audition area is on the opposite
side of the building in the
Backlot section of the park. Good luck!
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