Disney-MGM Studios in October 1996

It is time for another visit to Disney-MGM Studios, this time in October 1996. Today, we know the park as Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but this was long before the name change. It appears that we did not spend all that much time in Disney-MGM Studios on this park, or at least I did not take that many photos during our visit for whatever reason. But let’s take stroll down memory lane and enjoy some of that Florida sun!

The main entrance at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

I took this during my “artistic phase”. Or more likely, I had seen a similar photo and wanted to try one for myself. Different lighting would have made this a little better by making “Disney” stand out from the background more. Modern digital photography would have made a difference, too. But I still like this one with Mickey and the Crossroads of the World in the background.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

As we stroll down Hollywood Boulevard, we can see off in the distance the Hollywood Tower Hotel, home of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. This was when the Tower of Terror was still relatively new, of course. And I liked how you could see it from all over Disney-MGM Studios.

Hollywood Boulevard at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

I have always liked the Hollywood Boulevard architecture in Disney-MGM Studios, and the Disney & Co. facade is just one great example of that. And in this photo you also get a Mickey Mouse watch sign and Pluto on top of Pluto’s Toy Palace. Just a few reminders that this is a Disney park and not the real Hollywood.

Echo Lake at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

The view across Echo Lake looking back toward Vine Street has always been a good one. This one was taken very near Dinosaur Gertie, in case you were wondering. And just off to the right of this view is…

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

…Indiana Jones, hiding in the trees. But as large as he is, he has a difficult time hiding. Yes, I had included a similar photo from our June 1996 trip, but this one has more palm trees.

MuppetVision 3D at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

Moving on past Indiana Jones, we apparently skip Star Tours and come to MuppetVision 3D, one of my perennial favorites. The facade has changed a bit in the last few years, but I still like this classic look.

New York Street at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

As we keep on wandering, we come to New York Street, and there is Laura on the steps of one of the buildings. It almost looks like the real thing, doesn’t it? And Laura is holding a bottle of Coca-Cola, which probably cost a lot less in the Disney parks in 1996 than what it costs there now!

Studio Gate at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

Did you really go to Disney-MGM Studios if you did not take a photo of the studio gate? This gate served as a transition from Hollywood Boulevard to the actual studio portion of the park. As you might remember, they used to make movies, television shows, and animation here, and much of that was housed beyond this gate, along with attractions allowing you to look behind the scenes. Those were the good old days!

Mickey Mouse atop the Crossroads of the World at Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World in October 1996

As we walk back to the entrance to make our way out of the park, we see the backside of Mickey Mouse atop the Crossroads of the World. I always liked this photo with its perfect blue sky, clouds, and palm trees.

And with that, we close our visit to Disney-MGM Studios for this trip. Be sure to see other Disney-MGM Studios posts, and check back soon for more!


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