You'll probably see the Tower of Terror even before you enter this park (formerly the Disney-MGM Studios), which Disney bills as "the Hollywood that never was and always will be." Once inside, you'll find pulse-quickening rides such as Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, movie- and TV-themed shows such as Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Star Wars references ad nauseam, and a spectacular laser-light show called Fantasmic! The main streets include Hollywood and Sunset boulevards, where Art Deco movie sets remember the golden age of Hollywood. The Streets of America sets include New York, lined with miniature renditions of Gotham's landmarks (the Empire State, Flatiron, and Chrysler buildings); as well as San Francisco, Chicago, and others. Pixar Place (formerly part of Mickey Ave.) is home to Toy Story Mania. You'll find some of the best street performers in the Disney parks here.
Arrive at the park early. Unlike Epcot, the Studios' 154 acres of attractions can pretty much be seen in a day—or even less, so it's a better value to see it on a multi-day ticket package than to pay for it in cash for the day. The parking lot reaches to the gate, with trams serving the outlying areas. Pay attention to your parking location; this lot isn't as well marked as the Magic Kingdom's. Again, write your lot and row number on something you'll be able to find at the end of the day.
If you don't get a Hollywood Studios Guide Map and entertainment schedule as you enter the park, you can pick one up at Guest Relations or most shops. First things first -- check showtimes, and then sketch out a plan for your day, because many of the of the park's best offerings are its shows. Schedule your rides around the shows that interest you most and go from there.
There's a tip board listing the day's shows, ride closings, and other information at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards.
Hours -- The park is usually open from 9am to at least 6 or 7pm, with extended hours sometimes as late as midnight during holidays and summer.
Ticket Prices -- A 1-day park ticket is $114 (Peak season)/$102 (Regular season)/$97 (Value season), but those prices go down with multi-day ticket purchases that cover the other Disney parks.
Services & Facilities in Disney's Hollywood Studios
ATMs -- Cash machines accept cards from banks using the Cirrus, Honor, and PLUS systems; they're located on the right side of the main entrance and near Toy Story Pizza Planet.
Baby Care -- A small Baby Care Center, to the left of the main entrance, has facilities for nursing and changing. Disposable diapers, formula, baby food, and pacifiers are for sale. Changing tables are also in all women's restrooms and some men's restrooms.
Cameras & Film -- Film and Kodak disposable cameras are available throughout the park. Digital supplies, however, are limited. Services, varying from location to location, include CD burning, film developing, and minor repairs.
First Aid -- The First Aid station, staffed by registered nurses, is in the Entrance Plaza adjoining Guest Relations and the Baby Care Center.
Lockers -- Lockers are located alongside Oscar's Classic Car Souvenirs, to the right of the Entrance Plaza after you pass through the turnstiles. The cost is $7 to $9, plus a $5 deposit.
Lost Children -- Lost children at Disney's Hollywood Studios are taken to Guest Relations, where lost-children logbooks are kept. Children younger than 7 should wear name-tags inside their clothes.
Package Pickup -- Any purchase can be sent to Guest Relations in the Entrance Plaza; allow at least 3 hours for delivery. If you're staying overnight at a Disney resort, you can also have all packages purchased by 7pm sent to your hotel (they will be delivered by noon the next day).
Parking -- It's $18 a day.
Pet Care -- Accommodations are offered at Disney's new luxury pet facility, the Best Friends Pet Care Center (tel. 877/493-9738), for $10 to $76 per day, depending on whether your pet is staying overnight, the type of pet you have, the accommodations and extras you choose, and whether you are a Disney resort guest. Proof of vaccination is required.
Strollers -- Strollers can be rented at Oscar's Super Service, inside the main entrance, for $15 for a single and $31 for a double. Length-of-stay rentals are available at $13 per day for a single and $27 per day for a double. Full payment is expected upfront for length-of-stay rentals.
Wheelchair Rental -- Wheelchairs are rented at Oscar's Super Service inside the main entrance. The cost for regular chairs is $12 a day. Electric wheelchairs rent for $50, plus a $20 refundable deposit.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.