Disney Cast Members Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

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Disney Cast Members Celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios turns 35 this year! To celebrate this momentous occasion, Disney spoke to cast members who have helped bring the magic to life since the park’s opening day in 1989. From the park’s dazzling debut as Disney-MGM Studios to present-day times, cast members shared their favorite memories throughout the years!

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The Golden Age of Hollywood (1980s): Original cast members fondly remember welcoming guests into the world of show business during the park’s early years.

 “I loved witnessing celebrities place their hands in the cement in front of The Chinese Theatre, especially Dick VanDyke! There’s nothing that compares to working here, my heart has belonged to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for 35 years!” – Ricardo, Disney’s Hollywood Studios  

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Animation Powerhouse (1990s): The 90s saw Disney-MGM Studios at the heart of hit movies like “Aladdin” and “Mulan,” while the park itself continued to expand with new attractions.

“One of my earliest memories of the Studios was meeting Chip and Dale in front of the Chinese Theatre. It’s super special because now I get to hang out with the chipmunks in Fantasmic! 26 years later!” – Alyssa, Disney’s Hollywood Studios  

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Thrills on Sunset Boulevard (2000s): The new millennium brought iconic rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, and Fantasmic! to Sunset Boulevard. Cast members highlight the era’s exciting transformations and themed events.

“Since my first visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios was in 2006, I’ve been hooked on the magic of the park and now I get to share that same magic with guests. I couldn’t be happier to live my dream at Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day!” – Rachel, Disney’s Hollywood Studios 

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A Galaxy Far, Far Away and Beyond (2010s): From exploring Batuu to shrinking down in Andy’s backyard, cast members cherish the unforgettable experiences of opening new lands like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land.

“Watching my daughters play with the stories and characters at the Studios has been so fun- with unique meet and greets with everyone from Olaf to Green Army Men to BB-8. We can’t wait to see what’s next!” – Lori, Public Affairs    

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Nothing can stop Disney now! From 1989 to today we are still celebrating countless adventures and the cast members that help bring them to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and beyond. 

Join the 35th-anniversary celebration at Hollywood Studios on May 1st! There’ll be a special event and a limited edition merchandise collection available through a virtual queue. Here’s to 35 years of magic and many more to come!


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