Disney's Hollywood Studios Streets of America

When the Disney Hollywood Studios first opened in 1989 (as Disney MGM), this part of the park was closed off and only accessible via the Backlot Tour. The buildings that make up The Streets of America look like they could be in any city across the country with people bustling to and fro, as they go about their daily business. If you listen you will even hear the sounds of a busy city life, and you think you've may have been transported. With the use of forced perspective, these city streets seem to go on for miles.

Streets of America from the Backlot TourStreets of America from the Backlot Tour
Today it's open to pedestrian traffic as a larger conceptual "land" within the park. Guests can stroll this elaborate urban street set and feel like they're in New York or San Francisco. Take your time here because the rich architectural elements and details are well worth appreciating. On these streets you may encounter Character performers or Power Rangers, and if you keep an eye open you may even find Gene Kelly's umbrella from singing in the rain.

Do You Enjoy Singing in the Rain?Do You Enjoy Singing in the Rain?
The Streets of America Section of Disney Hollywood Studios includes several attractions that give you a peak into how movies get made:

  • Muppet-Vision 3-D - A hilarious 3-D experience starring Kermit and friends.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure - A fun playground modeled after the movie for little ones.
  • Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show - A thrilling vehicle stunt show that's full of big action.
  • Studio Backlot Tour - A 35 minute tram tour of movie-making magic.

Though it's nice to stroll the area any time of the year, the Streets of America truly comes alive during the holiday season, when they play host to the fantastic Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Disney holds the ultimate winter street party, and you can grab a snack before watching the most amazing showing of holiday lights set to music in the world.

Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing LightsOsborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights
Many thanks to the talented photographers Anna Fox, Bill Barber, D.K. Peterson, who offered their picture for our use through Creative Commons. Do you like the Streets of America? Or could you do without it? What's your favorite part? Leave a comment and let us know!

Gina wrote on Mon, 09/10/2012 - 19:47:

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Love the studio at Christmas time. Never get tired of the Muppet Movie!

JoAnn C wrote on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 01:53:

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I love the Osborne lights.

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