Grand Opening of the Disney - MGM Studios Theme Park

Monday, May 1, 1989

“The World you have entered was created by The Walt Disney Company and is dedicated to Hollywood – not a place on a map, but a state of mind that exists wherever people dream and wonder and imagine, a place where illusion and reality are fused by technological magic. We welcome you to a Hollywood that never was – and always will be.”

Michael Eisner

On May 1, 1989, the Disney-MGM Studios (now called Disney’s Hollywood Studios) opened up for business. It was the third theme park to debut at the Walt Disney World Resort , after the Magic Kingdom in 1971 and Epcot Center in 1982.

The park was inspired by the “Golden Age” of Hollywood, from 1930 through 1950. On opening day, it featured only five attractions: The Great Movie Ride, The Backstage Studio Tour, The Magic of Disney Animation Tour, Superstar Television and The Monster Sound Show.

But “Disney-MGM Studios” wasn’t just a theme park. Back then, it was a full fledged radio, television and motion picture production facility too, where lots of famous movies (Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, Brother Bear) and television shows were made (Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club).

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