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Monday, January 25, 2010


This park started out as the MGM Studios and then was annexed as Disney’s MGM Studios.  A little bird told me that the deal with MGM is not being renewed and the name changed yet again to Disney Studios.  Whatever.

To be honest, this is my least favorite park. I lived in Los Angeles for 12 years.  I’ve been to Universal Studios and it’s better.  The vast majority of the attractions in this park are shows and exhibits.  The only up side are 3 major thrill rides and an after dark visual extravaganza.  Teens will defiantly like the thrill rides and find some fun shopping.  Kids will like the Muppets, Dave and other Disney TV tie-in exhibits.  This is another ½ day park unless stunt shows start your motor.


If you are staying at an Epcot resort (including the Swan or Dolphin) you can ride the Friendship boat to the park.  This is a nice, relaxing alternative to cars or buses.


All Disney Parks have a central icon in their design.  The Magic Kingdom has Cinderella’s castle, Animal Kingdom has the Tree of Life and Epcot has Spaceship Earth.  The Studios has Graummans Chinese Theatre.  Problem is it is covered from view by a gigantic Mickey’s sorcerers apprentice hat.  This was added as a yearly promotional gimmick similar in nature to the Mickey hand and wand on the side of Spaceship Earth that ended up staying.  I hate this hat.  Not because I hate Mickey because I LOVE Mickey but the hat has got to go.  Graumanns Chinese should be seen.  Its bad enough that in real life, its name is now Mann’s Chinese.  Disney should not mess with perfection.  Let us see Graumanns as the icon it was meant to be.

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