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Hollywood Studios Blog


Disney-MGM Studios Times Guide from 1992

It's always fun to take a look at the history of Disney's Hollywood Studios and today we're going back twenty years to October 19 through 24, 1992 at the then-Disney-MGM Studios.

The first thing that has to strike you about this times guide is the colors.  Compared to today's times guide, the 1992 version is completely different.  Gray and salmon are the predominant colors and it looks a little cartoony.  Also worth noting is the park was only open to 7pm in late October, which today would seem like rather short hours.

In 1992, the Backlot Tour was still the centerpiece attraction in the park. It gave guests a behind-the-scenes look at the production areas the Studios had to offer.  Included in the tour were the sounstages, that while still around today, actually had real production for film and television being done. 

The "Backstage Studio Tour" is what today comprises the Backlot Tour tram portion the attraction.  The "Inside the Magic" part is made up of the water tank portion of the Backlot Tour and other sound stages that have been replaced in subsequent years.  The Backlot Tour here was already broken up from its original form.  The Magic of Disney Animation had become its own attraction but there would still be a few more changes/cutbacks to the Backlot Tour before we end up with the version we have today.

The most noticable change in the Studios compared to today is the bands offered in the park.  To my knowledge, guests haven't had bands as entertainment in at least the last 10 years, so this form of musical entertainment is like the precursor to the dance parties we find in the parks today during Extra Magic Hour evenings.

Also of note is the Star Today program, which brought C and D-list celebrities to the Studios for guests to meet them.  This week was Ginger Rogers, an actress best known for musical films in the 1920s and 1930s.  There was a motorcade parade followed by a quick question and answer session.  This format was later used for ESPN the Weekend, Star Wars Weekends and Super Soap Weekends.

This map of the Disney-MGM Studios shows how few attractions were available in those early years as well as some notable extinct attractions, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Muppets on Location and Superstar Television.

The first thing that struck me about this page is the Great Movie Ride trivia about the plane from the Casablanca scene being the original plane from the attraction, which we now know to be completely false.


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is the founder of Studios Central and has been preaching for a greater appreciation for Disney's Hollywood Studios since 2002.