March 23, 2014

Disney-MGM Before Star Tours

When Disney-MGM Studios opened in 1989, one of the highlights- and one of the few attractions available- was the Studio Tour, a combination of a tram and walking tour. Back then, The Great Movie Ride reigned supreme because there was no Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or Rock N Rollercoaster or Fantasmic! to soak up the crowds. The tour was intentionally lengthy to help fill the day. 

During the walking portion of the tour, selected guests were invited to take part in the flying bee scene from the popular Disney film "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids". This nice piece of concept art shows the bee in the back and an ant in the front, which became part of the playground instead. I was lucky enough to be chosen to board a bee, and a few years later, my nephews were also picked. It was a lot of fun! 

Over the years, the Studios took on a new persona with a few thrill rides and even more shows. In the last decade or so, it has been a park without a champion, however, and the lack of cohesiveness is as evident as the lack of upkeep and maintenance. With 25 years coming up May 1, isn't it time for some expansion plan?

(Art copyright The Walt Disney Company.)

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