Videos from our Library: Celebrating 33 Years of Disney-MGM Studios

33 years ago today, the Disney-MGM Studios theme park opened to the world for the first time! To celebrate, here are some great videos from our library.

Our own How Bowers and Dave “Hoot” Ensign were among the first visitors to the Disney-MGM Studios theme park on May 1, 1989. This video includes their overnight stay outside of the parking lot so they could be among the first guests in – as well as segments from the tram tour and Indiana Jones.


The Magic of Disney Animation attraction at the Disney-MGM Studios allowed guests to see the production of animated features in real life. The introduction to the attracted featured a film produced by Jerry Rees starring Robin Williams and Walter Cronkite. The film gave a humorous overview of the animation process. Rees recently attended RetroMagic 50 and spoke about the creation of the film.


And finally, the Great Movie Ride allowed guests to take a spectacular journey into the movies. Narrated by a live tour guide and featuring more than 50 audio animatronic characters from throughout movie history.


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