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1. THE GREAT MOVIE RIDE (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This ride is entered through the Chinese Theater at the end of Hollywood Blvd. Upon entering the building you walk through a cueing line past several glass cases containing memorabilia from some of the more famous movies of the past. You then enter a small theater where the cueing line moves back and forth across the theater from the back to the front. While waiting in this area you can view trailers from dozens of movies on the screen in the front of the theater. This is the last cueing line. After this you will board the ride. The ride takes you through some of the more memorable moments in movie history. You will see scenes from movies such as The Wizard of OZ, Singing In The Rain and Casablanca.  All scenes are recreated in great detail. A fun and entertaining ride with a few surprises and a good place to cool off for a while.

(7) WAITING TIME: 30 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: MID AFTERNOON ON

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2. STAR TOURS (H) 40

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 6 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 8

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 7

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This ride was redone and opened in May of 2011.  The new ride has many different versions so that you don't ride the same ride twice.  It is also done in 3D which makes the ride quite exciting.  It's about time Disney did something with this ride as it got quite stale.  This is one of the few times that Disney got it right.  It's now a great ride once again and definitely worth seeing.

(7) WAITING TIME: 45 MINUTES ( FAST PASS RIDE )

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNING AND DURING THE PARADE

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3. THE INDIANA JONES
    STUNT SPECTACULAR

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This is a demonstration of special effects but it doesn't really show you how the effects are created. What it does do is demonstrate how a well-choreographed scene should look when it is filmed and how things are set up before filming. The show itself is a very condensed version of the first Indiana Jones movie complete with fights, gun shots, fires, and explosions. Volunteers from the audience are chosen to play the extras that are required whenever films are produced. A great show and all seats are good.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE, BUT ARRIVE ABOUT 20 MINUTES PRIOR TO SHOW

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

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4. BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
    STAGE SHOW

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 10

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This is the live show that spawned the Broadway Musical and was adapted from the Disney film. Actors and actresses in full costume sing  and dance on stage in a truly marvelous production. I could go on and on about this show but I won't. All I will say is that if you don't see anything else at M.G.M. at least see this!!! Best seats are about five to ten rows from front.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE, BUT ARRIVE ABOUT 20 MINUTES PRIOR TO SHOW

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES

 

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5. THE VOYAGE
    OF THE LITTLE MERMAID (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This is a show with everything, live actors and actresses, audio animatronics, animation, lights, lasers, and assorted special effects which bring the audience into the production.  This is another "Must See" attraction. It is also a very refreshing rest stop.

(7) WAITING TIME: 45 MINUTES ( FAST PASS RIDE )

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: DURING THE PARADE OR LATE AFTERNOON AND EARLY MORNING

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6. MUPPET VISION 3D (R)

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 3

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: A 3D movie with some live action (Muppets). Kermit and the gang take you on a tour of Muppet Labs and give you a demonstration of MuppetVision 3D. If you liked the Muppets you'll love this. If you don't like the Muppets you'll still love it. A great time and a lot of laughs. Also, a very good rest stop.

(7) WAITING TIME: ABOUT 30 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: FORM MID AFTERNOON ON

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7. ANIMATION STUDIO TOUR

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 5

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: This is a self guided tour where you can see how an animated feature is created. Watch as artists create the story boards and the actual drawings used in the finished production. There is also a theater where you can view some animated magic moments from the past. I found it both interesting and entertaining.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME

 
8. BACK STAGE
    AND PRODUCTION TOUR

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 6

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: You start with a demonstration of special effects at their effects water tank and then board a tram and ride through the back lots and prop departments of M.G.M. Along the way you will see a variety of vehicles used in such movies as "Flight of the Navigator" and "Who Framed Roger Rabbit".  Just before the end of the tour you will visit Catastrophe Canyon for a demonstration of special effects.  This is a very entertaining and informative ride.

(7) WAITING TIME: 30 MINUTES

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: FROM MID AFTERNOON ON

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9. THE TWILIGHT ZONE
      TOWER OF TERROR (H) 40

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 7 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 9

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: Take a walk through the mysterious Hollywood Tower Hotel, abandoned suddenly when an elevator full of guests mysteriously vanished during a storm. Then ride an elevator to various floors for a spooky tour which culminates with a faster than free fall drop, 13 stories down an elevator shaft. Take the warnings seriously. This is not a kiddy ride. This, is a real heart stopper. The special effects are superb right down to the Rod Serling introduction. Drop sequences are randomly chosen by computer so each time you ride you get a different series of drops.  Do not leave anything sitting on your lap during the ride, you will lose it.

(7) WAITING TIME: 50 MINUTES ( FAST PASS RIDE )

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: ANYTIME, LINES ARE MORE OR LESS CONSTANT

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10. FANTASMIC

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 6

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 10

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY: This is a show which features live action, animation, music, lasers and pyrotechnics. It takes place in a stadium behind "Beauty and the Beast" that was especially constructed just for this show. It plays nightly just after sunset, twice when the park is open late. It's story is based on the old "good against evil" scenario with Mickey Mouse as the hero. This is definitely a must see.  A few of the restaurants offer a Fantasmic Diner Package at no additional cost. Reservations can be made on the day of your visit at Guest Services.  This package gives you priority seating for the show and allows you to enter through the back way, avoiding the crowds.  Seating is limited.

(7) WAITING TIME: NONE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES AND ARRIVE AT LEAST THIRTY MINUTES PRIOR TO SHOW TIME. SEATING IS LIMITED.

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11. ROCK 'N' ROLLER COASTER   (H) 48

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: 8 AND UP

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 10

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY: You will never forget the initial acceleration rush that you get from this ride. The premise of the ride is that you are going to go to an Aerosmith concert with the band. Their limo is not large enough to accommodate everyone so they order a super stretch limo to take everyone to the concert. Experience loops, rolls, and a zero to sixty acceleration time of 2.8 seconds as you head to the night time concert on the L.A. freeways.  The acceleration is done with magnets, the same as the maglev train that they are experimenting with. This coaster is entirely indoors and in total darkness.

(7) WAITING TIME: 45 MINUTES FAST PASS RIDE

(8) BEST TIME TO SEE: EARLY MORNING AND LATE AFTERNOON

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12. LIGHTS, MOTORS, ACTION STUNT SHOW

1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 8

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 9

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: NO

(6) SUMMARY:  You won't believe your eyes with this high speed stunt show.  Precision driving dominates the show. They also show how the stunts were done. A great show that should not be missed.

WAITING TIME: JUST TILL NEXT SHOW 

BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES 

 
13. PLAYHOUSE DISNEY

1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 2

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 6

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ***

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY:  This show was recently updated.  It still features the playhouse Disney characters but it now includes Mickey and friends.

WAITING TIME: JUST TILL NEXT SHOW 

BEST TIME TO SEE: SEE SCHEDULE OF SHOW TIMES 

 

 
14. AMERICAN IDOL LIVE  This attraction will close permanently in January 2014.

(1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 4

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: ****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY:  This show is now open.  Four park guests compete for the title of show champion.  At the last show of the day the winners of the daytime shows compete against each other.  The winner gets a front of the line pass to a real American Idol audition in their home area.  Show is a must see for all fans of the ABC TV show.

WAITING TIME: Till next show.  See schedule for show times

BEST TIME TO SEE:   Best show is the last one of the day

 

 
15. TOY STORY MANIA

1) RECOMMENDED AGE GROUP: ALL

(2) THRILL LEVEL: 5

(3) ENTERTAINMENT LEVEL: 8

(4) PRIORITY LEVEL: *****

(5) AIR CONDITIONED: YES

(6) SUMMARY:  This ride opened in late May.  Disney outdid themselves here.  Ride cars travel through a carnival midway and stops several times for riders to play the games.  3D glasses give the screens where the games are played depth so that it appears that you are actually playing the games.  Riders compete against each other or the three high scores of the day or the high score of the month.  If you beat the daily or month score your score replaces it.  Sorry no names are associated with the scores.  Maybe Disney will add this option later.

WAITING TIME: EXPECT VERY LONG LINES

BEST TIME TO SEE: UNKNOWN AT THIS TIME

 

 

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