Disney's Hollywood Studios
Part two of my series looking at the complete history of the Disney MGM Studios backstage tours.
Starting off, go back to 1989 for a look at the original Animation tour. This includes a source quality copy of Back to Neverland with Walter Cronkite and Robin Williams, a look at the interior of the building and the viewing gallery, and the overhead Cronkite and Williams screens.
Now, back to the main tram and walking tour for every major change between 1991 and 2014. Plenty of archive photos and video, plus maps and graphics, to see how the routes changed over the years, moving entrances, Mickey Avenue and New York Street opening to the public, a second Walt Disney Theatre, additions to the backlot from houses to theatres and MuppetVision, huge changes with the Animation building extension and Lights Motors Action, what happened and when and how they impacted the tours, the shrinking walking tour and full Backstage Pass plus much more.
At over an hour long, hopefully I’ve fully documented every major change during the tours 25 years existence.
The first part of an exhaustive, detailed look at the Disney MGM Studios Backstage tours history. This first part is an hour long, and begins with the concept, design and construction of the studios tour. A detailed look at the original layout of both the tram and walking tours leads to a full multi camera edit of the original tram and walking tour circa 1989-91 including
Original queue and load
Original tram route via bungalows
New York Street and Washington Square by tram
Two Dick Tracey’s Crimestoppers New York Street tram hold ups
Half way point with Toon Garden and New York Gardens
Original water effects show in full multi angle
Visual effects stage in full multi angle
Chromakey stage in full multi angle
The Lottery and making of The Lottery
The Lottery props
Sound effects with Mel Gibson and Peewee Herman
Editing with George Lucas, C3PO and R2D2
The Walt Disney Theatre with Michael and Mickey
Something for the holidays….. back in the warmer summer of 2014, Hollywood Studios ran a Frozen Fireworks show nightly. Here is the whole fireworks presentation, shot in full HD from multiple angles with a source music / live pyro audio mix.
The 2014 version of the Star Wars Weekends firework show from Hollywood Studios. Shot from various angles in full HD on tripods with a source quality score and clean live pyro audio mix.
Also includes a multi angle edit of the stage show preceding the fireworks, and also a second edit of the fireworks from alternate angles showing the scale of the show.
An edit of Epic proportions! The whole show from the area props to entry to exit, shot with 6 cameras in full HD over 2 consecutive shows for 12 complete angles to capture everything, with a custom audio source / ALD / live mix.
With thanks to the great co operation from DHS and show Cast Members for totally unobstructed views and choice angles.
44 minutes long. Enjoy!
Here is the full Disney Hollywood Studios live stage show of the classic fairy tale, shot with 6 cameras in full HD including front row views for a complete edit of the show. Audio is a custom live clean vocal / source score mix. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!
On Friday the 13th of September 2013 Disney Hollywood Studios held a one off party night celebrating villains. 44000 guests crammed in the park for stage shows, live music, meet n greets, and one huge fireworks show. Shot in full HD with 3 cameras this edit includes:
Anticipation as the crowds build and the time countdowns
The opening stage show, introductions, and full 13 villains introductions
Opening band act
Incidental stage show highlights
Incidental music and band highlights
A look at the meet n greet areas
The full Villainry in the Sky firework show with inducted score
53 minutes long….. enjoy!
Now the US versions of the original attraction have closed, here is an edit that was six months in the making.
Start way back with the history of attempting to use a motion base as an attraction, then see the developing relationship between George Lucas and Michael Eisner. Follow the ride planning, with a full concept and construction section for both parks. See the Disneyland opening, and changes added over the years. Next see the original Disney-MGM exteriors and also changes made over the years. This is followed by a full tour of the Disney’s Hollywood Studios exterior as it was before closing and a look at the differences to the preshow and boarding area layout. The take a full look at the Disneyland queue and preshow areas, again just before closing, shot by Chris Bales.
Next is the full multi camera, mostly tripod shot preshow in both the lower and upper rooms. All droids, Starspeeder effects, video wall, details, everything – both the R2D2/C3P0 and GT-4T and GT-9T preshows are shown in full from multiple angles, with source audio. Wander through the line taking in the details, arrive at load and watch the overhead monitor as your flight to the moon of Endor is prepared, followed by the safety video – again tripod shot with source audio. Next walk into your speeder for a split screen full ride using source ride film and incabin coverage of REX, the side video screen and the in-cabin effects. This is set to a new stereo source mix of the ride audio, remixed to bring the score forward more and with added incabin audio effects to sound just like the attraction did.
Finally, exit the Disneyland ride and walk into the store, then exit the Orlando version and walk into the store too. Finally, take a look at both closed attractions as the adventure gets ready to continue.
65 minutes long. Enjoy!
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Beginning with a sample of the crazy antics of The Citizens of Hollywood, watch as they warm up the crowds before the parade. This is followed by the full Block Party Bash parade with show stop, shot from multiple angles in HD with a clean source / live atmosphere audio mix.
Finally, after 6 months of working on this it is finished. The most complete tribute to Orlandos Tower that I can manage.
Begin with the backstory, then go back to the late 80`s origins of a freefall ride. Follow the evolution of the design and storyline, followed by a full concepts, construction and tech section. Then take a full HD tour of Sunset Blvd and the Towers queues, followed by in depth coverage of the lobby, libraries and boiler room. After a source quality preshow take a full multi camera 8 and a half minute ride through the attraction seeing every detail of both the guest corridor and 5th dimension floor and all the effects. Travel into the drop shaft for a combined single drop profile of all current profiles and effects, exit your AGV for a tour of the postshow and store areas, followed by a look at changes made since 1994. All audio is either clean live, source or source quality. I`m especially proud of the inride audio mix. 61 minutes long.