5 Things You Didn’t Know About Hollywood Studios

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  1. “Easter Egg Hunt” – Toy Story Midway Mania

Are you competitive when it comes to this game? We are always trying to out-score each other. Here is a little tip to get those high scores. Look for little hidden “Easter eggs” in the game. When you hit one of these symbols, you will have the opportunity to hit highly valued targets that could be 1,000 points each! For example, in the Barn Room, hit the small rat near the barn at the top of the screen. If you hit him while he runs back to the barn, the barn will reveal higher valued targets. There are several of these “Easter eggs” in each room!

Here’s a video of someone scoring over 500k!


  1. Moat – Fantasmic!

Ok, what’s so special about a moat? Especially one that contains so much algae? While the water is filtered and treated, Disney maintains and promotes algal growth in this 1.9 million gallon body of water to hide the fact that the moat is only 18 inches deep! It seems so much deeper, doesn’t it?!


  1. Half of a Plane – The Great Movie Ride

Casablanca in The Great Movie Ride

Have you ever noticed that there is half of a plane in the Casablanca section of The Great Movie Ride? This is actually a real Lockheed Electra 12A airplane that was cut in half to use for the ride! Where is the other half? Take a ride on the Jungle Cruise in Magic Kingdom to find the rest of the plane.


  1. Gertie the Dinosaur – Echo Lake

The massive dinosaur (trust me, you can’t miss it) at Echo Lake has a special story. This dinosaur represents an early animated cartoon, Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) by Winsor McCay. This cartoonist inspired Walt Disney in his early years.


  1. Dated Gas Pump

After scanning your magicband, walk to the right to Oscar’s Super Service. One of the gas pumps displays May 1, 1989, the opening date of the theme park.