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Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Posted by ustop20themeparks on April 9, 2009

Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World

Lake Buena Vista, FL

America’s 4th Most Visited Park of 2007

According to themeit.com, the park saw an estimated 9.5 million visitors in 2007, making it the 4th most visited theme park in the US.

Interesting fact:

Disney-MGM Studios is close to 135 acres. It is south of Epcot Center. Construction began in 1986. By the time the new theme park opened in May 1989 (the changes in scale had delayed the scheduled October 1988 opening), total costs had accumulated to more than $500 million.

Source: http://www.hiddenmickeys.org/WDW/Studios/Secrets/General.html

Websites

http://www.wdwinfo.com

http://www.wdwinfo.com/wdwinfo/guides/mgm/st-overview.htm

Pros

· Provides an overview of MGM Studios as a tourist attraction

  • Highlights the uniqueness and merits of MGM studios as a theme park
  • Provides a short history on the park

· Has links to other pages which provide more information in detail

  • Ticketing
  • Discounts
  • Transportation
  • Location
  • Opening hours
  • Other connected theme parks within Disney World Orlando, Fl
  • Accommodation

· Has a link which enables visitors to interact with each other, post queries and feedback

· Functional due to a simplistic and to-the-point layout

Cons

· Due to its lack of aesthetics, the site may only appeal to adults. Children may not be interested in browsing through.

Accuracy & Authority – 3/5

It is a totally private run website and has no affiliation to Walt Disney

Objectivity – 4/5

Same reason as above. Thus has no ulterior motive to sell tickets.

Currency – 5/5

Last updated earlier this year.

Coverage – 5/5

Extensive and provides a lot of extra information


Books

DK Eyewitness Travel: Walt Disney World Resort & Orlando

Pros

· Part of the critically acclaimed DK Eyewitness Travel series

· Organised and user-friendly

  • Colour coded sections

Information by area/theme parks

Traveller’s needs

Survival guide (road rules, car rental info etc)

· Doesn’t miss out on basic information

· Loaded with pictures

· Includes detailed coloured maps

· Includes information on where to stay while visiting Orlando

· Includes contact numbers


Cons

· Pages are packed with information

· Small text

· A bit too loaded with information

· Tiring to read


Accuracy & Authority – 4/5

Part of the renowned DK Eyewitness series, it is known for providing a wide range of good information on a wide range of topics.

Objectivity – 4/5

Having no affiliation with Walt Disney, it can be said to be objective as it does not seek to sell tickets and thus would not overhype its information to make the park look good.

Currency – 4/5

Published in 2007, it is rather current.

Coverage – 5/5

Provides all the vital basic information and even extras which may make a visitors’ visit to the park extra enjoyable.

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