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Insider Tips for Disney's MGM Studios

Check show times on the MGM Studios Tips Board at the corners of Sunset Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard. It will also post any visiting celebrities. Find out what times the characters are meeting and greeting.

MGM Studios PlaneI particularly enjoy the Disney MGM Studios Backlot Tour. This attraction usually has shorter lines that are fast moving. This 45 minute tour will take you behind the scenes of how movies are filmed and you might even find yourself part of the action! Plus, you will get a special glimpse of Disney memorabilia that can't be found elsewhere.

The young kids will enjoy the “Playhouse Disney” show, featuring Bear in the Big Blue House. The least crowded place to meet Woody and Buzz Lightyear (Jessie and Bullseye) are at MGM Studios Al’s Toy Barn. It is located behind Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Find the store front with the big sign that says Al’s Toy Barn.

These costumed cast members do not talk, but pose for pictures, sign autographs, and give hugs. Their autograph times are 10:15 am—1:45 pm and 4:15—5:15 pm, but because of the hot costumes, they take breaks during their autograph times too. You can find these and other character times at the MGM Studios Guest Relations at Crossroad of the World.

Back Lot Tour MGM Studios

Lights! Motors! Action Extreme Stunt Show. It is a 35 minute motorcycle and car driving performance. Be sure to get there first thing in the day or get a FASTPASS. The theater holds over 5000 Disney guests, but will fill to capacity during the peak season. The stunt drivers in the show are Disney cast members who tried out and were then trained by stunt professionals. Now that is amazing!

Star Tours is one of the more popular attractions, so make it one of your first stops as is Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3-D.

Seating tip for the Fantasmic! show: the middle to rear of the theater offers excellent views without getting too close to the splashes and heat of the show’s action. This is a don’t miss show.