Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour
explosive tour demonstrating the many aspects of moviemaking...
Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour is a truly fascinating experience that
shows guests many aspects of movie making. The first stop on the tour
is a special effects set. Two guests, selected before the tour starts,
are used to demonstrate how natural disasters and waterborne scenes
are created on a studio set. The first guest is put at the helm of a
small boat called "Miss Fortune", and then pummeled with gigantic
waves, simulating a storm scene on the high seas. The second guest is
put on top of a submarine and bombarded with pryotecnics, simulated
depth charges, and torpedo blasts to produce a sea battle. Fortunately,
the two guests are wearing rain coats because they get very wet. Next,
guests board a comfortable tram that first passes through a tunnel where
guests get to see real working television and movie production departments.
The viewable departments include the enormous wardrobe department,
and the camera, props and lighting departments. After exiting the tunnel,
the tram turns onto a lovely residential street where exterior shots
are done for movies and television shows. The houses, which are just
facades, include "The Golden Girls" house and the house from
"Empty Nest". The tram then passes by a huge array of vehicles
used in Disney movies and television shows. Guests also get to see Walt
Disney's private plane. The most exciting part of the tour, Catastrophe
Canyon, is up next. The tram pulls onto a huge set made to look like
an active oil field in the middle of a rocky desert canyon that is supposedly
being used for filming. The tour guide says it's okay to tour, because
they aren't filming today. As soon as the tram stops though, someone
yells "Action". Suddenly, the ground starts to shake and dozens
of fires erupt a few metres from the guests. Just as a huge tanker truck
is about too explode, the canyon set is drenched by a flash flood with
a somewhat scary amount of water. Then, everything stops and the tram
drives around the back of the set, revealing the superstructure of the
canyon set and the enormous tanks used to store the water. The tram
then drops off guests at the American Film Institute Showcase, where
costumes, props, and set pieces used in recent and classic movies and
television shows are on display.
Interesting and little known facts
-Catastrophe Canyon lets loose enough water to fill 10 olympic-size
swimming pools in a matter of seconds!
-the air cannons, used to shoot out water in Catastrophe Canyon, could
shoot a basketball over the Empire State Building!
Guests with any mobility concerns should proceed through the standard
queue. Guests using wheelchairs should stay to the right when entering
the attraction and proceed to the designated entrance gate. Notify a
cast member for boarding instructions. Guests may leave their wheelchairs
( which will be folded and loaded onto the shuttle) or ride in a wheelchair-accessible
For safety and comfort guests should be in good health and free from
heart, back or neck problems, motion sickness, or other conditions that
could be aggravated by this ride. Guests may get wet when passing through
You're in for an explosive, star-studded experience at the Disney-MGM
Studios, where every Guest has a starring role. Here, the spirit of
Hollywood is captured in lights, cameras, and a whole lot of action.
With stunts and special effects, spaceships and stage shows, movie magic
comes to life in this working studio that puts you both in the scenes
and behind the scenes. Enjoy celebrity status for a day of non-stop
fun, thrills, and spectacular entertainment.
Just about everyone has heard of Catastrophe Canyon but how many knew
that is not the name of the ride? That's what I thought when I first
went looking for it. It's the Studios Backlot Tour and you will find
it if you walk along to the right of Mann's Theatre, home of The Great
Movie Ride , pass by 1,001 Dalmatians (they had puppies) and look for
Disney-MGM Studios Backlot Tour on your right.
Everybody wants to see Catastrophe Canyon but there is more to this
tour than the excitement at the Canyon. On entering The Studios Backlot
Tour, you walk to a demonstration of movie special effects where you
stand to watch the show. A few minutes later you board trams for a tour
which takes you around through some of the wardrobe buildings, topiaries,
and a growing collection of vehicles used in various Disney movies.
After the explosive and moving Catastrophe Canyon, it's off to see the
Residential street where you may recognize some of the tv and movie
homes. You may not recognize them, either, but that's okay because,
all trip long, your tram driver will tell you more than you could possibly