DHS Awareness: Giving Props

Welcome back for another day of Hollywood Studios Awareness, hosted by Studios Central. To check out what other people are saying about this park, be sure to keep an eye on the Studios Central Blog.

So I may not have seen Star Wars until my sophomore year in college or Indiana Jones trilogy until a few years ago, but I have always enjoyed watching movies. Most likely they were Disney movies, chick flicks, or romantic comedies but I loved them anyway. I miss the days when I could sit all day in my room and just watch back to back movies on TBS or the Disney Channel. (Those were the days.)

It makes a lot of sense why DHS was my favorite park when I started visiting WDW in 1996. I loved the magic of movies. I’m also sort of nosey and like to know the inside scoop on things, which is probably why I adored the Backlot Tour. It was my favorite attraction, probably one of my top attractions in all the parks, until they ditched the live tour guide and settled (heavy emphasis on settled) for a recording. Oh wait, I’m also still depressed about the loss of Residential Street. But there’s still a ray of light when it comes to the Costumes & Props Department and the American Film Institute Showcase. Despite all the recent alterations to the Backlot Tour, I always hold out a little hope there will be some new movie props housed in these spots. (Again, why there aren’t consistent changes never makes sense to me when Disney is a movie studio that uses props all the time.) Over the years, I’ve gotten to peek at a bunch of fun movie items and I’m ready to do a little show and tell.


From 1990’s Dick Tracy starring Warren Beatty and Madonna. (AFI Showcase)

From 1996’s Evita starring Madonna and Antonio Banderas. (AFI Showcase)


From the Disney’s 1997 Cinderella starring Brandy, Whitney Houston, and Bernadette Peters. (AFI Showcase)

From the 1964 Mary Poppins. (AFI Showcase)


From 1993’s (brilliant) Hocus Pocus starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Thora Birch. (Studio Backlot Props)


Costumes from 2007’s Enchanted starring Amy Adams and Susan Sarandon (AFI Showcase).

Organ from 2006’s Pirates and the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Alien from 1979’s Alien.

A model of 2008’s WALL E in the Props department. (This was an exciting shot!)


I squealed with delight when I saw this prop from 2009’s Hannah Montana movie. (Backlot Tour


A (fuzzy) Big Bunny from 1992’s Honey I Blew Up the Kid.

Does anyone have any favorite details from the Backlot Tour?

5 thoughts on “DHS Awareness: Giving Props

  1. I used to love the backlot tour. I especially loved cruising down residential street, and then you would turn and see that all the houses were just facades. I also miss when the walking tour was part of the experience. When you were brought along step by step with the filming of The Lottery, featuring Bette Midler. They showed you how all aspects of film making came together to make a final product. Sigh, i miss early 90’s MGM studios.

    1. Nick, I’m not sure if I ever did the walking portion although I do remember The Lottery so maybe it’s lost somewhere in the back of my brain. It used to be such a good attraction… I wish I could say it’s still a must-see for me… but it really isn’t. Boo for that. Still had some great memories and I hope one day it will return to its original fabulousness.

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