Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Studio Tram Tour Behind the Magic

Drive past backstage areas of the movies and television series with a special visit to a working special effects outdoor movie set.

Located at the end of the Hollywood Boulevard is the entrance of the Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic. A big billboard featuring legendary Hollywood sign on the mountain welcoming guests to enter the attraction for a ride on the tram. Inside the outdoor queue area a nice car is being displayed. The original owner of the car is not so nice, namely Cruella de Vil.

At the loading area bright red Walt Disney Studios trams, with yellow tops, are waiting for their passengers. Rows of seats are filled with 4 to 5 people before the tram will be ready for the journey. But be warned, those getting in first, and need to go all in to the left side, might get a little wet during the ride. But more about that later! Loaded trams? The doors come down and ready to roll.

The first part of the tour takes you past some movie props including plaster heads, statues, and other fun movie related and used items. The first big scene on the trip is the Dinotopia set. This set was used for the television series where Dino's and people lived together. The scene is a big temple with some fantastic sculptures, but you might notice that the top is missing. This was digitally added after the scene in and around the temple was taped.

Next stop is the main attraction of the tram tour; Catastrophe Canyon. The tram drives into an open set and stops in front of a canyon scene with an oil rig and big lorry from the fictive Mojave Oil Company. Guests are invited on the set to witness a big earthquake. It all starts of harmless with some light rainfall, but it only takes seconds before the big quake takes over. The tram starts to shake, explosions start to happen and the oil pipes start to catch fire. Before you know it the big set, including the oil tanker, is ablaze with flames shooting high up into the sky. Next, as the big finally, 265.000 liters of water is being released, flooding the whole canyon and storming straight towards the tram and its guests. But the water runs down the rocks on the side while more water is coming down from over the tram tour covering up the scene with a curtain of water. In the worst case scenario, and if you sit on the left side of the tram, you might get a little wet.

Getting out of the canyon guest have the chance to see the back of the location and some of the tools used to get the canyon earthquake running before going on with the trip. You'll get to see some cool movie cars and vehicles on your tram tour. They are parked under a cover on your right hand side and include some old timer police cars and cabs from the big screen.

The next big scene comes straight out of the “Reign of Fire” movie. The movie was released in the USA back in July, 2002 and involved some serious battles between us humans and monstrous dragons. The scene on the tour is from London and includes a real underground train set on top of some buildings by the fierce dragons. You can hear the dragon roar when you enter the city of London. While you'll never see an actual dragon, you will feel the heat of them when they start breathing fire out of a big pit right next to the tour.

Once you escape the dragon the tour will come to its end. A big turn around the London set with a view of the Stunt Show back stage area later guests arrive back into the station area ready to disembark.

Tips

If you don't mind getting a little wet then you'll best sit on the left hand side of the tram tour. Enter first and you'll have the best view of the canyon.

Compact

  • Designed: Disney Imagineering
  • Opening Date: March 16, 2002
  • Duration: Approximately 20 minutes
  • Trams: 4
  • Capacity: 168 guest per tram
  • Waitingtime: Waitingtime: 2 of 5

Specials

The Tram tour has been changed during the years. For example, with the new Toon Studios area addition some scenes of the tram tour where altered or removed. One main scene was a ride next to the costuming department where big open windows gave guests a peak inside on some of the wardrobes being created for the Cast members or shows inside the parks.

265.000 liters of water are stored in three huge water reservoirs on top of the attraction structures, including the structure above the tram itself. The water is released during every Catastrophe Canyon performance flooding the complete scene in front of the guests. The water is recycled for every performance.

Propane Gas is being used for the big explosive effect in the Catastrophe Canyon part of the attraction.

Dinotopia was a six hour mini series created for the ABC Television Network. The source of the story is comes from two bestseller books written by James Gurney. James also created the illustrations in the books. The books titles are “Dinotopia: A Land Apart From Time”, and Dinotopia: The World Beneath. 2.5 million copies have been sold in many different languages.

Limits

While no limitations on this attraction it is advised to comfort the younger once in the group. Especially the Catastrophe Canyon and the London fire scene might be a little scary for them.

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