Don't let its size fool you. Hollywood Studios may be Disney World's smallest theme park but it packs some of the biggest thrills and coolest dining venues, making it a magnet for teens. Put these experiences at the top of your to-do list.
Enter the Twilight Zone
One of the creative and clever theme park thrill rides ever, The Twilight Zone: Tower of Terror drops you right into an episode of "The Twilight Zone" that is introduced by Rod Serling. You enter a creepy hotel with a spooky backstory and are treated to some truly excellent special effects and scares. For many teens, this will be their favorite attraction in all of Disney World.
Watch Some Drive-In Movies
What could be more fun than watching silly mid-century sci-fi/horror flicks about zombies and aliens? Watching those movies sitting in a car at a drive-in as you nosh on chicken wings, burgers, and tasty sandwiches. The Sci-Fi Drive-In Theater is a fun dining experience that simulates a night at an old-school drive-in, complete with a starry sky above. Loads of fun for all ages, but teens tend to get an extra kick out of the so-bad-they're-good movies.
Take a Limo Ride With a Rock-And-Roll Band
The second must-do adrenaline ride at Hollywood Studios is Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, which begins with a fun vignette starring Steven Tyler and his bandmates. The "limo ride" delivers a zero-to-57-mph launch, lots of loop-de-loops in the dark, and a high-octane Aerosmith soundtrack blaring through the seat-back stereo.
Fuel Up, '50s-style
Dining at the '50s Prime Time Cafe is like taking a trip back in time to a fabulous 1950s kitchenette, complete with an old-style TV, linoleum tabletop, and a sassy waitress who just may scold you if you don't clean your plate or eat your veggies. This is one of Disney's best-themed dining experiences, delivering tons of kitschy fun, not to mention killer milkshakes.
See How Big-Budget Action Movies Are Made
If you've ever wondered how film studios pull off those thrilling action sequences in the movies, grab a seat at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show and see how split-second timing makes all the difference between getting it on film and getting it on the cutting room floor. (If you love stunts, you also won't want to miss the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, also at Hollywood Studios.)
Learn to Sketch a Disney Character
Head to the Magic of Disney Animation for a 10-minute video overview of Disney animation. Afterward, you can participate in several hands-on activities that give a taste of what it's like to work in Disney animation. You can even get a lesson in drawing a character from a Disney animator and take your artwork home as a souvenir.
Shoot 'Em up for the Top Score
Don't assume you're too old to play with Woody, Buzz, and their pals. Whether you're 5 or 85, Toy Story Midway Mania is a wildly appealing attraction that's part shooting gallery, part 3-D video game and part spinning dark ride. Competitive gamers will love gunning for the top score and unlocking big-value Easter eggs hidden among the games, and even non-gamers will find the game very intuitive and strangely addictive.