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When we first used to visit Hollywood Studios this area was known as New York Street as it was meant to be a typical cosmopolitan city. It was renamed the Streets of America in 2004 and is located behind Commissary Lane and toward the Backlot area of the Hollywood Studios.
As you get to the end of Commissary Lane, turn right into the Streets of America and you will immediately be struck by the illusion of New York City, San Francisco and other cities using forced perspective techniques. The buildings are all facades, look out for a London street, and even a street right out of Chinatown. You can often also hear the sounds effects of a busy city in the background.
We always visit the Muppets who star in Jim Henson’s Muppet Vision 3D which combines puppets and special effects with Disney's famous Audio-Animatronics.
This show is great fun and is appropriate for all ages. I think my Mother and Father were the generation before the Muppets and Sesame Street but they enjoy it as much as the girls and I do.
You put on your 3D glasses and join Miss Piggy, Kermit, Gonzo, Sam Eagle and many other familiar Muppet faces doing some zany and outrageous pranks.
Be aware that certain parts of this attraction, particularly the conclusion, are very loud, and some small children may be frightened. We always get our younger girl, who is scared of such things, to remove her 3D glasses and close her eyes!
Younger children love a visit to Al’s Toy Barn where they will find Toy Story characters. This is a replica of the red barn from the animated motion picture Toy Story 2. I believe the times for this are from about 10:15 a. m. to 1:45 and then 4:15 until about 5:15 p. m. They will sign autographs and pose for photographs. We have never seen them but our friends tell us that the Green Army Men can also be seen here in their truck.
Our girls always like to spend some time in the Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Adventure Set. This is an interactive kids' playground, located just off New York Street on the far right. Here are kept larger-than-life props from the hit movie.
The flooring is a spongy mat-like material to prevent bumps while the children can enjoy a variety of physical challenges amidst 30-foot tall blades of "grass".
The girls love to climb the super-sized anthills and spider webs, crawl in a can of Play-Do or slide down an abandoned film canister, and dodge the drips from the biggest leaky Super Soaker I have ever seen. If your children play here tell them to beware of the giant sniffing dog nose that sprays mist!
We usually finish our visit to Streets of America with a visit to the Writer’s Stop for cookies for the children and speciality coffees for ourselves.
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