Disney's Hollywood Studios is a theme park located at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was also a functioning production studio and was formerly known as "Disney-MGM Studios" from its 1989 inception until 2008, when it was renamed Disney's Hollywood Studios. Despite its former name, it was never affiliated with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which only licensed the name to Disney, as part of a deal to increase public interest as well as to increase the variety of film representation in the park.
1st Logo (October 1991-1995?)
Logo: On a peach/lavender-magenta/salmon gradient background, we have a sky blue bar with a red line above and below on the bar. Inside it says "DiSNEY·MGM" in white, with the word "DiSNEY" in its trademarked script font on the left, "MGM" on the right, and a center dot in the middle. Below the bar is the word "STUDIOS" in the Broadway font in red with a shadow effect and in spaced-out letters.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: The end title theme of the show. Later in the weeks on Wheel of Fortune, Charlie O'Donnell would announce:
- 1991: "Wheel of Fortune was taped at Disney·MGM Studios in Florida (on the 1991 Merv Griffin Enterprises logo) and is a Merv Griffin Enterprises Production, (on the 1990 King World logo) distributed by King World.".
- 1992-1994?: "Production facilities provided by Disney-MGM Studios.".
Availability: Extinct. It was seen on Wheel of Fortune episodes that were taped at the Disney-MGM Studios.
Editor's Note: None.
2nd Logo (1991-1995)
Nicknames: "The Earful Tower", "Disney Tower", "Mickey Tower", "Disney World!", "The Disney World Tower"
Logo: On a dusk background, we see a Mickey Mouse-shaped water tower with the text "Videotaped at" or "Produced at" over it. The tower has "DiSNEY·MGM STUDIOS" on it. The Mickey ears on the tower have blinking lights on them, and one corner of it is covered by leaves from a tree under the tower.
Trivia: The Water Tower in this logo was actually a real tower formerly located at Disney's Hollywood Studios (the current name for "Disney-MGM Studios") at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The logo also appeared on the opening of the Disney-MGM studios' first day, but without the text (excluding the text on the tower).
FX/SFX: The lights on the tower.
Music/Sounds/Voice-over: An off-camera voice-over says "Videotaped at the Disney-MGM Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida" or "The Mickey Mouse Club/MMC was taped before a live studio audience at the Disney-MGM Studios, Lake Buena Vista, Florida." The former voice variant is done by Patrick Richwood, using his voice for the White Rabbit from Adventures in Wonderland. Oddly enough, season 1 and 2 episodes of Mickey Mouse Club did not have a voiceover.
Availability: Rare. This logo was last seen on Mickey Mouse Club and Adventures in Wonderland. Can still be seen on old VHS tapes of Adventures in Wonderland. Also seen on episodes of WCW Worldwide in 1995.
Editor's Note: This is a favorite of many.
3rd Logo (April 28-May 5, 1995)
Logo: We see a panning overhead shot of the then-current Disney-MGM Studios. Suddenly, a slightly modified version of the print Disney-MGM Studios logo (as seen on the first logo) zooms up to the screen, with Mickey holding a clapperboard between "DiSNEY" and "MGM" and the MGM logo on the bar (minus the wreath and mask and with an unknown lion inside the circle). The background then turns black.
FX/SFX: The overhead shot, the logo zooming in, and the background changing.
Music/Sounds: Jo Marie Payton as Harriette Winslow from Family Matters says "Production Services for Family Matters provided by Disney-MGM Studios in Florida" while a standard music cue for the show plays in the background.
Availability: Rare. Only seen on the two-part Family Matters special "We're Going to Disney World". This logo may be preserved on the Family Matters Season 6 DVD set.
Editor's Note: None.