Opened: December 17, 1990
Location: Streets of America. The Movie Set Adventure is located adjacent to the Studio Catering Company quick service.
Extra Magic Hours: Morning
Type: Playground for kids
Similar To: The Boneyard at Animal Kingdom
Requirements: Kids must be age four or older
What to Expect: Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure is a playground area that’s geared towards kids between the ages of 4-9. The play surface is soft, so even kids that fall or bump into things shouldn’t be hurt. Like (the now defunct) Honey I Shrunk the Audience at Epcot, the theme of the playground is that you’ve been shrunk by Wayne Szalinski’s shrinking machine. Naturally, you’ll run into a 52-foot long water hose, 40-foot tall bumblebees, 30-foot tall blades of grass, and a bunch of slides and other objects to play on.
Scary Factor: Low for the kids. With all of the oversized grass and other objects, it may be difficult for you to keep track of your little ones. There are a lot of hiding spots which also make it difficult to round them up when you’re ready to leave. You may want to place an adult at both the entrance and the exit to make sure no kids wander out the door. You’ll probably see at least one parent frantically searching for their child because it’s so easy to lose them.
When To Go: It might be difficult to get your youngsters away from this playground, so I’m not sure I would even tell them this place exists unless you’re sure to get the rest of your itinerary done or are planning the vacation around your children’s happiness. There is also nowhere to sit and it gets extremely hot in the afternoon. If you’re interested in visiting, I’d head over around 11am. That should give you enough time to hit the major attractions/characters and you’ll arrive before the weather really heats up. If highs are below 80 degrees, then you can visit comfortably in the afternoon and evening as well. Check your Times Guide to see when the area closes. It isn’t usually open past 7pm and may close as early as 5pm in the off-season/winter due to darkness.
Expect to Wait: While the capacity is 250 people at any given time, including adults, kids, cast members, etc. it’s rare that it fills to capacity. There’s typically no wait.
Length: Spend as much time as you can stand.
Commentary: Considering it’s difficult to get most kids away from the Playland at the local McDonald’s, imagine how hard it’s going to be to get them away from a Disney themed playground. Unless you have limited things to do at the Hollywood Studios or have plenty of extra time, you might want to do your best to shy away from Honey I Shrunk the Kids Movie Set Adventure. It can suck up a lot of precious time and doesn’t offer much to do for anyone over the age of eight. On its own, it’s an excellent playground for kids and they’re sure to have a good time. It’s just unfortunate that it gets so hot and is on the cramped side.