May 1st - 5th, 2024
Stage 89 celebrates the 35th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios with the biggest-ever in-person gathering of Imagineers and creatives who designed and built the park. The event is highlighted by a meet & greet/autograph signing, as well as two days of panels and presentations revealing never-before-seen art and untold stories from the creation of The Great Movie Ride, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Studio Backlot Tour, MuppetVision 3-D, and more of the most beloved offerings from the “Hollywood That Never Was”. The event also includes more, as seen in our tentative schedule:
Wednesday May 1: Park Meetups to Commemorate the Anniversary
Thursday May 2: Special Edition of WDW News Tonight
Friday May 3: Meet & Greet and Signing Event with Special Guests
Saturday May 4: Panels and Presentations at WDWNT Celebration
Sunday May 5: Panels and Presentations at WDWNT Celebration
30 YEARS OF TERROR
Celebrate 30 Years of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
A Beacon for the Show Business Elite
While Stage 89 will focus on the Disney-MGM Studios in its earliest years, our journey will take a side trip into the 5th Dimension to explore the roots, creation, and evolution of one of Disney's greatest theme park attractions of all-time!
SOMETHING YOU WON'T FIND IN ANY GUIDEBOOK
Guests who attend our meet & greet and autograph signing event on May 3 will receive an exclusive lithograph celebrating the 30th anniversary of the attraction, featuring the earliest piece of art ever created for it by former Imagineer Eric Robison.
The All-Access Pass is the ticket you are looking for!
- The All-Access Pass
Includes Admission To
- Thursday: WDW News Tonight
- Friday: Meet & Greet
and Autograph Signing
- Saturday-Sunday: All Presentations
and Catered Lunch Both Days
Meet & Greet
- Admission to Friday Meet & Greet
and Autograph Signing Event Only
- Includes "30 Years of Terror"
Limited Edition Tower of Terror™
30th Anniversary Lithograph
- No admission to
Panels and Presentations
on Saturday and Sunday
Online Streaming Access
- Online Livestream Access
(Two Full Days of Presentations)
- Saturday May 4 and Sunday May 5
- Plus access to replay the stream
until June 5, 2024
- Special Early Bird Pricing
Only $10 until March 15
Come Celebrate with Us!
Nostalgic for Disney-MGM Studios?
Relive the early days of the park with stories of its planning and creation,
straight from the creative people who made the dream a reality!
Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Stage 89?
WDWNT is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Disney-MGM Studios which opened on May 1, 1989 as well as the 30th anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which opened on July 22, 1994, with an event we call “Stage 89.”
What does Stage 89 entail?
The event includes a day in the park on May 1st, a special episode of WDW News Tonight on May 2, a meet & greet and autograph signing event on May 3, and two days of panels and presentations by our special guests on May 4th and 5th.
How do I attend the park meetup on May 1?
Join WDWNT staff on Wednesday, May 1st at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to commemorate 35 years of Disney’s Movie Theme Park. Group rides, meals, and fun activities await as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the 30th anniversary of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™.
Event registration is not required to join us on May 1. Park admission and a park reservation is required and not included in the event registration.
Where does this event take place?
The Wednesday May 1 park meetup takes place in Disney’s Hollywood Studios (park admission is required and not included).
WDW News Tonight and the weekend Panels and Presentations will take place at WDWNT Celebration, 1136 Celebration Blvd., Celebration, FL 34747.
Friday’s Meet & Greet and Autograph Signing Event will take place at Celebration Brewing Company, 1601 Future Wy, Celebration, FL 34747.
Didn’t you have a Stage 89 event a few years ago?
We did hold a Stage 89 event in 2019 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. We liked the name so much, we kept it for this event.
Is there a WIGS Discount for this event?
Yes, WIGS Members get a discounted price for event registration. Please input your access code at the top of the ticketing page to unlock your WIGS-Exclusive discounted ticket packages. WIGS Access and Discount Codes can be found at https://my.wdwnt.com/wigs/.
Not a WIGS member? Sign up now to get a discount on this event and more! https://patreon.com/wdwnt.
What are the presentations about?
You’ll hear stories from all of our special guests about the creation of The Disney-MGM Studios, its attractions and shows, and more from those who were behind it all!
Can I come for only part of the event?
Because capacity in our event space is limited, we expect to sell out of the All-Access Pass and do not plan to sell tickets to the individual days of presentations separately. The Friday Meet & Greet and Autograph Signing is in a larger space so there are a limited number of tickets available separately for that portion of the event. And of course, everyone is welcome to join us for the park celebration on May 1.
Are tickets refundable?
Ticket purchases are generally not refundable. In certain situations, if there is a waiting list for the event, we will work with you to transfer your tickets to a person on the waiting list.
If I buy the streaming ticket now and later decide to come to the event in person, can I get a refund for the streaming ticket?
We will credit the price you paid for the streaming ticket toward your All-Access Pass purchase. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with processing your transaction. However if the All-Access Pass sells out we will be unable to assist you.
If I buy the meet & greet only ticket now and later decide to buy the All-Access Pass, can I get a refund for the meet & greet ticket?
We will credit the price you paid for the meet & greet ticket toward your All-Access Pass purchase. Please contact email@example.com for assistance with processing your transaction. However if the All-Access Pass sells out we will be unable to assist you.
Are you affiliated with Disney?
WDWNT LLC is an independent Disney fan site and is not affiliated with The Walt Disney Company or Walt Disney World. Disney has invited WDWNT to be on their official media list for media previews, but WDWNT is a separate entity from The Walt Disney Company.
Is there a charity benefit aspect to this event?
Celebrating 35 Years of Disney’s Hollywood Studios
The Biggest Celebration of
Disney's Movie Theme Park