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Baby Care: The small baby-care center next to Guest Relations has nursing and changing facilities. Formula, baby food, pacifiers, and disposable diapers are for sale next door at Movieland and at Oscar's Super Service. There are also diaper-changing areas in all women's rooms and some men's rooms.
Cameras: At the Darkroom (or next door at Cover Story) on Hollywood Boulevard, you can buy memory cards and disposable cameras. And if a Disney photographer takes your picture in the park, you can pick up a Disney PhotoPass from him or her that lets you see the pictures online. PhotoPass CD packages are $169.95 and $199.95, and you can purchase prints ($16.95 for an 8-by-10-inch photo; other sizes available).
First Aid: The station is in the Entrance Plaza adjoining Guest Relations.
Guest Relations : You'll find it just inside the turnstiles on the left side of the Entrance Plaza. The Studios Tip Board, with updated information on events and attraction wait times, is at the corner of Hollywood and Sunset boulevards. Behind the Tip Board is the Hollywood Junction information window, where you can make dining reservations, pick up maps and guides, or get answers to your questions. Hollywood Blvd. 407/560-4666
Lockers: You can rent lockers at the Crossroads of the World kiosk in the center of the Entrance Plaza. The cost is $7 or $9 with a $5 refundable key deposit. The lockers themselves are at Oscar's Super Service.
Lost People and Things: Instruct your kids to go to a Disney staffer with a name tag if they can't find you. If you lose them, ask any cast member for assistance; logbooks of lost children's names are kept at Guest Relations, which also has a computerized message center where you can leave notes for companions.
Disney's Hollywood Studios Lost and Found. Report lost or found articles at Guest Relations. Hollywood Blvd., Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, FL, 32830. 407/560-4666.
Main Lost and Found. Seek out articles lost for more than one day here. Ticket and Transportation Center , Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, FL, 32830. 407/824–4245.
Package Pick-Up: You can ask shop clerks to forward purchases to your hotel if you're staying on Disney property or to Package Pick-Up next to Oscar's Super Service in the Entrance Plaza, so you won't have to carry them around. Allow three hours for delivery.
Services for People with Disabilities: The Studios' restaurants, shops, theaters, and attractions are wheelchair accessible, although there are boarding restrictions on some rides. Parade routes have special sections for guests with disabilities.
Some theater-type attractions, including Muppet*Vision 3-D, have reflective captioning, and most other attractions are equipped for assisted-listening and video- or handheld-captioning devices. There are large Braille park maps near the Guest Relations lobby and near the Tip Board at Hollywood and Sunset. Note that restaurants don't have Braille menus.
You can pick up Braille guides ($25 same-day refundable deposit) and assisting devices (also $25 deposit) and check on sign-language interpretation schedules at Guest Relations. Although interpreters appear only two days each week, you can request them (at least 14 days in advance) on other days by calling 407/824-4321 or TTY 407/827-5141.
Oscar's Super Service, to the right in the Entrance Plaza, rents wheelchairs ($12 daily, $10 multiday) and electronic convenience vehicles (ECVs; $50 per day plus a refundable $20 security deposit). Reservations aren't an option, so arrive early, especially to snag an ECV.
Stroller Rentals: Oscar's Super Service rents strollers. Single strollers are $15 daily, $13 for more than one day; doubles are $31 daily, $27 multiday.
Dinner and a Show
Fantasmic! Dinner Package. Call or check ahead to visit on a day when you can see the after-dark Fantasmic! show, with its 25 powerful minutes of Disney characters, special effects, fireworks, flames, fountains, and even animation sequences projected onto water screens. If you're not crazy about the idea of arriving at the huge Hollywood Hills Amphitheater more than an hour ahead of showtime for a good seat, it's worth booking a Fantasmic! dinner package.
You get a prix-fixe meal at buffet-style Hollywood & Vine or a full table-service dinner at Hollywood Brown Derby or Mama Melrose's, along with a preferred-entry pass to sidestep the main line at the Fantasmic! show. Each dinner includes appetizer, entrée, dessert (the Brown Derby's grapefruit cake is a sweet-tart wonder), and a nonalcoholic beverage.
There's a small catch (well, actually, there are three):
You'll have to book an early dinner so you have plenty of time between your dining time and your arrival for showtime. (Disney recommends that you show up at the theater 30 or more minutes ahead of time to choose your seat).
The dinner package is offered only for the first show on peak nights when Fantasmic! is performed twice.
If it rains, Fantasmic! might be canceled. You still get dinner, but you lose out on seeing the show with preferred seating.
It's best to reserve the package several months in advance. You'll have to provide a credit-card number and, if you cancel 48 hours or less before the show, your card will be charged $10 per person. Sunset Blvd., Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, FL, 32830. 407/939–3463 reservations. $37–$60 adults, $13–$22 children 3–9 (prices vary by restaurant and exclude tax and gratuity). Fantasmic! usually performed once nightly during off-peak seasons; twice nightly during holidays and other peak visiting times.
Visit early in the week, when most people are at Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.
Check the Tip Board periodically for attractions with short wait times to visit between Fastpass appointments.
Be at the Fantasmic! amphitheater at least an hour before showtime if you didn't book the dinner package.
Need a burst of energy? On-the-run hunger pangs? Grab a slice at Pizza Planet at Streets of America. Alternatively, Hollywood Scoops ice cream on Sunset is the place to be on a hot day.
If you're planning on a fast-food lunch, eat before 11 or after 2:30. There are quick-bite spots all over the park and several stands along Sunset. Get a burger (meat or vegetarian) or chicken strips at Rosie's All-American Café, a slice of pizza from Catalina Eddie's, or a hunk of smoked bird at Toluca Legs Turkey Co.
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