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California’s biggest factory of dreams is presented here in miniature, with soundstages, movable props, and – of course – a studio store. The big attraction is the The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror , a 13-story drop down an elevator chute situated in a haunted hotel – one eerily resembling the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles. From the upper floors of the tower, you’ll have views of the Santa Ana mountains, if only for a few heart-pounding seconds.

Less brave children can navigate a taxicab through ‘Monstropolis’ on the Monsters, Inc: Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! ride heading back toward the street’s beginning.

If you arrive early in the day, you’ll get an unobstructed look at the forced-perspective mural at the end of the street, a sky-and-land backdrop that looks, at least in photographs, like the street keeps going. And when it gets too hot, slip into the air-conditioned Muppet Vision 3D theater for a special-effects film. Then learn how to draw like Disney in the Animation Academy , discover how cartoon artwork becomes 3D at the Character Close-Up or simply be amazed by the interactive Sorcerer’s Workshop , all housed inside the Animation Building .