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10 Awesome Tips For Visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios

No Walt Disney World vacation is complete without spending lots of time enjoying the four Disney theme parks. Each park has its own unique theme and is filled with wonderful attractions, entertainment, dining, and more. A favorite park of many guests is Disney’s Hollywood Studios which brings the glamour and adventure of Hollywood to life and allows guests to feel like stars in their very own big screen experiences. Guests who spend time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can enter into the movies, travel to The Twilight Zone, rock out with Aerosmith, laugh with the Muppets, blast off into the Star Wars universe, and become part of Indiana Jones’ adventures. With so many amazing experiences in the park, guests might feel a little overwhelmed trying to see it all. Thankfully there are several tips and tricks that guests can use to save them time and frustration and enjoy the park to its fullest. Here are ten awesome tips for visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.

10. Arrive For Rope Drop

One of the best ways to make the most of a day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is arriving early before the park officially opens. Arriving for rope drop entails getting to the gates before they open to the public and waiting to be let inside. Guests who arrive early at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can enjoy a welcome speech which hints at the amazing experiences waiting inside which helps to build anticipation for the day ahead. Once the gates are officially open, guests who arrive for rope drop are some of the first inside the park where they can enjoy few crowds and low wait times.

9. Visit Toy Story Mania First

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found in the Pixar Place section of the park. Toy Story Mania invites guests to magically shrink down to the size of toys and compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by the characters from the popular Toy Story series. Since guests absolutely love experiencing Toy Story Mania, it tends to have long wait times throughout the day making it a great idea to visit first thing in the morning when crowds and wait times are low.

8. FastPass Toy Story Mania

While some guests may be happy enjoying Toy Story Mania only once, many can’t wait to ride again to see if they can beat their own high scores! While visiting the attraction first thing in the morning is a great idea, guests are also smart to book a FastPass for the experience as well so that they can return later in the day and try their luck in the games again.

7. FastPass The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror

Guests who are looking to enjoy big thrills in Disney’s Hollywood Studios should head down Sunset Boulevard where two attractions are waiting to bring them on amazing adventures. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror invites guests into the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel where they board an abandoned service elevator and head directly to The Twilight Zone. Since The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is very popular with guests, the attraction tends to have long wait times throughout the day, making it a great choice to use a FastPass for.

6. Single Rider The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Found right next door to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith with brings guests into G Force Records where the band is hard at work recording their next hit single. Guests find themselves invited to a concert across town and strap into super stretch limos which rocket through the neon lights of downtown to make it to the show on time. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is one of the most thrilling and popular attractions in all of Walt Disney World and usually has pretty long wait times. Guests who would like to enjoy the attraction without losing lots of time waiting in line or wasting a FastPass should take advantage of the Single Rider Line which offers the same experience with a typically much lower wait time so long as parties don’t mind being split up at the loading platform.

5. FastPass Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Across Disney’s Hollywood Studios is another thrilling attraction which brings the amazing universe of Star Wars to life. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues begins as a typical Star Tours flight until it is discovered that a Rebel Spy is onboard. Guests soon find themselves rocketing through the galaxies in order to safely deliver the spy while enjoying a series of random 3D scenes along the way. Guests who are fans of the Star Wars universe will definitely want to enjoy a ride on Star Tours – The Adventure Continues and they are smart to use a FastPass as the attraction is popular and tends to have lengthy wait times.

4. Don’t Skip The Live Shows

While Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to plenty of thrilling and popular attractions, it also features several live stage shows which are sure to amaze guests. Those who spend time in the park can enjoy stepping into Ariel’s world and reliving the story of how she fell in love with Prince Eric at The Voyage of the Little Mermaid. Sunset Boulevard is home to the show Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage which brings the tale of Belle and the Beast to life through amazing musical numbers, special effects, and beloved characters. Another amazing live show in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found in the Echo Lake section of the park and brings some big action thrills to life. The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! demonstrates to guests how big action stunts are pulled off safely in the movies and even offers the chance for the audience to become part of the action. No day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without enjoying the amazing live shows found there.

3. Enjoy A Full Service Meal

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to some of the most amazing full service dining locations in Walt Disney World and guests should definitely plan on enjoying a meal in the park. Those looking to enjoy a full service meal can choose between the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant, 50s Prime Time Café, The Hollywood Brown Derby, Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, and Hollywood and Vine. Each location features its very own theme and delicious menu which guests are sure to love. Since the restaurants in Disney’s Hollywood Studios are very popular, guests are smart to book an Advance Dining Reservation as far ahead of time as possible.

2. Indulge In A Butterfinger Cupcake

Guests who are looking to enjoy a decadent treat while spending time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios should head over to Starring Rolls Café. The small quick service location is open daily for breakfast and lunch and serves up fresh coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and other light options in addition to one amazing cupcake. The Butterfinger Cupcake features a rich chocolate cake, chocolate ganache filling, and buttercream frosting coated with a chocolate shell and Butterfinger pieces. There is no treat as decadent or amazing in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as the Butterfinger Cupcake from Starring Rolls Café!

1. Line Up Early For Fantasmic!

No day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without enjoying the amazing nighttime show Fantasmic! The show is housed in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater off of Sunset Boulevard and is a favorite of many guests. Fantasmic! brings an epic battle between good and evil in Mickey’s imagination to life through live action, special effects, pyrotechnics, fireworks, familiar Disney characters and music, and one massive dragon. The show is one that simply can’t be missed and is incredibly popular with guests. While the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater can hold thousands of guests, it does tend to fill on busy nights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, so guests who want to enjoy a showing of Fantasmic! should plan on lining up at least an hour before show time to guarantee seats.

About Caitlin Corsello

Caitlin Corsello first visited Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of the trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning about the history and small details of the parks, enjoying a Lapu Lapu, and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York teaching preschool and spending her time counting down the days to her next trip.