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10 Must-Dos At Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

With the opening of Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios there are so many fun things to do in that park—I can’t imagine what it will be like once Galaxy’s Edge opens.  Planning a day at the Studios can be tricky since there are so many shows that have specific times to see, but even without doing it all you can have a great day in Hollywood.  Here are 10 Must Dos when you visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

10. For the First Time in Forever: Frozen Sing Along Celebration

While you may think you’ve heard quite enough Frozen songs, if you have a child you it may be mandatory to visit the For the First Time in Forever Frozen Sing Along.  But—don’t despair!  You are in for a treat.  The show is hosted by the Royal Historians and this pair is hilarious!   They follow a basic script, but there is quite a bit of ad-libbing that makes each show unique and I guarantee you will laugh your way through the show in between the sing along portions.

9. Eat at 50s Prime Time Café

50s Prime Time has been a staple of the Studios since its MGM days.  I love eating at 50s for so many reason.  The kitschy décor (that is becoming trendy with the rise of mid-century modern design), the cast, and of course the food.  Each table is situated so that you can see a TV playing a loop of 1950s television programming, which to me is a perfect fit with Disney and with Hollywood Studios.  The menu is filled with home-cooking comfort foods like meatloaf and fried chicken.  They are all well prepared and delicious (my favorite is the fried chicken).  And then there is the cast.  Each server is a member of your family and they gently tease your table about not finishing your vegetables or having your elbows on the table.  Occasionally someone gets in trouble and has to stand in the corner, or has to stand up and sing “I’m a Little Tea Pot.”

8. Enjoy Some Thrills!

Down at the end of Sunset Boulevard, Disney’s Hollywood Studios packs some serious thrills.  Here you can find both Rock N Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror, two of Disney’s most popular thrill rides.  Rock N Roller Coaster is an intense coaster set to the music of Aerosmith and it is a serious good time.  Tower of Terror is steeped in theming to set the stage as soon as you enter the line queue.  Throughout the wait you will be amazed by the details and storytelling which continues on the ride itself.  And then there is that 13 story drop.  And the random drop sequence following that.

 

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7. Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania is a family favorite Toy Story themed classic even before Toy Story Land.  This attraction takes you through carnival games that Andy has set up with his toys.  The interactive 3D game has you competing against and working with your partner to score points in games like ring toss, breaking plates and popping balloons.  It is so much fun and it is one you can ride over and over to try to improve your score.  Not to mention the queue is very fun and nostalgic.

6. Meet Star Wars Characters

While Galaxy’s Edge hasn’t opened yet, Hollywood Studios is still THE place to get your Star Wars fix.  If you would like to meet some of your favorite Star Wars stars head over to the Star Wars Launch Bay where you can meet Kylo Ren and Chewbacca.  The Launch Bay is also filled with props and other memorabilia that Star Wars fans will love.

5. Meet Olaf

Much like the Star Wars characters, Hollywood Studios is currently the only place where you can meet Olaf.  And no one likes warm hugs better than Olaf.  He has a cute meet & greet location over by the Frozen Sing Along.  One of the best parts is the way it smells in there—like sunscreen, summer and all things warm.

4. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Fireworks

Disney puts together amazing evening fireworks show—that is for sure.  The Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular has changed and evolved over the past several years.  The current version is a multi-media experience that includes projections on the Chinese theater with clips of iconic movie moments, lasers, and fireworks.  Find a good spot early where you can clearly see the theater, but not too close so you can also see the fireworks behind it and the other effects.  You could also consider booking the dessert party for the fireworks.  It includes Star Wars themed desserts in Launch Bay and an escorted march to a reserved spot to watch the show.

3. Eat a Lunch Box Tart

Head over to Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land for a snack—this is probably the best quick service food in Hollywood Studios right now.  You can find several great options, but I’m advocating for the Lunch Box Tarts right now.  There are two options:  The Raspberry (Raspberry Marmalade stuffed Pastry coated in a Strawberry Fondant and Crispy Pearls) and The Chocolate Hazelnut (Chocolate-Hazelnut stuffed Pastry coated in Maple Fondant and Candied Bacon).  Both are sweet, fresh and so tasty!  You can get them any time of day, so stop by for a treat that will make you feel like a kid again.

2. Streetmosphere

One of the very best parts of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the atmosphere and theme, and contributing to that are the Streetmosphere characters that you will find normally on Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset Boulevard.  These talented actors are in character as 1940s Citizens of Hollywood.  They roam the streets adding to the feeling that you are in a specific time in Hollywood.  They have skits and interactive game shows, and sometimes they are just interacting with guests as they walk by.  They are very funny and great at engaging their audience.  If you see them setting up for a show take some time to stop and check it out.  As a side note, you could also consider the Green Army Men in Toy Story Land as a form of Streetmosphere.  They also add a lot to Toy Story Land and do a fantastic job interacting with guest as though they are the Green Army Men from the movie.  And since you shrink down to toy size as you enter the land you are the perfect size to meet with them.

1. Ride Slinky Dog Dash

This is the hot new ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Toy Story Land.  It is a family friendly coaster, but it definitely packs in some thrills since it is out in the open and you can see how high you are and how far you are dropping.  The theming around the ride is really fun if you can take in the details as you speed along the track.  And at night with the lighting it is even more exciting.  The queue itself is a great mix of toys Andy has used to put together lighting and other elements of the queue.  Then you get to the box pieces and the notebooks where Andy sketched out his plans for the coaster—including how he plans to add Slinky Dog to the off the shelf set.  This is such a fun ride!  Try to get a FastPass, if you can’t get there as early as you can or go at the end of the night—it is worth the wait.

What are your 10 Must Dos at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?

About Sarah Chapman

I am a long time Disney fan since I was hooked on Walt Disney World with my first trip in 1987. Since that time I’ve tried experiencing everything I can in the parks, with a total of 30 visits and counting (I’m always planning my next trip) to Walt Disney World—not to mention Disney Cruise Line and even (shhh!) Universal Orlando and Sea World. I’ve turned my Disney obsession into a profession helping others plan their magical vacations as a Dream Vacation Maker at LBAC Travel. I am a work at home mom to three wonderful boys, and each one has been properly indoctrinated with all things Disney. Walt Disney World is definitely our “Laughing Place.” Look for me on Facebook at Facebook.com/SarahLBAC for updates, discount announcements, tips, tricks and planning advice for your next vacation. You can also find me on Instagram (sarahdreamvacationmaker) and Pinterest (sarahlbactravel).