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10 Tips For The Best Day Ever At Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a favorite of many guests as it offers them the unique opportunity to become the stars in their very own Hollywood adventures. The park features a wide array of attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, and more that immerses guests in beloved stories of film and television and puts them in the heart of the action. Disney’s Hollywood Studios features favorite Hollywood worlds brought to life such as The Twilight Zone, Toy Story, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and more. With so many amazing experiences to enjoy in the park, guests might not know where to start when trying to see it all in a day. Luckily, there are some perfect tips and tricks that will help guests form the perfect plan when visiting the park that will ensure that they enjoy as much as possible without wasting any time. Here are the top ten tip for having the best day ever at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1. Slinky Dog Dash First Thing

To kick off the perfect day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests should plan on arriving before the par officially opens so that they are some of the first to be let inside. Once the main gates are open, guests should head straight to Toy Story Land where they can shrink down to the size of toys in Andy’s backyard and enjoy a popular attraction. Slinky Dog Dash has guests board the lovable toy and set off on a thrilling track built by Andy himself. Since the attraction is thrilling and rather new, it tends to have lengthy wait times during the day making first thing in the morning a great time to ride with a lower than normal wait time.

2. FastPass Toy Story Mania

After enjoying Slinky Dog Dash, guests should head to nearby classic Toy Story Mania and utilize one of their daily three FastPasses. After enjoying a much lower wait than normal thanks to their FastPass, guests can don special 3D glasses and compete in several mini games hosted by favorite characters such as the Green Army Men and Rex. The highlight of the popular attraction is the fast paced bonus round where guests can score big and see who can claim bragging rights with the high score.

3. FastPass The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

After enjoying all that Toy Story Land has to offer, guests should head back closer to the front of Disney’s Hollywood Studios and head down Sunset Boulevard to enjoy a duo of thrilling and popular attractions. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror beckons guests down the street to the creepy Hollywood Tower Hotel which was clearly abandoned in a hurry. Guests who brave their way through the lobby, library, and boiler room soon find themselves on board elevators and headed to their fate trapped inside of The Twilight Zone. Since this attraction is so popular with guests, it tends to often have lengthy wait times making it a great choice for a FastPass.

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4. Single Rider for the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Next door to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is G Force Records which houses the thrilling Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Guests should definitely plan on utilizing the Single Rider line for this attraction as it offers the same experience with a much lower wait time than the standby option. Once inside, guests find themselves on board stretch limos and careening through downtown with high speeds and inversions to make it to a concert on time.

5. Lunch at BaseLine Tap House

After a morning of thrills and popular attractions, guests should head over to the Grand Avenue area of the park which brings a laid back and modern industrial feel to life. BaseLine Tap House is a popular eatery in the area that features a charming brick interior and exterior as well as an open air patio with string lights and picnic tables. Everything on the menu at BaseLine Tap House is inspired by the creations and flavors of California and guests can enjoy the perfect lunch of small bites and appetizers paired with beer, wine, and specialty cocktails direct from California.

6. FastPass Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Found not far from BaseLine Tap House is a popular attraction that brings guests into the immersive world of Star Wars. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues has guests board a routine flight that suddenly takes a thrilling turn after a Rebel Spy is discovered on board. With randomized 3D scenes and a mix of beloved characters and locations, this attraction is immensely popular with guests and frequently has a long wait time. Guests who want to enjoy this amazing attraction should definitely do so with a FastPass to avoid spending lots of time waiting on line.

7. Check Out Some History

Part of the charm and appeal of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is its ability to bring the golden age and magic of Hollywood to life. Guests who want to fully enjoy the history of the park should head over to experience Walt Disney Presents, an incredible look at the life and legacy of Walt Disney that ultimately translated into the theme parks that guests enjoy today. The exhibit features memorabilia, artwork, and more in addition to incredibly detailed models of some of the most beloved park icons and attractions. The culmination of the exhibit is the wonderful fifteen minute film Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream which shares the story of the genius through historical footage.

8. Don’t Skip the Live Entertainment

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is focused on bringing the magic of film and television to life and that includes a multitude of live entertainment and shows which allow guests to step into the magic of Hollywood. Those who want to have the most incredible day in the park definitely need to make sure that they leave time for Beauty and the Beast – Live On Stage, the Indiana Jones Spic Stunt Spectacular!, Muppet Vision 3D, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and more. These shows are packed with thrills, humor, amazing moments, and more making them must dos in the park.

9. Dinner at the Hollywood Brown Derby

After so much exploring throughout the day, guests are sure to have worked up a hunger for dinner in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and an amazing option can be found at the end of Hollywood Boulevard. The Hollywood Brown Derby is open for lunch and dinner each day and serves up contemporary American cuisine in a beautiful setting inspired by the original location in the heart of Hollywood. Guests who score reservations there for dinner can indulge in amazing menu options including Beef Carpaccio, Faroe Island Salmon, Bell & Evans Chicken Breast, Our Famous Cob Salad, Vegetarian Pho, Char-Grilled Filet of Beef, and more.

10. Arrive at Fantasmic! Early

After a decadent dinner, guests should head back down Sunset Boulevard to the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater for an unforgettable end to their day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Fantasmic! is an incredible show presented nightly that combines favorite Disney characters and music, special effects, pyrotechnics, and more for an adventure as Mickey faces off against evil and villains in his imagination. Fantasmic! is the perfect ending to a day in the park, but it is very popular with guests so those who want the perfect view need to make sure that they arrive at least an hour early.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane 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.