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5 Things to Do at Night at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has the reputation of being a half day park. Too often guests will show up early, hit the rides and watch the shows, then head to a different park for the rest of the day. If that is how you do Disney’s Hollywood Studios you’re missing out! Even during the construction and changes the park is incredible at night. If you don’t feel like spending an entire day there, take a break in the middle of the day and then head back once the sun goes down. Here are five things that you should experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios after dark.

5. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Sunset Boulevard

If you love thrill rides, chances are that you’ll hit Tower of Terror not long after you arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in the morning. While the ride is great during the day, it is even better at night. The creepiness factor goes up a notch after dark, especially when the elevator doors open and you look out over the park. Pay special attention to the atmosphere and allow yourself to get caught up in the story. Riding Tower of Terror after dark is a must-do for all thrill ride fans, as well as for those who love a good ghost story.

4. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Echo Lake

While Tower of Terror is great at night because of the story, there’s a different reason why you’ll want to hit Star Tours after dark. The lines tend to be shortest late in the day. Since there are dozens of different ride combinations, heading to Echo Lake at the end of the day is a great idea. You’ll have a better chance of catching that elusive final planet if you can ride a couple of extra times. With shorter lines, it just might happen.

3. Minnie’s Seasonal Dining at Hollywood & Vine

Echo Lake

Hollywood & Vine has long been known as a unique character dining experience. For breakfast and lunch you can enjoy an all you can eat buffet and meet Disney Junior characters. In the evenings the character meal is now a bit more sophisticated. Minnie’s Seasonal Dining features Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald, and Goofy. The difference between this and other character dining choices is that the theme changes seasonally. If you’re lucky enough to visit more than once a year you’ll find different experiences. The food is still an all you can eat buffet, and the Fantasmic! Dinner Package is available for an extra fee.

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2. Fantasmic!

Sunset Boulevard

Fantasmic! is reason alone to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios after dark. The show is indescribable, you need to see it for yourself. The story of Mickey’s dream is told, using fireworks, lasers, live actors, water screens, and so much more. You’ll see plenty of classic Disney characters, and there are a few surprises. Seats go fast, so you might want to book a Fantasmic! Dining Package meal to receive a voucher for a reserved viewing area. If not, arrive extremely early, especially if you plan to watch the first show or if there is only one.

1. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

Star Wars Land may be years away, but you can still end your day by looking to a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is the newest nighttime show at Walt Disney World, but it’s more than just fireworks. Scenes to draw you into the saga are projected onto nearby buildings, including the Chinese Theater. A giant lightsaber is projected into the sky, and it is all set to the classic score by the legendary John Williams. You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to enjoy Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. You just need to be at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at night.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.