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6 Things Disney Pros Always Do At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Guests who enjoy a Walt Disney World vacation love to spend plenty of time exploring the four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of Disney Resorts, and Disney Springs. While there are plenty of things to experience throughout the property, most guests spend the majority of their vacation time in the four theme parks, and many absolutely love Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park brings the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to life and allows guests to feel like stars as they experience their very own television and film adventures. Guests who spend time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can check out big thrills with Indiana Jones, step directly into classic films, shrink down to the size of toys, blast off into the Star Wars universe, rock out with Aerosmith, and enter into The Twilight Zone. With so many amazing experiences to enjoy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests might feel overwhelmed trying to do it all. Disney pros have some tips and tricks which help them to make the most of each moment and fully enjoy Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here are six things that Disney pros always do at Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

6. Arrive For Rope Drop

One of the best ways that Disney pros make the most of a day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is by arriving for rope drop. This entails getting to the park before it opens and waiting to be let inside. While waiting, guests who arrive early can listen to a welcome speech which builds anticipation for the amazing experiences inside. Once the gates are officially open, guests who arrived for rope drop are some of the first inside the park where they can enjoy few crowds, low wait times, and quiet areas.

5. Enjoy Extra Magic Hours

Another way that Disney pros save time and make the most out of a day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is by taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours. These special times in the parks are only available to guests who stay on property at Disney Resorts and typically include one park opening an hour early each morning and another remaining open up to three hours later each evening. Extra Magic Hours are an amazing time to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios as they have fewer crowds and much lower wait times on popular attractions.

4. FastPass Toy Story Mania

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found in the Pixar Place section of the park and invites guests into the Toy Story universe. Toy Story Mania shrinks guests down to the size of toys and brings them to compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and the other toys. Guests absolutely love enjoying a whirl on Toy Story Mania and competing to see who can score the highest. Since the attraction is so popular with guests who love to ride again and again, Disney pros know that the best way to enjoy the experience without losing tons of time waiting on line is by booking a FastPass.

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

Another super popular and thrilling attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found on the end of Sunset Boulevard next door to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith brings guests into G Force Records where the band is working on their next hit single. After being invited to a concert across town, guests find themselves strapped into a super stretch limo and rocketing through the neon lights of downtown. Since the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is so popular, it tends to easily have long wait times on busy days in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney pros know that a great way to enjoy the attraction without the long wait time is by utilizing the single rider line. The single rider line is a great option to save time while still enjoying the attraction so long as guests don’t mind being split up at the loading platform.

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2. Don’t Skip The Shows

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to so many amazing experiences that guests can sometimes overlook live entertainment which shouldn’t be missed. Disney pros know that the park is home to some of the most amazing live shows and make a point to not miss any of them. Guests can relive the Disney animated classic Beauty and the Beast at Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage on Sunset Boulevard. Another Disney animated classic is brought to life in the Animation Courtyard in the Voyage of the Little Mermaid. There guests can enjoy a combination of live action, puppets, special effects, and animation to experience Ariel’s story like never before. Also found in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! in the Echo Lake area which showcases how big action stunts are pulled off safely for the movies. These live shows are all truly amazing and should not be missed in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

1. Line Up Early For Fantasmic!

Disney pros know that there is no better way to end a day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios than by enjoying a showing of Fantasmic! The show is performed in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater off of Sunset Boulevard and features Mickey in a thrilling battle between good and evil. Combining familiar characters, classic music, live action, special effects, projected animation, fireworks, pyrotechnics, and dancing water, Fantasmic! is extremely popular with guests. Disney pros know that despite the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater being massive, the best way to enjoy Fantasmic! is by lining up at least an hour before show time to guarantee a perfect view.

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.