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6 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Of the four theme parks in Walt Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the favorite of many guests thanks to its unique attractions, entertainment, dining, shopping, and much more. The park aims to bring Hollywood to life through immersive experiences which allow guests to feel like movie and television stars. Those who spend time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can shrink down to the size of toys, laugh along with the Muppets, rocket into space with Star Wars characters, rock out with Aerosmith, enter into The Twilight Zone, and sing along with classic Disney music in live stage shows. With so many wonderful experiences waiting for guests, it is no wonder that many try to see it all in order to get the most out of the park. There are several simple tips designed to save guests both time and frustration in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, allowing them to get the most out of their time there. Here are six tips to follow in order to get the most out of Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

6. Visit Toy Story Mania First

Hands down the most popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania in the Pixar Place section of the park. The attraction magically shrinks guests down to the size of toys and invites them into a midway carnival where the characters from the films are waiting. Guests then get to compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by the toys which are filled with fun, surprises, and a healthy dose of competition. Guests love to enjoy a ride on Toy Story Mania to see who can score the highest, and the attraction generally has extremely long wait times thanks to its popularity. Guests who want to enjoy a ride on Toy Story Mania without losing tons of time spent waiting in line should opt to arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios immediately when it opens and head straight for the attraction to beat the crowds.

5. FastPass The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror

Sunset Boulevard in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to a duo of thrilling attractions, one of which can be seen looming from many different areas of the park. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is housed in the massive Hollywood Tower Hotel which distinctly gives off the impression that something sinister occurred there. Guests brave enough to venture inside learn that five guests of the hotel mysteriously disappeared into The Twilight Zone after their elevator was struck by lightning. Guests soon find themselves on board service elevators and headed for the same fate in a thrilling and unique adventure. Since The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is popular with many guests, it tends to have wait times that are typically long on busy days in the park. Guests who would like to enjoy the attraction without spending tons of time waiting on the standby line should opt to book a FastPass instead.

4. Use The Single Rider Line For 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 which brings guests into G Force Records. After a chance encounter with the band, guests find themselves in super stretch limos rocketing through the neon lights of downtown to make it to a concert on time. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is one of the fastest attractions in Walt Disney World and guests love to experience the thrill of the initial launch. Since the attraction is popular with many guests, they should opt to skip the standby line in favor of the typically shorter single rider line. There guests can save time with a shorter wait so long as they don’t mind their parties being split up at the loading platform.

3. FastPass Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Fans of the Star Wars universe can’t visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios without at least one ride on Star Tours – The Adventure Continues. The attraction begins as a typical Star Tours flight but takes unexpected turns after a Rebel Spy is discovered on board. Those who enjoy a ride on the attraction can experience a randomized sequence of 3D scenes featuring familiar characters and locations from the film series. With so many guests who love to experience Star Tours – The Adventure Continues, it is not surprising that the attraction tends to have long wait times. Those who want to enjoy the experience should book a FastPass to avoid losing lots of time to the standby line.

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2. Eat At The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

Those looking to enjoy a full service meal in Disney’s Hollywood Studios have several options to choose from including one restaurant which recreates an old fashioned drive in movie t The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and brings guests into an authentic drive-in where the tables are old fashioned cars and vintage sci-fi clips and cartoons play on the big screen. Guests who enjoy a meal in the Sci-Fi Dine-In Restaurant can enjoy the unique atmosphere as well as delicious menu options including the Grilled Marinated Salmon Salad, Shrimp Pasta, Southwest Vegetarian Burger, and Chicken Pasta.

1. Line Up Early For Fantasmic!

Select nights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios come to a close with a performance that is truly unforgettable. Fantasmic! is performed in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater on Sunset Boulevard and invites guests to step into Mickey’s imagination for a trilling battle between good and evil. The show combines special effects, Disney characters and music, animation, pyrotechnics, a massive dragon, and Mickey himself for one of the best shows in Walt Disney World. While the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater can accommodate many guests, Fantasmic! is extremely popular and guests tend to begin lining up on Sunset Boulevard at least an hour before the show it set to begin. Those who want to enjoy wonderful seats for Fantasmic! should plan on lining up very early to make the most of the show!

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.