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Tips & Tricks for Tackling Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios once Toy Story Land Opens

For the past year and a half or so Disney’s Hollywood Studios has felt small because of construction walls. Many people have called it a “half day park” because of the small number of rides. That is all about to change. On June 30 Toy Story Land is going to open. There will be even more to do when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in late fall 2019. If the 2017 opening of Pandora – The World of Avatar is any indication, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is about to become quite busy. Here are a few tips to help you to get the most out of Disney’s Hollywood Studios once Toy Story Land opens.

1. Use FastPass+

There are three rides in Toy Story Land; Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers, and Toy Story Mania! These are the park’s new Tier One for FastPass+. That means that you’ll be able to make an advance reservation for only one Toy Story Land ride. Those who aren’t staying on property can make their reservation 30 days in advance, and at that mark in most cases the only one left is Toy Story Mania! Grab whatever you can for Tier One FastPass+ if you plan to hit Toy Story Land.

2. Get Your Other Two FastPass+ for the Middle of the Day

Speaking of FastPass+, your Tier One selection will be for Toy Story Land. When should you plan for your two Tier Two choices? Assume that you’re going to spend a fair amount of time in the morning in Toy Story Land, so make your other two selections for the middle of the day. Don’t make them too early, because you don’t want to be in line for a new ride and miss your time.

3. Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort

There are two reasons why you need to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort if you want to get the most out of Toy Story Land. First, you can make your FastPass+ reservations 60 days in advance instead of 30, which is the only chance that you’ll have to get one for either Alien Swirling Saucers or Slinky Dog Dash. Second, if you stay at a Walt Disney World Resort, you can take advantage of Extra Magic Hours, so you’ll be able to visit Toy Story Land when the general public isn’t allowed. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle of getting to Disney’s Hollywood Studios using Disney transportation, stay at Disney’s BoardWalk or the Yacht or Beach Club and then take the walking path.

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4. Arrive Well Before Rope Drop

Countless people have been able to ride Avatar – Flight of Passage because they arrived well before Disney’s Animal Kingdom was scheduled to open for the day. With two new rides in Toy Story Land and only one FastPass+ per person, the same strategy is going to be needed. Arrive as early as you can, and head safely to Toy Story Land as soon as you’re able. If you’re not all that interested in Toy Story Land this will most likely be a great time to hit the rest of the park.

5. Don’t Skip the Rest

When a new land opens with long lines, it’s easy to forget about the rest of a park. Don’t do that at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Make sure that you take the time to hit the rest of the rides and the shows. There are some fantastic things to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, don’t miss out.

6. Plan a Meal or Two at Woody’s Lunchbox

Even though Woody’s Lunchbox sounds like it’s only for lunch, all three meals are going to be served. Who doesn’t want to try the S’more French Toast Sandwich for breakfast? With gourmet grilled cheese and plenty of other options for lunch and dinner, you are going to want to order more than one meal here. It’s a walk-up location, so grab something to eat and then explore the area or get in line for a ride. Order a root beer float as well, it’s going to get hot in those lines.

7. Explore Morning and Night

It’s been rumored that Toy Story Land during the day will be a different experience from Toy Story Land at night. Make sure that you stop by again after the sun has gone down. Knowing the Imagineers at Disney, it’s going to be worth it. If you haven’t been able to ride everything, make Toy Story Land your last stop of the day. If you’re in line they will let you ride, as long as you got in line before closing. Most likely there will still be quite a line, but at least you won’t be waiting out in the sun.

8. Have Fun!

Since Toy Story Land is going to be crowded, it is going to be easy to get frustrated. Don’t let the crowds or the Wait Times get you down. Have fun! Strike up a conversation with the family in line behind you, or look for Hidden Mickeys while you wait. Smile and say hello to the Cast Members who are trying so hard to make things magical, even though they’re surrounded by frustrated guests who underestimated the crowds. Whether or not you have a great time is ultimately up to you. You’re experiencing Andy’s backyard before most people. What’s not to love about that?

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.