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Top 10 Q&A’s for Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World’s third theme park offers Guests a myriad of things to see, do, experience and enjoy. From Star Wars to Frozen to Indiana Jones to Toy Story, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has it all—and there’s something for everyone! But if you’ve never visited Hollywood Studios, you may have some questions based on what you’ve read or heard about the park. Here are 10 of the questions we are asked most often about this fun theme park and their corresponding answers.

10. What should I use my FastPasses for?

There are lots of attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios—none of which should be missed. But since you’ll only have the luxury of three FastPass+ selections per park day, you’ll want to make the most of them. Some of the attractions you will want to have FastPasses for include Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage!, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Toy Story Land attractions—Toy Story Mania, Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers. You can make your selections via the My Disney Experience app or online at www.MyDisneyExperience.com up to 30 days in advance if you’re not staying on Disney property and up to 60 days in advance if you’ll be staying at a Disney World Resort hotel.

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9. Are there any good restaurants at Hollywood Studios?

There are some great themed restaurants, and you’ll want to make your dining reservations before your visit. The 50s Prime Time Café serves up American favorites and comfort food—and in the setting of a 1950s-era kitchen. The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant also serves American favorites like burgers and fried pickles while clips from old sci-fi movies play on a huge “outdoor” screen. Automobooths look just like vintage vehicles, and every Guest gets a parking ticket at the end of their meal. If you like Italian food, you’ll love Mama Melrose’s Italian restaurant—don’t forget to try the Spaghetti and Meatball cupcake off the kids’ menu. Don’t worry—it’s a lot better than it sounds! You can make dining reservations up to 180 days in advance of your stay, and reservations are always recommended.

8. Is Toy Story Land really as good as the hype?

It’s as good as the hype and better. Toy Story Land finally opened over the summer after about three years of planning and construction. Andy’s backyard welcomes Guests of all ages to come and “play big.” Enjoy a new quick-service eatery called Woody’s Lunch Box, as well as two new attractions—the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and the Alien Swirling Saucers.

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7. Which experiences at Hollywood should we not miss?

Out of all the experiences at Hollywood Studios, don’t miss these—Walt Disney Presents, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage!, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania, Slinky Dog Dash, Tower of Terror and the Fantasmic! nighttime spectacular.

6. Are there any thrill rides at Hollywood?

Absolutely! Thrill junkies of all ages will love the 60+mph limo ride through the streets of Los Angeles at the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster attraction, the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster (a milder coaster, but fun nonetheless) and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror—a haunted elevator that falls repeatedly down an old elevator shaft. Where it stops, no one knows! (No, really—we’re serious!)

5. I’m not really a movie buff. Will I still enjoy this park?

Despite the name of the theme park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t all about movies. It is definitely themed after the Golden Age of Hollywood, but there are lots of experiences to enjoy that don’t require any vast knowledge of movie trivia at all.

4. I’ve heard about a new Star Wars-themed land coming to Hollywood. What will it be like?

Here’s what we know so far. The land will be called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. It will feature two new attractions, one of which will allow Guests to pilot the Millennium Falcon. It is slated to open in Fall of 2019 and promises to be a completely immersive experience for Star Wars fans of all ages.

3. I’m not a Star Wars fan—should we just skip this park?

Please don’t! There is a big Star Wars presence at Hollywood Studios, but Star Wars does not account for the entirety of the park experience. I’m not a big Star Wars fan, and I love this park! There is a glamorous Golden Age of Hollywood theme to the park, as well as a magical Disney feel to the park, and there are lots of attractions and shows to enjoy that do not have a tie-in to Star Wars at all.

2. Can we meet any characters at Hollywood Studios?

Yes! At the Star Wars Launch Bay, you can meet Kylo Ren, BB-8 and Chewbacca. At Toy Story Land, you can say hello to Woody, Buzz and Jessie. Donald and Daisy Duck also meet Guests at Hollywood. At Red Carpet Dreams, you can meet Mickey in his Sorcerer’s Apprentice costume, and you can meet Minnie—she’s dressed to the nines for a walk down the red carpet. Hollywood Studios is the only place to meet Olaf from Disney’s Frozen.

1. What is Fantasmic?

Fantasmic! is Hollywood Studios’ nighttime spectacular. There are two shows on most nights, weather permitting. The show makes use of some amazing special effects, including pyrotechnics, projections and more. In this show, we get to see into Mickey’s dream that slowly morphs into a nightmare. Lots of Disney characters have roles in this show—many you can’t see anywhere else in the parks, such as Steamboat Willie. Mickey must battle the villains in his nightmare and take control over his own imagination. Will he do so before it’s too late? You’ll have to see the show to find out!

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.