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Top 8 Disney Pro Tips for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Things at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are changing daily. With two new lands coming, a large part of the park has now closed forever. New attractions have opened, but those may be temporary. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is still worth a visit, if you skip the park you’ll miss some of Walt Disney World’s biggest thrills and best shows. Here are eight pro tips to help you to get the most out of your time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

8. Walk to the Park

If you’re staying in the Epcot Resort Area and you want to get to the park rapidly before it opens, or if you want to return to your room as quickly as possible at the end of the night, skip the Friendships and take the walking path like Disney pros do. The Friendships are crowded at the beginning and end of the day, and the path only takes about 15 minutes. In the middle of the day if you’d like to enjoy a relaxing ride it might be a different story, but if you see a line waiting for the next Friendship, it will most likely be faster to walk. The path is picturesque, especially at sunset. The only Epcot Resort Area hotel that this does not apply to is Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, because that’s not along Crescent Lake.

7. Watch the Live Shows

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is known for its live shows. Disney pros take the time to enjoy them! You’ll have a chance to sit down for a while, and you can experience a different type of Disney magic. Few things at Disney’s Hollywood Studios are considered safe right now, so make sure you see as many of the shows as you can while there is still time.

6. Head Directly to Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple is a cute show where children ages 4-12 become padawans and learn the ways of the force. Your younglings could possibly battle the Seventh Sister or even Darth Vader. The show was updated not too long ago so that more children can participate, but you will still need to secure the spot early. As soon as you arrive at Disney’s Hollywood Studios proceed to Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost to register. Any of your children who want to participate need to be with you, the kids can’t be riding Toy Story Midway Mania! while you sign them up. Disney pros will tell you to get there early, or your children could be left out.

5. Enjoy a Seasonal Meal With Minnie

Disney pros love the fun new character meal that has been added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Minnie’s Seasonal Dining takes place at Hollywood & Vine for dinner only. There’s a decent cast of characters; Minnie, Mickey, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy usually appear. (Specific characters are not guaranteed.) The best part about this new experience is that it will change, depending on the season. You might want to plan a return visit so you can see Minnie and friends all dressed up and ready for a different season.

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4. Use My Disney Experience and FastPass+

Since Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some incredible thrill rides and one of the most popular family rides at Walt Disney World, Disney pros will use FastPass+. That is the best way to know that you will be able to hit the best rides with as short a wait as possible. You will also want to have the My Disney Experience App on your phone. That way you’ll know where to find the characters, be able to check Wait Times, see when the next show is, and try to snag a last minute dining reservation. You can now add a fourth FastPass+ from the app after you’ve used the first three. To make the most out of your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the My Disney Experience App is essential.

3. Eat!

Disney pros will make dining reservations whenever they are headed to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. That’s because two of the most fun restaurants at Walt Disney World are found within the park. Other full service options include delicious Italian food and signature dining. If you’re really hungry, you can enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet with characters. As already mentioned, for dinner it’s Minnie hosting her friends, and for breakfast and lunch it’s Disney Junior characters. If you want reserved seating for Fantasmic!, book a Fantasmic Dinner Package. You’ll enjoy a great meal and then receive vouchers for the first show of the evening. Make sure that it’s the package that you book, if you only make a restaurant reservation you will not be given a voucher.

2. Be Ready for Changes

A lot has happened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios over the past year or so, and more changes are on the way. If there is something that you like, visit and take plenty of pictures now. Don’t put it off, because you don’t know if it will still be there on your next visit. Disney pros know that some of the current attractions may be temporary, so they will enjoy them while they can. You should do the same.

1. Be Patient

There are construction walls everywhere right now. They make the park feel smaller than ever. Even on less busy days the park seems packed. Be patient with the other guests, and also with the park in general. Take it all in stride, because great things are coming. There is still plenty to do in the park, and the future looks amazing. A Toy Story Land and a Star Wars Land will be in one place? Disney pros patiently wait for news on when the expansion will be finished, while enjoying what is already there. They know that Disney’s Hollywood Studios always has been and always will be an incredible park, no matter what it is called.

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.