Top 8 Disney Pro Tips For Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Guests who love the glamour and entertainment of Hollywood and television must spend time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios while on a Walt Disney World vacation. The park celebrates all things Hollywood and allows guests to step directly to the other side of the camera and be the stars in their own experiences. Guests who spend time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios can enter into the Star Wars universe, star in an episode of The Twilight Zone, rock out with Aerosmith, dive under the sea with Ariel, experience scenes from classic films like Casablanca, the Wizard of Oz, and Tarzan, and play games with the Toy Story characters. With so many amazing experiences waiting at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests want to make the most of each moment there and can do so by following a series of pro tips which can save them time and frustration. Disney pro tips are great tools to use to make sure that guests get the most of their time in the parks, and this list is no exception! Here are the top eight Disney pro tips for Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

8. Arrive for Rope Drop – The best Disney pro tip that guests can follow to kick off a day the right way in any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks is to arrive for rope drop. Arriving for rope drop involves getting to the park before it officially opens and waiting at the gates to be let in. Guests who arrive for rope drop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can enjoy a welcome speech which teases them about all of the amazing experiences waiting inside. Guests who arrive for rope drop are guaranteed to be some of the first inside the park allowing them to enjoy few crowds and low wait times on attractions.

7. Toy Story Mania

Once inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests should head directly for one of the most popular attractions in the park. Toy Story Mania can be found in Pixar Place and is a favorite of many guests. The attraction magically shrinks guests down to the size of toys and invites them to compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and the Toy Story gang. Since the attraction is so popular, Toy Story Mania can easily have wait times exceeding over two hours on busy days in the parks. Guests who want to enjoy Toy Story Mania should head there immediately when the park opens to enjoy the attraction with a low wait time and also book a FastPass for the experience later in the day so that they can return and try and beat their own score while also saving time not spent waiting on the standby line!

6. FastPass The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

At the end of Sunset Boulevard is an attraction housed in the ominous Hollywood Tower Hotel. Guests are drawn to the building by the screams echoing from other guests inside, and soon learn that this attraction is both thrilling and eerie. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror brings guests into their very own episode of the popular television series and shows them how five hotel guests mysteriously disappeared many years ago after being struck by lightning in an elevator. Guests soon find themselves headed for the same fate after being strapped into a rickety service elevator which takes control. Since The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a very popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests are smart to book a FastPass for the attraction to enjoy the experience without losing a lot of time waiting on the standby line.

5. Single Rider the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Located right next door to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror on Sunset Boulevard is another popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios which allows guests to rock out. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith brings guests into G Force Records where they experience a chance encounter with the band and are invited across town to a concert. Guests soon find themselves strapped into super stretch limos and rocketing through the neon lights of downtown to make it to the show on time. Since The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith packs big thrills, it is very popular with guests and usually has a relatively long wait time. Disney pros know that the best option to enjoy the attraction is via the Single Rider Line which offers the same experience with a much shorter wait time so long as they don’t mind being split up at the loading platform.

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4. FastPass Star Tours – The Adventure Continues

Fans of the Star Wars universe definitely need to head over to an attraction which allows them to join the Rebel Alliance. Star Wars – The Adventure Continues begins as a routine Star Tours flight but soon takes an adventurous turn when it is discovered that a Rebel Spy is on board. Guests can enjoy a series of randomized 3D scenes which make the experience unique each time. Since Star Tours – The Adventure Continues is so popular and guests love enjoying it multiple times, the wait time can generally be long. Disney pros know that the best option to enjoy the attraction is by booking a FastPass to save lots of time.

3. Enjoy the Shows

Part of what makes Disney’s Hollywood Studios so amazing are the live shows which are sure to wow guests. Disney pros know that enjoying viewings of the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage is a must do while exploring the park. From wonderful musical numbers and familiar characters to extraordinary dance numbers and big action stunts, the live shows of Disney’s Hollywood Studios are amazing to watch!

2. Eat At Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

Guests who are looking to enjoy a meal in Disney’s Hollywood Studios should definitely stop by Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano. Open for lunch and dinner daily, the restaurant serves up traditional Italian food with a California influence for delicious meals which are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Underneath a canopy of beautiful string lights and kitschy décor, guests can enjoy meals like Shrimp Campanelle, Saltimbocca, Charred Strip Steak, and Seafood Arrabbiata.

1. Line Up Early For Fantasmic!

No day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without enjoying a showing of Fantasmic! Presented on certain nights in the park, the show is housed in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater which can be accessed via Sunset Boulevard. Fantasmic! brings guests into Mickey’s imagination where a battle between good and evil is raging through special effects, pyrotechnics, Disney music and characters, dancing water, projected animation, and a larger than life dragon. With so many amazing effects and moments, Fantmasic! is a must see show which is very popular with guests. Disney pros know that in order to secure a seat for the show, they must line up on Sunset Boulevard at least an hour before show time to ensure the perfect view of Fantasmic!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane 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.