10 Q&As for Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Boulevard
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios is an amazing Disney Park that brings the magic of television and Hollywood to life by creating immersive experiences for guests to enjoy. The Disney Park is home to popular destinations like Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as well as thrilling attractions, live entertainment, dining, shopping, and so much more. With so many amazing things to enjoy in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests are sure to have some questions to ensure that they have the best possible plan when spending time there. Some questions might be as simple as enquiring about places to dine, whereas others are a little more complicated and involve virtual queues. Here are ten questions and answers to ensure that guests visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios have the best possible time ever!

1. How can I ride Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance?

By far the most popular attraction in Walt Disney World is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which can be found in Batuu, home to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The attraction is one of the most technologically advanced and immerse experiences where guests are given the opportunity to join the Resistance, are taken prisoner by the First Order, and engage in a daring escape. The novel attraction does not have a normal queue that guests simply join when they get to the entrance. Instead, guests have to join a virtual queue via the My Disney Experience App which assigns them a boarding pass group and advises them when to report to the attraction. Joining a boarding group has become an experience in itself as there are only a limited amount of spots and guests have to sign on at 7am to attempt to get one and often times they immediately fill up. There is a second chance to get a boarding pass again at 1pm subject to availability, and spots again fill up instantly. Guests who are looking to try and get a boarding pass should definitely visit Walt Disney World’s website for an in depth description of the process that can help their odds.

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2. What should I experience first?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to several very popular attractions that are both thrilling and family friendly. The best way to start a day in the Disney Park is by deciding which attraction a guest is most interested in experiencing and opting to enjoy that first thing in the morning when the wait times are lower than the rest of the day. Some great options to choose from include Slinky Dog Dash, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. All of these attractions are very popular with guests and can have lengthy wait times throughout the day, especially with no current FastPass system offered, so the best way to enjoy them is first things in the morning!

3. What attractions have height requirements?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is absolutely a family friendly Disney Park, however it does have a healthy amount of thrilling attractions which come with height requirements for safety reasons. Guests traveling with younger children should be aware that some of those attractions might be off limits due to height requirements. Alien Swirling Saucers has a height requirement of 32 inches or taller, Slinky Dog Dash requires 38 inches or taller, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance require 40 inches or taller, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith requires 48 inches and taller.

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4. What are some experiences that younger guests can enjoy?

While all of those attractions are not options for guests with small children, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is still home to plenty of incredible experiences that younger guests are sure to love. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy brings the beloved Cars character to life and immerses guests in the world of racing. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway invites guests to step into the cartoon world and set off on an adventure through the park with lots of surprises. Younger guests are also sure to love Toy Story Mania where they can compete in 3D midway games with Woody and the game as well as Muppet Vision 3D where Kermit and friends have some silly and quirky jokes and mishaps to share.

5. What live entertainment is there?

Since Disney’s Hollywood Studios is designed to immerse guests in the spirit of film and television, it is no surprise that the Disney Park is also home to some great live entertainment for guests to enjoy. Throughout each day, character cavalcades cruise through the Disney Park, offering guests the chance to wave and say hello to favorite characters including Mickey and friends, Disney Junior friends, and Pixar characters from The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., and Toy Story. Guests also won’t want to miss For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration where performers share the story of Anna, Elsa, Olaf, and friends from the first film.

6. What quick service restaurants are available?

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to plenty of great quick service restaurants where guests can enjoy diverse menus in convenient settings. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo and Ronto Roasters are both options in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge where guests can enjoy various foods that are themed to fit into the Star Wars universe. Woody’s Lunch Box in Toy Story Land serves up American classics filled with nostalgia including grilled cheese, tomato soup, and lunch box tarts. Italian pizzeria favorites such as pizza and antipasto salad area served up daily at PizzeRizzo in the Grand Avenue area of the park. Guests can also opt to enjoy quick service meals at ABC Commissary and Backlot Express where a variety of options are available for lunch and dinner.

7. What full service restaurants are available?

Guests who are looking to enjoy a full service meal in Disney’s Hollywood Studios also have plenty of choices with various cuisines. The Hollywood Brown Derby serves up contemporary American cuisine in an upscale environment based on the original restaurant from Hollywood. Hollywood & Vine is a family-style meal of American classics that guests can enjoy while waving to favorite Disney Junior characters. Guests can blast back to the past at the 50’s Prime Time Café where the servers are all family and the menu features American favorites like fried chicken and meatloaf. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano serves up Italian favorites in a quirky environment filled with Hollywood memorabilia and props. The final full service option in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant where guests can dine on American cuisine inside of vintage cars all facing a large drive-in screen playing sci-fi clips and cartoons from the 1950’s.

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8. Where can I take a little time to relax?

There are two great places to relax and enjoy people watching while spending time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. BaseLine Tap House in the Grand Avenue area of the park serves up beer and wine on tap from California that guests can sip on while enjoying small bites and shareables. The restaurant has both an indoors seating area as well as an outdoor patio with shaded picnic tables, overhead fans, and great views of the surrounding area. The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is located next to the main restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard and offers up an outdoor patio where guests can enjoy various alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as several menu choices from the main menu.

9. What are the best places to shop?

Guests who are looking to bring home the perfect souvenir from Disney’s Hollywood Studios have some great shopping options that sell a wide variety of merchandise depending on where they are located in the park. Black Spire Outfitters in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge sells unique apparel and accessories and nearby Savi’s Workshop and the Droid Depot sell unique create-your-own souvenirs that come with an additional cost. Guests who are looking to purchase more generic Walt Disney World merchandise or items that are specific to Disney’s Hollywood Studios can browse Celebrity 5 & 10, Mickey’s of Hollywood, Keystone Clothiers, and Once Upon A Time for wonderful options.

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10. Are there any can’t miss snacks?

In addition to the full service and quick service meal options in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there are also some unique and delicious snacks that can only be found in the park. The Market in Pixar Place serves up the popular Jack Jack’s Num Num Cookies inspired by the character from The Incredibles and nearby Woody’s Lunch Box serves up Lunch Box Treats that are reminiscent of Pop Tarts. Another popular treat that guests love to indulge in are the green and blue frozen milks offered at The Milk Stand in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and guests can even opt to make their beverages alcoholic if they desire.

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.