10 Tips & Tricks to Enjoy the Best Day Ever at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Minnie Mouse Runaway Railway
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Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the hottest park pass right now as guests are hoping to experience Rise of the Resistance and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway.  If you are headed to this popular park, we have ten tips and tricks for having the best day ever.


1. Make Dining Reservations

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has a variety of table-service restaurants and one even offers character dining.  A tip to having the best day ever at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is to schedule either a breakfast with the Disney Jr. crew or evening meal with Minnie and friends at Hollywood and Vine.  Reservations are available to be made 60 days prior to check in and with limited capacity, it is key to make these prior to heading down.  By making a dining reservation, you can ensure that your travel party will be fueled and rested and ready for more magic.

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2. Get up early for Rise of the Resistance

A key to having the best day ever at Disney’s Hollywood Studios starts before the park even opens. At 7 am EST, guests with park passes for Disney’s Hollywood Studios can try to get a boarding group for the most popular ride in Disney- Rise of the Resistance.  There are many tips, tricks and suggestions when it comes to getting this pass, but a few we have found that work well are:

  1. Turn off the Disney WiFi.
  2. Use a clock (we like the atomic clock) that can countdown the seconds.
  3. Make sure everyone is loaded into My Disney Experience prior to this day.

These are just a few tips and tricks we have found extremely helpful.  Being prepared for this boarding pass drop is key to starting off your Hollywood Studios day in the best way possible.

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3. Get to the Park Early

The next tip we have for having a great day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is to get to the park prior to park opening.  Hollywood Studios has been opening typically around 9 am so we recommend being through the security and touch points by 8:30 (or a half hour before official opening).  By doing this you are ahead of the crowd and can start getting rides going as soon as they begin running (sometimes prior to the posted opening time).  Starting off ahead of the majority of people is a nice way to start a day at Hollywood Studios.


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4. Hit Up Sunset Boulevard

Although Mickey and Minnie’s is the newest ride in Hollywood Studios, we suggest hitting up Tower of Terror and Rock n’ Roller Coaster in the morning.  These rides seem to be having the longest wait times as the day progresses so getting to check them off early is a good trick while many will be at Mickey and Minnie’s.

5. Ride Slinky Dog Dash Early or Late

Besides Tower of Terror and Rock n’ Roller Coaster, Slinky Dog Dash will have the longest wait time throughout the day.  A trick here is to ride right at the park opening or wait until the very end of the day when little ones have already headed out to bed.  Remember, you can get in line up until park closing and seeing Galaxy’s Edge from Slinky Dog at night is spectacular.

6. Schedule Lunch Early

To help with distancing and keeping everyone safe, Disney is requiring guests to use mobile ordering through the My Disney Experience app.  In order to have the best day at Hollywood Studios, you will want to schedule your meals early in the morning to ensure you get the time slots you want for lunch and supper.  Places like Ronto Roasters and Woody’s Lunch Box see time slots fill up early in the day leaving guests having to wait sometimes up to three hours to grab food.  If you have your heart set on those tots from Woody’s or the wrap from Batuu, snag those mobile ordering slots early.  You can always cancel if you change your mind.

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7. Take time to enjoy the themed lands

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has two of the most themed lands in Walt Disney World.  Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge both immerse the park guests into the movies.  To have the best day ever, you will want to slow down and truly take in all the small details of these lands.  Take time to notice the unique use of toys throughout Andy’s backyard and make sure to look for the giant footprints on the pavement.  In Batuu, take in the sights and sounds of the land.  Don’t be surprised when it sounds like ships are landing nearby or when a ship is being worked on by a crew member.  These small details can be missed if you are rushing, so slow down and enjoy.

8. Visit the Lands at Night

Along this same line, for the best experience in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you are going to want to visit the lands at night.  Galaxy’s Edge is a totally different experience in the evenings with the lights and sounds of Batuu coming alive.  In Toy Story Land, it is fun to see the Christmas lights illuminate the land and a ride on Slinky Dog Dash at night allows you to see the park under the evening glow.

9. Visit A Lounge

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some amazing lounges throughout the park.  For the best day, take time to stop and enjoy one of these experiences.   Baseline Tap House and Brown Derby Lounge are great options for adults who want to get off their feet and enjoy a beverage while taking in the sites of the park.  For a truly amazing day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios a stop at a lounge is a must.

10. Don’t Rush and Be Flexible

In order to have the best day ever at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you will want to make sure you are flexible with your plan and willing to slow down.  It can be easy to get stuck rushing from ride to ride especially in Hollywood Studios where there are so many E ticket attractions, but in order to have a great day you will want to make sure you slow down to enjoy it.  Along with slowing down is being flexible.  It is a good idea to have a general plan as you head to the park, but be willing to adjust or even throw it out if need be.  If you are so worried about “the plan”, you won’t be able to enjoy what is happening around you.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the hottest park in Walt Disney World.  We hope that these ten tips and tricks will help you have the best day ever when you next visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.