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AT-AT Walkers, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance (Photo: Disney)

A Two-Day Plan for Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues to grow, expand and create more magic than ever before.  With the opening of Galaxy’s Edge and the highly anticipated Rise of the Resistance, touring Hollywood Studios has become like a puzzle. We have a two-day suggested touring plan to help you get the most of your visit.

Day One:  Star Wars Focused

1. Fastpass+ Plan

Hollywood Studios has a two tier fastpass+ system.  On this day, we suggest your fastpass+ to be Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (Tier One), Rock n’ Roller Coaster (Tier Two), and Tower of Terror (Tier Two). For timing of fastpasses, we like to choose earlier times prior to lunch (such as 9-12).  We like doing them earlier in the day because it then allows us the option to use the rolling fastpass later in the day.

Galaxy’s Edge (Photo Credit: Disney)

2. Arrival & Rise of the Resistance Virtual Queue

We highly recommend if you are wanting to ride Rise of the Resistance that you arrive around 90 minutes prior to park opening. This will give you plenty of time to get through security. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the only attraction at Walt Disney World that is a Virtual Queue. There is no FastPass for this attraction and there is no stand-by line. You MUST join a boarding group or you will not be able to ride. As soon as the park is officially open, the boarding groups open. Using your MyDisneyExperience App you can join a boarding group. You will be assigned a boarding number and as the day progresses, you’ll be able to watch an estimate of when your boarding group will have a chance to ride. You must know that everyone in your party wanting to ride must be inside the park prior to joining a boarding group. Cast Members let guests into the park well before park opening just so those interested in riding can be ready, on their phones, to join a boarding group the moment the park opens. Boarding groups close quickly and that’s it for the day! We repeat – no riding this attraction without a boarding pass so plan wisely to arrive early with all your party in tow.

3. Head to where you want to be

After you are through security, we suggest heading as close as cast members will allow you to the ride you want to ride first.  Below are what we would recommend as you first hour stops.  Depending on which fastpass+ you were able to get, we recommend these four choices: Millennium Falcon:  Smugglers Run, Slinky Dog Dash, Tower of Terror, or Rock and Roller Coaster. This is where you can hang out until the park officially opens and you can grab your Rise of the Resistance boarding pass as mentioned above.  Once you have done that, you can start your touring of Hollywood Studios. Keep in mind as you tour that you will want to head to Rise of the Resistance whenever your boarding group is called.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run

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4. First Hour (between 7am-9am depending on park opening)

During the first hour the park is opened, we recommend riding the four main rides including: Millennium Falcon:  Smugglers Run, Slinky Dog Dash, Tower of Terror, and Rock and Roller Coaster. Allow yourself some time to grab a quick snack as well from either Woody’s Lunch Box or the Trolley. 

5. Fastpass+ Rides (between 10am-12pm depending on when the park opened)

Your next major chunk of time will be spent using your fastpasses. On this day, we suggested Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (Tier One), Rock n’ Roller Coaster (Tier Two), and Tower of Terror (Tier Two). Also, during this time, you can fill the time you have between your fastpass+ with Star Wars Launch Bay or Walt Disney Presents.  These are both easy self-paced exhibits.

Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster

6. Rolling Fastpass+

After you have tapped into the last fastpass, you can start looking for one additional fastpass on the My Disney Experience app.  We recommend looking at Star Tours or any tier one fastpass that you haven’t ridden yet.

7. Lunch

Head to Woody’s Lunch Box, Docking Bay 7 or Ronto Roasters for lunch.  Tip: Make sure to mobile order!

Docking Bay 7

8. The Afternoon

During the afternoon, use the rolling fastpasses to hit up rides or shows you are interested in. Our suggestions of rides and shows to check out during this time are Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Star Tours, Star Wars:  A Galaxy Far, Far Away. Also, in the afternoon, we suggest taking time to visit Batuu.  Consider building a droid or lightsaber or enjoying a drink at Oga’s.  

9. Supper

If you want to have a sit-down meal, consider 50s Prime Time or Sci-Fi diner.  For quicker options, mobile order at Docking Bay 7, Ronto Roasters or Woody’s Lunch Box.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

10. Star Wars: Galactic Spectacular

End your evening with the Star Wars night time spectacular.  If you have time, make sure to take a final stroll through Batuu as well to see everything at night.  It is truly a different experience you won’t want to miss.

Day Two:  Toy Story Focus

1. Fastpass+ Plan

On this day, we suggest your plans to be Slinky Dog Dash (Tier One), Toy Story Mania (Tier Two), and First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing Along or either Tower of Terror/Rock n Roller Coaster if you want to ride those again (Tier Two). As a reminder, choose earlier times prior to lunch (such as 9-12) for fastpass+ times as we like the option to use the rolling fastpass later in the day.

Photo Credit: Disney

2. Arrival

Same directions as day one – we highly recommend if you are wanting to ride Rise of the Resistance that you arrive around 90 minutes prior to park opening. This will give you plenty of time to get through security and the touch points. The ride is so great that you will be eager to get a boarding pass for the second day!

3. First Hour (between 7am-9am depending on park opening)

This is the same step from day one.  We highly recommend using the first hour the park is open to get the top rides while the lines are lower.  Remember, you can use the single rider lines for both Smugglers Run and Rock and Roller Coaster. Ride choices during this time include Millennium Falcon:  Smugglers Run, Slinky Dog Dash, Tower of Terror, and Rock and Roller Coaster.

4. Fastpass+ Rides

Again, we suggest making those fastpasses for 9,10,11 and riding between 10-12.  Remember on this day we suggested Slinky Dog Dash (Tier One), Toy Story Mania, First Time in Forever:  A Frozen Sing Along or either Tower of Terror/Rock n Roller Coaster if you want to ride those again (Tier Two). If you have time between fastpasses, sneak into Walt Disney Presents if you haven’t, see the Muppets 3D or visit a character or two like Olaf, Mickey and Minnie or even a Star Wars character.

5. Rolling Fastpass

As we mentioned in day one, after you have checked into your final fastpass reservation, jump on the My Disney Experience and try to get an additional fastpass reservation.  If you haven’t been on Alien Swirling Saucer this would be a good additional fastpass to snag.

6. Lunch

At this point in the day, it should be around lunch time.  As with day one, consider sit down meals at 50s Prime Time, Sci-Fi Diner or a quick meal in Batuu or Toy Story Land.  If you like lounges, the Tune-In Lounge, Baseline Tap House and Brown Derby Lounge are great options as well.

7. The Afternoon

After refueling, head to a few shows.  If you haven’t seen For the First Time in Forever:  A Frozen Sing Along this would be a priority.  Then try to see Beauty and the Beast, Voyage of the Little Mermaid and Muppets 3D if you haven’t yet.  Keep in mind the Beauty and the Beast typically is done in early afternoon with their shows so head there first.

8. Supper

Take time to grab something to eat before the evening shows.

9. Fantasmic

Finish off your day with one of the best evening shows in Disney World, Fantasmic.  This night time spectacular brings Disney music, characters, projections and fireworks all together in one epic show.  It is definitely how you will want to end your days at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Hopefully these plans give you a good idea of how to plan your days at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With so many amazing rides and outstanding lands to visit, it is important to have a plan when heading in. May the force be with you as you plan your time in 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.