Top 10 Suggestions For Having A Great Day At Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

There are plenty of changes taking place at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There is a common misconception right now that it is currently a half day park, or that it should be skipped all together until the two new lands have opened. There is still plenty to see and do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, even if you plan to spend the entire day there. Here are ten ways to make sure that your day is incredible.

10) Arrive Early

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the smallest of the four Walt Disney World theme parks, and the construction walls make it feel even smaller. The park will feel packed, even on a day that is not all that busy. If you want to experience the park without wall to wall people, arrive early. You will want to get in line immediately for a ride that you do not have a FastPass+ for.

9) Stay Late

Don’t think that you can see everything at Disney’s Hollywood Studios before the sun goes down. If you don’t stay until the end of the night, you’ll miss Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, and Fantasmic!. These two nighttime shows are both must-do experiences. If you don’t stay late, you’ll miss out.

8) Learn About Walt Disney

There is a fabulous attraction that too many people don’t notice as they are headed to Toy Story Mania!. Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream will allow you a glimpse into the life of the genius who started it all. You’ll also see some treasures from Disney Parks from around the world. An added bonus of Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is that it is air conditioned. Take your time, and take it all in. When you’re finished, watch a short film in the air conditioned theater. A word of warning, Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream is being reimagined into Walt Disney Presents. The new exhibit will continue to teach visitors about the man who started it all, but will also contain information, artwork, and models on upcoming attractions and lands, including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.


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7) Experience the Star Wars Offerings

You don’t have to be a huge Star Wars fan to take in some of the attractions that are based on the franchise. Walk through Star Wars Launch Bay and see replicas from the movies. Get some great character pictures while you’re there. If you have kids ages 4-12, sign them up for Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple. Even if you don’t have children you should watch the show, you never know how the younglings will react. Of course you’ll need to ride Star Tours – The Adventures Continue. In fact, since there are dozens of different ride combinations you might want to ride it several times. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is one of the best fireworks, projection, and laser shows that you will ever see. These are just a few of the attractions that are based on Star Wars.

6) Watch the Shows

No matter what type of movie you are a fan of, there is a show for you at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You can watch action and adventure, or maybe you’d prefer a little bit of romance. Disney movies are well represented. There are several shows to choose from at the park, and you should take in as many as you can.

5) Find the Characters

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a fantastic place for character pictures. You’ll find Star Wars characters inside Launch Bay, classics at the front of the park, Buzz, Woody, Olaf, Disney Junior favorites, and more. There is sometimes a limited time character experience inside Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream. If you’re lucky, you might catch Character Palooza. This meet and greet is so secret that Cast Members will tell you that it doesn’t exist. The time, location, and characters will change. Often hard to find characters will be there. Character Palooza doesn’t last long and PhotoPass isn’t available, so if you happen upon it have your camera ready.

4) Use FastPass+

FastPass+ is a system that allows you to book up to three rides and attractions ahead of time. You’ll then wait in a shorter line. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios you will pick one attraction from Tier One and two attractions from Tier Two. In order to make the most of your day, use FastPass+. The two most popular attractions at the park, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Toy Story Mania! are both Tier One attractions. Grab a FastPass+ for one, then hit the other as soon as the park opens in the morning.

3) Make Dining Reservations

If you want to make the most of your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, make a reservation for one of the fantastic full service restaurants. Dine in a car or at a kitchen table in the 1950’s, or maybe enjoy a recreation of a classic Hollywood restaurant. Enjoy great Italian food, or feast on a buffet surrounded by favorite characters. You might want to consider booking a Fantasmic! Dining Package. With it you can savor a meal at a select restaurant, then enjoy reserved seating for Fantasmic!.

2) Have a Plan

If you want to have a great day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, plan ahead of time. Have a general idea of the layout of the park, and know where the rides are. Take a look at the Show Times so that you will know when those will work into your schedule. Remember that the park will feel crowded, so don’t let that stress you out. Plan out your day, and you’ll be surprised by how much you can do.

1) Dream

Bring your patience with you to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Do not let the construction walls close in on you. Instead, dream about what is taking place behind those walls. Toy Story Land will open Summer, 2018. Sometime in 2019, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will become a part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park will soon be even more amazing than it is right now. It’s fun to dream about what the future holds.

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.