Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios From A to Z

Have you ever wanted to be an actor? Or are you simply entranced by the Golden Age of Hollywood? However you enjoy Hollywood, there’s no better place to get a taste of the glitz and glam of the movies than at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Here are some of our favorite things about the park, from A to Z!

1. A for Alien Swirling Saucers

This is one of the two attractions at the all-new Toy Story Land, and if you want to experience it, you’ll want to make sure you have a FastPass+ time for it. Guests board a spaceship of sorts controlled by the Little Green Alien Men, and the fun begins when the swirling and spinning start! Hold on tight!

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2. B for Beauty and the Beast—Live on Stage!

This spectacular live show is a must-see at Hollywood Studios! The performance makes use of vibrantly colored costumes and detailed sets to tell the “tale as old as time.” Be there as Belle meets Beast for the first time and sees the enchanted inhabitants of the castle. Will she fall in love with him before the last rose petal falls? If you want the best seat in the house, be sure to use a FastPass+ selection for the show!

3. C for Citizens of Hollywood

Have you ever dreamed of performing with an improv troupe? You can do exactly that when you visit Hollywood Studios. During the day, Guests can interact with members of the Citizens of Hollywood troupe who make their way up and down Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards just inside the park gates. Play along with them, act out impromptu skits and be amazed as they never break character!


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4. D for Drive-In Theater Restaurant

As in the Sci-Fi Drive-in Theater Restaurant! Dine on great American fare as clips of sci-fi movies and cartoons play on the big screen in front of you. Enjoy your meal as you sit in your “automobooth,” which looks just like a car with headlights and tail lights! Try the fried pickles, mouth-watering burgers and the house made candy bars. Be sure to make your dining reservation 180 days in advance to have the best chance at enjoying an out-of-this-world meal at this fun themed restaurant.

5. E for Express

The Backlot Express is a quick-service restaurant near the Star Tours attraction at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The venue offers burgers, fries, chicken strips and more, including several Star Wars-themed entrees. The restaurant is decorated with props and set components. Don’t forget to stop by the Backlot Express for a quick bite when you visit the park.

6. F for Fantasmic!

Hollywood Studios’ nighttime spectacular is Fantasmic! and it is fantastic! Weather permitting, the performance takes place each night and features Mickey Mouse, along with several other Disney characters including Disney villains. Maleficent battles Mickey—and she’s in her dragon form, standing forty feet high! The presentation is all about Mickey’s nightmare—will he wake up before it’s too late? You can find out when you experience Fantasmic! See it alone, see it with friends, see it with family, but no matter what, make sure you see it at least once during your visit!

7. G for Galaxy’s Edge

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the new Star Wars-themed land that opened late 2019 at Hollywood Studios. The new 14-acre land houses two new attractions and is a fully immersive experience for Star Wars fans. Fans eagerly awaited the opening of this land and have been impressed ever since.

8. H for Hollywood Brown Derby

The Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant at Hollywood Studios gives Hollywood fans all the feels! Inspired by the Derby in California, this upscale restaurant serves mouthwatering entrees and even the famous Grapefruit Cake! Don’t miss dessert at this beautiful venue—no matter what! Be sure to call (407) WDW-DINE up to 180 days in advance to book a table!

9. I for Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

If you’re looking for a high-octane experience full of stunts, sets and amazing action, you’ve got to see the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios. This 25-minute show takes place several times each day and features Indy and Marion (very convincing look-alikes) who demonstrate for the audience how to fall, throw fake punches and more!

10. J for Jedi Training Academy

Are your little ones Star Wars fans too? If so, be sure to register them for the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple experience that takes place at Echo Lake. Children ages 4 to 12 can participate and learn the ways of the Force, test their skill against the Dark Side and make amazing memories! Simply register your kids at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost when the park opens. Jedi Training is done on a first come, first serve basis, so don’t miss out!

11. K for KRNR Rock Station

Be sure to stop by this food trailer on Sunset Boulevard and order any of your favorites! Choose from hot dogs, drinks, floats, snacks, frozen lemonade and more!

12. L for Launch Bay

Star Wars Launch Bay is your go-to spot for Star Wars character meet-and-greet experiences at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! At the Launch Bay, fans can meet BB-8, Chewbacca and Kylo Ren, as well as take in the sights of movie props, helmets, miniature light sabers and more.

13. M for Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

This brand-new attraction is currently under construction inside the Chinese Theater building that once housed the Great Movie Ride. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is the first ever Disney Parks ride to feature the Main Mouse himself and is said to be a 2 ½ -D experience, meaning no 3D glasses will be necessary. Opening in March 4, 2020, we’re very excited about this new attraction and can’t wait to experience it firsthand.

14. N for New

Of all the parks at Disney World, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the one with the newest lands —Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge! We love all the new things at Hollywood!

15. O for Olaf

At the Celebrity Spotlight at Hollywood Studios, adoring fans can meet this favorite frosty friend from Frozen, pose for pictures with him and more! The line is never very long and the experience is not to be missed!

16. P for Prime-Time Café

The 50s Prime Time Café is one of the best things about Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Guests can enjoy homestyle recipes like Mom used to make at 50s-era tables and chairs in a 50s-era kitchen while clips from 1950s sitcoms play on old television sets. While you’re there, don’t forget your manners, and don’t forget to try things like the pot roast, meatloaf and the Peanut Butter and Jelly Milkshake. Call (407) WDW-DINE to book your table up to 180 days in advance!

17. Q for Quick-Service Restaurants

Disney’s Hollywood Studios offers hungry parkgoers a plethora of places to catch a quick bite. In a hurry? No problem! Simply order ahead with the My Disney Experience app and you can skip the lines! Visit the ABC Commissary, Backlot Express, Catalina Eddie’s, the Dockside Diner and PizzeRizzo—just to name a few!

18. R for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

Race through the streets of Los Angeles to an Aerosmith concert aboard a limousine while music from the rock band blares in your ears! This coaster pulls out all the stops—high speed, loop-di-loops and more! Be sure to use one of your FastPass+ selections for this thrilling attraction!


19. S for Slinky Dog Dash

Slinky takes you for a ride on the track built by Andy himself with his Dash ‘n’ Dodge Coaster kit. Jump in, buckle up and hold on tight as you and your friends race around Andy’s backyard. This attraction is very popular, so be sure to use one of your FastPass+ selections for it!

20. T for Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction isn’t for the faint of heart! Enter a creepy old haunted hotel and board an elevator. But beware as rumor has it the elevator cars frequently break away from their cables and shafts and drop repeatedly—all while Guests are trapped inside!

21. U for Ursula

The terrible Sea Witch makes a ghastly appearance during “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid” presentation. Ursula is larger than life and more evil than ever! Will she take Ariel’s voice and her prince?

22. V for Voyage of the Little Mermaid

Near Animation Courtyard, you can enter the queue for a theater where you can see “The Voyage of the Little Mermaid”—a live-action stage show that tells the tale of Ariel and her quest to gain human legs. Will it cost her more than she bargained for? Don’t miss this presentation that is shown several times each day!

23. W for Walt Disney Presents

Are you a fan of Walt Disney—the man, the legend? If so, you’ll love Walt Disney Presents—a collection of artwork, photos, scaled models and more that tell the story of the young man from Marceline, Missouri, who one day drew a mouse that would change the course of history. Learn about Walt’s inspiration, his trials, his successes and how the Disney Parks came to be during this amazing self-guided experience! At the end of the experience, you can meet Mike and Sulley from Disney/PIXAR’s Monsters, Inc., before viewing a short film.

24. X for eXtra fast!

Guests can experience Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy at Sunset Showcase. Check out the show to learn all about what it takes to be a champion racer!

25. Y for Yee Haw!

We are so excited that we can meet not only Woody and Buzz, but also Jessie! In the past few years, Jessie has not been readily available to mosey around with Guests, and we are so glad that now, we can meet her anytime we want at Toy Story Land!

26. Z for Zillions of Pins!

Hollywood Studios is one of the best places to be if you are an avid Disney World pin trader! Pin trading is lots of fun, and the Cast Members inside the shops on Hollywood Boulevard are only too happy to trade! For extra fun, be sure to visit Guest Relations just inside the park and ask to see their pin book. The Hollywood Studios pin book is usually sorted by color, and you just might find that pin you’ve been searching for!

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!