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Planning a Day at Disney's Hollywood Studios? Here's What You Need to Know About This Popular Park

Hollywood Studios Reopening - PinterestDisney's Hollywood Studios is one hopping park! With the additions of Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, it's no surprise that the park has a high demand at the moment. In fact, Disney Park Pass reservations tend to fill up faster for Hollywood Studios than the other Disney World theme parks. Of all the parks, Hollywood Studios continues to see the highest wait times, and we expect this trend will continue, especially during busier times. While that might be worrying for those of you with upcoming visits, we're here to take the stress off.

As we look further into 2021, there is no question Hollywood Studios will continue to be a big draw for guests who are still looking to experience the newer attractions for their first time, and of course, frogs who just can't get enough (like us!). So for those of you planning visits this spring and summer, now is definitely the time to purchase tickets and make your Park Pass if you haven't already! We know there will be even more demand after the opening of Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser, the immersive Star Wars hotel, that is expected to open sometime in 2021.

If you have questions about joining the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance or catching sight of your favorite Toy Story pals, you've hopped to the right spot! We're here to help if you plan to visit Hollywood Studios during this time.

Getting into Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Entry into the Park

We understand that most of you will want to try your luck at getting a Boarding Group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. There will be more details later in this guide (we also have an entire post about how to navigate Boarding Groups), but Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is currently the only ride at Disney World that uses a virtual queue.

Instead of previously opening at 10 a.m. and requiring that you must be inside the park, the virtual queue now opens at 7 a.m., and guests can check for an available Boarding Group as long as each person in their party has valid admission and a Disney Park Pass for Hollywood Studios. This can be done in your Disney hotel room, or wherever else nearby you may be at that time (we successfully got a Boarding Group off-site about 20 miles away). The virtual queue reopens at 1 p.m. as a second chance for anyone who didn't get a Boarding Group in the morning. For this second distribution time, guests must be inside the park.

Lately, Boarding Groups have been filling quickly (and by quickly, we mean within seconds), so we suggest taking advantage of both distribution times if the ride is a top priority. However, plexiglass has been added to the ride vehicles in order to increase the ride's capacity, which has helped with allowing more people to ride it.

After visiting the park since this change, we noticed it has made an impact on the initial crowds in the morning. When we arrived just after 10 a.m., there were still a lot of guests already inside the park, but the lines seemed much more controlled and the crowds felt less chaotic than when guests were required to be in-park for the early distribution time. Since there isn't a mad dash to get inside the park before 10 a.m., you can better prepare your day, as it's up to you to decide when you want to arrive. We still recommend arriving early enough to maximize your time inside the park. Note that hours may be subject to change, especially around the holidays or busy peak periods.

The parking lot opens about an hour before the park is scheduled to open; parking trams are not currently available. The Disney Skyliner is typically up and running an hour before the park's official opening time from Disney's Caribbean Beach station, which is a great option for anyone staying at the resorts along the Skyliner route. When we recently stayed at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort, the buses started running by 8:50 a.m. (typically, bus service is supposed to start an hour before park open). We arrived at the bus stop at 8:42 a.m. and caught the second bus at 9 a.m. Know that buses can only take five to six groups (and some buses can hold up to 10 groups) at a time due to social distancing — there were already eight groups in front of us, so that's why we had to take the second bus!

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Security Check

The temperature screening, security check and park entrance's touchpoints were a breeze, and we passed through with minimal waits. Security is now using new touchless detectors that you simply walk through, and there are no finger scans at the touchpoints to minimize contact.

If you're planning to hop to any of the three other parks, park-to-park buses are now available, starting at 1:30 p.m. so you're able to arrive at your second park right when Park Hopper hours start at 2 p.m. Cast members will be scanning either your MagicBands or park tickets to confirm that you have Park Hopper access. You can also take a Friendship Boat or Disney Skyliner (or a bus when it's busy) if you're heading over to EPCOT.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Attractions and Wait Times

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Slinky Dog Dash

As the crowds have steadily come back to Hollywood Studios, so have the long lines and high wait times. When Disney initially required that guests had to be inside the park prior to the Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance's 10 a.m. distribution time for Boarding Groups, crowds were the highest of any Disney park. Now that the distribution time has changed to 7 a.m. (and can be made from outside of Hollywood Studios), we felt a difference. It wasn't incredibly significant, as most rides still had 50+ minute waits by 10:15 a.m., but crowd control overall was much improved. It seemed that crowds were more spread out evenly throughout the park, instead of Slinky Dog Dash and Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway having the highest wait times.

Because there are fewer rides at Hollywood Studios and most of the shows are not running, there are less options for everyone to space out, which means lines can get pretty long. It's even more noticeable when a popular ride doesn't open immediately or breaks down. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land specifically feel more crowded in the morning as those pathways are more narrow. However, the lines are spaced out due to social distancing and there are no FastPass+ reservations, so generally the lines keep moving (only stopping if there is a short cleaning delay). We've noticed that now the wait times remain the same throughout the day, only dropping at night an hour or two before park close. But the highest wait times have peaked at around 90 minutes (as low as 70 minutes on weekdays) instead of 120 minutes.

In terms of accuracy when it comes to the posted wait times, we've noticed it can be a hit or miss. Sometimes, the actual wait time is considerably less than what is posted. For instance, Toy Story Mania! had a 45-minute wait with the line starting outside of Toy Story Land, but it only took 14 minutes before we boarded the ride vehicle! For other rides, the posted wait time was more accurate, but we've rarely waited longer than expected (and if we did, it was only by a few minutes).

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway

Every attraction has safety measures in place, including floor markings six feet (or more) apart and touchless hand sanitizer dispensers. Some queues have plexiglass barriers when it isn't possible to maintain physical distancing in switchbacks or places where the standby and FastPass+ lines are next to each other. There are no FastPasses available. However, people with a DAS card or those taking advantage of Rider Switch will typically use the FastPass+ line (though this may vary by ride, so if you're looking to utilize Rider Switch or DAS, be sure to ask the cast member at the attraction for instructions). Specific safety measures vary by ride or show, and are subject to change. For instance, Slinky Dog Dash and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster initially skipped rows between different parties, but both are currently utilizing every row. Star Tours has dividers strapped to booster seats that separate parties in the rows. Muppet*Vision 3D, Mickey Shorts Theater and Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy have rows closed and appropriate spacing in the rows that remain open.

All rides are open, but many of the shows are not available, such as Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Voyage of the Little Mermaid and the Jedi Training experience. (However, Frozen Sing-Along Celebration is open.) Nighttime spectaculars and entertainment, including Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, are temporarily suspended as well.

Character Experiences at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Mickey & Friends Motorcade: Minnie

We've been loving the character cavalcades and boat cruises at other Disney World parks, and we also really enjoyed the motorcades for the Hollywood Studios' reopening! Instead of traditional meet and greets, you'll be able to spot Disney's very own stars and celebrities strut down Hollywood Boulevard. There are three separate motorcades with different characters:

  • Disney Junior Stars Motorcade: Fancy Nancy, Doc McStuffins and Vampirina
  • Mickey & Friends Motorcade: Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck, Daisy, Pluto and Chip 'n' Dale
  • Pixar Motorcade: Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Edna Mode, Sulley, Green Army Soldiers, Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Pixar Motorcade: Mr. Incredible

All of the motorcades begin near Guest Relations at the park entrance, proceed down the street to the Chinese Theater and turn left, ending near the Jedi Training Academy stage. There isn't a specific schedule, nor is there a set amount of time between the motorcades. They can appear at any time! Don't worry if you catch the end of one ... the motorcades hoppen often throughout the day. Our best advice is to listen for any sudden music changes, because that usually means the characters are on their way. Nothing can stop us now! If you have some time to spare and can park yourself at a table along the route to enjoy a snack, you may catch a few motorcades in a row!

Hollywood Studios Reopening - New Chip 'N' Dale Character Experience

Recently, characters have started making short pop-up appearances in the grassy areas in front of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant. On a recent visit, we watched Chip 'n' Dale have a picnic lunch (with acorns, of course)! The duo stayed out for about 10 minutes to greet guests, and appeared randomly throughout the day. We personally haven't seen them yet, but others have spotted Donald and Daisy watering the plants in the same area.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Kid in Stormtrooper Costume

Don't you worry ... we didn't froget about Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and the rest of Batuu! Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is quite literally its own separate universe, so we thought it'd be best to have an entire section of this guide dedicated to the land.

Let's get to the most important business first — landing a Boarding Group to Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. As we mentioned before, the virtual queue opens up two times during the day at 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. While there are more opportunities to snag a group than before, you still have to act quickly because the spots fill up fast (within seconds). In the morning, set an alarm on your phone before each time the virtual queue opens, as it's super easy to lose track of time amid all of the day's excitement! We recommend setting your alarm 5 to 10 minutes in advance because you don't want to be in the middle of riding Tower of Terror when the clock strikes the hour. Stay off of Disney's Wi-Fi, find a secluded spot and refresh the page just before it's time for the virtual queue to open. If getting on this ride is top-level priority, it's easier to remember the 7 a.m. time because it'll likely be one of the first things you tackle in the morning. Plus you have another chance if you don't get a Boarding Group on the first try. However, it's definitely worth mentioning that these have been notoriously difficult to get as of late. If you have tadpoles, it's definitely worth setting the expectation early that getting to ride is a bonus, not a guarantee, to avoid disappointment.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Reopening Guide - Rey at Star Wars Rise of the Resistance

If you're lucky frogs like us (we scored Boarding Group 2 during our initial visit!), then you'll be able to head to the ride entrance when your group is called. There is a one-hour return window once that happens. Once you obtain a Boarding Group and ride, you cannot sign up for another Boarding Group that same day. All of the pre-shows are working, so you'll get the full experience! Parties stand on an assigned circle marker in the briefing room with Rey and BB-8, as well as inside the transport vehicle. The escape pod vehicles now have plexiglass barriers that allow a higher ride capacity (one party per row). If you're seated behind the plexiglass, you may catch reflections.

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Millennium Falcon Photo Pass Op

As for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, the line is generally much longer in the morning, and decreases as the day goes on. The pre-show with Hondo Ohnaka is running, but you walk straight through it, only pausing if the line stops moving. The ship used to hold only one party at a time, but now there is plexiglass to divide the engineer seats from the pilot and gunner seats, in order to seat up to one party of two and one party of four.

Hungry after battling the First Order or piloting the Millennium Falcon? It's best to come prepared if you want to eat in Batuu. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto Roasters and the Milk Stand exclusively use mobile ordering. You'll also need a reservation for Oga's Cantina (walk-ins were not accepted when we asked). Note that some mobile ordering locations in Galaxy's Edge are unavailable later in the day. However, Oga's and Savi's have recently had some reservations available after park close, so keep an eye out!

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Black Spire Outpost Marketplace

The Black Spire Outpost Marketplace uses a designated entrance and exit. You enter by the water fountain and restrooms, and then exit by Ronto Roasters after you've finished shopping. The capacity is limited — only one party can be in each marketplace stall at a time.

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Droid Depot

You can still build your own droid at Droid Depot! Instead of utilizing all 10 building stations, only four are used at a time. There are markings on the ground so you know where to stand, and plexiglass divides the stations. (A cast member told us that the pieces on the conveyor belt are regularly sanitized.) When we passed by on a busy day, they were not accepting walk-ins, but they told us to check back later in case there are any cancellations.

Upon reopening initially, Savi and his Gatherers were collecting "scrap metal" elsewhere in the galaxy, but they have returned! The build-your-own lightsaber experience is back, and reservations are available 60 days in advance. The Gatherers outside told us that they have a standby waitlist, but it can also fill up if the park is too busy.

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Stormtrooper Pop-Up Appearance

Chewbacca, Rey and Vi Moradi may not be roaming around Batuu actively recruiting Resistance members, but it doesn't mean they've stopped their secret missions entirely! You may be able to spot the spies hanging out at the speeder garage (across from Droid Depot). Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and his Stormtroopers interrogate Batuu citizens and intergalactic travelers at the First Order's TIE Echelon (across from the Milk Stand).

Restaurants and Retail at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Ronto Roasters

Out of all the parks, we find the most quick-service options for mobile ordering are at Hollywood Studios. In addition to Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo, Ronto Roasters and the Milk Stand in Batuu, you must use mobile ordering at ABC Commissary (lunch only), Backlot Express, PizzeRizzo, Woody's Lunch Box and Rosie's All-American Cafe. If you plan to eat at a quick-service restaurant, we still suggest avoiding peak dining periods. You can choose the arrival window when you place your order, but once you hit "Prepare My Order," it may take a bit before you can pick up your food, as there are many mobile orders being processed. We personally haven't had issues with mobile ordering, but we have heard from other frogs that it can take a while. We've waited up to 10 minutes. Likewise, keep in mind that you can create your mobile in advance. For hoppenin' spots such as Woody's Lunch Box, available pick-up times can book up quickly; if you know it's a must-do, we recommend getting your order in as soon as you get in the park.

If you want to dine at a table-service restaurant, you need to prepare at least a few days in advance by picking up an Advance Dining Reservation (ADR). It's still toadally possible to snag one last minute during the week of your trip, but it's much more difficult to find one on the day of your visit. You can always check the Walk-Up List availability through My Disney Experience or at the restaurant, but more often than not, the table-service restaurants will not have availability; we've had luck with Walk-Ups in other parks, but Hollywood Studios has proved more difficult to snag. Keep in mind if you're making a reservation that you'll need valid admission and a Disney Park Pass reservation and ADR for the same park, on the same day; a dining reservation does not guarantee entry.

We've had luck with getting reservations at both Mama Melrose's and 50's Prime Time Cafe a few days before. Here's what the check-in process looks like. About 10 minutes before our reservation, we received a notification via the My Disney Experience app that it was time to check in. Then, we answered questions about our party mix (how many adults, children and infants would be dining), mobility accessibility, dietary requests and special occasions. We provided our phone number, which was used to notify us that our table was ready via text message.

Hollywood Studios Reopening - QR Code for Menu

After briefly checking in with the host outside, we were given a QR code to access the digital menu when we sat at our table. Our waiter said that we could take our masks off once seated but must put them back on if we left the table for any reason. After we devoured our meals, we received the check in a disposable paper folder.

For retail locations, pay close attention to any signs or ground markings, as there are designated entrances and exits. Be extra vigilant about the flow of traffic.

Touring Advice for Disney's Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Reopening - Toy Story Land crowds

As we've mentioned before, narrower pathways make the crowds seem a little more amplified — most notably along Hollywood Boulevard upon entering at park open, as well as inside Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land in the first couple of hours. Because there's a lower amount of attractions, there are more frogs dispersed in the queues. If arriving early, we suggest you don't waste time hopping around the park trying to decide what to ride. There is often a delay in the Disney World app updating with accurate wait times right after opening, and the app doesn't show wait times at all prior to opening  — so know what you want to ride and hop in line (they're all going to be lengthy at first).

We prefer starting out near Rock 'n' Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror because we feel that Sunset Boulevard provides more room to accommodate the long lines. (And if they get super long, the queues use overflow space along the pathway to the Fantasmic stadium, so it's not spilling out on the main thoroughfare.) Plus crowds usually decrease in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land later in the afternoon. We expect that Hollywood Studios will remain the busiest Disney theme park well into 2021.

With an additional distribution time, there is a slightly better chance to obtain a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance. However, we have to be realistic frogs too. It's worth repeating that there is still no guarantee that you'll be able to ride it. During our last visit, spots filled up within seconds, but we were successful for the second try. We don't want to be the bearer of potentially bad news, but we also can't promise that you'll be able to snag a Boarding Group pass during your visit.

We highly suggest waiting to hop in line for Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway until the afternoon or evening. The queue reached an all-time low of 35 minutes at around 5:30 p.m. the last time we visited, due to increasing ride capacity (the ride vehicles have also added a layer of plexiglass between rows).

Overall, while busier compared to the other parks, we've still managed to get a lot accomplished each time we've visited, although the visits have been long days with a lot of hopping around!

Now that park hopping is possible, we are keeping our eye out for any changes in crowd levels and wait times. So far, since crowds have decreased as usual after the holidays, we haven't seen any significant differences. But we expect that the mornings will still continue to be busy with guests sticking around until 1 p.m. to try their luck at obtaining a Boarding Group. When we hopped to Hollywood Studios right at 2 p.m., we were able to get into the park without any long lines, so there were fewer people hopping along with us than we expected. During the spring break season, this trend has stayed true, as wait times decreased in the afternoon.

Additional Disney's Hollywood Studios Reopening Tips and Tidbits

  • Hollywood Studios has two mask relaxation areas where you can take a quick break and remove your masks while socially distanced from other guests. Relax at an outdoor relaxation area inside the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular theater, or hop over to Star Wars Launch Bay, which has both indoor and outdoor relaxation areas.
  • Lines for popcorn carts and food stands such as Anaheim Produce do not have mobile ordering, so they may have long lines around meal times.
  • Keep in mind that you can often jump in the ride queue as long as it's before the park's posted closing time. If you have a post-park closure reservation for Savi's or Oga's, it's generally just enough time to hop into a longer ride queue prior to hopping back to Galaxy's Edge for your cantina or saber experience.
  • Out of the four parks, it's the hardest to see characters (via the special motorcades) at Hollywood Studios. We think it's because there are fewer motorcades, so they come by less frequently. Also, if you're in Galaxy's Edge, Toy Story Land or on Sunset Boulevard (where the majority of rides are), you would not be able to see them. Our best advice if the motorcades are a must-see is to grab a churro or pretzel and sit down along Hollywood Boulevard. Since the motorcades tend to come out in succession, if you carve out an hour or so to rest those legs and get a bite to eat, odds are good that you'll catch some (if not all) of the fun.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Reopening Guide - Family with Star Wars Matching Shirts

It felt good to be reunited with Rey, Chewbacca, Woody, Jessie and friends! Do you have any additional questions about the Hollywood Studios reopening? Let us know if you're planning a trip soon. 

Related: All of the ~Magical~ Details about Disney World Reopening

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Apr 4, 2021 at 9:07 p.m. Elgin Standing Cloud Says...

One question, its my first time visiting Disney World and I want to know something. Do I need to buy a certain type of ticket to access Disney Hollywood studios, I only want to go to Savi's workshop.

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Apr 5, 2021 at 12:44 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there!

You would need park admission in order to do the lightsaber-building experience at Savi's Workshop, so your best option would be the 1-Day Disney Theme Park Base Ticket.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 4, 2021 at 1:02 p.m. Jen Says...

Love the article! If you had to pick a park to visit on Saturday and Sunday, which one (or two) would it be...realizing that weekends are generally the busiest? Also, how do you manage the parks in the August sun? Hope you have a magical day...and, I look forward to your reply.

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Apr 5, 2021 at 8:15 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jen!

We would aim for a Sunday and hope it's a little less crowded :) The sun, like you noted, can be tough in Florida! We try to arrive early, when it's the coolest, and take lots of breaks. Plan to have lots of water (you can even bring a water bottle with you if you'd like) - we find that we are thirsty more often in masks, so make sure you take adequate time to rehydrate! If you can swing it, plan lunch in the AC so that you get a nice reprieve (and you may even want to save some indoor rides or queues for the hottest times of the day). If you're comfortable, we may even suggest leaving the park around lunchtime to head back to your hotel (if you're staying on-site) to take a nap, eat some lunch or take a dip in the pool. Then, you can return to the park in the early evening when things begin cooling down again (and take some amazing nighttime photos, especially in Batuu!). Sunscreen is a must, and many people recommend small neck fans to help cool off. We hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 31, 2021 at 5:15 p.m. Joe Says...

We have been putting off buying tickets and making reservations due to work issues. I see that Hollywood studios is not available during our stay now. UGH. Is it possible that while we are there, that a reservation opens up, or are there any same day options. thanks

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Mar 31, 2021 at 12:39 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe!

It's definitely worth it to keep checking back for park passes! There's no guarantee, but it DOES happen, even same-day as guests drop their pass if they don't get a Boarding Group at 7 a.m. We'd make a pass at another park in the meantime. Did you happen to get park hopper tickets? While you wouldn't be able to get a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance with a hopper, you'd still be able to hop to the park to partake in the other fun after 2 p.m. :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 25, 2021 at 1:58 p.m. Priscilla Gutierrez Says...

Thank you for all the tips! We are planning our first visit to Disney World in August. We have 6 day passes. We plan on going to Magic Kingdom for 2 days but can’t decide which other park to visit twice. I’m thinking Hollywood Studios might be worth 2 days. Any other advice you have is much appreciated!

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Mar 25, 2021 at 9:46 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Priscilla!

You are so welcome - thank you for taking the time to hop by! Our pick would also be Hollywood Studios or Animal Kingdom — but Hollywood Studios Park Passes have been more difficult to come by, so we'd recommend planning for 2 days at Hollywood Studios. Then, if you do decide you'd rather hop to Animal Kingdom a second time, changing your Park Pass should be easier than it would be to switch from Animal Kingdom to Hollywood Studios, if that makes sense :) Have a great trip!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 12, 2021 at 6:19 p.m. Chauncee Says...

Your blog post is amazing! Thank you! We are going to Hollywood Studios, specifically for Star Wars, on March the 19th. It's a Friday. Any suggestions? I'm so nervous about missing out on the experience, since we are really going for that! Any advice welcomed, Thank you<3

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Mar 12, 2021 at 3:07 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

You are so welcome, Chauncee - thank YOU for the high praise! :) We have a whole post dedicated to snagging a Boarding Group for Rise of the Resistance that has all of our tips - but our best advice is to make sure you are trying to get into the queue just before it opens, rather than at the appointed time on the dot (i.e., have things open and ready at 6:58 rather than 7!). Make sure you plan in advance for any experiences you'd like to take part in, such as Oga's Cantina, Droid Depot or Savi's Workshop. We are huge Ronto Wrap fans — highly recommend the food in the land. And be sure you take advantage of PhotoPass stops in Galaxy's Edge - there's even one with Baby Yoda (just to the left when you enter from Toy Story Land). Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 6, 2021 at 5:59 p.m. Kelsey Riccio Says...

I am planning a weekend trip for 15 in June and it will be our first time including a day at HS, suggestions for attractions and rides for kids 2 to 5? And is Sunday slower than Friday in any of the parks? We are tentatively planning MK Friday, Epcot Saturday, and HS on Sunday.

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Mar 8, 2021 at 3:13 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelsey!

Weekends in general tend to be busier times across the board, so you'll likely experience similar crowds each day of your visit. At Hollywood Studios, your tadpoles may enjoy Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, Toy Story Mania and Alien Swirling Saucers. If they are Disney Junior Fans, there's also a dance party and a character dining experience available at Hollywood & Vine! They may also enjoy the character cavalcades. That said, since it's your last day and there aren't as many tadpole-friendly rides here, if you've been looking for some pool or shopping time, this would be a great day to plan it in the afternoon :) Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 5, 2021 at 6:35 p.m. Debbie Says...

We are thinking of coming for Spring break with tickets we bought a few years ago and never used. HS shows unavailable that whole week. Is it possible that changes and availability opens up?

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Mar 5, 2021 at 2:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie!

Yes, it's possible - we'd suggest continuing to check back just in case!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 1, 2021 at 1:30 a.m. Elizabeth Says...

We are staying off property and doing one day at the parks, which will be HS. What is our best option for getting to the parks prior to opening? We will have a car, but I read somewhere that Peking lots are not open early? We could Uber, If that will get us to security check faster. Thanks for your help.

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Mar 1, 2021 at 8:17 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Elizabeth!

The parking lot opens about an hour before the park does, even for ride share services. Disney transportation, including the Skyliner, have had longer waits at peak times. If you'll have your own car, we still think driving is the fastest way to get there; we'd recommend planning to be at the toll booth an hour before the park is scheduled to open. Once things do open up, in our experience, they move pretty quickly! If you want less of a walk, and are willing to pay a little extra, you can opt for Preferred Parking, which gets you a little closer to the front entrance. Hope this helps - have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 23, 2021 at 3:50 p.m. Jamie Says...

Thank you for this super helpful info!! We are planning to go to Disney for my son's 10th birthday the weekend of Apr. 23-25. We've currently made reservations to go to Epcot on Friday 4/23 and to HS on Saturday 4/24. My son is also a little interested in AK, but his BIGGEST interest and excitement are Epcot's different countries and all things Star Wars. So we're trying to decide - on Sunday Apr. 25th, do we add a 2nd day of HS to maximize all the Star Wars stuff, or do we go to AK? Do you think that Saturday is sufficient to fill my son's Star Wars heart? LOL Or is it worth booking a 2nd day? I haven't been there since it was MGM, but I don't remember there being a TON of stuff to do to fill 2 full days there. I know a LOT has changed though. Any advice? Thank you in advance! :-)

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Feb 23, 2021 at 3:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie!

You are so welcome - what a fun 10th birthday! Do you have park hoppers? If so, my suggestion would be to go to Animal Kingdom on Sunday and then hop back to Hollywood Studios if he wants to. For us, one day at Hollywood Studios is plenty, but that's definitely where the most Star Wars action is! Animal Kingdom tends to open earlier, and hopping away in the afternoon is a breeze ... plus Hollywood Studios tends to get a little less crowded in the evenings :) If you don't have hoppers, our suggestion would be to make a Park Pass for Hollywood Studios for Sunday if you're able to, since it tends to be the most popular park for Park Passes. Then, Saturday night, you can decide whether or not you want to hop back to Hollywood Studios again, or if you'd rather hit Animal Kingdom (which generally is widely available in terms of Park Passes, so switching shouldn't be an issue). Hope this helps! Hoppy birthday!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 19, 2021 at 12:21 a.m. Kathleen Says...

Hello! Great article! We are staying at the swan from May 1 to May 8. We will have 5 day salute to service tickets with the park hopper option. We want to visit Hollywood studios twice. What days to you suggest? I want to go for May the fourth, but afraid it may be crazy. I was thinking Sun AK, Mon HS, Tues MK, wed pool/ DS, Thrs Eptoc then Fri HS again? What do you think?

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Feb 19, 2021 at 9:10 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathleen!

Those days look great! We agree that May the Fourth will be a busy time, so we'd avoid Hollywood Studios unless you're a die-hard Star Wars fan :) The only adjustment we might suggest is switching your second Hollywood Studios and pool day - weekdays are generally much slower than weekends (including Fridays), so you'll see lower wait times on a Wednesday than a Friday. But we also understand the need for a break day ;) Have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 8, 2021 at 10:09 p.m. Melanie Says...

Question: My family usually stays in a resort and uses Magic Bands when we visit. However, this trip, we have 1 day tickets and are staying off property. I can't seem to find info on what we will show to enter the park. There are no mailed ticket cards or printable tickets that I can find. Can you help?

P.S. Thanks for the Hollywood tips! That is where we are headed!

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Feb 8, 2021 at 4:16 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Melanie!

You can link your tickets to the My Disney Experience app and can scan your ticket from the app on your phone at the gate - if you run into any issues, you can also visit Will Call and they can help get you the credentials you'll need to enter :) If you purchased through us, we have a step-by-step guide to linking your ticket to make things as simple as possible :) If you purchased directly through Disney, the tickets may already be linked in your My Disney Experience app (or you may have information in your confirmation email to help walk you through the steps). If you'd prefer a physical card, you can also visit Guest Relations or Will Call and they'll help you out. Hope this helps - have a great time!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 3, 2021 at 4:50 p.m. Levdiniho12 Says...

So me and my family are hopefully going in 2022 (were supposed to be going this may but it’s highly unlikely) and I was wondering, as I plan on getting a lot of stuff from Galaxys edge (mainly lightsabers) can you go back to your car to drop stuff off and go back into the park or can you not do that?

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Feb 3, 2021 at 11:05 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hey there!

Yes, you can toadally take your things to your car and re-enter! Previously, there have been options to hold your purchases in the park or even have them sent to your room - while those are currently unavailable, there's a chance those may return by your trip. Hope this helps!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 2, 2021 at 8:52 p.m. LAURIE Says...

We are taking our 5 grandchildren to Disney the week of February 15th. They are 9, 10, 12, 12, and 14. We haven't been in years. We took the 14 year old to Magic Kingdom when she was 3. I am a nervous wreck trying to figure out how to maneuver through all of this and wanting to be sure they "see it all" as this may be the only time they will be there. Thanks for the tips. We reserved Hollywood Studios for our first day and last day just in case we couldn't get on Rise of the Resistance the first day.

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Feb 3, 2021 at 8:21 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Laurie!

How wonderful - wishing you and your grandkids a hoppy trip! (And don't stress too much; the trip itself will make for magical memories, even if you don't get everything you'd like done :) )

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 24, 2020 at 8:35 p.m. Cristina Says...

Heading over to HS and WDW in December. My family and I were at the parks pre-pandemic (Feb.) and during (Aug.). We have yet to visit HS during the pandemic, so this was most helpful, especially for the Star Wars bit. Thanks for the article :)

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Nov 24, 2020 at 2:38 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Thank YOU, Cristina — have such a fun time! :)

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 30, 2020 at 9:42 p.m. Debra Says...

Hello. Can you please advise what Star Wars rides and attractions there are at Hollywood Studios and what exactly is at Magic Kingdom. Is there more at HS than MK? Thank you!

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Nov 2, 2020 at 7:13 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debra!

Star Tours and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (the Star Wars themed land), featuring Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, are all in Disney's Hollywood Studios. You'll find all of the Star Wars attractions are at Hollywood Studios :) You can see a full list of the attractions available at Magic Kingdom here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 21, 2020 at 11:22 p.m. The Allens Says...

Thank you for the information on visiting SW at HW. We have ONE day to do it on our vacation, TOMORROW!!!! Wish us luck. May the force be with us. Better yet, may the force be with my phone while trying to maneuver the app at 10am!

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Oct 22, 2020 at 8:25 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Good luck, Allens! Let us know how it goes! Crossing our froggy fingers for you!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 20, 2020 at 5:56 p.m. Pamela Says...

We are leaving for WDW on November 12th. This was extremely helpful, informative and enjoyable to read. Thank you!

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Oct 20, 2020 at 4:11 p.m. Jen Says...

Great information! Thank you.

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