Set amid the pristine storefronts and often palm-lined streets, Disney's Hollywood Studios® offers attractions largely based on blockbuster movies and popular TV shows. The smallest of the Walt Disney World® Resort theme parks is in transition as it constructs two new lands themed around the Toy Story and Star Wars franchises.
With a little more than a handful of rides and a few more shows, Disney's Hollywood Studios® requires at least some basic planning! We’ve outlined the key Walt Disney World® Resort attractions and entertainment for you to experience along with detailed information such as the location and the best time of day to visit. For those of you who are hopping to do more, check out our step-by-step touring plans!See all attractions and park plan
You'll feel just like us frogs, having more fun and hopping around with less wait, if you use our tips for navigating Disney's Hollywood Studios®.
This is the one park you definitely want to get to before opening and/or absolutely make sure to use FastPass+. Disney typically opens the park 15 minutes before the scheduled opening, although this can vary depending on predicted crowds. We recommend arriving at least 30 minutes before park opening to be one of the first to ride Toy Story Midway Mania!® Attraction, then hop on over to Rock 'n Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ Attraction.
Doing a little bit of planning at the outset, whether you want a full touring plan or you just identify a few of your priorities, can mean the difference between a good time and a great time. To make the most of your time at Disney's Hollywood Studios®, follow these tips:
Disney's Hollywood Studios® is a park in transition as it moves away from its TV- and movie-making roots to something new—perhaps a celebration of TV and film itself? The park has closed a number of its attractions within the last few years and is now preparing for the debut of Toy Story and Star Wars Lands (dates unknown). In the meantime, new Star Wars entertainment and character experiences have made their way into the park, and capacity at its most popular attraction—Toy Story Midway Mania!® Attraction—is being expanded.
Most of Disney's Hollywood Studios®' other attractions and shows run from 25 to 60 minutes, some with fixed times throughout the day. For the best seats, plan to arrive at least 25 minutes ahead of time. Don't miss Symphony in the Stars: A Galactic Spectacular—a Star Wars-themed fireworks finale.
Character greeting locations are spread throughout the park, and FastPass+ is not available for any of them. If characters are a priority, we recommend adding them in to the morning mix after the priority attractions. We recommend you bring your own oversized pen or marker for autographs. You can make your own autograph book or purchase one in the parks, but the characters will sign just about anything! Don’t be surprised if your little ones are frightened by the characters, at least at first. Here are some tips you can follow to make meeting the characters a smooth process.
One opportunity your little one may not want to miss is the chance to participate in the Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple, held at fixed times throughout the day. Children ages 4 through 12 get to learn from a Jedi Master and see if they have what it takes to defeat Darth Vader! To get your child into one of the 12 slots per show, you’ll need to sign up outside the ABC Sound Studio at park opening.
We off a full list of the park's quick service and table service restaurants. For a table-service meal, Advance Dining Reservations are recommended and can be made up to 180 days in advance of your trip online or by calling 407-WDW-DINE (939-3463). You can also make priority seating arrangements when you arrive at the Park at either Guest Relations or the desired eatery.
You'll find a list of the park's attractions under Things to Do, where you can discover which attractions you and your family are most interested in, see current wait times for that attraction and height requirements.
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