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Let's go to Hollywood: Tips and Tricks for Disney's Hollywood Studios

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Let's go to Hollywood: Tips and Tricks for Disney's Hollywood Studios

Whether you’re a Toy Story fanatic, a Star Wars connoisseur, or just love good entertainment and attractions; Hollywood Studios has something for everyone. This park happens to be one of my personal favorites. It is home to some of Disney’s most popular rides and unique shows which definitely makes it one of the busiest parks. It can be quite difficult to get everything done in one day, but with these tips you will be sure to have an unforgettable visit. 


Arriving in Style

All parks have access to the Disney bus system but Hollywood Studios has access to a few other ways of transportation that will be sure to make you feel like a movie star. This park is one of two that has access to the Disney Skyliner which makes it easier to get to and from various resorts as well as park hop to Epcot. Along with the Skyliner, Hollywood Studios is also one of two parks where guests could arrive via a Friendship Boat. I highly recommend making use of these forms of transportation as they offer a fun alternative to get your Hollywood day started. 


Rope Drop

Rope dropping is when you arrive at the park right at opening. It is often recommended to rope drop for all four parks especially if you only have one day to spend at each of them. I would HIGHLY recommend rope dropping Hollywood Studios given the popularity of the park and its attractions. This will help ensure you are getting to experience as many rides, shows, and character meet and greets as possible. If you are staying at a Disney resort, you will be able to enter the park 30 minutes earlier than other guests. To make sure you are getting the most out of your day, head straight for some of the most high traffic rides. This includes Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash, Hollywood Tower of Terror, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad.



It can be quite difficult to get all the attractions done in one visit to Hollywood Studios without rope dropping and/or adding Genie+ to your day. Whether you would like to ensure you get as much done as possible or if you would like to skip rope dropping, I would HIGHLY recommend adding Genie+ to your overall trip budget. The best way to use Genie+ is to make sure you’re able to get the most popular rides done early. This includes purchasing an individual lightning lane for Rise of the Resistance. As for Slinky Dog Dash, it is one of the most difficult rides across all of the Disney World parks to secure a lightning lane. The best plan of attack is to load into your My Disney Experience app at 6:55am and be ready to book right your LL at 7:00am. Be sure to refresh your page as it does not always load automatically. 


Toy Story Land

As you step into Andy’s backyard, get ready to join the gang and become a toy yourself. No matter where you look, you will not be disappointed by the playful atmosphere and amusing attractions. 

Must Try Food and Drinks:
  • Roundup Rodeo BBQ: This new whimsical restaurant showcases a unique menu of barbecue food fit for any toy!  
  • Woody’s Lunchbox Totchos
  • Lunch Box Tart (seasonal flavors offered)
  • Grilled Three Cheese Sandwich (with tomato soup)

Character Meet and Greets:

Gather the troops and head on over to meet some of your favorite toys like Woody, Jesse, and Buzz near the Toy Story Mania ride. Make sure to keep an eye out for the Green Army Men, just make sure not to get caught by Andy!


Star Wars: Galaxy Edge

Welcome to a galaxy far far away! Batuu is an out of the world experience with unique decor, attractions, and of course food! 

Must Try Food and Drinks:
  • Blue or green milk from Milk Stand (can be served with or without alcohol)
  • Ronto Wrap from Ronto Roasters
  • Popcorn from Kat Saka’s Kettle
  • Outer Rim from Oga’s Cantina (alcoholic)

Enchanting Extras:
  • Droid Depot: Whether you choose a R-series or a BB-series unit, you will assemble piece by piece your very own droid! Watch it come to life right in front of your eyes and even take on a personality of their own. (119.99 per droid plus tax)
  • Savi’s Workshop: Do you have what it takes to wield the force? This experience takes you through building your very own lightsaber and bringing it to life. ($249.99 per lightsaber plus tax)

Character Meet and Greets:

Many people do not realize they could meet some of their favorite Star Wars characters including Chewbacca, BB8, and Darth Vader. Though it is not in Galaxy’s Edge, it can be found right past the Hollywood Studio arch at Star Wars Launch Bay. 

Pro tip: In the same area, Disney Visa Card Members have special access to a magical Star Wars Photo Opportunity. Simply present your Disney Visa card and a cast member will lead you to the photo area.


Rider Switch

Hollywood Studios currently has the most rides with height restrictions. Whether you have a child who is not quite tall enough or just not up for a particular ride, rider switch will ensure your party will not have to miss out on the attraction. Rider switch consists of one adult in the party staying with the non-rider while the rest of the party rides the attraction, once the other adult returns they can swap places without having to wait in the traditional stand-by line. The Hollywood attractions that participate in rider switch are:
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours
  • Tower of Terror

Best Places to Cool Off

The heat can definitely take over very fast in the parks and though there are not a lot of outdoor shady places to take a break at Hollywood Studio, you will have plenty of spots to get some good air conditioning and of course an entertaining show. 
  • Lighting McQueen Racing Academy: After this high energy show, any rookie racer will be sure to leave a pro.
  •  For the First Time in Forever-A “Frozen” Celebration: Experience the story of Frozen with songs, sing-alongs, and of course fun with your favorite characters.
  • Muppet Vision 3D: Get your 3D glasses and get ready for a hilarious extravaganza.
  •  Disney Junior Play and Dance: You and your little ones will join alongside some of your favorite Disney Junior characters for a dance along.
  • Vacation Fun-Animated Short with Mickey and Minnie: Enjoy an animated short film starring Mickey and Minnie Mouse!
  • Walt Disney Presents: Explore the story behind Walt Disney himself and how Disney as we know it today came to be. 

Family Fun Dining

Though Hollywood isn’t as known for their dining options, they do have plenty of spots you and your family will be sure to remember!
  • Hollywood and Vine: This buffet style restaurant has not only delicious food but unforgettable interactions with some of your favorite characters. 
  • 50’s Prime Time: Travel back in time where grandma’s meatloaf was the best thing waiting for you at home. Be careful where you put your elbows, and don’t forget to eat your vegetables.
  •  Sci-Fi Dine in Theater: The show is starting, take a seat in your car shaped booth and enjoy chilling sci-fi scenes while you dine on a selection of burgers and shakes among other cuisines. 
The Night is Just Beginning!

Hollywood Studios has not only one night time show but two! Each one with their own unique stories but both will be sure to end your night with a bang.
  • Wonderful World of Animation: Watch the Chinese Theater light up with projections featuring various stories that we all know and love from Disney and Pixar animated films. This show takes place daily at 9:00pm. 
  • Fantasmic: This outdoor show will have good and evil face off in a colorful musical. You may get wet so be prepared! 

You are ready to take on Hollywood!

Need help planning your trip? Feel free to contact me. I can help answer any questions you may have, book dining reservations, magical extras, and the best part is, all of my services are free to you when you book through me. 

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Janessa Ortega

Let's go to Hollywood: Tips and Tricks for Disney's Hollywood Studios

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I have always loved to travel though as many of us can agree, I did not get to do it very often.  Whether it was a weekend getaway in the mountains or a trip to Disney, having a break from your normal day to day routine felt like a breath of fresh air. As I became an adult and began to travel more and more, I enjoyed all the details that came along with it. From trips planning start to finish, booking dining reservations, and of course the journey itself. I hope to be able to help others find new excitements and create unforgettable memories in their travels while adding some fun along the way...  Read More >>>

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