9 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios

By Caitlin Corsello

When visiting Walt Disney World, guests can step directly into the movies and feel like stars while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests who enjoy time in the park can rock out with Aerosmith, enter into The Twilight Zone and Star Wars universe, shrink down to the size of a toy, visit iconic scenes from films like The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca, and check out some amazing stunts. With so many great experiences to have while enjoying time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests want to make the most of each moment in the park. By following a few simple tips and tricks guests can save time and frustration while visiting the park and ensure that they get to experience as much as possible. Here are nine tips for getting the most out of Walt Disney’s World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studio.


9. Rope Drop –

One of the best ways to start a day off right in any Disney Park is arriving for rope drop. Doing so entails arriving at the park before it officially opens and lining up at the gates. Guests who arrive for rope drop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can enjoy a welcome speech which hints at the wonderful adventures waiting for them once inside. When the park officially opens, guests who have arrived for rope drop are some of the first into the park where they are rewarded with low wait times, few crowds, and empty walkways.

8. Toy Story Mania First & FastPass –

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania in the Pixar Place section of the park. The attraction shrinks guests down to the size of toys and invites them to compete in a series of 3D midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and other Toy Story characters. Since the attraction is very popular, the wait time can easily exceed two hours on busy days in the park so guests are smart to head there first thing in the morning. By doing so, guests can enjoy the attraction with little to no wait. In addition, guests should also book a FastPass for Toy Story Mania later in the day so that they can enjoy the amazing attraction again with little to no wait.

7. Single Rider The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith –

Guests who are looking for a thrilling experience while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios can head over to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at the end of Sunset Boulevard. The attraction invites guests into G Force Records where the band is recording their next big hit. Guests find themselves invited to a concert across town and are soon strapped into super stretch limos rocketing through the neon lights of downtown Los Angeles. Since the attraction is very popular, a great way to save time spent waiting on line is to opt for the Single Rider Line. Single Rider Lines allow guests to enjoy the same attractions and experiences with a much lower wait time so long as they do not mind being split up before riding.

6. FastPass The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror –

Located right next door to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is an attraction which is both thrilling and eerie. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror brings guests into the Hollywood Tower Hotel where years ago five guests were struck by lightning in an elevator and trapped inside The Twilight Zone. Guests soon find themselves on a service elevator heading for the same fate. Since the attraction is very popular, guests are smart to book a FastPass for the experience so that they can enjoy the attraction with little to no wait time.

5. Watch Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage –

Also found on Sunset Boulevard is an amazing live show which retells the classic story of the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage invites guests to follow Belle on her journey meeting the Beast and falling in love. Guests can sing along to songs from the film and enjoy live dance numbers and a dramatic ending. The show runs several times each day so guests should consult a times guide for show times.


4. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! –

Another live experience in Disney’s Hollywood Studios invites guests to see how big action stunts are pulled off safely. The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! recreates iconic scenes from the film series and demonstrates how the stunts and special effects are pulled off perfectly. Guests are sure to love this live performance and also might get picked for audience participation! Like Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage, this show runs several times each day and guests should consult a times guide for show times.

3. Great Movie Ride –

The flagship attraction of Disney’s Hollywood Studios can be found at the end of Hollywood Boulevard and is housed in a replica of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. The Great Movie Ride brings guests directly into scenes from classic movies like Tarzan, Fantasia, Alien, Singing in the Rain, and Mary Poppins. This classic attraction is a must do while in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

2. Eat At Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant –

For guests who are looking for a full service meal while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant is an amazing option. The restaurant recreates a classic drive-in movie experience with guests dining in classic cars facing a large screen that plays sci-fi clips. Guests can dine at the location for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and enjoy options like a Salmon BLT Burger, Grilled Chicken Salad, Chicken Pasta, and Flame-Broiled New York Strip Steak.

1. Line Up Early For Fantasmic! –

On select nights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater comes to life with a showing of Fantasmic! The live show invites guests into Mickey’s imagination where a battle between good and evil is raging. Guests can enjoy live acting, Disney music and characters, special effects, pyrotechnics, dancing water, projected animation, and a massive dragon which combine to make an amazing show. Since the show is so popular, guests should plan to line up an hour before show time to guarantee an amazing view. No day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without enjoy a showing of Fantasmic!

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane first started visiting Walt Disney World when she was two years old, and despite spending most of that trip quarantined with the chicken pox she managed to fall in love with the place. Visiting WDW every year since, she especially loves learning all about the history and small details of the parks and eating/drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival each fall. When she's not in Disney, Caitlin lives in New York and spends her time counting down the days to her next trip.