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10 Tips for the Best Day Ever at Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios just celebrated its 30th anniversary! It has seen huge growth over the years and now even includes Toy Story Land. Soon, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open, adding another 14 acres to the park. If you’re wondering how much you can see and do in one day at this park, we’ve got a few tips for you. The most important thing to remember is to have fun! Here are 10 things you can do to have the best day ever at Hollywood!

10. Get there early.

Because Hollywood Studios doesn’t stay open super late—like Magic Kingdom sometimes does—it’s important to get to the park as early as possible so that you can get the most out of the park. If you can’t get there when the park opens, just get there as quickly as you can. Check park hours the day before via the My Disney Experience app so you’re ready to get your day started!

9. Make your FastPass+ selections in advance.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is very popular and many of the park’s attractions are even more popular. Some of the attractions for which you may want to secure a FastPass+ are the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Land’s Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Mania and Alien Swirling Saucers, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and—depending on the crowds—Star Tours: The Adventure Continues.

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8. Have lunch or dinner at the Sci-Fi Diner!

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the place to go for uniquely-themed dining opportunities. The Sci-Fi Drive-In Theater restaurant is set up like an old-fashioned drive-in theater, complete with the night sky and stars! Be seated in an “automobooth” that looks just like a vehicle and enjoy watching clips from a myriad of sci-fi movies and cartoons. You’ll enjoy juicy burgers, fried pickles, salads, house-made candy bars and more.

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7. If you can’t get a reservation at the diner, try the café!

You can also have a meal at the 50s Prime Time Café. You’ll sit back and relax around the kitchen table while clips of 50s sitcoms play on televisions near each table. Enjoy entrees like Mom used to make—meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast—and all the trimmings like mashed potatoes, green beans and even desserts! Be sure to try the Peanut Butter and Jelly milkshake! No matter which restaurant you choose, be sure to make advance reservations by calling (407) WDW-DINE or by accessing the My Disney Experience app.

6. Meet Star Wars characters!

Star Wars fans will love Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It’s a virtual playground for Guests who love the sci-fi saga. At Star Wars Launch Bay, just beyond Animation Courtyard, Guests can meet BB-8, Kylo Ren and Chewbacca. The queues are never too long, and PhotoPass photographers are on hand to capture all the out-of-this-world fun!

5. Don’t forget the Muppets!

Did you grow up watching The Muppet Show on television on Sunday evenings? Then you’ll enjoy seeing the Muppets and all their silly mayhem in three dimensions at Muppet*Vision 3D. Head to Grand Avenue at Hollywood Studios and step inside the Muppet Theater. Enjoy the slapstick comedy and silly antics of Kermit, Fozzy, Gonzo, Piggy, Animal, Rowlf and all their friends! There’s never a long wait for this attraction, and the show runs throughout the day. No FastPass+ is needed for this attraction.

4. See Toy Story Land.

Toy Story Land opened at Hollywood Studios in June 2018. Now Guests can meet Woody, Jessie and Buzz in the same area. Enjoy the Slinky Dog Dash coaster, spin around the galaxy at Alien Swirling Saucers and test your skill at carnival-style games at Toy Story Mania! Don’t forget to stop by Woody’s Lunch Box for lunch and a chance to sit down for a few minutes. Guests can also see the Green Army Men and relish the opportunity to become a toy themselves!

3. Tour the galaxy with C-3PO.

At the Star Tours attraction, Guests can board a StarSpeeder 1000 for a journey across the galaxy. But don’t expect the smoothest ride you’ve ever experienced. The pilot doesn’t quite make it to the cockpit before take-off, and C-3PO is at the controls (but he’s not trained to fly the StarSpeeder 1000. What ensues is a thrilling ride through the galaxy far, far away! Use a FastPass+ selection or wait until later in the day to enjoy the ride when the wait in the queue is shorter.

2. Stop in and sing with Anna and Elsa!

Guests enjoy “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along” at the Hyperion Theater at Echo Lake inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The show is hosted by two royal historians from Arendelle who tell the story of Frozen with a sense of humor and invite the audience to sing along with songs from the box-office smash. Elsa has a special surprise for everyone who visits, but no spoilers here!

1. See Fantasmic!

Hollywood Studios’ nighttime attraction—Fantasmic!—is not to be missed! The unique production uses walls of water, projectors, lasers, lights and more to tell the story of Mickey and his nightmare and to illustrate the power of the imagination. You’ll see more Disney characters here than at any one place elsewhere at Disney World. Reserve a FastPass+ time so you’re one of the first to be seated. The amphitheater seats about 10,000 people, so getting there early is key! You won’t regret spending those extra minutes getting the best seat in the house!

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.