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Two to Keep, Two to Close in Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is the Theme Park that has undergone the most transformation these last few years. With the addition of Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, this Park has truly reinvented itself.

With that said, as we look at the attractions that are offered, we want to think about what two we would keep and what two we would close in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Take a look at our ideas and see if you would agree with our opinions or pick different attractions for your list.

Two to Keep

There are a lot of exciting rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that made this choice difficult. Did we focus on the thrill rides or the newer rides that just joined the Theme Park?

The first Hollywood Studios ride we would keep probably doesn’t surprise anyone when we thought about it. Rise of the Resistance is the first attraction that we would keep in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

The most immersive and technologically advanced ride in a Disney Park, Rise of the Resistance, is a ride we would want to keep in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Even though it can be stressful when it comes to getting to experience Rise of the Resistance as Guests used to have to get a boarding group and now can choose to ride standby or purchase an Individual Lighting Lane for it, once Guests get to experience all the previous stress is well worth it.

Guests join the Resistance as they fight alongside Rey, BB-8, and Poe as they fight the First Order.

This attraction combines a variety of different rides into one fantastic experience. Guests should be prepared for a thrilling, one of a kind experience.

Because of the outstanding storytelling, great use of technology, and overall uniqueness of Rise of the Resistance, it is one that we would keep in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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For the second ride, we had trouble narrowing it down. We love Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway brings outstanding technology and the main mouse himself to the Park. Still, when we thought about it the second ride we would keep is Slinky Dog Dash.

Found back in Toy Story Land, Slinky Dog Dash is a fun, family-friendly roller coaster. Made using Andy’s Mega Coaster Play Kit and Slinky Dog, this ride is full of fun and thrills but not a full thrill ride.

Slinky Dog coils and stretches, Guests are given a fun ride of curves, hills, and drops that are wonderful.

We love this coaster as it is good for all ages (that meet the height requirement) and provides some great laughs. The theming is fantastic, and it has a little of everything without being super scary.

There are a lot of outstanding rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. It has really changed in the last few years, but we would want to keep the two rides we would want to keep are Rise of the Resistance and Slinky Dog Dash.

Two to Close

When we did this same article for Magic Kingdom, there were a lot of rides and attractions to choose from because Magic Kingdom has so many experiences.

On the other hand, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has limited attractions, making it harder to choose which two attractions we would choose to close down.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is the first attraction we would choose to close down in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

This show uses a wraparound screen for Lightning to show what he has learned over the years when it comes to racing.

Although it is super fun to see Lightning McQueen himself, overall, this attraction leaves us wanting more. There isn’t much to this show, and we feel like it could have a lot more.

The location for Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is another reason why we would choose to shut it down. If you haven’t seen it, the theatre is located past Rock n’ Roller Coaster, almost hidden behind it and Hollywood Tower of Terror.

Because of the large area being used, we think there is so much more Disney could do with this land. We feel like Disney could bring something new to this location that brings more magic to the Park than the current attraction.

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Back in Toy Story Land, we would choose Alien Swirling Saucers as our second ride that we would close down.

There isn’t anything wrong with this ride, it is cute, and little ones often like how they get whipped around, but we feel like much more could have been done in Toy Story Land.

We would love a bigger and better ride featuring our favorite characters to be added to this spot. The Toy Story series has so many unique and special moments that we feel like something better than Alien Swirling Saucers could be done with the beloved characters and the story itself.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has made some big strides over the last few years as it added Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as well as Toy Story Land.

Even with these updates, we feel like some changes could be made to make this Theme Park even more fantastic.

We love Disney’s Hollywood Studios and all it has to offer. What do you think of our choices for what to keep and what to close?

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.