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5 Tips For Getting The Most Out Of Your Day At Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

5. Enjoy the Awesome Snacks 

Hollywood Studios, in my opinion, is severely overlooked by Disney fans in the food department. While I’m admittedly not the biggest fan of many of the offerings at Hollywood Studios, I do have to admit that this park has some of my favorite snacks. For whatever reason (call me crazy, I’m not sure what it is), the funnel cake at the Oasis Canteen near the Indiana Jones show is the best funnel cake in Disney. Another favorite snack in Hollywood Studios is the slush from Sweet Spells, made by Goofy’s Candy Co.

4. Get the “Important” FastPasses

Hollywood Studios has some attractions that are sure to have long waits if you don’t get a Fastpass for them. While it is impossible to get a Fastpass for all of these attractions because of the tier system used when you book Fastpasses, it is important to get a Fastpass for at least one of the following: Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, and Rock n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith. The other attractions in Hollywood Studios typically do not have too long of a wait, so as long as you have a Fastpass for at least one of the three attractions I’ve previously mentioned, you’ll be saving yourself some time in line. I’d also recommend against using Fastpasses for shows, because the benefit is not nearly as valuable as using it for a ride, and you don’t really need a Fastpass to experience shows in the same way as you might “need” one for a ride.

3. Don’t Miss the Citizens of Hollywood

The Citizens of Hollywood, who can be found all over the park, really add a lot to the atmosphere of Hollywood Studios. I’d also argue that they’re one of the most overlooked entertainment options in the park. Be sure not to overlook them, because they really do add to the old Hollywood Theming, and they’re skits are hilarious and entertaining. If you happen to see them, stop rushing off to another ride and stick around to watch them perform for a little bit.

2. Prioritize Nighttime Events

Look at the Times Guide ahead of time and prioritize the nighttime events. Hollywood Studios offers two exceptional nighttime shows, Fantasmic! and Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. They usually time these shows where it’s almost impossible to see both in its entirety. I’d recommend selecting one that stands out above the other and plan to see that show. Fantasmic! is and outdoor, amphitheater show with a battle of good vs. evil as Mickey and Friends take on some of the creepiest of Disney Villains! Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is an exceptional fireworks and projections show that is awesome even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan! Watch as the Chinese Theater turns into a huge screen for a 14-minute show full of high-definition projection surrounded by lasers, fire, incredible music and sound effects, and of course – the sky lights up with awesome fireworks! Both are unforgettable Hollywood Studios moments!

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1. Focus On The Shows, Not Rides

I get the impression that for some guests it’s really hard to go to Walt Disney World and not make going on rides the first priority. All of the parks however have a lot more to offer than just rides, and in Hollywood Studios especially it is important to consider the shows just as much as the rides when planning your day. I would say to focus on the shows over the rides simply because the shows only happen at set times and the rides run continuously until the park closes. When you get to the park, get a times guide (or keep an eye on the My Disney Experience app on your smart phone) so you’ll be able to make sure that you’re not missing any of the shows. Most shows end earlier in the day, so you’ll want to make sure you’re getting those done while they’re still being performed and use the rest of your time that day to go on all the rides. It’s important to plan your day this way so that you don’t spend all morning on the rides, only to find out that you missed the only show times that you wanted to go to in that park.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a graduate of St. Anselm College, where she earned her bachelor of arts degree in History. She completed two Disney College Programs, one at Dinoland U.S.A., in Animal Kingdom, and one at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Hollywood Studios. She is the author of “Brittany Earns Her Ears,” a memoir about her experiences on the college program, and she currently resides in Massachusetts.