1) Hollywood Boulevard, first thing in the morning
As with the other theme parks, one of the most beautiful sights is the nearly empty park that lies ahead of you when you arrive right when the park opens. For Hollywood Studios, this means a stunning view down Hollywood Blvd, looking towards the Chinese Theater now the that hat is no longer obstructing the view. Chances are if you arrive early, the view will stay fairly empty for the first half hour or so, as most guests are going to head right for Toy Story Mania or Sunset Blvd to ride Rock n’ Roller Coaster or Tower of Terror first thing in the morning. Speaking of which…
2) Toy Story Mania when the wait time is “short”
By short, I guess I really mean moderate, and by “moderate,” I’m talking more like forty-five minutes to an hour still. While this is still a long time to wait for Toy Story in my opinion, if this attraction is something you really want to do and you were unable to get a Fastpass for it, the shorter wait time can truly be a beautiful sight. For many guests an hour is doable if it is for something they really want, whereas 125 minutes is not.
3) Tower of Terror
Whether or not you enjoy the nature of the attraction, there is no denying that the building itself is beautiful. This attraction is one of the absolute best in terms of detail and theming. The building’s exterior is gorgeous, albeit a bit dark and dreary, and the interior is so meticulously detailed to immerse guests into the story of the Hollywood Tower Hotel. Even if you’re not interested in the dropping sequences in the attraction, I would still suggest walking through the queue just to see how beautifully detailed this attraction really is.
4) Dinosaur Gertie
Dinosaur Gertie’s Ice Cream of Extinction is a prime example of the California Crazy architectural style. This dino is a pretty awesome sight, even if you’re not necessarily craving ice cream while you’re in the area, because it’s an architectural style that is not easy to come by in the present day. Dinosaur Gertie is also a nod to the animated shorts featuring the character, which became a monumental piece of the history of animation in general.
5) Star Wars characters/fireworks
For Star Wars fans, Hollywood Studios has gained a plethora of beautiful sights within the past year or so. Characters that used to only be spotted in the Star Wars Weekend can now be seen roaming the park on a daily basis or located at the Star Wars Launch Bay. On a nightly basis, guests can expect to see Star Wars entertainment in addition to the fireworks.
6) The finale of Fantasmic!
I know lots of guests have strong opinions either way regarding Fantasmic, basically about whether the Florida or California version is superior. Regardless of your preference of Fantasmic shows, there is no argument that the finale is truly magical. When Sorcerer Mickey appears atop the mountain in the final scene, and the music picks up, with fireworks shooting off as conducted by Mickey himself, you’re experiencing an absolutely beautiful moment. If you need anymore confirmation of this, just look around at the faces of everyone in the audience next time you’re watching Fantasmic, while every guest is looking up at Sorcerer Mickey, with the biggest smiles on their faces.