7 Rookie Mistakes People Make At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

By Caitlin Corsello

Disney’s Hollywood Studios invites guests to enter through its gate and enjoy a multitude of experiences which will make them feel like movie stars. Guests who spend time in the park can enjoy experiences like laughing along with the Muppets, entering into The Twilight Zone and the Star Wars universe, rocking out with Aerosmith, visiting classic films like Casablanca and Tarzan, watching big action stunts paired with safety, and shrinking down to the size of a toy. With so many amazing experiences to be had in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests want to make the most of each moment in the park and be able to see as much as possible. Guests should do some research before visiting the park to ensure that they avoid making any rookie mistakes which can result in losing time and patience. By avoiding these rookie mistakes guests are sure to have an amazing time in the park. Here are seven rookie mistakes that guests make in Disney’s Hollywood Studios which can be avoided!


7. Not Arriving For Rope Drop –

A rookie mistake that many guests make in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and all of the Disney theme parks is not arriving for rope drop. Guests who arrive at the gates of the park before they are set to open to the general public for the day are often treated to a welcome speech which hints at the amazing experiences that will be enjoyed once inside. Arriving for rope drop also ensures that guests will be some of the first inside the park where they can bask in few crowds, low wait times, and empty walkways.

6. Not Visiting Toy Story Mania First And Booking FastPasses –

One of the most popular attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios invites guests into Pixar Place to shrink down to the size of a toy. Toy Story Mania has guests enter into a midway extravaganza where guests can play a series of 3D midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and the Toy Story gang. Since the attraction is so popular, it can easily have wait times exceeding two hours on busy days in the parks. Guests should plan on heading straight to Toy Story Mania when the park opens and there is a low wait time. Since the attraction is so much fun and guests always want to ride more than once, guests should also book FastPasses for Toy Story Mania so that they can return at a later time and again enjoy the attraction with little to no wait.

5. Not Using The Single Rider Line –

A rookie mistake that many guests make is overlooking Single Rider Lines. Several attractions throughout Walt Disney World feature Single Rider Lines which allow guests to experience popular attractions with lower wait times so long as they don’t mind splitting up their party. Guests who visit the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith are invited into G Force Records where the band is recording their next hit. After being invited to a concert across town, guests soon find themselves rocketing through Downtown Los Angeles to make it to the show on time. Guests who want to enjoy the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith should definitely take advantage of the Single Rider Line to be able to enjoy the experience while saving lots of time that otherwise would have been spent waiting in line.

4. Not Using A FastPasses For The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror –

Located right next door to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is an eerie attraction which beckons guests into the Hollywood Tower Hotel. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror shares the story of five hotel guests who were struck by lightning and disappeared into The Twilight Zone many years ago. Guests soon find themselves on board a service elevator and heading towards the same fate! The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a very popular attraction and tends to have high wait times no matter what time of day. Guests who are looking to avoid the rookie mistake of losing time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios should be sure to book a FastPass for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and experience the attraction with little to no wait time.


3. Only Experiencing Star Tours Once –

The Adventure Continues Once – Fans of the Star Wars universe definitely need to stop by Star Tours – The Adventure continues for the ultimate experience with the force. What begins as a routine Star Tours flight soon turns into a thrilling adventure thanks to a Rebel Spy hiding on board. After passing through a series of thrilling 3D scenes full of familiar characters, guests find themselves members of the Rebel Alliance. A rookie mistake that many guests make is only visiting the attraction once as there are dozens of 3D scenes to be experienced and each time the sequence is randomized to make for an exciting new combination.

2. Not Stopping To Enjoy A Meal –

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to some amazing dining locations, and guests who don’t pause to enjoy a meal are making a rookie mistake. Guests can choose to enjoy full service meals at the classic Italian inspired Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, enjoy some vintage drive in clips at the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, or keep their elbows off the table and mind their manners at the 50’s Prime Time Café. Guests who are looking to enjoy a faster meal option can enjoy quick service dining locations like the ABC Commissary where guests can feel like they are dining in the lunch room of celebrities from the network.

1. Skipping Fantasmic! –

No day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is complete without a viewing of Fantasmic! Housed in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater, Fantasmic! invites guests into Mickey’s imagination for an epic battle between good and evil. The show combines live action, Disney music and characters, special effects, dancing water, projected animation, pyrotechnics, and a huge dragon for an unforgettable experience. Guests who skip Fantasmic! are definitely making a rookie mistake in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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.