8 Rookie Mistakes People Make At Disney’s Hollywood Studios In Walt Disney World

Guests who spend time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios can have amazing experiences like entering into The Twilight Zone, being immersed in the Star Wars Universe, learning how stunts are safely pulled off Indiana Jones style, and even meet Mickey and Minnie on the Red Carpet. With so many great experiences to be had, guests want to make the most of each moment in the park and they can do so by avoiding some rookie mistakes. Here are eight rookie mistakes that many guests make at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World.


8. Skipping Rope Drop

One of the most common rookie mistakes that guests make at any of the four Walt Disney World theme parks is not arriving for rope drop. Guests who arrive before the official opening of Disney’s Hollywood Studios are treated to a welcome speech telling them about the adventures that await inside the park. By arriving for rope drop, guests can ensure that they are some of the first people inside the park where they are treated with few crowds, low wait times, and quiet walkways.

7. Not FastPassing Toy Story Mania

The most popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Toy Story Mania which can easily have wait times exceeding two hours on busy days in the park. The attraction is located in Pixar Place and shrinks guests down to the size of a toy to compete in 3D midway games hosted by Woody, Buzz, and the Toy Story gang. Since the attraction is so popular, a rookie mistake is to automatically just wait on the stand by line which can end up taking forever. Guests should instead book a FastPass for the attraction at some point in the day to enjoy the amazing experience with little to no wait time.

6. Not Using The Single Rider Line

Several attractions in Walt Disney World feature Single Rider lines which can save guests a ton of time. Skipping these lines can be a rookie mistake which loses guests a lot of time that could have otherwise been spent enjoying different areas of the park. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith features a Single Rider line which allows guests to experience the attraction with a much lower wait time than normal. Guests who don’t mind being split up can should definitely take advantage of the Single Rider line and the time that it saves.

5. Skipping Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

One of the best live performances in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is found on Sunset Boulevard. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage retells the classic story from the Disney animated film Beauty and the Beast and leaves guests speechless. The live performance combines classic songs, dancing, and all of the beloved characters from the film for an amazing experience that guests should not miss.

4. Walt Disney Presents (formerly Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream) 

This classic attraction has recently undergone some changes! Walt Disney Presents continues to offer guests a chance to view the history of Walt, but now has the addition of a space for guests to preview what’s on the horizon. Models such as the Toy Story Land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and even Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway attraction are available to preview. We’ve always loved this informative collection of memorabilia, designs, and historical models about Walt. Now we get to experience the past, present, and future of Walt Disney! It’s rarely crowded and provides a great way to cool off as it is totally air-conditioned.


3. Not Stopping For A Meal

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to some of the best full service dining locations in Walt Disney World and a rookie mistake is skipping out on them! Guests can dine at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano and enjoy classic Italian cuisine in a warm and quirky dining room, the 50s Prime Time Café where guests are transported back into the 1950s and served in a classic kitchen by Cast Members with names like Cousin Annie, or the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant where it is always nighttime at the drive in movie theater. With so many great options to choose from, guests who spend time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios should definitely stop to enjoy a full service meal.

2. Not Lining Up Early

One select nights, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is host to Fantasmic! which happens in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater. The live performance combines pyrotechnics, special effects, live acting, Disney music, and projected animation to bring guests into Mickey’s imagination for a battle between good and evil. The show is incredibly popular and guests who don’t line up on Sunset Boulevard at least an hour before show time aren’t guaranteed a seat for the performance. Lining up early ensures that guests will have great seats for the wonderful Fantasmic!

1. Not Letting “The Force” Be With You

All the hype these days at Hollywood Studios surrounds Star Wars! Let your inner Star Wars nerd relish in all Hollywood Studios has to offer with Star Wars as the focus. The Star Wars Launch Bay has a great shop, incredible movie props, a Star Wars saga 10-minute movie, and the best –  meet and greets for Chewbacca, BB-8, and Kylo Ren! The March of the First Order is an impressive march with commander Captain Phasma leading a squad of Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard to Center Stage for an epic First Order demonstration. Star Tours – The Adventure Continues gets the adrenaline pumping with a 3D motion simulated ride into hyperspace. And finally – and the BEST… Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular! 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! It’s an unforgettable Hollywood Studios moment!

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.