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Max Out Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 20 Things To Do From Open To Close

Even though there is still much construction and excitement on the horizon for this park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios allows guests to enjoy epic stunts, rocking thrills, and galaxies far away. Here are 20 things to do from open to close to max out a day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Let’s go!

20. Rope Drop

Getting to the park fifteen to twenty minutes before it opens guarantees that guests will beat most of the initial rush and get to their favorite attraction or experience first. There is also a great introduction played to get guests pumped for their maxed out day to come.

19. Ride Toy Story Mania

This is hands down the most popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and wait times can easily reach two hours in the afternoons. It is a great idea to head to this attraction first and avoid long wait times. Guests will be treated to the chance to shrink down to toy size and interact with their favorite Toy Story characters in a series of 3D midway games.

18. Coffee on Hollywood Boulevard

With the new Starbucks location open on the end of Hollywood Boulevard, guests can stop and enjoy a morning coffee while simply taking in the Old Hollywood feel of the surrounding buildings and advertisements. It’s a relaxing way to spend a few minutes enjoying what the park has to offer.

17. Ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

This sinister attraction stands on the end of Sunset Boulevard and welcomes guests with the screams of others. Allowing guests to star in their own episode of the Twilight Zone and board an evil service elevator, this attraction is one of the most intricately themed in all of Walt Disney World.

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16. Ride The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

Located next door to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, this thrilling roller coaster takes guests into the fictional recording studio G Force Records where Aerosmith is working on their latest song. After getting invited to a concert across town, guests soon find themselves rocketing through Los Angeles in a stretch limo to make it to the show on time. Don’t forget about the single rider line to shorten your wait!

15. See Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

This amazing show tells the classic tale of Belle and the Beast through musical numbers and beautiful storytelling. Featuring all of the favorite characters and music from the animated film, it is a must see show. This production only runs several times a day, so be sure to consult a times guide for show times.

14. Visit Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams

Here’s your chance to meet Sorcerer Mickey! Mickey sports his classic Fantasia outfit while Minnie is dazzling in her red carpet best. We love this spot for great photos, autographs, and typically short wait times!

13. Lunch at Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano

This kitschy full service dining location offers up traditional Italian classics with some zany and interesting décor. Be sure to take some time after eating to walk around and enjoy all of the restaurant’s details!

12. See Muppet Vision 3D

This 3D production is full of sight gags, corny jokes, and zany humor like only the Muppets can do. Arrive to the show a little early to enjoy the preshow area and check out the tons of props scattered throughout the room.

11. Ride Star Tours

This attraction is the closest guests can get to actually being part of the Star Wars universe. Featuring a 3D adventure that randomizes each scene ensuring a different experience every time, guests find themselves as part of the Rebel Alliance and interacting with their favorite characters including C3PO and Darth Vader.

10. Watch Jedi Training Academy

Here’s your chance to catch of glimpse of Darth Vader and Seventh Sister Inquisitor as they battle against young Jedi’s in training on the stage just outside of Star Tours. Not only are these Jedi Knights cute to watch as they stare up and combat the dark side, but watching Darth and Seventh Sister in action is awesome!

9. Clear the way for the March of the First Order

Gulp! This one is pretty impressive. Stand back as commander Captain Phasma leads a squad of Stormtroopers up Hollywood Boulevard to Center Stage. Let the goosebumps continue as you watch their epic First Order demonstration and finally their march out from Center Stage.

8. See The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

This thrilling live show demonstrates to guests how stunts are planned and executed safely in the movies. Featuring iconic scenes from the Indiana Jones movies, the show combines action, humor, and safety techniques that make guests feel as though they are right there alongside Indy. Like Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, this show only runs several times a day so be sure to check a times guide for show times.

7. A Meal at Min and Bill’s

Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner is modeled after a massive classic boat and offers up some tasty quick service dinner options including Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese. It’s a great location to get dinner or a snack and rarely has a long line.

6. Visit Star Wars Launch Bay

Head to the Star Wars Launch Bay to check out what all the Star Wars hype is about! Browse through the shop to see the incredible movie props from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; watch the Star Wars saga 10-minute movie in the Star Wars Launch Bay Theater; visit with Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca and Kylo Ren; and even enjoy a few video games while you’re at it!

5. Interact with The Citizens of Hollywood

These entertaining characters are out and about throughout the day on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. They interact with guests and put on zany skits that are always entertaining and enjoyable.

4. Shop Villains in Vogue

This store located on Sunset Boulevard is home to all things villains and a great place to browse. Featuring merchandise guests can’t find anywhere else, this store is so bad it’s good.

3. Visit 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. s.

2. See Fantasmic!

The best way to end a maxed out day in Hollywood is to see this nighttime extravaganza that combines live performances, pyrotechnics, tons of Disney characters, and an epic battle in which Mickey is the hero. Be sure to get to the amphitheater at least an hour early to secure a great viewing spot for this show!

1. Watch Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

It doesn’t matter if you are a Star Wars nerd or not – Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is the perfect way to close out a night at Hollywood Studios! 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.