10 Favorite Things About Hollywood Studios At Walt Disney World

10. 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.


9. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage is one of my favorite shows at Walt Disney World. Sure, it’s a tad bit dated, but it’s still a lot of fun to go and see, and I think it’s a nice break in between the thrill rides on Sunset Boulevard.

8. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my favorite movies, so it’s no surprise that the park’s stunt show version of the film has made it onto this list. I love seeing how the specific stunts we know from the movie were created, and the audience participation in this show makes it an even more unique experience.

7. 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, Kylo Ren, and BB-8; and even enjoy a few video games while you’re at it!

6. Toy Story Mania

I kind of think of Toy Story Mania as the new and improved version of Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. I’m terrible at the latter, however I’m actually some tough competition at Toy Story. I think the ride is very well done, though some may think it is not worthy of the insane wait times it usually has. However now that the extra track is open and running the wait times have gone down and more guests have a chance to experience this attraction.


5. Rock n’ Rollercoaster

I have a love/hate relationship with Rock n’ Rollercoaster. The hate part of the relationship is basically that I don’t like going upside down at all, not even to do a cartwheel never mind while on a rollercoaster. The love part, and the reason why it’s on this list, is because I think it is extremely well done, and as a huge Aerosmith fan I’ll admit that I’m a little biased.

4. Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

The Tower of Terror is without a doubt one of the most detailed and thrilling attractions in all of Walt Disney World. The queue is one of the most detailed, leading guests into the building, and drawing them in to be immersed in the Disney storytelling. The story at Tower of Terror is so well done, through a combination of attention to detail, cast members who stay in character, and classic references from the Twilight Zone. Add in the fact that this is a thrill ride, and you have one of the best Disney attractions of all time.

3. 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.

2. 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!

1. Fantasmic!

Fantasmic! is my number one choice for my favorite thing to do at Hollywood Studios. This show has a little bit of everything in it, making it a perfect choice for the whole family. There’s some different characters from Pocahontas, as well as the princesses, villains, water projections, and of course Sorcerer Mickey to defeat all the evil forces and save the day.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."