Disney’s Hollywood Studios has seen so many changes over the years. From the name change from Disney’s MGM Studios, to some iconic things being taken down, to ride changes; it’s been a crazy few years. Not everything you hear about Disney’s Hollywood Studios is correct. Here are ten lies to not believe about Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
10. It Hasn’t Changed Since You’ve Last Been There
This lie goes with the opener. There have been many changes at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. From taking down the Sorcerer Hat to new lands and rides, if you haven’t been there in the past couple of years it’s like a whole new world. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened in 2019, and Toy Story Land opened in 2018. These are two lands that you cannot miss. Many beloved rides closed like the Great Movie Ride and Studios Backlot Tour. Streets of America was mostly demolished and turned into a spot you won’t recognize. Every opening day attraction is gone. All that being said, Disney’s Hollywood Studios feels like a brand new park in many ways. If you haven’t been in years you’ll feel like you’re visiting a totally different park.
9. There’s Nothing for Kids
Since Disney’s Hollywood Studios has Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, it is known by some as a thrill ride park. Many people think that there aren’t things for kids, but that is not true. There are plenty of shows and other entertainment, plus kid friendly rides like Mickey & Minnie‘s Runaway Railway. There is something for everyone.
8. Slinky Dog Dash Is an Intense Roller Coaster
People who don’t like roller coasters may be torn on whether they want to ride Slinky Dog Dash. Don’t worry, it is considered a family coaster. It really is the type of ride that thrill riders and chill riders can all enjoy. If you’re wanting an intense ride lineup for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
7. Every Ride on The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Is the Same
Although the track does not change for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror the ride itself does change. It’s different ride sequences and the number of drops changes as well. It really keeps you on your toes because right as you think the ride is over, you may drop again. It’s random.
6. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway Is Just for Kids
Although Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway is a great ride for children it is definitely not just for kids. This is the first ride that is specifically dedicated to Mickey Mouse at any Disney Park in the world. It is a must do for everyone because remember, “it all started with a mouse”. Each time you ride you will see something different. Make sure to keep an eye on Pluto’s adventure as well, he has the picnic basket.
5. It’s a Half Day Park
Many people think that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a half day park, but there is so much to do that if you only go for half a day you will miss a lot. While refurbishment was taking place and many things were closed you might have been able to experience it all in half a day, but now since Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land are open there is much more to do. You won’t want to miss any of it.
4. There’s No Good Food
There are many amazing full-service restaurants at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Step back in time, dine in your car, enjoy Italian classics, or feel like you’re dining with the rich and famous. There are some amazing quick service restaurants as well. Another fun option is found in Galaxy’s Edge. You can try blue or green milk! The “milks” are actually dairy-free, so they are great for vegans or people who can’t have dairy.
3. You Have to like “Star Wars” to Enjoy Galaxy’s Edge
Many people think that you have to be a “Star Wars” fan to enjoy Galaxy’s Edge, but that is not true. It is correct that those who grew up on “Star Wars” have a very special moment when they first see the Millennium Falcon. It can also be emotional when a fan pulls the lever that takes you into hyperspace on Smugglers Run. Even though it may be extra special for “Star Wars” fans you can also still enjoy the greatness that Galaxy’s Edge has, even if you’ve never seen the movies. The fact that you truly feel like you step into a new world is breathtaking and amazing for all. You don’t have to be a “Toy Story” fan to realize how special Toy Story Land is. The same is true of “Star Wars” and Galaxy’s Edge.
2. There’s a Standby Line for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
For the time being you are only able to ride Rise of the Resistance if you are able to grab a Boarding Pass for the Virtual Queue. At 7:00 AM you are able to try to grab a pass by going on the My Disney Experience App. Make sure that you have your entire party on your account so you all get the same group number. You are required to have a reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios that day to be eligible to get a Boarding Pass. If you were not able to grab one at 7:00 AM the remaining spots open up at 1:00 PM. You have to be in the park to get a pass at that time. They are very strict that no walk-ons are allowed.
1. It’s Impossible to Get a Disney Park Pass Reservation
Although it is true that Disney’s Hollywood Studios is usually the hardest park to get a reservation for it is still possible. Disney Resort guests often have an easier time grabbing last minute reservations than Annual Passholders. If you are an Annual Passholder make sure you keep checking, even if the Availability Calendar says that it is full. If someone lets go of their reservation it will become available and you might be the one to grab it. If your day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is further out just keep checking the Walt Disney World website. It may be the hardest park to get a reservation for but it is often possible.