Amazing attractions and experiences are coming soon to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, including familiar faces and fun attractions in Toy Story Land (opening June 30, 2018), incredible innovations in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2019), and even more additions yet to be revealed. While most of this is still under construction, there is still plenty of excitement to be had in the park right now. Make the most of your time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios with these helpful tips.
9. Be there for Rope Drop
This is excellent advice for any Disney Park, including Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Be there early, and when the park opens you will have an excellent chance of short waits for attractions and a fairly empty park to walk around it and enjoy. This is also a great way to get nice pictures without lots of people in the background.
8. Secure a reservation for a unique dining experience
Two of the more popular restaurants are in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and it’s advisable to get an Advanced Dining Reservation if you want to enjoy a meal at them. The 50s Prime Time Café lets you enjoy a lunch or dinner of familiar comfort foods, like meat loaf, fried chicken, chicken pot pie, and milkshakes. Your meal is served in a kitchen setting straight from the 1950s complete with Formica countertops, black and white TV shows, and retro décor on the walls.
7. Your server plays the part as well and has some fun antics to make your meal a memorable one
The Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant will also take you back in time, but now you can enjoy your meal inside a classic car at a drive-in theater watching classic black and white horror film clips.
6. Don’t forget about the classic attractions
Many guests head straight for the big headliners like The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, Toy Story Mania, and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Make time for the more classic attractions as well, like MuppetVision 3D, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, and the Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage show. These attractions and shows are fun for all ages of guests and usually don’t have the long lines.
5. Discovering a legacy
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is in the middle of a significant renaissance period with new attractions and entertainment scheduled in the near future. Despite this, I think it’s always humbling and refreshing to discover the origins of Walt Disney’s ideas. A visit to Walt Disney Present is a great way to escape the heat and check out how Walt Disney’s dreamed up his vision for the magic present in his theme parks today. Check out the intricate planning models for several classic and new attractions, rare footage of animated clips, and intriguing artifacts tell the story of Walt’s life and legacy.
4. Take advantage of all things Star Wars
While the much awaited Star Wars Land is in planning and construction stages, there are already plenty of ways to get your Star Wars fix on right now. Star Wars-The Adventures Continue is a thrilling 3D motion simulator space ride that includes scenes from the newest Star Wars film. The Star Wars Launch Bay combines movie props, games, film clips, and meet-and-greets with the popular Star Wars characters. Enjoy Star Wars inspired cupcakes, treats, meals, and drinks at select locations around the park. Young guests get a chance to be part of the action with Jedi Training-Trials of the Temple, a show where they can train to be a Jedi and test their skills battling famous Star Wars villains. Tatooine Traders is a unique gift shop where you can build your own lightsaber or droid or browse a large selection of Star Wars apparel, books, and toys. Stars Wars: A Galactic Spectacular combines Star Wars music and fireworks in the perfect way to conclude the day. Keep in mind that this is only the beginning, as more entertainment, meet-and greats, and Star Wars excitement are being added all the time.
3. Be a single rider
Save a FastPass+ and avoid long lines by choosing the Single Rider line. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith is one of the attractions at Walt Disney World where you can experience the attraction as a single rider.
2. A boat ride away from Epcot
Whether you’re arriving at Disney’s Hollywood Studios after a trip to Epcot, or you have finished up your day and are ready to hop over to Epcot for more fun, the two parks are conveniently connected via a water taxi. The ride takes about 20 minutes and is an easy alternative to driving or taking the Disney bus transportation.
1. Fantasmic planning
The Fantasmic nighttime show is still extremely popular. This firework and dancing water performance set to favorite Disney animation is performed on select nights, so it’s important to plan out a strategy if you want to see the show. One option is to arrive about an hour early for first come, first serve seating. Another way to get a good seat is to use a FastPass+. Another smart option is to secure a seat with the Fantasmic Dining Package. Guests can pick one of three restaurant choices in the park, including Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, the Hollywood & Vine restaurant, or the Hollywood Brown Derby. The package includes a fixed price meal that includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert, and beverage per person. After your meal, you are entitled to VIP seating in a special section of the Fantasmic theater. This is perhaps the most ideal way to enjoy your meal and still get a good seat for one of Walt Disney World’s best shows.