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Touring Plan For Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios

Walt Disney World is home to four unique theme parks, but there is only one which allows guests the opportunity to enter Hollywood and take on new experiences! Different attractions and experiences in the park offer glimpses behind the scenes of major stunts Indiana Jones style, the chance to enter into fictional universes like Star Wars and The Twilight Zone, and even the chance to experience what it must be like as a toy from our favorite characters in Toy Story. With so many wonderful things to see and experience in the park, it is a great idea to have a touring plan before arriving at the gates. Here is the perfect touring plan for an amazing day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

Rope Drop –

Arriving at the park before it opens is the key start to a great day in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Being there before the gates technically open allows guests to ensure that they are some of the first into the park and that they will have lower crowds and wait times on some of the more popular attractions. While it might seem really early, arriving for rope drop is a great way to kick off the day and ensure plenty of tie to explore the park.

Toy Story Mania –

This attraction in Pixar Place is by far the most popular in the park and it easily accumulates wait times upwards of two hours. Immediately after passing through the gate, guests should head straight for Toy Story Mania where they will find little to no wait time. While getting there might be a little crazy since most of the early guests have the same plan, it is one of the fastest and most convenient ways to experience the attraction. Guests should also book FastPasses to return to Toy Story Mania later in the day to be able to experience it a second time with a short wait time.

Single Rider Rock “n” Roller –

Guests should then head back towards Sunset Boulevard which is home to two of the biggest thrills in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith takes guests into the fictional G Force Records where Aerosmith is recording their next hit album. The band then invites guests to their concert across town, and soon they find themselves rocketing in a super stretch limo across Los Angeles to make it to the show on time. Featuring several inversions and a thrilling launch, the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is a favorite of many and tends to accumulate long lines. A great touring plan is to take advantage of the single rider line, which offers up the same ride experience but with a fraction of the wait. As long as guests don’t mind being split up, the single rider line is a fantastic option.

FastPass Tower of Terror –

Located next door to the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror which takes guests into the abandoned Hollywood Tower Hotel and directly into the Twilight Zone. Years ago, something in the hotel went terribly wrong, and guests realize too late that they are headed for the same fate after boarding an evil service elevator. Since the attraction is so beautifully themed and thrilling, it tends to accumulate long wait times, so a great touring plan is to book FastPasses head of time ensuring a low wait time.

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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!

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.

Walt Disney Presents –

Formerly known as Walt Disney: One Man’s Dream, this classic attraction has recently undergone some changes! Walt Disney Presents continued 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.

Lunch At Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano –

While there are several full service dining options in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Mama Melrose’s is one of the most popular. Featuring a quirky décor full of hanging garlic, string lights, unique wall art, and exposed brick guests can dine on classic Italian options while cooling off for a while. Guests who are looking to dine at Mama Melrose’s should make an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) as early as possible as the restaurant is popular and tends to be busy for lunch and dinner.

FastPass Star Tours –

The Adventure Continues – This thrilling attraction takes guests into the world of Star Tours and on a thrilling 3D adventure. Featuring plenty of characters and environments from the classic films, guests can experience the attraction time and time again and see different things since the experience is now randomized. Guests love the thrilling adventure through space with C3PO as their guide, and the wait times tend to be high due to the attraction’s popularity. A smart touring plan includes booking a FastPass in advance for this attraction, ensuring low wait times and plenty of adventure!

Fantasmic! –

This nighttime spectacular occurs  in the Hollywood Hills Amphitheater on Sunset Boulevard and takes guests into Mickey’s imagination for a colorful battle between good and evil. Featuring characters from many different Disney films, classic Disney music, pyrotechnics, dancing water, projections, and Mickey himself, this is one show which can’t be missed. While the amphitheater is massive, due to the show’s popularity it tends to fill up rather quickly so guests who want to have great seats should line up on Sunset Boulevard up to an hour before show time.

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.