Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios opened as as Disney-MGM Studios on May 1, 1989 and recently added two new lands: Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Toy Story Land. The park in 2020 opened Disney's first ride devoted to Mickey Mouse — Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, which you will find inside the replica of Hollywood's Grauman's Chinese Theatre that stands in the middle of the park.

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Rides

  1. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ★ ★ ★ ★
    Trackless dark ride located in Star Wars: Galaxy Edge. Height requirement: 40 inches
    Read Robert Niles' review of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
  2. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ★ ★ ★
    Indoor drop tower ride located at the end of Sunset Boulevard. Height requirement: 40 inches
  3. Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway
    Dark ride located in the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard
    Read Robert Niles' review of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway.
  4. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
    Motion-base ride located in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Height requirement: 38 inches
  5. Rock 'n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
    Indoor Vekoma LSM roller coaster with on-board music, located on Sunset Boulevard. Height requirement: 48 inches
  6. Toy Story Mania
    Interactive dark ride located in Toy Story Land
  7. Star Tours: The Adventures Continue
    "Star Wars"-themed motion-base show located near Echo Lake. Height requirement: 40 inches
  8. Slinky Dog Dash
    Mack Rides family roller coaster located in Toy Story Land. Height requirement: 38 inches
    Read Robert Niles' review of Toy Story Land.
  9. Alien Swirling Saucers
    A whip spinner ride in Toy Story Land. Height requirement: 32 inches

Shows

Top recommendations

  1. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular ★ ★
    Live stunt show recreating famous scenes from "Raiders of the Lost Ark," located next to Echo Lake
  2. MuppetVision 3D
    3D movie located in Muppets Courtyard
  3. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
    Live musical show on Sunset Boulevard
  4. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    Live musical show located on Commissary Lane

Other notable shows include Disney Junior Dance Party in the Animation Courtyard; Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy on Sunset Boulvard; Mickey Shorts Theater on Commissary Lane; and Walt Disney Presents on Mickey Avenue.

Dining

Top recommendations

  1. Hollywood Brown Derby
    Table service restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard
  2. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant
    Casual table service restaurant on Commissary Lane
  3. 50s Prime Time Cafe
    Sassy 1950s-themed table service dining next to Echo Lake
  4. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo
    Counter service located in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
  5. Ronto's Roasters
    Counter service sausage wraps in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge
  6. Oga's Cantina
    Themed bar in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. [Advance reservations strongly encouraged]
  7. Andy's Lunchbox
    Counter service sandwiches served in Toy Story Land

Map

Disney's Hollywood Studios is part of the sprawling Walt Disney World Resort, located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida – about 24 miles from Orlando International Airport.

Strategy

The Walt Disney World Resort now requires that all guests make date-specific reservations in advance to visit its theme parks. You can see which dates are available to reserve on Disney's "Park Pass" availability calendar.

Dates are listed up to about 15 months in advance, and reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. However, Disney maintains separate pools of available reservations each day for its annual passholders and its on-site hotel guests, as well as for regular ticket holders. So if a specific date is "sold out" for annual passholders, it might still be available for regular ticket holders.

If you want to visit more than one Walt Disney World theme park on a single day, you will need a "Park Hopper" ticket. You will make a reservation for the park you visit first on each date, then you can park hop to other parks starting at 2pm that day.

Once you have selected the dates you wish to visit and made your Disney Park Pass reservations, you may want to make dining reservations in advance of your visit, as well. Reservations can be made via the Disney World website, and each date's reservations open 60 days in advance, at about 5:45am Eastern Time. Disney's on-site hotel guests may make reservations for their entire stay (up to 10 days) starting 60 days before their check-in date. That gives Disney's on-site hotel guests an advantage in making reservations for the most popular restaurants.

Disney's hotel guests also get 30 minutes of early access to each of the resort's four theme parks every day. So hotel guests should plan on an early start each morning to take advantage of empty queues. Unfortunately for guests staying off site, this new early admission policy means that they no longer have any opportunity to be the first to enter any Walt Disney World theme park in the morning.

As for planning your day, Walt Disney World now offers a new tool on its official My Disney Experience app to create a custom itinerary for each day of your visit. In addition, Disney offers two ways for its theme park guests to pay to access shorter wait times for many popular attractions. You can learn more about these options in our posts:

The tough line here is for the top-rated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. Because Disney's hotel guests slam that queue first thing in the morning, we recommend waiting until later in the evening to ride - or consider paying the $15 a person for Individual Lightning Lane access. Start your day at park opening instead with Mickey & Minnie's Runaway Railway, the head to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Read our guide to Disney Genie for more advice on how to use Disney's app to avoid long wait times in the park.

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