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 also recently 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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Certain locations may not be available due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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. Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple
    Interactive show for children, located next to Star Tours
  4. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
    Live musical show on Sunset Boulevard
  5. Disney Movie Magic
    Nighttime fireworks and projection show on the Chinese Theatre
  6. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
    Star Wars-themed nighttime fireworks and projection show on the Chinese Theatre
  7. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    Live musical show located on Commissary Lane
  8. Citizens of Hollywood
    Improv performers on Hollywood Boulevard

Other notable shows include the nighttime spectacular Fantasmic! on Hollywood Boulevard; 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

You must reserve the day you want to visit in advance using the Disney Park Pass Reservation system. Once you have your dates reserved, you can start making restaurant reservations up to 60 days in advance of your visit. As for ride reservations, Walt Disney World's Fastpass+ system has been suspended due to the pandemic and the need for additional physical distancing in queues.

The top-rated Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance uses a virtual queue, for which you can apply to enter at 7am on a day for which you have a park reservation and again at 1pm on the same day, using the official "My Disney Experience" app. There is no standby queue for Rise of the Resistance. Once you have applied for the Rise queue, head straight for Runaway Railway at opening, then either to Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania or to Rock 'n Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror, depending upon big the kids in the family are.

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