• Christy Shelton

How to Do Everything at Disney's Hollywood Studios in One Perfect Day

Disney World's Hollywood Studios park is home to some of its most exciting new openings, including Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge. Here's how to spend your time there.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios, located at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, is the ultimate park stop for old Hollywood fans. But, the park’s throwback classic vibes are also perfectly paired with many of Disney’s newest attractions and entertainment.

In recent years, attractions like the Streets of America, Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, The Great Movie Ride and Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show have closed to make way for newer openings, like Toy Story Land, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

To get to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, guests enter through Hollywood Boulevard and take a left for Echo Lake and Grand Avenue areas, both inspired by Los Angeles neighborhoods, as well as Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (otherwise known as Star Wars Land) once it opens in fall 2019.

On the right, paths lead to Toy Story Land, Animation Courtyard and Sunset Boulevard lands. (Whether or not you’ve been before, grab a Disney Hollywood Studios map upon entering, as plenty has changed.)

Though Walt Disney World parks like Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Animal Kingdom are busiest in the summer and on holidays, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is likely to keep Hollywood Studios busy every day of the year. There are more experiences than there are rides for younger children, but teens and tweens will still find plenty to do, as Disney’s Hollywood Studios has the highest concentration of thrill rides as well.

The Best Hollywood Studios Rides

If you’re looking for scary rides at Walt Disney World, look no further than Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror’s plummet is thrilling, and Star Tours — The Adventures Continue flight simulation through space is a delight. Be sure to experience Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Disney’s only coaster with upside-down inversions that plays the band’s music throughout the journey.

Though Toy Story Land’s theming is kid-friendly, it’s fun for all. Slinky Dog Dash family coaster is a whimsical Disney ride that soars through the colorful land without too many dips or drops, and Toy Story Mania! is a crowd favorite for its arcade-like competitions.

There are three more Disney’s Hollywood Studios rides on the way, too. Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway — the first Mickey Mouse ride — will open in 2019, as will two attractions as part of Star Wars Land: Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

The Best Hollywood Studios Attractions

Unlike other Disney World parks, there are as many shows here as there are Disney’s Hollywood Studios rides.

Children will enjoy a wide selection of performances, including Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Beauty and The Beast - Live on Stage, a Frozen sing-along and a Disney Junior Dance Party. In March, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy will bring characters from the Cars film franchise to the park for the first time.

If traveling with teens, bring them to Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, a live “re-enactment” and peek behind-the-scenes of the film’s action scenes.

Character meet-and-greets with Star Wars characters, like BB-8, are offered, as well as Woody, Jessie, and Buzz Lightyear within Toy Story Land and Mickey and Minnie Mouse, but Disney character meets are likely to change throughout 2019 and 2020. A selection of Pixar characters, including Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc., and characters from The Incredibles are in place through early autumn.

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