With the addition of the incredible Toy Story Land, Hollywood Studios is now well worth squeezing into your busy Disney World itinerary. The theming and technology in this Land are super impressive and make you feel like one of Andy’s toys.
However with a new Land comes crowds, so master the Hollywood Studios FastPass tiers and formulate an awesome FastPass strategy to ensure you have a wonderful day here.
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- Rope drop
- Full day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios – 9am-8.30pm
- Rope drop Slinky Dog Dash
- 11am Toy Story Mania! (FastPass)
- 12.30pm Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (FastPass)
- 1pm Lunch at Hollywood & Vine with Minnie & friends
- 3pm Meet and greet with Olaf
- 3.30pm Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (FastPass)
- 4pm Star Wars show
- 5pm Beauty and the Beast show
- 6.30pm Dinner
- 8pm Fantasmic! fireworks
Hollywood Studios at Disney World
There are far less attractions at Hollywood Studios than at any of the other Disney World parks, but with Toy Story Land increasing park visitor numbers, this can mean each attraction has mega queues.
But this park is more about shows and experiences than rides, so there’s still plenty to easily fill in a day. And once the new Star Wars Land opens later in 2019, Hollywood Studios will be even more amazing.
Hollywood Studios FastPass Plan
What are FastPasses?
FastPasses let you skip the ride and attractions lines. They are generally super effective, so you will often walk straight onto a ride or only wait a few minutes. Even when the standby line is hours long.
At Disney World FastPasses are electronic and can be booked 30-60 days in advance. If you’re not a planner, then this might be a challenge, but holding FastPasses for key rides will radically improve your park experience, so it’s worth giving them some thought.
When you can book your FastPasses depends on whether you’re staying at a Disney hotel (60 days) or not (30 days).
There are other benefits of staying on-site like Extra Magic Hours when you have early access to the park. We are big fans, despite the relative expense. Find out more here.
You can book three FastPasses per person per day and they all need to be at the same park.
You will have an hour from the time you select to use your FastPass and these hour blocks cannot overlap.
To be ready to book your FastPasses, make sure your Disney World entry tickets are linked in My Disney Experience. If you have a Disney hotel booking, make sure that’s there too.
Now put your booking date in your diary. Just type “60 days before 3 April” or whatever your date is into Google. You can book on the My Disney Experience website or app, although the website is easier. And be ready at 7am Eastern (New York) time.
Hollywood Studios FastPass tiers made easy
FastPasses at Hollywood Studios are tiered. You can choose one from Tier 1 and two from Tier 2 of the Hollywood Studios rides list below. The most valuable of the Hollywood Studios FastPass tiers are the Tier 1 rides.
Tier 1 rides/attractions –
- Slinky Dog Dash (ride)
- Toy Story Mania! (ride)
- Alien Swirling Saucers (ride)
Tier 2 rides/attractions –
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (ride)
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (ride)
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (ride)
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (show)
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid (show)
- MuppetVision 3D (show)
- Disney Junior Dance Party! (show)
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! (show)
- Fantasmic! (evening light show)
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (show)
Best Fast Passes for Hollywood Studios
Tier 1 FastPass
If you can possibly get your hands on a Slinky Dog Dash FastPass then grab it! We missed out even though we were staying onsite so booking 60 days in advance. The line was already 110 min when we arrived 10 min before official open and the line was 180 min long for most of the day. Crazy!
Toy Story Mania! is the next best option if you miss out on Slinky Dog Dash. It consistently has longer lines than Alien Swirling Saucers.
Tier 2 FastPass
For Tier 2, definitely book Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith as it has a super long queue. If you’re keen to ride The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror then make this your second Tier 2 FastPass. Tower of Terror looked a bit too scary for us, so we booked Star Tours – The Adventures Continue instead.
3 best rides at Hollywood Studios
We haven’t been on every ride, because after waiting almost 2 hours for Slinky Dog Dash we stuck with rides for which we had FastPasses to avoid any more waiting. That meant we gave Alien Swirling Saucers a miss. And, as already mentioned, we thought The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror would be too scary for us.
But these three rides were awesome!
Toy Story Land is the absolute highlight of Hollywood Studios right now and Slinky Dog Dash is the jewel in the crown of that Land.
This is a beautifully smooth, thrilling but not scary coaster with fabulous theming. Feeling as though you’ve been shrunk down to toy size, Andy has put together his Mega Coaster Play Kit and Slinky Dog zooms you around this wild ride. It is pure joy.
It has a minimum height of 97 cm (38 in).
Toy Story Mania!
Toy Story Mania! is also located in the relatively new Toy Story Land. With no height restriction it is fun for the whole family. Compete against each other to see who can score the most points.
This is a 3D ride where you use your spring-action shooter to take your best shot at an array of moving targets as your car spins and slides along past a number of electronic simulations of traditional games. Pop balloons with darts, throw balls and toss rings with Toy Story characters galore.
I LOVE this type of ride. It’s similar to Buzz Lightyear at Magic Kingdom, but the graphics in this are really impressive. Very interactive and super fun.
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
This is an exciting, 3D simulation ride where you feel like you’re flying and doing battle in a Star Wars ship with C-3PO and R2-D2. It has a minimum height of 102 cm (40 in).
There’s a variety of stories, so you are likely to get a different one each time you ride, but there’s sure to be plenty of Star Wars characters involved.