Disney Hollywood Studios
In January 2009, Walt Disney World changed the names of one of their major theme parks from MGM Studios to Hollywood Studios.
Celebrating the diverse world of show business, Hollywood Studios is a lot of fun for the entire family. From little children who love the Muppets to seniors who long for the iconic Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood Studios has something for everyone and is truly a memorable park to visit.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios may be smaller in size to that of its bigger brother, Magic Kingdom, but it still offers a myriad of amazing attractions. We have compiled a suggested overview for Hollywood Studios along with a guide to the Hollywood Studios attractions that will help you navigate this park and prioritize the attractions you most want to visit. We list all the attractions with a short description and height requirements for each attraction.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios operating hours will vary throughout the year. The park typically opens at 9:00 am and closes at 8:00 pm although it tends to close at 7 pm on other days.
Guests with special event tickets get to attend Disney After Hours which include staying in the park for an extra 3 hours! Ride your favorite rides with much shorter lines and experience the magical Hollywood at night.
Please note that this event may not be available at this time.
Hollywood Studios is smaller in terms of rides and shows as compared to the other Disney theme parks. For this reason, you may want to consider adding the park hopper option which typically adds $50. However, there are amazing rides that you simply just can’t miss. Plus the addition of the amazing new rides and the high demand for them might keep you occupied.
Hollywood Studios has a lot of unique history which is always fun to read. Did you know all the Disney Imaginers used to work out of the old MGM studios theme park before the operation was moved back to Anaheim, CA. We have also included this fun fact along with many other for you to read as well as a list of attractions which have changed over the years. These quick little tidbits are always neat to read prior to you actual visiting the theme park.
Things To See in Hollywood Studios
The Trolly Car Cafe: Take a step into the past in this classic trolley car station to get your fill of all kinds of coffee including selections from STARBUCKS® Coffee, specialty beverages, and Disney baked goods.
Hollywood & Vine: Have breakfast with Disney Junior Stars or enjoy a filling lunch and/or dinner with Minnie and friends. The parties last throughout the year and the Disney characters are suitably dressed for every season.
The Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge: Have a meal inside the iconic Hollywood Brown Derby and take in the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Golden Era. Indulge in a few of the finer things, including appetizers, wine, and drinks like signature Derby cocktails and martinis.
Fairfax Fare: Family favorites in a variety of entrées that also feature Latino specialties, a signature salad, kid-friendly sandwiches, and delectable desserts.
Rosie’s All-American Café: Enjoy American classics like an Angus cheeseburger, crispy chicken nuggets, and fires.
Catalina Eddie’s: Fresh hot pizza, zesty Caesar salads, and amazing desserts like the cheesecake verrine. Top it off with one of their hot or cold drinks.
KRNR The Rock Station: Serving drinks, snacks, our super-cool lineup of soft-serve and floats, or that “solid-cold” fan favorite, frozen lemonade!
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy: Join Lightning as he demonstrates his brand-new, state-of-the-art racing simulator and with its wraparound screen. Tow Mater, Cruz Ramirez, and the gang from Radiator Springs root him on in this fun-filled race around the track.
Star Wars Launch Bay: Meet characters such as Chewbacca, Kylo-Ren, and BB-8. Browse the Launch Bay Cargo for movie prop replicas and memorabilia from the Star Wars movie series.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios Entertainment: Watch as Mickey and his friends travel down Hollywood Boulevard in style. Dance with some of your Disney Junior friends to their favorite songs. Keep an eye out for Pixar Pals that also cruise along down Hollywood Boulevard.
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration: Listen to the Royal Historians of Arendelle recount the story of their enchanted kingdom. Watch as Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff sing along with the audience! With projected lyrics and special surprises, this show a real treat!
Dockside Diner: Aboard the open-air “tramp steamer” eatery that pays homage to 1950s California-Crazy architecture. Serving specialty foot-long hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches.
Toy Story Land
Woody’s Lunch Box: Andy’s lunch box is turned sideways into a walk-up window serving eats & treats. Featuring classic American fare, old-fashioned soda floats, and other Toy Story-themed specialties.
Market: Quench your thirst with frozen cocktails, cold beer, or soft drinks.
Neighborhood Bakery: Serving tasty treats inspired by The Incredibles including the Num Num Cookie and Frozone Slush. Enjoy classic snacks like popcorn or a Mickey pretzel.
ABC Commissary: An Art Deco-themed setting of a studio-inspired commissary. Offering a variety of entrees including chicken, pork, or plant-based dishes as you look at posters of your favorite ABC Shows.
Also serving soft drinks and coffee to beer and wine.
Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant: Enjoy a meal in a car-shaped booth or table at recreated “drive-in” playing thrilling sci-fi scenes.
You’ll find tasty menu items in this Hollywood-style soundstage. Advanced reservations are recommended.
50’s Prime Time Café: Walk into this all-American cafe that is themed like Mom’s kitchen. Feast on some of Mom’s old-fashioned pot roast, Aunt Liz’s golden fried chicken and so much more.
Backlot Express: Savor flavorful dishes like the Backlot Burger or Cuban Sandwich! Desserts, beer, and soft drinks are also available.
Epic Eats: Enjoy signature sweet treats—including funnel cakes with various toppings and beverages in this ramshackle and rusty-looking stand.
BaseLine Tap House: Enter a charming little brick building bubbling with character. Enjoy a broad selection of California craft ales, lagers, and cider.
PizzeRizzo: A joint run by Rizzo, the wise-cracking Muppet that serves pizza, meatball subs, or antipasto salads.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano: Find yourself in a casual but colorful Italian restaurant featuring a host of entrees that include authentic pastas, savory chicken and seafood preparations, or even the charred strip steak.
Advance reservations are highly recommended.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Kat Saka’s Kettle: Check this out-of-this-world popcorn stand.
Ronto Roasters: Enjoy a treat with a beverage as you watch a hanging podracer engine heat up a few sides of meat roasted by a droid. The best snacks this side of Tatooine.
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo: A restaurant housed in a working hangar bay, serving a variety of dishes. Grab a table in the rustic outdoor seating area surrounded by the decaying walls of the old marketplace.
Oga’s Cantina: The favorite meeting place of bounty hunters, smugglers, traders, and travelers where they conduct their shady business while listening to great music. Droid DJ R-3X heads up the space jams while you make your selection of unique dishes you can’t find anywhere else in the galaxy.
Milk Stand: Treat yourself to the legendary Bantha’s milk served frozen, blue or green, alcoholic or non.
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Star Wars- A Galactic Spectacular: a nightly show at Hollywood Studios, where you can watch Mickey’s dreams in a television series with projections, characters on stage, boats, fireworks, fireworks and more.
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith: Intensive Roller Coaster (Disney standard) with a common Aerosmith loop. The performances and the queues make it more experience, but the roller coaster of Rock ‘n’ is basically an unusual roller coaster in the dark.
The Disney Junior Dance Party! – Musical events with Disney Junior characters, including Doc McStuffins, Timon, Vampirina and Mickey Mouse.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: an exciting free trip in Twilight Zone with a complete introduction and a great story. This is the best attraction of Walt Disney World in the last 20 years.
Walt Disney Presents – Formerly a man’s dream, this is a lasting reward for Walt Disney, with the film at the end. In addition to being a tribute to Walt Disney, it now also serves as a preview center for additions to Walt Disney World, including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
MuppetVision 3D – 3D shows with Muppetami. Having a sense of humor, you will love MuppetVision 3D. The pre-show is actually the highlight of MuppetVision and we think it’s pretty divisible.
The Voyage of the Little Mermaid: a theatrical presentation (some black light) with a small version in the form of a mermaid from CliffNotes. This ride has recently been updated.
Toy Story Mania – 3D shooting game with Toy Story characters. The prep track, which was once the busiest attraction at Walt Disney World, was shorter last year than the opening of the third song.
The Slinky Dog Dash: A new center of attention at Hollywood Studios & the jewel in the crown of Toy Story Land. The power of this roller coaster is the unexpected experience, a design of the track, the duration & interesting queues with many interesting details.
The Alien Swirling Saucers: small green aliens that control the spaceships that surround guests in attractions very alike to Junkyard Jamboree in Disney California Adventure.
The Frozen Sing Along Celebration: the singing is, of course, for the children, but there are also terrible moments of adult humor. The true historian of Arendelle weaves the song along with the writing of Froze.
The Beauty & the Beast, Live on stage: a Broadway-style scene tells the story of beauty & the beast in a compressed form. In general, we are not fans of events or attractions which are just compressed versions of normal stories, though Beauty & the Beast; Live on Stage is not their choreography or their interpretations (especially the dead objects) and their dramatic styles that seem real. They bring a new thing to the table.
In Hollywood studios, there are not many trips for toddlers. However, with Toy Story Land, there are several new driving options for children. Toy Story Mania is classic, but infants and toddlers may not fully understand the 3D look. You can also find speeds and sounds quite unstable. The Slinky Dog Dash is a very nice roller coaster, but it has a height limit of 38. It’s not intense, but it’s fast, even if your child is tall enough, it can be a bit of an exaggeration. Perfect for you, dizzy and fast enough for adults to have fun, you need a minimum size of 32 inches, so it’s not a trip back, if your children are a little older (at least four years old) and you want to finish Jedi training, you should: there (with children) when the park is open to secure its place.
- Plan your breaks to eat and drink: make sure you have enough rest and drinks in the park. Although Hollywood studios are smaller than other parks, you’ll still walk a lot
- Do not miss the show: Hollywood studios are not just rides. The show should also play a large part of the day. Children love shows in Hollywood studios and you should see some of them.
- Access parks Wi-Fi: online access is very important in Disney World. The My Disney Experience app is an indispensable guide to wait, play cards, play time and more.
- Do not go to Toy Story Land for the opening! Everyone travels to Toy Story Land, which means that other attractions have a small amount.
- Do you have a Fastpass strategy? When visiting one of the Disney World parks, it is important to understand the basic concepts of Fastpass. Fastpass + is a reservation system for Disney attractions.
- Use Single Rider: Rock N Roller Coaster captivates with long waiting times. But nevertheless; this is one of the few trips in Disney World that offer options for single rider. Use it!