Disney Planning: Hollywood Studios

Today we are going to discuss Hollywood Studios.  Funny story actually, when I was talking to my mother about the trip and I mentioned HS, she had no idea what I was talking about. The last time my parents were there was in about 1997, and it was called MGM at that point in time. Hollywood Studios definitely makes sense for this park, and if you’ve never been there you’re about to see why.

So again we are going to use an Easy WDW map because the color coding makes things much easier to explain.  Remember to get more information about planning your trip around these map suggestions you can visit the site directly at easy WDW.



Just as our previous two maps, red attractions are to be done in the first hour, or of course, use a fastpass. It is important to mention that Hollywood Studios uses a tiered system when it comes to fastpass use. You can pick ONE tier 1 attraction and TWO tier 2 attractions for your initial selections:

Tier One :

  1. Toy Story Mania
  2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  3. Fantasmic
  4. The Great Movie Ride
  5. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

Tier Two :

  1. Tower of Terror
  2. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  3. Star Tours
  4. Frozen Sing-Along
  5. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  6. Disney Jr. Live on Stage
  7. Muppet Vision 3D
  8. Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

Attractions to hit within the first hour (without fastpass use):

  • Rock n’ Roller Coaster
  • Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania
  • Jedi Training Sign up


Jedi Training sign up occurs as soon as the park opens. It has limited availability and is first come first served so if this is something your young one may want to take part it, I’d stop there first.  Jedi Training is only open to those from ages 4-12.  You may sign up for a show time, and return 30 minutes prior to that show.  Kids will get to learn how to yield lightsabers, and even get to confront Darth Vader! Pretty cool for a young Star Wars fan!

Toy Story Mania allows you to play 5 interactive games with your favorite Toy Story characters! It’s 4-D so you may get blasted with air/water!  I supplied a little video from a Disney commercial because it’s cute.


Tower of Terror is a thrill ride based on the T.V. series the Twilight Zone. Travel into the unknown, and then plummet 13 stories.  Definitely a must do for thrill seekers!


Rock n’ Roller Coaster is another great one for thrill seekers! Anyone who has been to Disney knows what this ride is all about – Aerosmith songs and taking off at 60 mph – so hold on to your hats my friends!

As far as attractions to hit within the first/last two hours of operation we only have two:

  • The Great Movie Ride
  • Star Wars 3D

For the most part, the reason The Great Movie Ride is here is because it takes about 22 minutes to go through the whole ride. So wait times can get a bit long for this one.  If traveling through various movies is something you’re in to, I’d suggest hitting this one early, or grabbing a fastpass!

All other attractions are listed as “anytime” attractions:

*You may notice I didn’t include Lights, Motors, Action! in this line-up. That’s because as of today (April 2, 2016) this ride is permanently closed. I’m sure to make room for something bigger and better!*

  • Beauty and the Beast live on stage
  • Indiana Jones
  • Frozen Sing-along
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • One Man’s Dream
  • Little Mermaid
  • Disney Jr. Live on stage
  • Star wars Launch Bay

Beauty and the Beast Live on stage

This is a 25 minute live show of Beauty and the Beast. While there is fastpass available for this show, it’s not necessary. Arrive a few minutes before the next showtime, and you should be good to go! The theater sits about 1,500 people so wait times are usually not an issue.

Indiana Jones

This is a 30 minute stunt show that reenacts popular Indiana Jones movie scenes! They even explain how to stage fight, fall, and other interesting stunt facts!  Adults can raise their hands to volunteer as extra’s during the show, too!

Frozen Sing-along

This is also a 30 minute show that retells the story of Anna and Elsa. Of course, all of the iconic Frozen songs come to life during the show.  Great for any Frozen enthusiast. As you can imagine, this one is quite popular. If you were going to use a fastpass for a show, this would be a good one to use it for as your initial selection (adding as a 4th selection later may be difficult).

Muppet Vision 3D

While this is a 3D muppet show, there are also kid friendly 4D effects as well such as being splashed with a little water or being tickled by soft fur. This show is based on the popular  Muppet Show created by Jim Hensen.  It’s a great interactive experience, and one of the reasons it’s a go-to for me!

One Man’s Dream

This is a gallery walk-through with artifacts from walt Disney himself, along with behind the scenes information! When you finish your walk-through there is a 15 minute video about Walt’s life.  This video area also plays sneak peeks of new movies, so pay attention!

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is a 17 minute long live show of the Little Mermaid.  It includes puppets, live performers, and movie clips.  This is on our “must-do” list as we have a mermaid lover in our family.  From what I’ve read, this theater is also on the small side, so if you can, a fastpass might be a good idea.

Disney Jr. Live on Stage

Disney Junior’s on stage show is about 24 minutes, and features Sofia the First, Doc McStuffins, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and of course the characters from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  If you have a little one with you, this is definitely something they are sure to love!

Star Wars Launch Bay

This is a gallery type attraction featuring exhibits dealing the the Star Wars saga. You can see replica props, learn facts, meet characters, and watch a 1o minute behind-the-scenes video!


Not enough star studded fun? No worries, you can meet them!

  • Kylo Ren
  • Mickey Mouse
  • Buzz & Woody
  • Mike & Sulley
  • Chewbacca
  • Sofia the First
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Jake
  • Donald & Daisy

Kid’s jumping all over needing to expel some excess energy?  No fears, Disney’s got you covered with the Honey, I shrunk the Kid’s playground!  Everything is extra large, to make you feel small. I even loved this in high school. It’s so cool!  Your kids are bound to lover running around in this larger-than-live playground!


Looking for some night time fun?  Hollywood studios is on it! They have nightly Star Wars inspired fireworks displays, and then there is the Fantasmic show!

I didn’t mention Fantasmic earlier because this falls into a category of it’s own.  This show is offered anywhere between 1 to 3 times in a night (3x is reserved for extremely high crowds), on select nights.  This is a 30 minute long light and water show.  Mickey Mouse stars as the sorcerers apprentice, and brings many of our beloved characters to life (and maybe some we don’t love so much)! This show is amazing, and I saw it a few years ago! If you prefer to have preferred seating you can do a Fantasmic! Dining Package for dinner and a show! Find more information here.


As always, see you next time! Please feel free to leave questions and comments!

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