At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it is certainly more about the quality than quantity. With minimal attractions, this park still manages to wow visitors. This list will include both well known attractions and the ones that individuals may overlook, but are definitely worth a visit to (trust me, they all are). If you plan well, and maximise your time in Hollywood Studios, you should be able to experience everything, in a single day. In this guide to Disney’s Hollywood Studios I will review the top picks to add to your itinerary for your next trip. So, shall we rock and roll?
Toy Story Mania (7/10)
This is a 3D screen-based shooting game with the use of Toy Story characters. Since it’s opening, this attraction has been one of the most heavily-hyped attractions at Walt Disney World. Along with this fame came a negative, ridiculous wait times. I recommend getting FastPass+ for Toy Story Mania if possible, and if you don’t succeed then visit the ride at the beginning of the day or towards the end. This ride is a good experience, but not worth the ridiculous wait times it is known for.
Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage (8/10)
A Broadway-style stage retelling the story of Beauty and the Beast in condensed form. Normally, we’re not fans of shows or attractions that are simply condensed versions of the normal stories, but Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage does enough with its choreography and performances (specifically by the inanimate objects) and dramatic styling that it feels like it actually brings something new to the table. In a park high on stage shows, this is a highlight. FastPass+ is available, but totally unnecessary.
MuppetVision 3D (10/10)
If you like a good laugh, or have a great sense of humour, you’ll love MuppetVision 3D. This 3D show includes a pre-show beforehand which many believe to be the ‘highlight’ of MuppetVision. Make sure you arrive early enough to experience the whole package ! The main 3D show is good, using the typical 3D gimmicks, plus characters in the feature. Not loving MuppetVision 3D is distinctly unpatriotic. FastPass+ is available, but totally unnecessary.
Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (9.5/10)
Another 3D motion simulator montage ride through various locations of the Star Wars universe. This fresh yet still very fun experience which is fast paced. Each location that you visit on the ride is randomised, adding to re- rideability, and having a different experience next time! Although this has FastPass+, it also has a very high ride capacity, and an entertaining queue.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (8/10)
An incredible stunt show themed around the one and only, Indiana Jones. Despite it’s age, this stunt spectacular still manages to amaze. It features a variety of different stunt styles, engaging narrative scenes and humour. As far as action-oriented shows at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, this is by far the best. FastPass+ is available, but totally unnecessary.
The Great Movie Ride (7/10)
A guided ride through some of the highlights of cinema, with impressive sets and Audio Animatronics. If you can get past the overacting of the tour guide and their cheesy script, the Great Movie Ride is still an excellent attraction the takes guests on an engaging tour of the highlights of American cinema. The Alien scene however will probably scare kids. FastPass+ is available, but unless you’re visiting on a really busy day, it’s not necessary.
Voyage of the Little Mermaid 6.5/10)
Stage show (partially black-light) telling the story of The Little Mermaid. It is an enjoyable show that is worth seeing if you have the time, and the black light dancing fish scene is fun. It is basically the show version of… well you guessed it. FastPass+ is available, but totally unnecessary.
Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith (7.5/10)
This rollercoaster involves high speeds, loops, darkness and the one and only Aerosmith. The pre-show and queue line do help this attraction create ‘the full experience’ or ‘the full package’. This rollercoaster is fun (if you class having a headache as fun) but it is certainly not 90-minute-wait fun. This is in the same FastPass+ tier as Toy Story Mania; if you don’t use FastPass+ on Toy Story Mania, definitely use it on this. Otherwise, do it first thing in the morning or via Single Rider.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ nighttime spectacular in which you enter Mickey Mouse’s dreams in a show featuring projections, characters on stage, boats, fire, fireworks, and more. Depending upon your perspective, our score for Fantasmic could be too low or too high. It’s in the same FastPass+ tier as Toy Story Mania and Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, but if you elect or are unable to do either of those Fantasmic is a good use of FastPass+.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (10/10)
Yes, this is technically a thrill ride to most people (but seriously, the dropping is the least important part of the entire experience). The atmosphere, environment and mood around you really does blow your mind and I recommend even going around the experience and then take the ‘chicken’ exit at the end and not experience the drop. If you do however experience the drop you’ll get the whole package; a free-fall thrill ride set in the Twilight Zone with an elaborate lead and an excellent story. Tower of Terror has a 40″ height requirement and offers FastPass+. In its tier, it’s a good use of FastPass+, but don’t hesitate to wait in line for 30-40 minutes for this–the queue is an experience itself, with plenty of references from Twilight Zone episodes.
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