Top 5 things to know about Hollywood Studios trip planning

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Originally MGM studios, we know have the fun park of Hollywood Studios!

The park has been under an ongoing transformation over the last few years, with many of the behind the scenes studio attractions going by the wayside.

This is why we have Toy Story Land, which opened in 2018, and the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge that is set to open (SOOON!) August of 2019.

Along with these new lands we have the classics: Hollywood Boulevard, Echo Lake, Grand Avenue, Animation Courtyard, and Sunset Boulevard.

You can still find many exciting attractions that have been around since you were a kid. Like the muppets, which opened in 1991.

In the early days of its opening, the park used to be thought of as a “half day” park, this is certainly not the case now! In fact, it’s similar to the other parks- you simply can’t do everything in one day.

If your curious about bringing your kids along, discover tips for Hollywood Studios and Young kids (babies, toddlers and preschoolers)

Important information for your next Hollywood Studios trip

#1. The Best Rides

The rides at Hollywood Studios are more thrill type- which means their isn’t a lot for children or those with ADA restrictions.

However, there are many attractions to see if you are unable to ride the thrill rides.

Slinky Dog Dash

This ride is the highlight of Toy Story Land and one of the most popular rides in Disney World as a whole.

Fitting with the theming of Toy story land being ‘toy sized’ and humans being as small as toy soldiers, we have the roller coaster that was built by Andy himself and is constructed of Tinkertoys!

You’ll feel like a toy as Slinky takes you on twists and turns while you zoom pass all sorts of other toys. Bigger kids can ride this and will love how fun it is!

Tower of Terror

Ready for one of the most unpredictable rides at Disney World?

This abandoned 13-story hotel is home to a pretty eerie history.

Make your way through the cobwebs and dust to the library where you will listen to a brief history of the hotel.

The ride itself takes you up to the top. You’re in for some optical illusions and a drop ( or two!). The best thing about this ride is that it changes, so the rider never knows how many drops and ascents there will be!

# 2 Fun Entertainment you need to see!

There are some fantastic shows in Hollywood Studios. Sing-a-longs and dance parties and live reenactments of popular movies are all waiting for you to enjoy!

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Indiana Jones may not be a familiar name for little ones, but this show will be something that they won’t soon forget!

It is action-packed entertainment that features reenactments of the most  memorable scenes from the Indiana Jones movies.

Special effects and live demonstrations of pretty amazing stunts keep you on the edge of your seat!

You can get fast passes, but since it’s a show, there isn’t much benefit. It has a large theater but it can get filled up depending on what times they have available for that day.


This show is held in a huge outdoor arena and it has a combination of fireworks, water projections, lasers, music and Disney characters.

Many will say that this is the best nighttime display besides Magic Kingdom’s happily ever after.

# 3 Delicious Eats for everyone to enjoy

Hollywood Studios is known for its fantastic themed restaurants, many of them recreations of well-known Hollywood hotspots like The Brown Derby.

Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant

You’ll be treated to dinner and a show at this eatery that features classic 50s cars as your dining table! The inside looks like an old-fashioned drive-in theater.

The menu offers a variety of burgers, steak, pasta and sandwiches- very traditional dinner fare.

I’m not a huge fan of this for kids because it does feature some old timiey horror flicks.

Hollywood & Vine

The Hollywood & Vine buffet will be a huge surprise for toddlers and preschoolers that are fans of Disney Junior as you’ll be able to meet Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Fancy Nancy, and Goofy from Mickey and the Roadster Racers. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all offered here and Minnie special exclusive meet and greats during certain times of the year!

The rest of the places to eat!

There are so many other places to eat in Hollywood Studios, from restaurants to quick service to places for dessert!

# 4 Other fun stuff

Children ages 4-12 can join the Jedi Training Academy where they will learn how to defeat the Dark Side with wit and a lightsaber.

They’ll put all their knowledge to the test when it’s time to face Star Wars villains face-to-face! You can register your Jedi at the Indiana Jones Adventure Outpost.

Stop in at Walt Disney Presents and spend some time perusing the story of Walt from his small hometown to his big time success in Hollywood.

There are photos, sketches and replicas of many of his early ideas for movies and Disneyland and World. There is a 15-minute film called “One Man’s Dream”. It seems only right to stop in and take a look at the ideas that were so important to this man that started it all!

Make a stop at Pixar Place and join the Incredibles for a fun dance party that includes interactive games and find clues to help you find baby Jack Jack. You can also stop in Edna Mode’s Super-Suit Gallery and take a look at some of her hero worthy suits!

# 5 Star Wars Galaxies Edge

Star Wars has taken over Hollywood Studios, and it will be like that for the next few years as fans from around the world come to see the outpost of Batuu.

While we are still learning all the details about Galaxies Edge, we do know that the generally consensus of the Disneyland Park is enjoyment and excitement! We will update more when we find out all the details about Galaxies Edge.

See you at the parks

Your day at Hollywood Studios will be jam packed with entertainment from the movies and television shows that you love best!

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