Each Disney World Park has its own unique way of operating and it’s unique fan base. When visiting Hollywood Studios with kids, it’s less about the rides and more about the shows and experiences.
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Hollywood Studios FastPass Tiers
As of August 29, 2019, the FastPass Tiers are changing. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opened August 29 so far they are not offering FastPass for the Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction.
Any guest making a FastPass reservation for a visit after August 29th will have to use the updated tiers.
Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 Attractions
The latest three Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 attractions are:
- Slinky Dog Dash,
- Alien Swirling Saucers,
- Toy Story Mania!,
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror,
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2 Attractions
When making your advance reservations, you can reserve two of these (or three if you don’t reserve a Tier 1 attraction).
- Star Tours: The Adventures Continue,
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid,
- Disney Junior Dance Party!,
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration,
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular,
- Muppet*Vision 3D,
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
Best Rides to Book a FastPass for in Hollywood Studios
#1 Choice for Tier 1
Slinky Dog Dash is the more popular of the two new Toy Story Land rides. Slinky Dog Dash also has the highest height requirement of the Toy Story Land rides. Rumour has it that Alien Swirling Saucers is not seeing the record-breaking lines like Slinky Dog Dash or Toy Story Mania, so we would suggest waiting in line for this one and giving it a good coin-toss between the two primary attractions.
If you are pressed for time or really want to ride Tower of Terror, we would suggest you rope drop Toy Story Land and book Fastpasses for Tower of Terror later in the day.
#1 Choices for Tier 2
We recommend guests select Fantasmic and Star Wars as their Tier 2 Fastpass selections. The others are shows in large stadiums and can fit a lot of people; arrive early enough and you are set for terrific seats.
Fantasmic!, on the other hand, can have queues of 2 hours, and that doesn’t even guarantee you a seat in the stadium (been there, done that). If there is nothing else in the parks that you NEED to see, Fastpass Fantasmic and have yourself an amazing view of the evening show.
Rides/Shows to Avoid
As I just mentioned, Indiana Jones, Frozen Show, Playhouse Disney, and the Beauty and the Beast Show are all large theatres that can sit a large number of people. There is no need to select Fastpasses for these.
Hollywood Studios Itinerary for Families
Adding Galaxy’s Edge to Hollywood Studios, immediately followed by two hurricanes, has several reduced one’s ability to foresee the traffic pattern with the park. Based on popular beliefs, this is what we suggest for your Hollywood Studios itinerary with kids
- Star Wars; Galaxy’s Edge. 2-3 hours
- Star Tours
- Lunch at Hollywood and Vine character meal (need reservations)
- Jedi Training
- Disney Junior Dance Party
- Ride Slinky Dog (FastPass 4pm-5 pm)
- Toy Story Land
- Snack at Woody’s lunch box
- Beauty and the Beast live on stage
- Dinner at ABC Commissary
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid,
- Any Attractions we missed or wanted to ride again
Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge
It is impossible to tell how long the lines will be low at Galaxy’s Edge, especially after December 5, 2019, when Rise of the Resistance opens. We do know that Millenium Falcon; Smugglers Run is allowing Rider Switch as well as Singler Riders, but no fastpasses. And this has worked out very well, as the lines have peaked at 60 minutes, instead of 300 minutes at Slinky Dog.
We do know, however, that Oga’s Cantina, Savi’s Workshop and Droid Depot all require reservations to get in. There is no limit as to how many reservations you can have per day and they do not interfere with Fastpass reservations.
We suggest you make these reservations closer to the time you expect to leave Galaxy’s Edge, so you can spend most of your morning shopping, eating at Docking Bay 7 or waiting in the standby queue for either Star Wars attraction. Each reservation takes between 30-45 minutes to complete, and with the exception of Savi’s Workshop, Oga’s and Droid Depot don’t seem to mind if you show up early or late on your given day.
Hollywood and Vine character meal
If you are on the Disney Dining Plan, Hollywood and Vine will cost you 1 TS credit.
For those wanting to watch the nighttime spectacular, Fantasmic! , there is no need to make a Fastpass reservation. When selecting Hollywood and Vine from the reservation menu, be sure to request the Fantasmic! dining package. This is also available through Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, and The Hollywood Brown Derby.
For those not with the dining plan, the dining package is an extra cost. For those on the dining plan, it is included in the credit voucher and does not cost extra for the reservation.
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