Hollywood Studios continues to get better. We love visiting Hollywood Studios each time we go to Walt Disney World, yet construction has really impacted the park the last year or so. Now with the addition of Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the crowds will arrive. Just like Epcot and
First of all, if you’re new to Disney vacation planning, check out my post – Disney World Tips for First Timers. If you would like a general guideline of Fastpass scheduling tips, I recommend checking out my post – Best Disney Fastpass Secrets.
PRO TIP – ARRIVE 15 MIN. BEFORE THE PARK OPENS. If you are staying on property and Hollywood Studios has early Magic Hours, use them and wake up earlier to make it on time. If you are not staying on property, find out which park does have early magic hours and do not go to that one! If you do, you will be competing with hundreds of people who arrived an hour before you.
Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tips
First of all, as of now (11/19), you cannot get a Fastpass to Millenium Falcon or the Rise of the Resistance rides in Galaxy’s Edge.
There are 13 Fastpass attractions at Hollywood Studios (three Tier 1 and ten Tier 2). This Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass strategy is assuming that everyone in your party reaches the height requirements. I will start with the Tier 1 attractions here and what Fastpass strategy I recommend:
Tier 1 Rides
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Toy Story Mania
Since the opening of Toy Story Land, those rides have moved to Tier 1, and the rest have been bumped to Tier 2. My recommendation is to get your Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass for the newest attraction with the longest line – Slinky Dog Dash. If you cannot reserve a Fastpass, then get one for Toy Story Mania. Toy Story consistently has long lines, although the line is very well themed, it can move very slowly. The Alien Saucers should not have too long of a line.
Now, when you reserve the Slinky Dog Fastpass, I would likely reserve it for around 10:30 AM. Once you arrive at Hollywood Studios, go to Toy Story first, then Alien Saucers, and by then your Fastpass reservation time is likely up. Please be sure to check the park hours so that you can be there early before the park opens!
Tier 2 Rides
- Rock n Roller Coaster
- Tower of Terror
- Star Tours
- Muppet Vision
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (show)
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid (show)
- Disney Junior Live on Stage (show)
- Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (show)
- Beauty and the Beast (show)
- Fantasmic (show)
Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass Strategy
The Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass idea that I present below should be altered based upon your entry into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Since you will be given a window of time to enter/exit the land, adjust these accordingly.
9AM – ride Toy Story
9:30 – ride Alien Saucers
10:00 – 11:00 Fastpass – Slinky Dog
Ride Star Tours
11:00 – 12:00 Fastpass – Tower of Terror
12:00 – 1:00 Fastpass – Rock n Roller Coaster
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If anyone in your party wants to ride the Rock n Roller Coaster, you really should get a Fastpass for that one. It is extremely popular, the wait time is usually terrible and the line is pretty boring. You can usually ride Star Tours without a Fastpass, although you may want to get that one later on in the day. Tower of Terror is also pretty popular too and should be ridden with a Fastpass as the lines tend to get long.
Once you are in line for your last Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass, click on the My Disney Experience app and check to see which Fastpass is available the soonest. Remember that after your original 3 Fastpasses, Disney only lets you get one Fastpass at a time, so pick the attraction closest to your current time, so that you can get another right after.
Disney Hollywood Studios Fastpass with Toddlers
If you are traveling with little ones, I would recommend the following: Get a Fastpass for Toy Story Mania, Disney Junior show, and priority seating at the nighttime Fantasmic show. When you arrive go to the Toy Story area to meet Woody and Buzz Lightyear or ride Alien Saucers first. Another option is checking the character meet and greet times and getting first in line for some of your child’s favorites.
If you would like to see other sample ideas of Disney Fastpass schedules I have used, click below to read my other posts:
- Best Magic Kingdom Fastpass Strategy
- Best Animal Kingdom Fastpass Strategy
- Best Epcot Fastpass Strategy
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