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5 Experiences You Should Do Before Leaving Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios have changed drastically over the last few years at Walt Disney World. We have seen the addition of two substantial themed lands with Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.

With the opening of these two lands, we have seen new rides, dining, and shopping. Disney’s Hollywood Studios continues to provide not fun and exciting options for Guests. So with so much to experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we want to help you narrow down what you should focus on when visiting. We have five experiences you have to do before leaving Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance- Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

One of the top experiences that you won’t want to miss out on while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This ride puts studiosGuests into the Stars Wars story like never before.

Guests work alongside beloved characters such as Rey, BB-8, and Poe as they help the Resistance take on the First Order. With multiple ride vehicle experiences, this isn’t just a ride; it is an immersive experience.

You can purchase an Individual Lightning Lane for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. This can allow you to avoid the long standby lines built daily at the Park. By purchasing, you can experience the ride with a lower wait. We recommend thinking about this option because the passage does go down often. With so many unique, moving parts, technical issues can happen.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the top experience at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and one you won’t miss out on during your visit.

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Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway- Hollywood Boulevard

Located in the Chinese Theatre, the whole family can enjoy Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway together. This is the only attraction to feature Mickey Mouse, making it a must-do experience in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Mickey and Minnie get ready to head out on a picnic when things go wrong. Guests are taken along for the whirlwind adventure, where unexpected twists and turns occur. Each room is filled with extraordinary details that transform the scene as Guests travel on their runaway train.

Being a ride the whole family can enjoy together makes Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway a not to miss ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Fantasmic- Sunset Boulevard

The nighttime show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is Fantasmic and shouldn’t be missed. This show combines impressive projections, live-action entertainment, fireworks, and beloved music to create a stunning evening show for Guests.

Join Mickey Mouse as he fights good and evil in this extraordinary open-air musical. Kids will love seeing many of their favorite Disney characters throughout the show. Adults will find the stunning effects thrilling stunts and fantastic pyrotechnics that transforms the area into a magical show.

New animated films were added, bringing the beloved story of MoanaFrozen 2Mulan, and Aladdin to the popular show. If you are concerned about waiting in long lines for this show, consider booking a dining package. This will allow you to enjoy a meal before the show and then have reserved seating. This is a great way to avoid long lines still building for this top-rated show.

Tower of Terror lobby
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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror- Sunset Boulevard

Head down to Sunset Boulevard for a haunted experience as you enter the Twilight Zone. The Hollywood Tower Hotel rises high into the sky at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and is one of the best attractions in the Park. What makes this attraction so remarkable is the ride itself and the overall theming that Disney Imagineers used to create a truly haunting experience.

After making their way through the abandoned gardens and lobby, Guests are taken down to the boiler room, where they board the service elevator. Get strapped in as you prepare to discover what lies ahead in the Twilight Zone.

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a remarkable and unique ride at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This one shouldn’t be skipped.

Toy Story land at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Visit Toy Story Land

We will cheat a little with this one, but everyone should take the time to visit Toy Story Land during Disney’s Hollywood Studios day. This well-themed land has so much for Guests of all ages to enjoy.

Slinky Dog Dash is a fantastic family-friend coaster within Toy Story Land. Guests will race around Andy’s Backyard on this fun but thrilling coaster. The whole family can become a little competitive while riding Toy Story Mania. Here Guests participate in a 4D shooting game featuring their beloved Toy Story characters.

Woody’s Lunch Box is where you can find comfort food within Toy Story Land. Enjoy grilled cheese and potato barrels while taking in the details that make Toy Story Land unique.

In 2023, Guests will also be able to enjoy a meal at the new table service restaurants Roundup Rodeo Barbecue.

The theme alone is worth visiting Toy Story Land, but the food and rides make this area a not to miss stop during a visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Baseline Tap House
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Visit a Lounge

The final experience you won’t want to miss when in Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a stop at one of the lounges. The lounges at this Disney Parks have fantastic theming, great drinks, and fun people-watching.

BaseLine Tap House and Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge are two of the best lounges in Walt Disney World. You can enjoy specialty drinks here while enjoying good food. The pretzel at BaseLine Tap House if great to share, but if you need more, then the cobb salad at Hollywood Brown Derby Lounge is the way to go.

Oga’s Canteen also has a beautiful atmosphere if you are looking for a fun experience.

Don’t overlook the lounges throughout Disney’s Hollywood Studio as a place to take a break and relax.

Those are the five experiences you don’t want to miss out on while visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios during your next Disney vacation. A little excitement combined with some relaxation is the way to have a great time.






Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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