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Disney Ride Drama: What We’d Keep, Change, Close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Who is ready for some Disney fun?  We thought we would take a creative look at the rides at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  It is time to determine which rides we would keep, change, and keep at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Follow along and see if you agree with our decisions or if you would do something completely different!

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The Rides

Before we determine which rides are going to keep, change, and close at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, let’s break down what rides there are to choose from in this Disney Park.

Toy Story Land

Back in Toy Story Land, there are three rides for Guests to enjoy.  Slinky Dog Dash is a family-friendly coaster that takes Guests on twists and turns as they travel through Andy’s backyard.

Next, the original Toy Story ride is Toy Story Mania.  Here Guests compete against one another in a 4D game featuring the beloved Toy Story characters.

Finally, Alien Swirling Saucers is a spinning ride where the adorable aliens are in control of the space saucers.

Rise of the Resistance
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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Batuu is home to two rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is more than a ride it is an experience.  Guests work alongside the Resistance to help Rey, BB-8, Poe, and others battle the First Order.  Rise of the Resistance takes Guests into the movie like never before.

Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run is the other attraction in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.  This interactive ride puts Guests in the driver’s seat of the Millennium Falcon as they work together to complete a very important mission.


Sunset Boulevard

Down Sunset Boulevard Guests will discover two of the most thrilling rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror has Guests entering an old service elevator and dropping into the Twilight Zone itself.

Next door, is Rock n’ Roller Coaster Presented By Aerosmith.  This high thrill coaster has Guests blasting off into an indoor coaster that is full of loops and twists.  Get ready to rock.

Hollywood Boulevard

Mickey and Minne’s Runaway Railway is the center point of all of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Located in the Chinese Theatre, this adorable family-friendly ride has Guests joining Mickey and friends on an adventure full of fun.

Echo Lake

The very first Star Wars ride is found over in Echo Lake with Star Tours-The Adventures Continue.  This ride has Guests blasting into hyperspace on an exciting 3D adventure with C-3PO.  Guests can launch into different stories each ride making it one you can do multiple times.

Those are the main rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  So after looking at each of them, which ones would we choose to keep, change, and close?

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Keeping:  Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Although there are many fantastic rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, it probably isn’t a surprise to anyone that we would choose to keep Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.

There is so much to love and appreciate about this ride experience.  Not only is Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance a first of its kind in any Theme Park, but it truly is more than just a ride.  Guests are put into the story like never before making them a part of the adventure.

It is so exciting to see some of our favorite Star Wars characters brought to life in this ride and it is breathtaking as we enter the different rooms.  The size of this ride is unbelievable.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is without a doubt the ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that we would choose to keep, and we assume most will agree with us on this one.

Star Tours

Changing:  Star Tours: The Adventure Continues

As this is one of the original rides in Disney’s Hollywood Studios it isn’t surprising that it might need to be changed slightly.  With the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Star Tours seems to be getting less attention.  It is still a good ride, especially for Star Wars fans, but we think it could use some updating.

Although Disney has added in scenes from some of the newer Star Wars movies, we are wondering if they could do more of this.  Some of the older clips aren’t as crisp and could use a refresh.

We also think that there could be more with the queue and later with C-3PO.  With all the updates in technology, we would like to see some of that added to Star Wars: The Adventure Continues.

Alien Swirling Saucers
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Closing:  Alien Swirling Saucers

The one ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that we just don’t think adds a lot to the Park overall is Alien Swirling Saucers.  If you have been on this ride, you understand that there isn’t a lot to it overall.

With how crowded Toy Story Land is, and the lack of tables and seating areas, we wonder if this space would have been better used in other ways.  We know that Disney likes to provide smaller attractions next to their big E-ticket attractions.  In Toy Story Land, I think most Guests would have appreciated more seating for Woody’s Lunch Box or even a play area for kids instead.

There is a similar version of this ride located in Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure and fans love it, but Alien Swirling Saucers just doesn’t seem to get as much focus in Toy Story Land.

What would your opinion be about the rides found at Disney’s Hollywood Studios?  We hope this was a fun read and didn’t create too much drama for you!

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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