Disney’s Hollywood Studios may be the smallest of the Disney Parks in terms of the space it covers, but it doesn’t lack incredible attractions and experiences for Guests to enjoy. When you think of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, several things probably come to mind. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and Toy Story Land are just a few things we think of.
Since the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been where many Guests spend their morning. Early Theme Park Entry helps you to ride attractions such as Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway with shorter line times than later in the day. Fantasmic! returning to the Disney Park also attracts large crowds during the evening, resulting in another opportunity to seek out minimal line times if you’ve already seen the show. Doing so will also reduce the need to use Disney Genie+ or purchase Individual Lightning Lane passes.
But when spending a whole day in the Walt Disney World theme park, there can be much to experience in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you are visiting during a busy period, you may have to choose attractions to miss out on. Otherwise, you may just need to know the attractions you best avoid. Whichever fits your Disney vacation, here are the attractions we always bypass in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Alien Swirling Saucers
If you enjoy the Mad Tea Party in Magic Kingdom Park, you’ll enjoy the Alien Swirling Saucers in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests can choose an intergalactic saucer to sit in before taking a spin through space to futuristic tunes. You can expect plenty of Toy Story (1995) aliens to be present when taking a spin.
Alien Swirling Saucers is often the Toy Story Land attraction with the shortest line. However, this generally doesn’t attract us to riding the Disney attraction. While it’s a great attraction to experience with younger Guests, we prefer to take a spin on the Mad Tea Party. In Disney’s Hollywood Studios, use the saved time from skipping Alien Swirling Saucers to ride Toy Story Mania and Slinky Dog Dash instead.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is known for the shows that Guests can enjoy when visiting the Disney Park. A popular show amongst Guests is Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Located in Echo Lake, the hour-long experience shows Indy and Marion perform incredible stunts with plenty of special effects. You’ll likely find yourself on the edge of your seat when watching for the first time. However, once you’ve seen it, the show quickly becomes predictable. For that reason, we prefer to avoid the show. While the covered theatre allows you to take a break from the sun, it can be warm and sticky. Enjoy it once, but then pass on the show next time around! If you want to take a break from the sun, other performances include Beauty & The Beast Live on Stage and For The First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration offer a great alternative.
Grand Avenue pays homage to The Muppets. This part of Disney’s Hollywood Studios is where you will find PizzeRizzo and Muppet*Vision 3D. Muppet*Vision 3D is a 3D film that also features live-action fun. Guests are seated in a replica of the Muppet theatre from the classic show, The Muppet Show. While we love the nostalgia of Muppet*Vision 3D, we can’t help but pass the attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Unfortunately, the show is somewhat dated now. While it was once an incredible experience, 3D production has dramatically improved. You’ll find yourself watching a show that uses all the expected 3D techniques.
Disney Junior Play and Dance!
Prepare for a high-energy, musical celebration with Disney Junior friends in Animation Courtyard. Disney Junior Play and Dance! is a 25-minute show that features Doc McStuffins, Vampirina, Timon, and Mickey Mouse. If you have younger Guests in your party, they will love the show. It’s their opportunity to burn energy, dance-along, wave to the characters, and have fun. However, if you’re traveling with adults only, you’ll probably want to pass on this attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
Another attraction located in Echo Lake is Star Tours – The Adventure Continues. The flight simulator features 3D video and Audio-Animatronics, offering Guests a unique experience every time they ride. For any Star Wars fan, this is a great experience. However, if you’re not a fan, you must enjoy simulated ride experiences to ride this attraction. This is why we choose to avoid Star Tours – The Adventure Continues.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
Over in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, there’s another simulated ride that we prefer to skip. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is one of the newest attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests sit in the famous cockpit and take a daring flight into hyperspace. Each Guest on board will play a crucial part in the successful flight as a pilot, engineer, or gunner. We’ve heard it’s an exciting ride, but the best ride experience comes from being a pilot. However, we’ll skip this attraction because it is a simulated ride.
Do you agree with our choices? Which attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios do you generally avoid? Are these on your list to experience or avoid during your next Walt Disney World vacation?