Hollywood Studios has a lot of great attractions and shows. With the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge touring Hollywood Studios has gotten a bit trickier without a proper game plan. I hate this but it is what it is. Here are my Hollywood Studios Touring Tips with the new Fastpass+ tiers going into effect 8-29-2019.
Hollywood Studios Touring Plan Tips
Rope Drop Hollywood Studios. What does rope drop mean? Rope drop means that you are there at park opening. I don’t mean pulling into the parking lot or getting off the bus when the park opens. I mean getting there with enough time to get through security and lined up at the ticket entry points. Disney Cast Members hold a rope across the entrance to prevent guests from coming in early. When the park opens they “drop” the rope and let guests enter in an orderly fashion, meaning no running.
So what time should you get to the park for Hollywood Studios rope drop? I usually get to the Studios about an hour before the park opens. If you have to buy tickets at the gate then give yourself another 15-20 minutes.
The reason rope drop is important, especially now is that you can at least get one of the Tier One rides done ASAP with a very short wait.
Stay Onsite and Use the Extra, Extra Magic Hours. If you are staying onsite and traveling during the time when there are Extra, Extra Magic Hours (6 am), use them. That will be the best way to ensure you get to see and ride the most attractions in the park. Yes, those opening times are early, but they will be worth it. Plan on being there about an hour before the park open time.
Schedule Your First Fastpass for 1 Hour After Park Open. My reasoning behind this is that after your rope drop your first ride, the wait for the closest tier one ride will likely be under 45 minutes. For example, rope drop Slinky Dog Dash then you should be able to ride Toy Story Mania within that same first hour. Or if Rock n’ Roller Coaster is your rope drop ride, ride Tower of Terror next. These rides are in close proximity of each other.
Schedule Shows for the Middle of the Day. Especially during the hot months sitting down for a show in a shaded and/or air-conditioned theater will be very welcomed.
Ride Rockin’ Roller Coaster as Single Rider. If the people in your party are comfortable riding Rockin’ Roller Coaster alone then this is a great option. The line is typically smaller.
Don’t Schedule any Tier 2 Fastpasses. Honestly the rides leftover don’t really need them. Shows provide good seats no matter where you sit. It is a better game plan to try to schedule your first tier 1 Fastpass one hour after the park opens and then after you scan your Magic Band or ticket to get on the ride use your phone and the My Disney Experience App to grab a second tier one ride.
Choose a Tier 1 Ride To Do Near Park Closing. A lot of rides have low wait times near park closing. This is a great plan if you are not too interested in the nighttime shows.
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Attend Early Morning Magic or an After Hours Event. If you are only going to be spending one day at Hollywood Studios I would add this extra paid event. Lines for the top attractions are basically nonexistent. This is one park I think this extra expense of the event is worth the money.
Have Realistic Expectations. If you are staying off property or can’t make it to the park opening then you will probably not be able to everything, or even all top newer attractions at Hollywood Studios.
What are the New Hollywood Studios Tiers?
What is the Best Hollywood Studios Tier 1 Fastpass to Get?
Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers are the top priorities. This is because Toy Story Land is devoid of shade in a lot of areas. Toy Story Mania and Tower of Terror both have indoor queues. I have also noticed several Toy Story Mania Fastpasses available later in the day.
What About Smuggler’s Run Fastpass?
A Virtual Queue Will Be Used. When Smuggler’s Run opens August 29th there will not be a Fastpass+ option. So far it is rumored they will be doing a virtual queue similar to the current system at Disneyland.
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