There is a lot of info we could throw at you at once, but that wouldn’t be very helpful. Rather than giving you an overwhelming list of info you might forget, here are the top things you need to know before you go to Hollywood Studios. Be sure to check this page often for new updates!
- Toy Story Land: With this being the newest land, it’s going to draw the most attention – at least until Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in 2019. If you are able to grab a FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash, consider yourself lucky! If you are not able to get a FastPass and you are set on experiencing this attraction, we suggest being at Hollywood Studios for rope drop (opening) and head straight to the ride. This will allow you to experience a shorter wait than if you tried to ride later in the day.
- Rock’n’Roller Coaster: If you are riding Rock’n’Roller Coaster for the first time, definitely wait for the front row. If you’ve been on it before and want more of a thrill, ask to sit in the back row.
- Break Time: There are two great break time areas we frequent when needing a breather. One is the ABC Commissary restaurant – there are tv’s to watch clips of ABC shows and always ample seating, plus you can grab a drink or bite to eat too. The other is the Star Wars Launch Bay. You can walk through and look at props from the Star Wars movies, meet Star Wars characters, or get harassed by some Stormtroopers. The nice thing about the Launch Bay is that it is inside an air-conditioned building. It gives you a break from the elements (heat or rain) and allows you to take a breather without feeling like you’re wasting park time.
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster: One of the best coasters Disney offers. It’s a fun, dark coaster and has a few inversions. The ride is synchronized to some of the well-known songs of Aerosmith as you make your way through L.A. So grab your black Les Paul and head to the alley to catch your super-stretch limo!
- Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: This ride has thrilled for the past 21 years! Although there have been some improvements along the way, this ride has stayed strong and true as a must-do when visiting DHS.
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue: A classic made new. We really liked the old version of this ride but we admit the updates have made the ride smoother, the picture clearer, and now you have the chance to be the rebel spy! This is on our must-do every time we visit.
- Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage: A tale as old as time. This classic translates to the stage beautifully in this live show. This show brings you through Belle and the Beast’s journey and gives you the opportunity to hear those beautiful songs from the movie performed live. We highly suggest adding this to your list of attractions to see!
- Fantasmic!: Another must-see show. It’s the perfect way to end your day at DHS. This show has become iconic, as it’s been closing out the day at DHS for 19 years. It’s a beautiful water and fireworks show that takes a journey through Mickey Mouse’s imagination, where he attempts to triumph over Disney Villains and evil. This is a popular show and fills fast, so make sure you arrive to the theater early to secure a seat.
- The Darkroom, just inside the entrance: We like this bathroom because it’s in the perfect spot to hit just after you get into the park and want to make sure you’re ready to hit the rides without interruption and to hit just before you leave the park. It is somewhat hidden on the side of the building, which means there is somewhat less traffic. We also like this one because it’s a decent size, which means no waiting.
- Sunset Club Couture: This bathroom is easily accessible, yet not so visible that it attracts too much traffic. If you are heading towards Tower of Terror on Sunset Boulevard, it will be on your right and very close to the Sunset Club Couture shop. There is a ramp that leads you right to the entrance.
- ABC Commissary: We like to keep this one as a hidden gem, but we’ll share it with you! If you are heading towards Star Tours from the Great Movie Ride, enter the ABC Commissary and immediately turn left. The bathrooms are all the way at the end of the building, so it’s as if you were still heading on your route towards Star Tours but you’re taking the route through the restaurant. While the bathrooms here are smaller, the amount of people who visit the ABC Commissary is small which leaves you with a private, cozy bathroom. Exiting through the side door adds to the value of this bathroom – no messing with table navigating on your way out or trying to get back to the front of the restaurant. View our video here to see this bathroom’s location:
- ABC Sound Studio: This bathroom has a higher amount of traffic but is a good size, so we recommend it for the ease of access and location. It is located just around the corner from Indiana Jones and on your way towards Star Tours from Echo Lake.
- 50’s Prime Time Café: Put this on your list to experience during a trip to Hollywood Studios. The restaurant itself is so fun and is decorated like you’re in a home from the 1950’s! The food is delicious too! Popular dishes here are Aunt Liz’s Fried Chicken and Mom’s Pot Roast but make sure you save room for dessert! You must get a milkshake when dining here and we suggest either the PB&J Shake or the Chocolate Shake! This is a table service restaurant and is quite popular, so we highly suggest securing an Adavance Dining Reservation (ADR) before your trip.
- Backlot Express: This restaurant is located next to Star Tours and we like this restaurant for its location and its efficiency. If you’re looking for a quick bite to eat before heading to tackle more rides, check this restaurant out. They offer burgers, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, chili dogs, salads, and sandwiches. The location is in a somewhat central location, so you’ll most likely be close to it during the middle of the day when you need to eat and take a break. This is also a less expensive option compared to the other table service restaurants in the park. In addition, you can put a mobile order in using the My Disney Experience app and skip waiting in line to order your food! This helps maximize your theme park time!
- Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater: Another excellently-themed restaurant based in the 1950’s. When you enter this restaurant, it appears you are entering a 50’s drive-in! Your table is located inside an old-fashioned car and all of the “cars” are facing a large movie screen. They offer American cuisine including steak, salmon, burgers, sandwiches, and ribs. This restaurant definitely needs an ADR.
- Tatooine Traders: Your place for all things Star Wars! The Star Tours ride actually feeds into this shop (as a theme park ride should) so you should get a good chance to browse the galactic merch. The only downside to this shop – space. We don’t mean outer space, we mean on a busy day, you’ll get rather close to the other guests also looking to pick up some sweet Star Wars memorabilia. However, it’s worth the sacrifice of personal space to check out the shop. Also, if you happen to be the rebel spy, they have a shirt to mark that occasion!
- The Darkroom: There are two main reasons to check this store out – Disney Magic Bands and Disney Picture Vinyl Records! There is a wide selection of Magic Bands to choose from but our favorite item offered there is the Picture Vinyl Record! You can get your favorite Disney soundtrack on vinyl record and each one has a beautiful picture from the movie on the actual disc! Some of the movies available include The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin, The Lion King and Tangled! This store is conveniently located near the park entrance, so you can easily visit on your way in or on your way out – or both!