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Best Hollywood Studios Rides & Attractions Guide

No visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios would be complete without doing its top rides and attractions. In this guide we are going to give you a complete list of Hollywood Studios Rides, Attractions, Shows and other Entertainment. Then we are going to tell you the best rides and rank every one of them.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides happy guests on Slinky Dog Dash

We are going to tell you everything you need to know about all the best rides and attractions in Hollywood Studios, including height requirements, FastPass+ information, as well as grades for each one. After all, it’s important to know which rides are the ones to do before you visit so you can plan your day in the park right!

Since it opened its doors in 1989, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has had some amazing attractions, but maybe none more so than its current lineup. There has been a dramatic shift in the type of attractions over the last few years, and instead of taking you behind the scenes to see how movies are made, these rides take you into the movies.

Thanks to these new additions, it’s even gotten to the point where I could make the argument that Hollywood Studios now has the best lineup of rides in Walt Disney World, at least at the top. They’ve also changed this park from a potentially 1/2 day destination to one where you could stay 2 full days if you wanted to see everything.

If you have small children, Hollywood Studios isn’t going to be the best park for you, but adults and teens will especially like the rides here as they offer some of the best thrills around.

Before we get started, if you are looking for a specific strategy when you visit the park, I suggest you refer to our Hollywood Studios Touring Plans and Itineraries where we give you specific information on the best way to see each of the attractions. We have many 1-Day and 2-Day itineraries there so have a blast!

You also will find our Rope Drop Guide for Hollywood Studios very useful as it’s an essential strategy if you plan on doing all the “big” attractions in a reasonable time. We explain how to do it and what time to be there in the morning.

New Attractions in Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance first order star destroyer hanger bay

Just in the last couple of years, we’ve seen major new lands added to Hollywood Studios in Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Thankfully, each of them has brought more new attractions for us to enjoy.

All of these new attractions are either currently open or will be very shortly.

Rise of the Resistance

Hollywood Studios FastPass Rise of the Resistance queue mission board

Opened: December 5, 2019

You may have heard of this one. You know, the ride Disney had to invent a whole new way of queuing up for. Even though Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance wasn’t ready for Phase 1 of Galaxy’s Edge, it has turned out to be a stupendous attraction, unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

It has completely taken the theme park world by storm and is a can’t miss experience in Hollywood Studios.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run cockpit outside

Opened: August 29, 2019

This is the other attraction in Galaxy’s Edge that lets you and 5 other passengers take control of the iconic spaceship, the Millennium Falcon. While not as good as Rise of the Resistance, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run is still an incredible attraction in its own right.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway coming soon sign

Opening March 4, 2020

The wait is almost over for Hollywood Studios’ newest attraction, Mickey and Mickey’s Runaway Railway. This is another dark ride that utilizes trackless ride vehicles. It’s also the first ride-through attraction for Mickey Mouse, so we hope it doesn’t disappoint. Expect it to draw big crowds for quite a while.

We’ll be there on March 4 to give you the scoop.

Mickey Shorts Theater

Mickey Shorts Theater concept art

Opening March 2020

Also coming to Hollywood Studios in March 2020 is the Mickey Shorts Theater. This new attraction is taking over the space formerly occupied by the Path of the Jedi. While we don’t have all the information yet, we do know guests will see an original Mickey Mouse short, plus there will be a photo-op location where you can get your picture taken.

FastPass+ in Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides FastPass+ Kiosk

(FastPass+ is temporarily suspended in Walt Disney World) A huge part of doing the attractions in any Disney theme park is using the FastPass+ system and it is essential to not waiting in huge lines all day. If you aren’t familiar with how FastPass+ works in Walt Disney World, it basically allows you to reserve a spot to ride a particular attraction, giving you a return time to come back.

When you come back you enter a separate queue from the standby guests, and you have priority boarding, which will allow you to get on very quickly, without waiting much in line.

In Disney’s Hollywood Studios there are 2 Tiers for FastPass+ attractions: Tier 1 and Tier 2. The most popular rides are usually put into Tier 1, while Tier 2 has less popular ones.

Guests before arriving at the park, guests can book one Tier 1 attraction and two Tier 2’s each. These reservations are made online at the Walt Disney World website, or by using the My Disney Experience app. This can be done 30 days prior to your visit if you are staying off-site, or 60 days early if you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

Hollywood Studios Tier 1 attractions include:

  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Slinky Dog Dash

Hollywood Studios Tier 2 attractions include:

  • Toy Story Mania!
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
  • Fantasmic!
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Dance Party!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

TIP: Once you use up your first three FastPass selections for the day, you can book more, at a rate of one at a time. This unlocks unlimited FastPasses and you can continue doing this all day.

Please read our Hollywood Studios FastPass+ Guide for more information on which rides are best to book with FastPass+ and all our other tips and strategies for using it.

List of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Rides and Attractions

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides Chinese Theater

With all the new additions to Hollywood Studios, it’s now basically impossible to see all the attractions

In this section, we are going to give you the complete list of rides and attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Then after the list, there is a brief explanation about each attraction including FastPass+ info, thrill level height requirements, what audience they are each good for, and when the best time to visit each of them is.

Then, make sure to keep reading below where we rank the best attractions in Hollywood Studios!

Here is the complete list of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Rides and Attractions:

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
  • Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run
  • Muppet Vision 3D
  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  • Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours
  • Star Wars: Launch Bay
  • Tower of Terror
  • Toy Story Mania!
  • Walt Disney Presents

Even though Hollywood Studios doesn’t have the most attractions in Disney World, it just very well might have the best. The lineup of rides available is extremely strong and excellent for guests who are especially looking for thrills.

Just think, before the opening of Toy Story Land, 6 of these didn’t even exist yet. That’s quite a difference from where we are now, and it looks like the long wait has paid off!

Alien Swirling Saucers

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Location: Toy Story Land
  • Ride Type: Spinning Ride
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: Small Children, Kids, Tweens
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Ride Length: 90 seconds
  • Height Requirement: 32 inches
  • Best Time to Visit: Morning – First Hour or Last Hour

Alien Swirling Saucers is relatively new to Hollywood Studios, opening up in 2018 with the Toy Story Land expansion.

This your typical spinning ride, on the same type of system that the tea cups use. If you’ve been out to Disney California Adventure then you’ll recognize the similarities between Alien Swirling Saucers and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree, as it’s almost an identical clone.

It’s going to appeal to kids more than adults and is not a must-do for guests without families. If you suffer from motion-sickness, this is not for you. If you do decide to ride it, try doing it in the morning when you are visiting Toy Story Land and the lines are still low.

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Lightning McQueen Racing Academy Hollywood studios
  • Location: Sunset Blvd
  • Ride Type: Cars Show
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: Small Children, Kids, Adults
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Ride Length: 10 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: No Restrictions
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon/Evening

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a somewhat attraction/show hybrid based on the popular Cars franchise where Lightning himself teaches you and the audience how to race.

It’s a nice attraction and has a full-sized Lightning McQueen animatronic figure onstage taking you through the show. There is a huge wrap-around screen that is the focal point of the show where the track and other race cars whiz by.

This show appeals to the whole family and is a great air conditioning break in the afternoon when the sun is at its hottest. Don’t worry about getting in, there is hardly ever a long line.

Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway Ride Vehicle side
  • Location: Hollywood Blvd (Chinese Theater)
  • Ride Type: Dark Ride, Trackless
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 1
  • Ride Length: 4-5 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: No Restrictions
  • Best Time to Visit: First Hour or Last Hour of the day

This is the newest attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, which is opening on March 4, 2020. It is built inside the Chinese Theater in the same building where The Great Movie Ride used to be.

This is the first ride-through attraction ever in a park for Mickey Mouse, and you’ll be joining him on a wacky adventure with Minnie and Goofy, who is conducting a runaway train. What makes this nice is that it utilizes a new 2 1/2D technology to bring the environments to life in ways you haven’t yet experience in a theme park attraction.

It also uses the same trackless ride system as Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in Epcot, which means this ride is even more fun and more unpredictable than expected. It will be great for the whole family, young and old, and there are no height restrictions.

If you are planning on riding in the next few months, make this ride your priority when entering Hollywood Studios and do this first thing in the morning. Read our Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway Guide which has more information on the attraction and what to expect when riding it.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Millennium Falcon Smuggler's Run Ride droid animatronic
  • Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Ride Type: Flight Simulation Ride, Dark
  • Thrill Level: Medium
  • Good For: All Ages, Teens, Adults
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 1
  • Ride Length: 5 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: 38 inches
  • Best Time to Visit: First Hour or Last Hour of the day

This was the first of the two Galaxy’s Edge rides to open up with this new land. It puts you in the cockpit of the most famous spaceship in cinema history and lets you pilot the Millennium Falcon.

This is a simulator ride that you can think of as a more tricked-out and interactive version of Star Tours. You and 5 other guests will take part in completing a mission for smuggler Hondo Ohnaka, where you each have the role of Pilot, Engineer or Gunner.

There is some shaking motion, jostling and drops, so if you are affected by motion-sickness this might not be for you. I’d gage it to how you feel when you ride Star Tours as this is slightly less rough of a ride.

Smugglers Run has FastPass+, but we usually don’t use one on this. Instead, wait to ride Smugglers Run until the last ride hour of park operations on the day you go. The wait times are greatly reduced from the morning or the middle of the day.

Muppet*Vision 3D

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides miss piggy statue outside Muppet Vision 3D
  • Location: Grand Avenue
  • Ride Type: 3D Show
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Ride Length: 17 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: No Restrictions
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon/Evening

Muppet*Vision 3D has to be one of the most underrated attractions in Walt Disney World and is classic Muppets humor at its finest. Join Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the rest of the gang as they perfect their latest invention: “Muppet*Vision.”

This 3D show is an all-around good time that will have you laughing at all the jokes and gags the film has to offer every time you go. Even if you’ve seen it 20 times, it never gets old.

One interesting point is that Jim Henson himself directed the film for this attraction and also does the voice for Kermit the frog. It’s one more thing that stabilizes this Hollywood Studios attraction as one of the best, and we hope it never goes away!

It’s great for the whole family and a must-do! Don’t worry about lines here, it’s very easy to get into throughout the whole day, so visit when you prefer.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance inside shuttle
  • Location: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
  • Ride Type: Dark Ride, Trackless
  • Thrill Level: Medium
  • Good For: All Ages, Teens, Adults
  • FastPass: Not Currently
  • Ride Length: 18 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: 40 inches
  • Best Time to Visit: Whenever you can get a boarding pass

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the marquee ride for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, and has taken the theme park world by storm since it opened in December 2019. This is the most advanced and immersive ride ever built in a theme park, and something that should be at the top of your list to do when visiting the park.

More than just a ride, Rise of the Resistance is an entire experience which includes 4 ride systems, live actors and dozens of audio-animatronics that will all leave you in awe at the realism. You and a Resistance team go on a secret mission, that without giving away too many spoilers, goes very wrong.

This has some of the most amazing effects and spaces I’ve ever seen in an attraction before and for sure belongs right there on the list of the best rides in Hollywood Studios.

Right now the only way to ride Rise of the Resistance is to be in the park before opening so you can get into the virtual queue. Read our post about the Rise of the Resistance Boarding Groups, which is crucial to getting on the ride.

For more general info about the ride read our Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance Guide where we cover all your FAQ’s and share all the info about the attraction itself. Once you experience this ride for yourself, you will see why it’s become the top attraction in Disney World.

Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides Rock n Roller Coaster
  • Location: Sunset Blvd
  • Ride Type: Roller Coaster
  • Thrill Level: High
  • Good For: Teens, Adults
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Ride Length: 90 Seconds
  • Height Requirement: 48 inches
  • Best Time to Visit: First Hour or Last Hour of the day

The Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster has been around for more than 20 years now, yet it’s still just as fun as on day one! If you like thrills, this is one of the best attractions in Hollywood Studios as it reaches speeds of almost 60 mph, and has inversions too.

The best part though is jamming along with Aerosmith in your headset as you zoom your way through the busy Los Angeles traffic on your way to the concert. Good stuff!

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster usually has one of the longest lines in Hollywood Studios so to ride it, make sure to use one of your Tier 2 FastPass+ selections on this, along with either Tower of Terror or Toy Story Mania! You can also take advantage of the Single Rider line if you don’t mind going solo.

If you like roller coasters then Rock ‘n’ Roller coaster is a must-do!

Slinky Dog Dash

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Attractions Slinky Dog Dash
  • Location: Toy Story Land
  • Ride Type: Roller Coaster
  • Thrill Level: Medium
  • Good For: All Ages, Kids, Teens, Adults
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 1
  • Ride Length: 2 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: 38 inches
  • Best Time to Visit: At Park Opening or Last Hour of the day

Slinky Dog Dash opened in 2018 with Toy Story Land and immediately jumped to being the most popular attraction in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Rise of the Resistance has now taken over that title, but the lines are still incredibly long every morning at rope drop.

Andy built the Slinky Dog Dash coaster with his Dash and Dodge Mega Coaster Kit that you now have the pleasure of building. It’s not as thrilling or intense as Rock ‘n’ Rolle coaster, and even if you are normally hesitant, you will still enjoy this. It’s incredibly smooth and very fun while surrounded by all the Toy Story Land theming.

It’s a Tier 1 FastPass+ selection and we recommend getting one if you are going to ride it. If not, then it should be right up there at the top of your list of attractions to do right at rope drop. Either that or make this the last ride of the night to experience the amazing lighting.

Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides R2-D2 in Star Tours queue
  • Location: Echo Lake
  • Ride Type: Dark Ride, Trackless
  • Thrill Level: Medium
  • Good For: All Ages, Kids, Teens, Adults
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Ride Length: 4-5 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: 5 inches
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon

Star Wars is now one of the oldest attractions left in Hollywood Studios and a classic that all ages love. This is the original Star Wars flight simulator ride, and it even outshines Smugglers Run in many ways.

Guests are loaded into a 3D motion simulator where they are then brought to two random Star Wars locations on a mission. Locations now even include planets found in The Rise of Skywalker, The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens, and the visuals have been refreshed in HD.

This Hollywood Studios attraction puts you right in the middle of the Star Wars universe and will wow you with the special effect, music and 3D technology you would come to expect. It’s a must-fo for any Star Wars fan, and most park guests.

It is a little jerky, so if you suffer from motion sickness you might want to skip this. Tier 2 FastPasses are available for Star Tours, though they usually aren’t necessary for one of your original 3. Look for FastPass+ one you get to your 4th of the day, or just ride standby.

Star Wars: Launch Bay (Temporarily Closed)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Attractions Star Wars Launch Bay
  • Location: Animation Courtyard
  • Ride Type: Walkthrough Exhibits, Costumes, Props, Character Meets
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: No
  • Ride Length: Self-Guided
  • Height Requirement: No Restrictions
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon

This is another attraction in Hollywood Studios that absolutely can’t be skipped if you are a Star Wars fan. Located in the Animation Courtyard, it’s essentially one big Star Wars exhibit that is full of props and replicas from the films, along with a gift shop.

They have everything from Jedi and Sith lightsabers to speeders and even stormtrooper helmets on display. The nice thing is that it’s constantly updated with more props from the latest films and shows, meaning you could come back time and time again to see what’s new.

Another big part of the Launch Bay is the Star Wars Character Meets, where you can currently get your picture taken with Darth Vader, Chewbacca, and BB-8.

No FastPass+ is required and you can tour it at your own speed, whenever you like. We do recommend an afternoon visit though to rest from the heat.

Toy Story Mania!

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Attractions Toy Story Mania!
  • Location: Toy Story Land
  • Ride Type: Dark Ride, Trackless
  • Thrill Level: Medium
  • Good For:
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Ride Length: 4-5 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: No Restrictions
  • Best Time to Visit:

Toy Story Mania! is a 3D attraction/game hybrid in the Toy Story universe where guests shoot targets and accumulate points based on how they do. The points system is a similar idea to Smugglers Run but executed much better.

Kids who are used to the world of gaming will immediately feel at home, but it’s fun for guests of all ages. It has an easy learning curve and even friends and family I’ve been with who are in their 60’s and 70’s have had a great time.

You and 3 other people enter the ride vehicle with 2 people on each side. The vehicle then spins and flies through 5 different show scenes where the goal is for you and your partner to clear as many of the targets on the screen as possible, all the while competing against each other and the rest of the guests in the park.

It’s a blast and definitely one of the best rides in Hollywood Studios!

It’s not as busy as is used to be before Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge opened up, and it makes a nice Tier 2 FastPass+ choice, but not necessary. The queue is mostly all air-conditioned so even if you have to wait, it’s not bad. Don’t forget to stop for a minute and watch the amazing Mr. Potato animatronic do his comedy skits.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney's Hollywood Studios Attractions Tower of Terror from a distance
  • Location: Sunset Blvd
  • Ride Type: Free Fall Dark Ride
  • Thrill Level: High
  • Good For: Kids, Tweens, Teens, Adults
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Ride Length: 4 Minutes
  • Height Requirement: 40 inches
  • Best Time to Visit: First Hour or Last Hour of the Day

The Tower of Terror is another one of those rides that have been in Disney’s Hollywood Studios forever, but it gets better and better with every ride. There are no mistakes about it, this is a thrill ride, and if you don’t like closed spaces or big drops, then this is not for you.

It’s one of the most beloved attractions in Disney World and right from the time you approach the hotel, the screams from the other guests above will send chills down your spine.

The story is an original tale based on the classic Twilight Zone franchise where guests board a rickety, old maintenance elevator trying to find out what happened to the people who vanished into thin air in the hotel’s elevator shaft.

You definitely could make a case that this is the best ride in Hollywood Studios. If you like thrills then you absolutely can’t miss the Tower of Terror!

For riding it we recommend making Tower of Terror one of your Tier 2 FastPass+ selections, and then go once the sun sets to experience it again at night!

Walt Disney Presents

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Attractions Walt Disney Presents DCA Model
  • Location: Animation Courtyard
  • Ride Type: Walkthrough Exhibits, Costumes, Props, Character Meets
  • Thrill Level: Low
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: No
  • Ride Length: Self-Guided Tour
  • Height Requirement: No Restrictions
  • Best Time to Visit: Anytime

Walt Disney Presents is a walkthrough exhibit taking you through the History of Walt Disney himself, his animation, and how he started the theme parks. Good for guests of all ages, and extremely interesting to see.

You will find props, artifacts and models of theme park icons such as Spaceship Earth, Sleeping Beauty Castle and the original Mr. Lincoln audio-animatronic. The props on display rotate from time to time, so pop in every visit and see what’s new. There is also a short film called One Man’s Dream which explains the life of Walt Disney and his vision.

Definitely worth a visit! No FastPass+ is required, just show up and start looking around. Just prepare to spend more time than you thought when you start looking at everything!

Shows & Entertainment

Indiana Jone Epic Stunt Spectacular getting update

Almost as much as we love the rides in Hollywood Studios, we also love the park’s entertainment offerings. It has a wide variety of top-notch stage shows, walk-around entertainment and 3 nighttime shows too.

Disney is constantly offering new shows and entertainment in Hollywood Studios, even offering various seasonal shows. make sure to check Disney’s Official Hollywood Studios Entertainment page for the latest changes and show times for your visit.

We’ve made this list in alphabetical order, listing the location, type, show length, description and more for each one. At the end, we’ve also given each of the shows a score from 1-100 so you can see how highly we rate them.

Let’s take a look at the All-Day Shows and Entertainment in Disney’s Hollywood Studios as of February 2020…

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage (Temporarily Suspended)

  • Location: Sunset Blvd
  • Type: Live Stage Show (Musical)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Show Length: 25 Minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: Early in the Day

Normally we are more for the rides than the stage shows when visiting any Disney park, but Beauty and the Beast: Live on Stage is an exception. Since the show is only 30 minutes long, it is a condensed re-telling of the classic love story, but the music, choreography, and storytelling are top-notch.

Of all the stage shows in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we’d put Beauty and the Beast in second place behind another more action-packed show you’ll read about later on. But it’s easily the best musical in the park.

You can get a FastPass+ for it, but if you do it early on you won’t have a problem. We recommend it then if possible because it is an outdoor show and it gets very hot. Save some of the indoor ones for later in the day.

Score: 81

Citizens of Hollywood (Temporarily Suspended)

  • Location: Hollywood Blvd
  • Type: Street Performances (Comedy)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: No
  • Show Length: 15 Minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: Anytime in the day

These guys are a blast and a genuine treat to watch. As with almost all Disney street performers, the Citizens of Hollywood are extremely talented and extremely entertaining. They portray fictional characters from old Hollywood around the 1920s or 30s and specialize in improve acts.

They have many comedic skits and are hilarious to watch. Our favorite is probably the “Funniest Citizen” finale, so make sure to stick around for that. They are around periodically throughout the day so there isn’t a fixed schedule you can follow somewhere.

I highly recommend taking 10-15 minutes when you are in between FastPasses and head over to Hollywood Blvd and checking them out.

Score: 83

Disney Junior Dance Party (Temporarily Suspended)

  • Location: Animation Courtyard
  • Type: Live Show (Musical)
  • Good For: Small Children
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Show Length: 25 Minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon

Disney Junior Dance Party is just what it sounds like, a dance party with characters from the Disney Junior shows. DJ Deejay and plays your favorite music from Disney Junior, while Mickey Mouse, Timon, Doc McStuffins and Vampirina all join in the fun.

I can’t say to have spent many vacations at the Disney Junior Dance Party because it wasn’t around when I was a child and I don’t have children of my own. It is fun for what it is and will appeal to small children and kids up to 10 or 11 years old.

I think the space could be used for something more entertaining honestly, and with the rumors of more Pixar attractions coming into the area, we’ll keep an eye on this one.

Score: 61

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along

  • Location: Echo Lake
  • Type: Live Stage Show (Sing-Along Musical)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Show Length: 30 Minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon/Evening

This is your classic Disney musical sing-along show, complete with the cast of Disney’s smash hit Frozen. The show is set up as the Royal Historians of Arendelle retell the story of Frozen, with the cast singing your favorite songs from the film. It’s a little light on the story as many parts are left out, but it’s only 25 minutes, so not enough time to tell everything.

The show is fine, we just don’t happen to like it quite as much as the Beauty and the Beast show which is pulled together more tightly, and we prefer the songs there to here. One thing this show does have going for it though is the theater. It’s the best in Hollywood Studios and very comfortable after being on your feet all day.

Overall it’s an enjoyable show, with some funny humor thrown in that adults will appreciate. If your family is huge Frozen fans then this is must-do, otherwise, come for an A/C break if you are in the area.

Score: 72

Green Army Men – Drum Corps and Army Patrol (Temporarily Suspended)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Rides Green Army Men Drummers
  • Location: Toy Story Land
  • Type: Street Performances (Drums, Comedy)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Show Length: 25 Minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: Early in the Day

When you are visiting Toy Story Land, you absolutely have to take a few minutes to watch the Green Army Men perform. There are two types of shows, one is the Drum Corps and consists of the three high energy drummers playing at various locations in the land. The other is the green army men up to funny antics and interacting and playing with park guests.

Both groups are very underrated and very talented and deserve a few minutes of your time. They don’t have a set schedule, so pass through every now and then and hope you run into them.

Score: 80

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular (Temporarily Suspended)

Indiana Jone Epic Stunt Spectacular Sign
  • Location: Echo Lake
  • Type: Live Show (Action, Stunts)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Show Length: 30 Minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: First or Last Showing

Ever since I was a kid, this has been my favorite Disney stage show in any of the parks. This is a stunt show with live actors, performing film-like stunts you would see in a movie like Raiders of the Last Ark. In fact, the 3 scenes they perform are all taken from the classic Indy film.

From the moment is opens with Indy having to navigate through the temple for the golden idol, all the way to the last scene where he fights the monstrous guard, this show will have to on the edge of your seat!

It is now the oldest attraction left in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and even though we would like to see it updated soon, it is still a classic and worth going to see every time you come back. It gets very hot over there, especially with the explosions, so make sure to do the first show of the day or the last show. FastPass+ is available, but not necessary.

Don’t miss what is hands down the best show in Hollywood Studios!

Score: 87

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (Temporarily Suspended)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Attractions Jedi Training with Kylo Ren and Darth Vader
  • Location: Echo Lake
  • Type: Live Stage Show (Interactive)
  • Good For: Small Children, Tweens
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Show Length: 20 Minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: Early in the Day

If you have young kids who are Star Wars fans, this is a dream come true for them. Every day dozens of children are chosen for the Jedi Training show where they can go on stage and learn to wield a lightsaber. Then they come face to face with the dark side and use the training that they learned.

It’s really a cool show and something we would have loved to do as children for sure! The special effects are cool, and so is the big payoff at the end. It does get very hot here in the middle of the day, so make sure you go to one of the first couple shows if you can fit it in.

Parents can register their children over by Adventures Outpost in Echo Lake. Make sure to get there as early to park opening as you can as spots fill up fast, and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Score: 80

Voyage of the Little Mermaid (Temporarily Suspended)

  • Location: Animation Courtyard
  • Type: Live Stage Show (Musical)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Show Length: 17 Minutes
  • Best Time to Visit: Afternoon/Evening

Voyage of the Little Mermaid has been in Hollywood Studios since 1992, and sadly it’s starting to show its age. It’s a shortened version of The Little Mermaid story (hey you can only do so much in 17 minutes) which is retold on stage with a mix of live actors and puppets.

The lighting effects and lasers were probably all the rage then, but the whole thing needs a makeover. They should either to a full upgrade or replace it with something else. We think the second option is the more likely scenario. We like it, just don’t consider it a must-do anymore unless you have kids who are big Little Mermaid fans.

You can get FastPass+ for this show, but it’s not necessary, it’s a walk-on and should be used for an air conditioning break.

Score: 72

Night Shows

Hollywood Studios Touring Plan Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular fireworks show

When the sun goes down is when the real fun starts in a Disney theme park, and a huge part of that are the nighttime spectaculars. This is the best time of the day to be in any Disney park as the temperatures cool down and the lights come on.

We highly recommend for first-time visitors to Walt Disney World that you stay until the nighttime shows at each park at least once. They are all incredibly well made and worth the time, no matter how cranky your child or spouse may be! 😉

We’ve given you a brief description for each show, plus a score as we did above.

Here are the nighttime shows currently available at Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Wonderful World of Animation (Temporarily Suspended)

  • Location: Hollywood Blvd (Chinese Theater)
  • Type: Projection Show (Classic Disney Characters)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: No
  • Show Length: 12 Minutes

The Wonderful World of Animation is a fireworks pre-show so to speak, which uses pretty cool projection mapping technology to display on the front of the Chinese Theater, making it come to life with classic Disney animation. Since so many of the new attractions nowadays are based on new IP, we love when they take us back to the classics, where it all began.

There is a nice mix of classic and modern IP like Coco, Sleeping Beauty, The Incredibles, Steamboat Willie, Coco, Lilo & Stitch, and of course, Mickey Mouse.

You can show up 10-15 minutes before it starts and get a spot no problem. Then you may as well stay for the next show.

Score: 73

Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (Temporarily Suspended)

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Shows Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular Nighttime fireworks
  • Location: Hollywood Blvd (Chinese Theater)
  • Type: Nighttime Spectacular (Fireworks, Projection, Pyrotechnics)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: No
  • Show Length: 14 Minutes

If you are a big Star Wars fan, which is common in Hollywood Studios these days, you will love Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. It uses a mix of pyrotechnics, fireworks, lasers and projection mapping to display some of your favorite scenes from the Star Wars films on the Chinese Theater. Don’t get me started on the awesome soundtrack from the films too.

It isn’t the best show in Hollywood Studios, but it’s very solid. We think there are some things Disney could do to tighten it up, fewer flames and more fireworks for example, which would make it feel epic on the level that Star Wars should be.

Still, overall it’s a show we enjoy seeing again and again. We say if you are big Star Wars fans, stay for this, if not, then head over to Sunset Blvd for the last nighttime spectacular…

Score: 79

Fantasmic! (Temporarily Suspended)

  • Location: Sunset Blvd (Theater)
  • Type: Nighttime Spectacular (Fireworks, Characters, Pyrotechnics)
  • Good For: All Ages
  • FastPass: Yes, Tier 2
  • Show Length: 30 Minutes

This is your classic Disney, good vs. evil showdown, all with your favorite mouse, Mickey on center stage. It’s the best nighttime show in Hollywood Studios and something you have to see at least once.

Because Fantasmic! is such an amazing show, lines start forming an hour ahead of showtime. If you are in the standby line, that’s when we would recommend getting there to grab a good seat. It lasts 30 minutes and is worth the wait.

To get there, head over to Sunset Blvd and take a right before to arrive at the Tower of Terror. You see the line forming there which takes you in through a small, winding queue, which leads to the amphitheater. It holds 6,000 people which is a lot, but in comparison to the daily attendance is quite small.

Unlike the other shows in the park, you might want to consider a FastPass+ for this one if there are any left after you use your first three for the day (no, we wouldn’t spend one of those on this). Another option is to get the Fantasmic! dining package which includes dinner at one of three Hollywood Studios restaurants, and a guaranteed reserved spot for the show.

If you happen to go on a night where there are two showings, we recommend going to the first show. That will give you time to go back out and ride more attractions while the rest of the people are either seeing the second show or are gathered around the Chinese Theater for the fireworks.

Score: 84

Characters

Hollywood Studios characters Chewbacca

(All Character Meets in Hollywood Studios have been temporarily suspended. Characters can still be seen in the parks, but not in the traditional meet and greet format. Also, Character Cavalcades have been introduced into the parks. Read more about how to find characters in the parks after reopening.)

Characters are a huge part of any family’s day, especially if you have children. Hollywood Studios may not be the park with the most princesses, but there are still some really solid characters to find here. In fact, there are so many of them, it would be really hard to do them all in one day, especially if you want to do the rides too.

Here is a list of all the character meets you can find in Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Celebrity Spotlight

  • Characters: Olaf
  • Location: Echo Lake

Disney Junior Characters and Animation Courtyard

  • Characters: Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, and Pluto
  • Location: Pixar Place

Incredibles Characters

  • Characters: Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Frozone, and Edna Mode
  • Location: Pixar Place

Meet Mike and Sulley at Walt Disney Presents

  • Characters: Mike and Sulley from Monsters Inc.
  • Location: Walt Disney Presents

Red Carpet Dreams

  • Characters: Mickey and Minnie Mouse
  • Location: Commissary Lane

Star Wars Launch Bay Characters

  • Characters: BB-8, Chewbacca and Darth Vader
  • Location: Star Wars Launch Bay

Toy Story Characters

  • Characters: Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Bo Peep
  • Location: Toy Story Land

OUR PICKS: Out of all the character meets in Hollywood Studios, our favorites are the Toy Story characters and the ones over at the Star Wars Launch Bay. It’s all personal preference, but nothing compares to coming face to face with Darth Vader for the first time or hanging out with Woody in Andy’s Backyard.

TIP: The character meets in Disney’s Hollywood Studios do NOT have the FastPass+ service, so it’s best to make a list of the most important character meets you want to do and then plan your strategy accordingly. Prioritize them and then do the ones high on your list early in the day.

Keep an eye on the wait times in My Disney Experience while you are touring the park. When the wait times are low enough, take the opportunity to visit them.

Best Hollywood Studios Rides Ranked

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Rides Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Now we get to the fun part, we’ve given you an overview of all the attractions you’ll find when visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios. But which rides ones are the best? We’ve ranked all the attractions in order from worst to best.

In our rankings, we’ve left out the entertainment and shows and only added what Disney classifies as an “attraction,” which includes the Racing Academy and Muppets 3D. That means no stage shows and now nighttime spectaculars for this list. We felt it was important to keep the best rides in Hollywood Studios separate from the straight-up shows.

Of course, we have our personal favorites and your list will probably look a lot different from ours, so leave us a comment below telling us if you agree or not, and what your list of top attractions in Hollywood Studios looks like!

12). Alien Swirling Saucers

Toy Story Land at Night

Let’s face it, Alien Swirling saucers is a poorly done spinning ride that you could find at almost any traveling carnival or local amusement park. I was really excited about it’s potential since Hollywood Studios has very few rides for small kids, but I think the design fell flat on this one.

It’s basically a clone of Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree in DCA with worse theming. I mean they have “The Claw” hanging from the ceiling, how hard would it be to make it lower down every now and then over the spinning guests?

Wasted potential. Unless you have small kids, you can safely skip this and not think twice.

Score: 58

11). Star Wars: Launch Bay

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Attractions helmets inside Star Wars Launch Bay

Star Wars fans will find this “museum/exhibit” fun and interesting, but not many other guests. At least in Galaxy’s Edge there are attractions and fun theming all around to draw you in, the Launch Bay is basically just a big exhibit of Star Wars props and replicas.

They also don’t have enough old props, it’s mostly stuff from the new films, which, let’s face it, haven’t been overwhelming hits with the fans. Some of the stuff is cool to look at if you are a Star Wars fan, but not so much if not.

The one saving grace for the Launch Bay is the Star Wars character meets. Chewbacca, Darth Vader and BB-8 are available to meet guests, and there is no better feeling than meeting Darth Vader for the first time. He’ll scare the heck out of you so be prepared!

Score: 64

10). Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Attractions Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy on stage

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is one of the newest attractions in Hollywood Studios, and while not terrible, it also isn’t strong enough to bring guests over to that end of the park on its own. Thankfully it lives right near the Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster which bring it some guests.

The Lightning McQueen animatronic is really impressive and fun to watch, and there are definitely some really fun moments and effects. Both adults and kids will find it fun and entertaining, but it’s just missing a little “something” to make it a true must-do attraction.

Score: 73

9). Walt Disney Presents

Disney's Hollywood Studios Attractions Walt Disney Presents Mr. Lincoln

This might be higher on my list than yours, but any space that is dedicated to the history of the man behind all the films and theme parks, and shows you how everything started, is going to be a winner in my book.

I could just wander here for hours reading all the different displays and starring at the early models of some classic attractions. The film at the end is outstanding and everything here will make you appreciate the parks more with each visit.

Who knows what will happen to this space when Disney finally goes ahead with its next phase of renovation to Hollywood Studios, but we hope it will be staying around in an updated home with even more artifacts from the Disney vault!

Score: 78

8). Star Tours: The Adventures Continue

Star Tours the Adventures Continue Ride queue C-3PO and R2-D2

I loved this when it came to Hollywood Studios in 1989, and it still remains one of the best attractions in the park up to this day. In recent years it has received a much-needed upgrade in visual, bringing it more into the 21st century.

Many would argue this is a better ride than Smugglers Run, and while I’m not willing to go that far, it’s still a must-do and has withstood the test of time.

Score: 82

7). Muppet*Vision 3D

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Rides Muppet Vision 3D old grumpy men

There are so many people that just skip Muppet Vision when they come to the park, and I’m sorry that today’s younger generation just doesn’t relate as much to these characters. This show is genius and a true masterpiece of creator Jim Henson.

The whole thing is hilariously entertaining from the pre-show right down to the “cheap 3D tricks.” Let’s hope this stays around long-term, the way it is in all its glory!

Score: 84

6). Slinky Dog Dash

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Rides Slinky Dog Dash at night

I have to say I was impressed with Slinky Dog Dash the first time I rode it, more so than I had expected to be. I was expecting a kiddy-coaster of sorts that wouldn’t be very interesting for teens and adults and instead was pleasantly surprised by its sneaky thrill-factor.

This is an incredibly smooth roller coaster and rattling is at a minimum. While I love the idea of a Toy Story coaster, I think some of the potential was not fulfilled in the end. We do get the nice show scene at the end with Wheezy, but I would have liked to see more similar to that throughout the ride.

It’s often compared with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train over in the Magic Kingdom, and even though the actual track and cars are superior, we have to give the nod to Seven Dwarfs for its vastly superior show scenes which draw you into the story more.

Riding it at night is awesome and not to be missed, and something that brings up the score a little for us, still including it among the best attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Score: 84

5). Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster

Upside Down car at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster entrance

We are now in the Top 5 attractions in the park, meaning the competition just got a little stiffer. We know that it’s an incredibly short ride, clocking in at under 90 seconds in length, but they are some of the most fun 90 seconds you will have in Disney World.

Right from the start as you watch the pre-show with the band, it catches your attention and lets you know something really fun is coming. Then when you hear Steven Tyler’s countdown, when you feel the 60 mph launch bringing you through the first inversion, Rock ‘n’ Roller just puts a smile on your face the entire way. There is no rush like hearing Love in an Elevator blaring in your ears while zooming up and around Hollywood traffic signs.

Some other Disney fans are not as high on the ride as us, but we think it offers some of the best thrills in any Disney theme park, period. I wouldn’t wait 100 minutes+ for it, but if you have a FastPass or jump in the Single Rider line, it’s well worth the trip over there.

Score: 85

4). Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run

Millennium Falcon Star Wars Galaxy's Edge

The Disney community is definitely split on Smugglers Run, with some really loving it and others saying it’s a cheap knockoff of Star Tours. We don’t think it’s the best ride in Hollywood Studios, but it’s clearly in the group up for consideration.

For us, it’s not only about the actual ride part, but the entire experience leading you up to that point. The Smugglers Run ride queue is our favorite of any domestic Disney park, and totally immersive. Walking behind the Millennium Falcon, underneath it and up above it is unreal.

The Hondo animatronic figure is for sure one of the best we’ve ever seen, just behind the Shaman of Songs in the Na’vi River Journey. But the best part is when you step into the hallways of the Falcon and into the holding room for the first time. If you grew up a Star Wars fan, this is a moment you will never forget in your life.

The attraction itself we think is flawed for sure, but still very fun and we only get laughs of joy when we bring friends on it for the first time. It’s not a perfect ride by any means, and even more so when you keep in mind it’s not supposed to be the headliner attraction in Galaxy’s Edge.

Score: 87

3). Toy Story Mania!

New Toy Story Mania Queue

Before Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Mania! was the attraction with the longest line in Hollywood Studios. This ride is very immersive and addicting, as you will find yourself trying to go back time and time again to beat your previous scores.

Yes, it is very similar to a video game, but it’s very well done and makes you want to ride over and over. Our only complaint is that it would be nice to see them add new scenes from time to time as it must not be super difficult to do. Think about how much more replay value it would get if the scenes were random and you didn’t know which ones you were getting each time!

Score: 91

2). The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Rides Tower of Terror

This used to be the no-brainer best ride in Hollywood Studios and is a timeless classic that shouldn’t be missed by anyone not terribly afraid of heights or drops. It pulls you in from the moment you start your descent down Sunset Blvd, as you can feel it calling your name.

Everything in the queue is done masterfully, with many hidden details worked in throughout. The pre-show is gripping and the build-up for your ride is almost unbearable.

This is our favorite version of the Tower of Terror anywhere in the world, much more so than the old Disneyland version or the Disneyland Paris one that only can stay in the elevator shaft. The DHS version goes up and then leaves the shaft, taking you forward into the darkness.

This is Disney Imagineering at its best, and a ride that cannot be skipped.

Score: 94

1). Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance AT-ATs

Was there any doubt before we started this list as to which one we’d rank number 1? Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is not only the best ride in Hollywood Studios, it’s the best ride in Walt Disney World. Everything about this attraction is very well done and raises the bar for other theme parks extremely high.

Right from the moment to step into the ride queue, you are sucked into this world and the story being told in front of you. The buildup gets more and more intense until you get your mission briefing and never seems to slow down. The sets are bigger than anything I’ve ever seen in an attraction and everything from the live actors, dozens of audio-animatronics and special effects are beyond convincing. For 20 minutes, I truly felt as if I had been transported into outer space.

The ride itself is thrilling, exhilarating and any other similar adjective you can think of and doesn’t disappoint. The only downsides are the complicated reservation system and the fact that it breaks down too much. However, this ride is so amazing that even those otherwise big problems which would derail other rides, can’t put a dent in Rise of the Resistance.

Stop wasting time and figure out how you are going to get to Hollywood Studios to ride this ASAP!

Score: 97

Best Thrill Rides in Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror and Rock n roller coaster

If you are a fan of thrill rides, then Hollywood Studios is probably the best park for you to visit in Walt Disney World. To be thrilling a ride doesn’t have to go upside-down 10 times, but it’s a combination of the excitement, build-up, speed and unexpected twists and turns that make a thrill ride.

We’ve identified 6 rides that you could describe as thrilling, and we’ve ranked them from least to most thrilling. This isn’t a list of the best rides per se, but just the most thrilling. Half of them are new within the last few years, and the other half are Hollywood Studios classics.

These thrill rides in Hollywood Studios are sure to get your adrenaline flowing…

6. Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

5. Slinky Dog Dash

4. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

3. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

1. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

While we rated Rise of the Resistance our number one overall attraction, it’s not the most straight-up thrilling. That honor belongs to the Tower of Terror. After 25 years, it’s still scaring us time and time again!

Best Rides for the Whole Family

Disney's Hollywood Studios Best Attractions for families Toy Story Mania

Sometimes not everyone in the family wants to go on big and scary rides are you are looking for something that everyone can do. While Hollywood Studios doesn’t have the biggest selection out of all the parks, it does have quite a few.

We came up with this list of the best attractions in Hollywood Studios for all ages. Some of them do have height restrictions, but none of them would classify as true “thrill rides.” W think they are all very fun for guests young and old and the majority of guests shouldn’t have a problem riding any of them.

8. Walt Disney Presents

7. Slinky Dog Dash

6. Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

5. Star Tours

4. Muppet*Vision 3D

3. Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run

2. Toy Story Mania!

1. Rise of the Resistance

Once Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens up, that will for sure go somewhere on this list, but for now, we’re sticking with these.

So that wraps up our guide to the rides and attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I hope that was some help to you and will be useful when planning your trip. Be sure to check out our Hollywood Studios Touring Plan Guide which will give you specific itineraries to fit your vacation needs.

In the meantime, leave me a comment down below and let me know what you think the best rides in Hollywood Studios are and how you would rank them!

Your Thoughts

I want to know what you think about the attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios…

  • What is your favorite attraction?
  • Which new attraction are you most looking forward to?

Let us know in the comments section below!

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