If you are planning a trip to Walt Disney World this year, I bet you have plans to visit Disney’s Hollywood Studios – with the addition of Galaxy’s Edge it’s become a VERY popular park. If you do decide to go, be sure to check out these 5 Must-Do’s at Disney’s Hollywood Studios to ensure you have a great day!
The Top Must-Do Rides
Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some of the most exciting rides at Walt Disney World, so rides are definitely top of the list at this park!
Rock N Roller Coaster If you like roller coasters, be sure not to miss this one! With a fast takeoff (0 to 60 in no time) into a loop, you’ll get an immediate rush! The roller coaster is in the dark which makes it even better, and if you like Aerosmith, you’ll love the tunes playing while you ride. We’ve got some amazing photos of the kids on this ride through the years – their faces are priceless!
Insider tip: the front row is the BEST place for this ride – the signs will pop up in front of your face!
Tower of Terror Not only is this a terrific drop ride, but the storyline is also fun too. The theming of this ride is wonderful – you enter the old Hollywood Hotel and find yourself in the Twilight Zone. Before you know it, you’ll free-falling in an elevator shaft. And what makes it really fun is each ride is different – you don’t know how far or how often you will fall!
Insider Tip: You’ll want to get Fast Passes for both of these rides as the lines get long quickly. However, if you can only pick one, Rock N Roller Coaster typically has a shorter line – or you can ride it as a single rider (although right now with COVID, this isn’t an option – see my recent post on our trip to Disney World during COVID to understand some of the differences).
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The Top Must-Do Land
Galaxy’s Edge is a must-do for sure when visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Even if you aren’t a Star Wars fan (gasp), you can’t help but appreciate the incredible details Disney put into this section of the park. The Rise of the Resistance is a fantastic ride – unlike anything Disney has done before, and the Millenium Falcom is also pretty darn fun. But in addition to the rides, be sure to spend some time talking to cast members and actors (they stay in character) and definitely grab a drink at Oga’s Cantina!
Insider Tip: You’ll want to get a dining reservation at Oga’s Cantina as soon as possible – and if you don’t get one, keep checking. Sometimes you’ll get lucky and there will be a cancellation. We’ve managed to get a reservation every trip just by checking on the app several times a week for cancellations.
A Few More Must-Do’s
Take a break from the action and grab a drink and a snack at either Baseline Taphouse or The Brown Derby Lounge. Both of these bars offer delicious drinks and fun snacks (currently the Brown Derby Lounge is only offering drinks – this could change at any time though). They are also both outside, so they are perfect for people watching. We’ve been known to take a quick break while the kids ride Rock N Roller Coaster one more time … it’s a fun tradition now that they are older and can ride it alone.
Participate in the shows. There used to be several shows that you could participate in at Hollywood Studios (and we managed to do them all!), but right now we are down to the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular (this show is currently dark due to COVID, but someday it will open back up!) When they ask for volunteers – raise your hand! It’s a ton of fun to get up on the stage and be a part of the action. Your kids will be a little embarrassed, but they will also LOVE it. Plus, it makes for great photo ops and family memories.
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