(Article last updated: August 2, 2016)
Hollywood Studios is a park with a few can't-miss rides, a couple of forgettable rides and lots of shows.
Let's take a look at the park, each attraction (with my tips) and how to tour...
In this article
- A quick overview
- Animation Courtyard
- Commissary Lane
- Echo Lake
- Hollywood Boulevard
- Muppet Courtyard
- Pixar Place
- Sunset Boulevard
- Nighttime entertainment
- Dining at Hollywood Studios
- WDW Prep Members
A quick overview
Hollywood Studios is themed after movies and includes several behind-the-scenes attractions to show how movies are made. There are also a lot of live shows to see here, making it difficult to plan since you have to try to fit them all into your day.
This park is divided by street names. Let's take a look at each section...
Star Wars Launch Bay
This attraction allows guests to interact with beloved Star Wars characters, tour galleries of memorabilia and replicas of large-scale Star Wars artifacts, shop for special Star Wars merchandise at "Launch Bay Cargo" and play the latest Star Wars interactive video games.
Disney Jr - Live on Stage
Characters from Disney Junior TV shows perform here in a 22-minute interactive, fun show geared toward toddlers.
Walt Disney: One Man's Dream
This museum-style attraction is a chance to see lots of memorabilia from Walt's life. Items include a model of Main Street, U.S.A., Oscar trophies, models of various Disney theme parks and many other things.
Voyage of Little Mermaid
17-minute show featuring a combination of live performances, puppets, film clips and special effects.
Doc McStuffins (character meet)
Jake (character meet)
Sofia the First (character meet)
Pluto (character meet)
Kylo Ren (character meet)
Chewbacca (character meet)
BB-8 (character meet)
Chip 'n' Dale (character meet)
Goofy (character meet)
Mickey & Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams (character meet)
Jedi Training Academy
This outdoor show allows young Padawans to master their Jedi skills before facing off against forces from the Dark Side (Darth Vader & the Seventh Sister Inquisitor from Star War Rebels).
3D flight simulator that takes guests through one of dozens of different Star Wars experiences including new characters and adventures from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
35-minute show that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the effects used on a movie set, using scenes from Indiana Jones movies. The theater is outdoors but covered so you'll be protected from the sun but not sitting in air conditioning.
This 25-30 minute show is hosted by hilarious historians from Arendelle who walk you through the story of Frozen with a chance to sing songs from the movie along the way. Characters from the movie appear on stage for a bit during the show as well.
Star Wars: Path of the Jedi
This brief film allows Star Wars fans to relive the stories of Star Wars Episodes I-VII.
Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight (character meet)
Great Movie Ride
A ride that takes you through various movie scenes from the past. The drivers take part in acting out scenes and jump on and off the ride vehicle throughout, creating a kind of live-action show as you ride.
Daisy & Donald Duck (character meet)
This indoor, 3D show is a fun attraction featuring the Muppets. Things happen in the theater as part of the show, making the show even more fun (especially for little ones).
Toy Story Midway Mania
Fun ride that includes wearing 3D glasses and riding through various carnival game scenes to score points.
Buzz and Woody (character meet)
Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
This high-speed, takes-off-really-super-fast coaster features the music of Aerosmith. The story line is that you're headed to a red carpet event and don't have much time so you're in a fast-paced limo that takes you through twists and turns (some parts are inverted) and delivers you to the red carpet.
Tower of Terror
One of the best themed rides in all of Disney World, this ride takes you on an elevator ride that ultimately results in dropping you 13 stories. After the initial drop, the ride goes up and down in random sequence, dropping you multiple times.
Beauty & the Beast - Live on Stage
As the name implies, this is a live show featuring the story of Beauty and the Beast.
Santa Claus & Goofy Santa (character meet)
The Music of Pixar LIVE! A Symphony of Characters
This is a limited-time (Summer 2017) concert event that features a live orchestra and appearances by Disney and Pixar characters
This 25-minute nighttime show is enormously popular and fun to watch. The show features characters, water effects, fireworks and music. Guests begin to arrive up to 2 hours before the show begins to obtain seating.
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
This enhanced show showcases pyrotechnics, special effects and video projections in addition to spectacular fireworks, all set to to music from the Star Wars film franchise
Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!
This enhanced nighttime show includes state-of-the-art projections, special effects (including snow!), fireworks and a rousing seasonal musical score.
Dining at Hollywood Studios
I have a dining guide below to help you decide on dining options at Hollywood Studios.
The pros and cons of all Hollywood Studios restaurants
I've put together a list of all of the restaurants at Hollywood Studios with my thoughts on each to help you decide where to eat during your time at Hollywood Studios.
WDW Prep Members
Level 2 WDW Prep Members have touring plan tools to put together their own plans. The attractions indicate height requirements, if it's a good use of FastPass+, illustrations of ride vehicles so you can see how many people will fit (especially handy if the kids outnumber the adults), and when to visit each attraction.
And as you build your touring plans, they are grouped by hour (for the first 3 hours) and then your whole plan is plotted on a map at the bottom of the page so you can see how it all lays out.