Guide to all Hollywood Studios attractions

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(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...

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...

Animation Courtyard

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.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody, especially Star Wars fans
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime, although waits are shorter in the morning.
Tips: Both Kylo Ren and Chewbacca will speak to you at their meet & greets so you might want to brush up on your Wookie

Disney Jr - Live on Stage

Characters from Disney Junior TV shows perform here in a 22-minute interactive, fun show geared toward toddlers.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? For families with little ones
When to visit: Anytime, as scheduled
Tips: Most people will sit on the floor for this show, although there are some benches in the back. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to sit closer to the stage.

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.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Only as a time filler for those who love knowing more about the history
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: Ask a Cast Member for a trivia quiz. If you answer the trivia questions correctly, you'll be given a certificate.

Voyage of Little Mermaid

17-minute show featuring a combination of live performances, puppets, film clips and special effects.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody (though the dark theater and the Ursula character may scare some little ones)
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime, as scheduled
Tips: See this show before lunch to avoid lines

Doc McStuffins (character meet)

When to visit: 9:30am (8:30am on Sundays)-6:30PM

Jake (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 9:30am (8:30am on Sundays)-6:30PM

Sofia the First (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 9:30am (8:30am on Sundays)-6:20PM

Pluto (character meet)

When to visit: 9:30am-6:20pm

Kylo Ren (character meet)

When to visit: Park opening - park closing

Chewbacca (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: Park opening - park closing

BB-8 (character meet)

Height req.: none
When to visit: Park opening - park closing

Commissary Lane

Chip 'n' Dale (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 9:30 am-12:40pm, 1:30pm-4:10pm

Goofy (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 9:30am-12:40pm, 1:30pm-4:10pm

Mickey & Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: Park open to park close daily

Echo Lake

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).

Suitable for: Disney requests participants be between the ages of 4 & 12.
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Sign up @ park opening
Tips: This has become very popular and competitive (right up there with Toy Story Mania!) event. Registration to participate is located at the Indiana Jones Adventurers Outpost store and you must sign up right when you arrive in order to secure a spot.

Star Tours

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.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 40
Suitable for: Anybody 40" or taller who can handle simulators and some rough movement.
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: 2nd hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: The exit area is a great Star Wars gift shop that has areas to build LEGO Star Wars characters and light sabers. If this store seems too busy, you may have better luck at Once Upon a Toy store in Disney Springs where you can get the same items.

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.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Anytime, as scheduled
Tips: To increase your chances of being picked to be in a scene, show up early, sit near the front and be enthusiastic.

Frozen Sing-Along

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.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Definitely for Frozen fans
When to visit: Anytime, as scheduled
Tips: Get a FastPass+ for this attraction or be sure to show up about 20-25 minutes before show time

Star Wars: Path of the Jedi

This brief film allows Star Wars fans to relive the stories of Star Wars Episodes I-VII.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? For Star Wars fans
When to visit: Park opening - park closing
Tips: Perfect for people that would like to get caught up or need a refresher of the Star Wars saga.

Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: Park open to 15 minutes before park close daily

Hollywood Boulevard

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.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody, though little ones could find some scenes scary
Recommended? Only as a time filler
When to visit: 2nd hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: The line can be deceptively long. Visit this attraction within the first 2 hours the park is open or in the evening, but check the wait times before entering the queue.

Daisy & Donald Duck (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: 9:10 am-12:10pm, 1:00pm-3:40pm

Muppet Courtyard

MuppetVision 3D

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).

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes, for little ones (as a time filler for everybody else)
When to visit: Anytime
Tips: The theater holds a lot of people and usually doesn't have a long wait. It's a good option to escape hot afternoons.

Pixar Place

Toy Story Midway Mania

Fun ride that includes wearing 3D glasses and riding through various carnival game scenes to score points.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: 1st hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: Arrive early to ride it ASAP after park opening and/or scheduling a FastPass+ reservation for later.

Buzz and Woody (character meet)

Height req.: None
When to visit: Park opening - park closing

Sunset Boulevard

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.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 48
Suitable for: Coaster lovers 48" and taller
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: 1st hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: Single rider line is available here

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.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: 40
Suitable for: People 40" and taller who love thrillers
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: 1st hr (or later w/FP+)
Tips: Just before boarding the ride vehicle, there is a chicken exit for those who choose not to ride.

Beauty & the Beast - Live on Stage

As the name implies, this is a live show featuring the story of Beauty and the Beast.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anyybody
Recommended? Yes, especially for princess lovers
When to visit: Anytime, as scheduled
Tips: Food is allowed here, so feel free to grab lunch or a snack and bring it in to eat while you watch

Santa Claus & Goofy Santa (character meet)

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
When to visit: Santa will meet Nov. 14 -Dec 24th & Goofy Santa meets Dec. 25th - Dec. 31st

Nighttime entertainment

Fantasmic!

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.

FP+ available? Yes
Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? Yes, except for families with young children who could find it scary
When to visit: As scheduled (nighttime entertainment)
Tips: If there are 2 shows scheduled, the second one will always be less busy. This show makes a good "bonus" FastPass+ if you've used all of your others for the day and there are still some available for Fantasmic. Feel free to bring food in that you've purchased from outside the theater.

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

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Fans of Star Wars and anyone that loves nighttime shows
Recommended? Yes
When to visit: Nighttime entertainment
Tips: In order to see all of the projections you will need to find a place close to the courtyard in front of the Chinese Theater

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.

Height req.: None
Suitable for: Anybody
Recommended? For people that love Christmas or anybody that enjoys nighttime shows
When to visit: Nighttime entertainment
Tips: In order to see all of the projections you will need to find a place close to the courtyard in front of the Chinese Theater

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.

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