Hollywood Studios touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions for 2017

(Article last updated: August 18, 2017)

Hollywood Studios has had some attraction closures, and the new things that will be coming are still a year or two away from opening. Fewer attractions for people to visit means good touring plans and FastPass+ are even more important than before.

Let's take a look at Hollywood Studios touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions...

FastPass+ basics

New to making FastPass+ reservations? Expand the section below for more info on how they work, how to link park tickets so you can make FP+ reservations, etc.

How FastPass+ works
All guests - whether they're staying onsite or offsite - can make 3 FastPass+ reservations per day in 1 park ahead of time beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time. All guests can also make use of the app or kiosks in the parks to make or change FastPass+ reservations.

However, there are some differences between onsite and offsite guests:

  • On-site guests (and people staying at the Swan and Dolphin) can make FastPass+ reservations for their whole trip up to 60 days in advance of their trip's start date, beginning at 7 a.m. eastern time.
  • Off-site guests can make FastPass+ reservations up to 30 days in advance of the day they plan to be in the park (which means off-site guests will have to be online for multiple days in a row).

You can't make your first 3 FastPass+ reservations for the same ride twice.
Your first 3 FastPass+ reservations must be for all different rides.

However, you can get more FastPass+ reservations after you use the first 3.
Once your first 3 FastPass+ reservations are used or expired, you can use the My Disney Experience app or go to a kiosk and get a 4th. Once your 4th FP+ is used or expired, you can get a 5th. These additional FastPass+ reservations can be in the same park or a different park and can be for the same ride over and over, if you want.

Don't use FastPass+ reservations unnecessarily.
If you arrive at an attraction to use a FastPass+ reservation and the standby line is short (5 or 10 minutes), skip the FastPass+ line, get into the standby line and then change that FastPass+ to something else to use later. You can make the change on your phone or at a FastPass+ kiosk.

Link your tickets
All guests should make FastPass+ reservations online ahead of time. In order to do that, you need to have tickets on your My Disney Experience account.

If you are staying on-site and bought a package for your trip (which includes a hotel and tickets), they'll already be in your account.

If you are staying off-site and/or bought tickets separate from your on-site hotel room, you need to link them.

You can link your tickets by logging in to your My Disney Experience account, selecting "My Reservations and Tickets" from the menu, and then clicking the Link Tickets button.

From there, you'll be able to enter your ticket info, and there's helpful on-screen info about where to find the numbers you'll use.

Hollywood Studios touring plans

You can also link your tickets using the My Disney Experience app. After opening the app, touch your avatar pic at the bottom, select My Tickets, click the plus sign at the top, and then choose "Link Tickets & Passes." From there, you can type the ticket number or scan the code.

After making FastPass+ reservations, you will be able to scan your MagicBands or RFID-enabled park ticket when you arrive to an attraction at your FastPass+ time.

Hollywood Studios FastPass+ options and priorities

FastPass+ attractions are split into tiers at Hollywood Studios.

You can pick one from Tier 1 and two from Tier 2. You can't pick 3 things from Tier 2 as an alternative. 1 from Tier 1, 2 from Tier 2.

Here are the FastPass+ options at Hollywood Studios.

Tierwdt_IDTop prioritySecond priority (possible bonus FP+ options)
Tier 1
(you can choose 1 item from this level)
2
  • Toy Story Midway Mania

  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
  • Fantasmic!

  • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
Tier 2
(you can choose 2 from this level)
3
  • Tower of Terror

  • Star Tours

  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

  • MuppetVision 3D

  • Disney Junior – Live on Stage

  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!




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What times should you make reservations?

Because of the tiers that are in place, you should plan to show up at rope drop/park opening (arrive about 45 minutes before park opening) and ride the things that you won't have FP+ reservations for. In the touring plans below, we've given suggestions on when to make FP+ reservations.

Hollywood Studios touring plans

I like to organize my touring plans by hour because minute-by-minute touring plans can make you feel like you’re running from place to place without any flexibility, but grouping them by hour can give you some sense of timing as you plan.

Here are some example touring plans.

General Hollywood Studios touring plan

Get FP+ reservations for Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror and Star Tours

Arrive about 45 minutes before park opening. Guests are usually allowed in the park before it opens up until the point of the Trolley Car Cafe which serves Starbucks drinks and treats. As you wait for the park to open, you can shop, get food, take PhotoPass pics, and even sign up for Jedi Training Academy (look for the signs directing you where to go).

First hour:

  • 1. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (48" height req.)
  • 2. Use FP+ for Tower of Terror (suggested FP+ time: 9:15-10:15)

Second hour:

  • 3. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • 4. Use FP+ for Toy Story Mania (suggested FP+ time: 10:30-11:30)

Third hour:

  • 5. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Rest of the day:

  • Lunch
  • 6. Use FP+ for Star Tours (40" height req., suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 7. MuppetVision 3D
  • 8. Frozen Sing-Along
  • 9. Star Wars Launch Bay
  • 10. Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
  • 11. Fantasmic or Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (at night)

Hollywood Studios with little ones

Get FP+ for Toy Story Mania, Star Tours and Frozen Sing-Along

Arrive about 45 minutes before park opening. Guests are usually allowed in the park before it opens up until the point of the Trolley Car Cafe which serves Starbucks drinks and treats. As you wait for the park to open, you can shop, get food, take PhotoPass pics, and even sign up for Jedi Training Academy (look for the signs directing you where to go).

First hour:

  • 1. Ride Toy Story Mania without FP+
  • 2. Disney Junior - Live on Stage

Second hour:

  • 3. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • 4. Use FP+ to ride Toy Story Mania again (suggested FP+ time: 10:30-11:30)

Third hour:

  • 5. MuppetVision 3D
  • 6. Use FP+ for Star Tours (40" height req., suggested FP+ time: 11:45-12:45)

Rest of the day:

  • Lunch
  • 7. Use FP+ at Frozen Sing-Along (suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 8. Star Wars Launch Bay
  • 9. Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
  • 10. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • 11. Fantasmic or Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular (at night)

What about Rider Switch (sometimes called Child Swap)?

The Rider Switch system allows parents to take turns riding things that little ones can't/won't ride. Please read my Rider Switch article so you can see how to use it and maximize your FastPass+ reservations.

Want to show up late or park hop?

Want to sleep in or spend the first part of the day at another park? If you want to arrive late at Hollywood Studios, be sure to snag a FastPass+ for busy things like Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, or Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.

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.

⇢ Get access to Level 2 tools ⇠

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Even with FastPass+, ride tiers, and fewer attractions, I still think the hardest part of planning a day at Hollywood Studios is figuring out how to fit in all of the shows.

What questions do you have about Hollywood Studios touring plans? Please share them in the comments.

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Ingrid

With Rivers of Light coming to AK in April, would you recommend flipping the tour and going to HS first? I took my dgtr to HS last May so we’ve seen Fantasmic. I have park hopper tix, trying to make the most out of them that day.

Jon

I have an ADR at H&V for 8AM, and I am hoping to get a head start over to Toy Story Mania before the park officially opens.

Does anyone know if this is possible, or are you held until the park officially opens?

Jon

Bummer… oh well, thank you for the reply!

Maria

Hi Shannon!!!
One question, I have a 2,5 year old and a 4,5 year old little girls. We will go 5 days to Disney and we were planning one day in each park and the extra in MK. Would you recommend us to skip this park and do 2.5 days in MK? (We still need a 2 hours nap) they are really into Disney channel but not sure if we will see many characters
Love everything you say!!! Thank you!!

Heather Hare

In the chart above, what does it mean when it says “possible bonus FP+ options”?

Kathleen Quigley

My daughter wants to see BOTH of the Disney Junior shows. We can see different descriptions for the two, but we can only find times listed for “Disney Junior,” not specifying. Are we mis-reading and there’s really just one? If there’s two, how do we know which time is for which?

Tami

We have two that want to sign up for Jedi Training. Only one of our kids is tall enough for Rock’n Roller Coaster and with signing them up, we’re afraid the line for RNR will be too long to stand-by for. Since we won’t be using a FastPass for RNR, what’s the best way to fit that coaster in?

Jill

I hope this is not too late, and I admit, I don’t know how signing them up works. BUT would it be possible for one of you to take the child who can’t ride RnR with you to sign up and can you sign them both up? Then the other parent takes the child that is tall enough, head straight there, ride the ride and get a parent swap pass? Then when you’re doing signing the children up, you can ride again with your tall-enough child? OR, they can go ride, and when you’re done signing up the children, just do the single-rider line. If that can’t work, then sign the kids up all together, then go back and everyone do the single-rider line. Just a couple of thoughts. HTH!

Tina

I’m pretty sure that the children must be present when signing up for the Jedi Training. I’d hate for you to miss it because you went there without them.

Brooke

I am taking my family for the first time the last week February first couple days of March. We are expected to arrive at about noon. Based on your recommendations, we are going to do HS as the park we will go to on arrival day. We will get there about 1pm. I have used FP on Star Tours, Frozen, and Toy Story Mania. However, I am finding it challenging to try and fit in the “shows” within the allotted amount of time. We haves reservations at the Vine at 3:40. Suggestions?

Erica Chung

We will be visiting Disney for May 7-May 14. Will the Jedi training be available? If so, what’s your recommendation to fit that in the schedule? Thanks.

John

Can you tell me where the seating is for the FastPass for Fantasmic?

Morgan

We will be visiting WDW January 22-30 and are trying to decide if Hollywood Studios is worth the price of a ticket. Do you know if they have re-opened any attractions or added anything new? My girls are 7 & 9 and don’t care for thrill rides so we won’t be doing Tower of Terror or Rockin Roller Coaster. However my 7 year old still loves Disney Junior (I think my 9 year old does too, but tries to say she’s “too old” for it!) and that’s really the only reason we are considering it. I’m just concerned there won’t be enough for the day. Any help would be appreciated!

Kathy

Did you gopen to the park?

My suggestion would have been to but an extra day ticket (if there more than 4-5 days as the price is basically 10.00 per day. And then use it in the AM or PM as a separate day hopping with a different park and not paying for a full hopper pass… (basically using 2 full day passes in one day …It is cheaper than a hopper option if hopping 5 or less times. )

So was wondering what you did and your thoughts on park if you we nt. We are going in may and had similar thoughts on park.

Elizabeth

Disney will not let you use two separate park tickets on the same day (that’s why they have the park hopper pass). If you want to visit two parks on the same day you will have to buy the park hopper pass.

Claire

Will Jedi Training be available in October? It looks like the entire month is greyed out and showing no times available when I try to add to my plans in the My Disney Experience.

Anita

It seems its having a refurb…:(

I’m going to HS in late December and hope it will be done by then. This and other refurbs are listed on the overall December page on the right column. Shannon please tell me it will be back by Christmas…boys were so looking forward to it…

Lisa

We will be visiting hollywood studios on sept. 13 & we are hoping (fingers crossed) for the low crowd prediction to be accurate! Both of our kids really want to participate in jedi academy, but I’m concerned between fp & lunch res it might be tricky to snag a morning time that won’t interfere. We are planning go get there early, but tha isn’t always easy with 2 young children!! Any advice? Does training fill even on ow crowd days?

dave

I believe you are going to find it easy to do what you like here as I have been many times. An important reason is that this park is smaller than the others and when I went I have been I have been amazed at how fast I got through things. The Indiana Jones attraction may not sound appropriate but I have seen little ones just have so much fun there. If you have park hopper options, this is one park that can be visited and then jump on one of the interpark buses for a while at animal kingdom or another. Also, know the menu in advance and tell them you all know what you want.

Lynne

My boys want to do Jedi training, Toy Story, and the R ‘n’ R coaster. We’re going to HS on 9/20. I’m wondering which FP to select since both rides are Tier 1, but we can’t ride either of them immediately at park opening because of Jedi training signups. I’m thinking we can sign up for Jedi training then run to Toy Story since it’s closer, and get the FP for R ‘n’ R. Any idea how bad the line would be for Toy Story after Jedi Training sign-ups? Any advice is appreciated.

Sophie Olivant

I think you can always get another Fast Pass after you have used your 3 so I would perhaps use Fast Pass for Toy Story first as that can sometimes be difficult to get a good time. Then hopefully get one for Rock ‘n’ Roller later on.. That’s just how I’d do it! 🙂

Sophie Olivant

Hi,
We are planning to visit WDW from 23rd August to 6th September this year. We think we would have a greater interest in Animal Kingdom than Epcot, so wondered if the Animal Kingdom/Hollywood Studios 1 day Plan could swap Epcot for Animal Kingdom? If so which way round should we tour? And which park would you prioritise for FP+? If Hollywood Studios usually opens early would it be best to start here?
I love your site and all your planning advice!
Thanks for any help 🙂

Kathy

Some people claim epcot needs 1.5 or 2 day alone so no not thonking it could be same day unless you want to miss alot.

Animal kingdom and Hollywood studios are significantly smaller than epcot and magic kingdom.

Paola COckrill

Hi,
how would you combine animal kingdom and hollywood with a 4 year old?

Sydney Fischer

You could combine the two but i think it could be hard. AK closes around 7 so you could head there in the morning and then do HS in the afternoon and night. Again its more if you think your kid has a lot of energy.

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