Hollywood Studios touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions for 2017

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Hollywood Studios touring plans(Article last updated: April 12, 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

  • The Great Movie Ride

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. The Great Movie Ride

Third hour:

  • 5. Use FP+ for Toy Story Mania (suggested FP+ time: 10:30-11:30)
  • 6. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular

Rest of the day:

  • Lunch
  • 7. Use FP+ for Star Tours (40" height req., suggested FP+ time: early afternoon)
  • 8. MuppetVision 3D
  • 9. Frozen Sing-Along
  • 10. Star Wars Launch Bay
  • 11. Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage
  • 12. 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.