Looking for the best rides for babies and toddlers at Hollywood Studios? We have you covered.
With the additions of Toy Story Land and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Hollywood Studios has seen lots of new rides and attractions added to the park, but not all of them are toddler-friendly.
That’s where we can help! We have a list of our top picks for toddlers, plus a selection of other options that would be okay choices, too.
Important note: This post is just one piece of a group of resources geared towards helping families with babies and toddlers traveling to Walt Disney World. Make sure you check out our Complete Guide to traveling to Disney World with Babies and Toddlers for even more information to help you plan your dream vacation.
Which rides at Hollywood Studios are good for babies and toddlers?
Not every attraction without a height requirement is one you should take your baby or toddler on. Some attractions may look fun, but can actually be a little scary.
The difference between Hollywood Studios and the other 3 parks are the number of shows you’ll find here.
In fact, out of the about 20 total attractions you’ll find at Hollywood Studios, only around 9 are actual rides. Everything else is a show of some sort (either live or 3D).
And, out of those 9 rides at Hollywood Studios, only 2 don’t have any height requirements.
So, that means if you bring your baby or toddler to Hollywood Studios, you’ll likely be filling your time at lots of the shows.
If the adults want to ride some of the thrill rides here (and, if you get the chance, we really think you should!), you’ll definitely want to make sure you understand how the free Rider Switch service works so that you can minimize your waits.
In the first section of this post below, we are going to cover our top attraction picks for toddlers. Then, we’ll go through a few of the other attractions that might be worth your time.
Finally, we’ll give you a couple of ideas on things you can do other than riding rides or seeing shows.
We have posts for that cover the best rides for toddlers at the other 3 parks, so make sure you check those out, too:
- Best rides for babies and toddlers at Magic Kingdom
- Best rides for babies and toddlers at Epcot
- Best rides for babies and toddlers at Animal Kingdom
7 Best attractions at Hollywood Studios for Toddlers
If you are going to Hollywood Studios with a toddler, these 7 attractions are fantastic choices:
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Hollywood Boulevard)
- Toy Story Mania! (Toy Story Land)
- Disney Junior Play and Dance! (Animation Courtyard)
- Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy (Sunset Boulevard)
- Mickey Shorts Theater (Echo Lake)
- For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration (Echo Lake)
- Beauty & the Beast – Live on Stage (Sunset Boulevard)
Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
A 2-1/2D trackless attraction that puts guests inside of a Mickey Mouse Cartoon Short.
Toy Story Mania!
Fun ride that includes wearing 3D glasses and riding through various carnival game scenes to score points.
Disney Junior Play and Dance!
Interactive dance party featuring characters from The Lion Guard and Mickey and the Roadster Racers as well as Vampirina and Doc McStuffins. Interactive elements include bubbles, streamers, and “snow.”
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
A new show featuring Lightning McQueen and other favorite Cars characters. Watch as Lightning showcases his racing simulator on the wrap around screen and then takes on a racing challenge.
Mickey Shorts Theater
Enjoy Vacation Fun, an original animated short featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse at the Mickey Shorts Theater.
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
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.
Beauty & the Beast – Live on Stage
As the name implies, this is a live show featuring the story of Beauty and the Beast.
Other attractions good for toddlers at Hollywood Studios (no height requirement)
Although we really love the attractions above, there are a few other attractions without height requirements that are good options for your baby or toddler, too:
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).
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.
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.
2 attractions you might consider (with height requirements)
These 2 attractions have height requirements that might be short enough for some toddlers to ride.
If so, we think Alien Swirling Saucers is a great choice and if you have a little one who is a thrill seeker, Slinky Dog Dash can be a lot of fun.
Alien Swirling Saucers
Similar to Mater‘s Junkyard Jamboree at Disney California Adventure, this attraction swirls guests around in spaceships on a dizzying ride through space.
Slinky Dog Dash
This family-friendly coaster is similar in intensity to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Guests ride in adorable Slinky Dog cars as they experience lots of wacky dips and twists, bridges and drops.
Other things for toddlers to do at Hollywood Studios
If your little one likes warm hugs, Hollywood Studios has some fun character meet and greets that they’ll enjoy – including a whole crew of Disney Junior pals!
Unlike the other 3 parks, Hollywood Studios doesn’t have any real playground areas where kids can stretch their legs.
Instead, here are a few other things you can do instead:
- Check out Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
- Explore Toy Story Land
- And, although it isn’t technically inside Hollywood Studios, a ride on the Skyliner (which is a short walk out the front gate) can be the perfect way to escape the chaos of the park
Using Genie+ at Hollywood Studios with Toddlers
Hollywood Studios can be tricky to plan because of all the extremely popular rides and the shows that run on their own schedules.
Here’s our advice on whether or not you should buy Genie+ for Hollywood Studios:
If you plan to ride some of the headliners (like Rise of the Resistance, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, or Slinky Dog Dash) Genie+ will make a lot of sense. And, more importantly, if used effectively it will save you a lot of time in line.
If, however, you plan to skip the headliners and focus only on the attractions without any height requirements, you can probably save your money.
The entire Genie+ system can be confusing, but we’ve put together some guides that should help.
If you’re considering purchasing Genie+, make sure you check them out. The one linked directly below this is a good one to start with:
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- Fantasmic Returns to Hollywood Studios in November 2022
- Fantasmic Returns to Hollywood Studios November 3
- Disney After Hours Returning to Disney World in 2023
- 2023 Disney World Packages Available To Book June 8, Plus Genie+ Purchase Change
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