Hollywood Studios is home to the hottest new land (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) and the hottest new attraction (Rise of the Resistance) and if you want to see and do it all, you’ll definitely need to be smart about planning your day.
Understanding what to expect when it comes to the Hollywood Studios Park Hours is an important piece of putting together your daily plan.
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Hollywood Studios Park Hours by Month
Disney releases park hours about 75 days in advance. It may be as few as 71 or as many as 78. But, in general, park hours come out around 75 days in advance.
Note: In the past, that used to be around 180 days, but the release schedule changed when the parks reopened in 2020.
We keep track of all the park hours and update them every week on our Monthly Crowd Calendars.
If you are within that 75-day window, when you click on the month below you will see the current Hollywood Studios park hours, plus other important information like refurbishments and entertainment schedules.
Note: If you want to see historical information outside that 75-day window, you can navigate to a previous month or even a previous year to get an idea of what to expect.
In general, outside the busiest days of the year (like Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years), Hollywood Studios typically opens up at 8:30 or 9 am and closes at 9 pm.
Take a look at the park hours for the other parks:
Frequently Asked Questions
How often are the Hollywood Studios park hours updated?
Don’t be surprised by the park hours you’ll see when Disney first publishes them. The truth is you’ll often find that they are rather generic, meaning they will typically show the same park hours for Hollywood Studios every day of the week.
However, park hour updates are based on demand. The busier the parks are projected to be, the higher the likelihood that Disney will extend the hours.
But, when compared to the other 3 parks, Hollywood Studios doesn’t see as many updates. And that’s because with the current Park Pass Reservation System, Disney already knows it will be busy. In fact, it is nearly always the first park to reach capacity on any given day.
Updates are more likely the closer you get to your trip
Since Disney updates park hours based upon projected attendance, the closer you get to your trip the more data they will have to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to make any changes (or not).
That’s why if the park hours are going to be updated for your trip, it is more likely to happen closer to your travel dates.
It is also why we recommend you check your park hours daily while on vacation! You don’t want to show up to a park only to discover it opened before you expected it to.
When does Hollywood Studios let people in?
Long-time Disney visitors know that there is the “official” opening time for a park and then there is the time Disney typically starts letting guests inside, which can be up to 30 minutes (or even more) before the official opening time.
Disney has put a formal stamp on this unofficial opening time by allowing onsite resort guests to always have access to the parks 30 minutes before non-Disney Resort guests. This access for on-site guests is called Early Theme Park Entry and we have more info on that below.
If you want to be there for Rope Drop at Hollywood Studios, we recommend arriving to the front of the park no later than 45 minutes before the official opening time.
Here’s how to do that:
- If you are taking the bus to Hollywood Studios you’ll need to be down to the bus stop 90 minutes before the official opening time. That should put you on the first or second bus of the day (and make your morning go that much more smoothly).
- If you are driving to Hollywood Studios, aim to be to the parking lot plaza about 45 minutes to 1 hour before the parks open.
- If you are taking the Skyliner, be to your station around 90 minutes before the parks open.
- And if you are walking, plan to get to the park around 45 to 60 minutes before the parks open.
What about Early Theme Park Entry?
Disney has retired Extra Magic Hours but in their place they have implemented a new system called Early Theme Park Entry.
This benefit allows Disney Resort guests (as well as guests from other select hotels) the opportunity to enter any of the 4 theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom) 30 minutes before non-Disney Resort guests.
If you qualify for this benefit, we highly recommend that you take advantage of the extra time to get ahead of the regular park crowds and head to either Slinky Dog Dash or Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway first.
For more information, check out our Guide to Early Theme Park Entry at Disney World.
What attractions will be open during Early Theme Park Entry?
During Early Theme Park Entry, not every attraction will be operating. Here is the list of the attractions that will be open (note: attractions labeled with an * are our best choices for Early Theme Park Entry):
- Alien Swirling Saucers (32″ height requirement)
- *Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (38″ height requirement)
- Rise of the Resistance (40″ height requirement)
- *Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith (48″ height requirement)
- *Slinky Dog Dash (38″ height requirement)
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue (40″ height requirement)
- *The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ™ (40″ height requirement)
- Toy Story Mania!
Attractions that never open at park opening
There are a few things that rarely open up with the rest of Hollywood Studios.
If you are interested in any of these, make sure you check the operating schedule inside of My Disney Experience:
Shows & characters:
- Characters & cavalcades
- For the First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- When the park officially opens, nearly all attractions will open. The one exception is that sometimes there is a delay in Rise of the Resistance starting for the day.
What About Hollywood Studios After Hours?
Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios all used to have a specially ticketed event that would allow guests to pay extra to stay in the park after closing.
Called Disney After Hours, they happened on select nights of the year and with ticket sales capped very low, you could get on lots of rides with little to now wait.
Disney has announced that After Hours will return at Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom starting in January 2023.
The Disney After Hours event at Hollywood Studios will run from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. on event nights, so the park will mostly likely close at 9 p.m. on these dates.
Disney World now also has Extended Evening Theme Park Hours for Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resort hotel guests to spend 2 extra hours past closing in select parks. These are not available at Hollywood Studios.
Read more about how to tour Hollywood Studios right now.