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 9 am and closes at 8 pm.
However, we do expect that when nighttime entertainment returns that we will see that closing time adjusted.
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.
You may see the park hours here go from 10am – 7 pm to 9 am – 8 pm, but outside that, updates here aren’t very common.
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?
We know it is a bit confusing, but the truth is there is the “official” opening time for Hollywood Studios, and then there is the time Disney will actually start letting people into the park.
This is more true now than before the extended closures because whenever possible, Disney tries to avoid having large crowds of people in one spot, which is something that can definitely happen as people arrive to the gates anticipating the parks opening up.
Note: Disney has announced that they will be putting 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. They are calling it Early Theme Park Entry and we have more info on that below.
So, 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 announced that Extra Magic Hours are being retired but in their place they will be implementing a new system they have called Early Theme Park Entry.
While we don’t know all the facts yet (like what attractions in Hollywood Studios will be open) we do know that it will let onsite resort guests into the parks 30 minutes early and that it will be for every park, every day.
What attractions will be open?
When you are let into the park there is a chance that some things may not yet be open. But, Disney does do a good job of trying to have the headliners up and going when people start coming in.
Of course, with Early Theme Park entry we should get a list of everything that will be available but until then, we recommend you head to either Slinky Dog Dash or Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway first.
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.