Guide to Early Morning Magic at Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios

The much-anticipated opening of Toy Story Land brought tons of excitement to Hollywood Studios.

But, it also brought the crowds.

If you have your heart set on riding the new attractions over at Toy Story Land but you're worried the masses of people might keep you from the fun, Early Morning Magic - Toy Story Land might be for you.

This premium ticketed event takes place on select days through the year and it definitely can help you knock out all the attractions in Toy Story Land, but is it worth the cost?

Here's what you need to know.

All the details

Early Morning Magic at Toy Story Land - which is inside Hollywood Studios - is a premium ticketed event that gives guests the opportunity to explore this new area before the rest of the park officially opens.

This is a limited-availability event, and that means that if you choose to go, you'll find very low crowd levels.

During the 75 minutes the event takes place, guests attending get unlimited rides on 3 three of the attractions located there:

  • Toy Story Mania
  • Slinky Dog Dash (must be 38" to ride)
  • Alien Swirling Saucers (must be 32" to ride)

Slinky Dog Dash

In addition to all that fun, guests will also find several photo ops where they'll get the chance to meet Buzz, Woody, and Jessie. These photo ops are something that you don't find in the Magic Kingdom Early Morning Magic event, which takes place in Fantasyland there.

PLUS - In addition to the rides and the character meet opportunities you'll also get the chance to enjoy a delicious continental breakfast. More on that below.

Cost

Because this is a premium ticketed event, there is an additional cost to attend. And since this event takes place in the morning before the park opens, you'll need to have a regular park ticket in addition to your event ticket.

Tickets are $79 for adults and $69 for kids (plus tax).

Dates and Time

The event takes place from 7:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on select dates throughout the year (typically on Mondays and Wednesdays).

Here is the current schedule:

2018 Early Morning Magic - Toy Story Land

  • September: 17, 24
  • October: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29, 31
  • November: 7, 12, 14, 26, 28
  • December: 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19

2019 Early Morning Magic - Toy Story Land

Dates for 2019 have not been announced yet.

How to book it

If you're interested in booking you'll have a couple of options to do that:

Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land

What to expect

How to get there

Because you're paying extra money to attend this event, we recommend you plan ahead on how you'll get there.

Buses are definitely an option, but for any early-morning special event where you have paid extra, we do recommend you consider alternative transportation options like Minnie Vans or Uber.

Our reasoning is this:

Stressing out about missing a bus is no way to start what should be a fun morning. You can't control when the next bus will show up, but you do have some control over Minnie Vans and Ubers.

Uber will definitely be the less expensive option of the 2. So, as long as you don't need car seats, that might be the way to go.

Minnie Van's pricing structure will make them the more expensive option, but if you need car seats, it is the way to go.

If your plan is to use a bus, get to the bus stop extra early. It is better to wait a few minutes for the bus to show up than it is to run to try to catch it!

Disney bus

Checking in

The morning of the event, you'll be asked to check in out front of Hollywood Studios.

There you'll be given a brightly-colored wrist band which identifies you as one of the guests for Early Morning Magic.

At 7:30, guests with wristbands will be allowed into Toy Story Land where they can enjoy the area relatively crowd free until the park opens at 9 a.m.

Rides

During the 75 minutes of the event, you'll be able to enjoy all 3 of the Toy Story Land attractions, plus the character meets with Woody & Jessie and Buzz as many times you like.

Because only a limited number of tickets are sold to the event, you can expect the wait times to remain 10 minutes or less for all of the attractions.

The low crowds will also make it easy to ride your favorites several times if you like!

Sometimes the character meets (especially Woody & Jessie) can develop lines longer than those for the attractions, so keep that in mind when planning your morning.

Buzz Lightyear in Toy Story Land

Breakfast

In order to maximize your ride time, we recommend that you wait to eat breakfast until 9:30 a.m. or so.

Breakfast is served in ABC Commissary (which is outside of Toy Story Land).

You'll have the choice of an entree plus access to typical continental breakfast items.

The selection may vary slightly, but you can expect to find:

Entrees:

  • Breakfast Charcuterie Platter
  • Smashed Avocado Toast and Egg Plate
  • Mexican Corn Chilaquiles and Egg Bowl
  • Shrimp and Southern Grits Bowl
  • Fried Chicken and Cinnamon-Sugar French Donut Bowl

Early Morning Magic Chicken

 

Continental breakfast offerings:

  • beverages such as juices, coffee, and tea
  • fruit & yogurt
  • pastries
  • cereal

Basic touring plan for Early Morning Magic - Toy Story Land

To get the most out of the cost of your tickets, plan to hit the attractions first and then eat last.

With that in mind, we recommend:

  • 7:30 - 9:00: Ride the rides that are part of Early Morning Magic as many times as you'd like
  • 9:00 - 9:30: Fit in 1 or 2 more attractions outside of Toy Story Land before the lines build. Some good suggestions would be: signing up for Jedi Training, Tower of Terror, Rock n Roller Coaster, or Star Tours.
  • 9:30: head to breakfast

After you are done eating, you can then continue on with one of the Hollywood Studios touring plans we have available, you'll just need to skip any of the attractions you've already done.

FAQ's

Is this the same thing as Extra Magic Hours?

Disney did make things confusing when they gave 2 morning events very similar sounding names.

But, Early Morning Magic (EMM) and Extra Magic Hours (EMH) are 2 totally different events, with the main differences being that one involves the entire park and is free to onsite guests (EMH), while the other (EMM) costs money and is open to anybody.

I'm not attending Early Morning Magic. Will the crowds be heavier on those days?

When Pandora opened up over in Animal Kingdom, one thing that Disney often did was open that section of the park a lot earlier (sometimes even 30 minutes earlier!) than the rest of it.

But, Early Morning Magic (and the Passholder Previews that were held in September) means they can't do the same for Hollywood Studios.

So, to minimize your wait at the attractions, your best bet is to be at the front of the pack heading into Toy Story Land when they open the park. To do that, you'll need to plan to arrive to the front gates 45 minutes before the scheduled opening.

Is it worth it?

It depends, but we definitely think it might be for some people!

Keep in mind that a character dinner can easily run $45/adult. Dinner usually runs around 75-90 minutes, so the time spent at a character dinner is similar to this event.

This experience is more expensive per person than a character meal BUT you'd get the opportunity to see and do everything in Toy Story Land without having to battle the crowds OR the heat, plus you get a hearty breakfast.

The lower crowds also means you get to really "see" Toy Story Land. During regular park hours it can be so crowded you can't really appreciate the details, but when that section is basically empty you're able to see it (and photograph it!) with ease.

So, if a stop at Toy Story Land is part of a short trip to Disney World OR your vacation wouldn't be complete without some quality time in Toy Story Land, this is a good option.

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Interested in the Magic Kingdom version? Read more about Early Morning Magic - Fantasyland.

Have you given Early Morning Magic at Hollywood Studios a try? Let us know how it went in the comments.

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