Complete guide to Disney’s Hollywood Studios

(Article last updated: September 10, 2018)

Disney's Hollywood Studios is home to some of the biggest names in movies and entertainment (like Star Wars, Pixar, and Indiana Jones), and it is in the middle of a massive re-imagineering which includes the addition of 2 new lands:

But don't let the construction keep you from visiting. Even without Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge open there is still lots to see and do, including 2 of the best thrill rides on property (Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror), as well as the brand new Toy Story Land.

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How many days should I visit Hollywood Studios?

How many days calendar 1 - Complete guide to Disney's Hollywood StudiosFor most trips there simply aren't enough days to see and do everything at Disney World, so deciding how to divide your time is an important step in planning your stay.

The table below has suggestions for the number of days you should plan to spend at each park, but depending on your family's tastes and interests you may want to adjust how you allocate your time.

Note: if you are planning a trip for dates after summer of 2018, consider allocating an extra day as the opening of Toy Story Land (and eventually Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in 2019) will likely lead to increased crowds and you'll need more time to fit everything in.

Suggested number of days in each park

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MK EP HS AK Water Park Other things
3 1 1 1       or      1
4 1 1 1 1
5 2 1 1 1
6 2 1 1 1 1
7 2 2 1 1 1
8 2 2 1 1 1 1
9 2 2 1 1 1 2
10 2 2 1 1 1 3

Hollywood Studios map

Hollywood Studios is currently home to 8 distinct areas or "lands," as well as 1 new land currently under construction:

  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Echo Lake
  • Grand Avenue (formerly known as Muppets Courtyard)
  • Commissary Lane
  • Pixar Place
  • Animation Courtyard
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Toy Story Land
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge (opening late 2019)

Want a map you can download? Check out this PDF map of Hollywod Studios.

 

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WDW Prep Members can also get maps of each park that print out on 1 piece of paper and show when to visit each attraction.

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Parking at Hollywood Studios

Thinking about driving at Disney World?

Parking is quick and painless and a good option if you'll have your car on your vacation.

All parking lots are staffed with an abundance of Cast Members that will help direct you to your spot. If you park too far away from the front gate to walk, there will be handy trams to shuttle you back and forth from the end of your row to near the front gates.

How much does parking at Hollywood Studios cost?

  • Free for Walt Disney World Resort hotel guests
  • Offsite guests $22/day
  • Passholders - Free with Passholder card and photo ID
  • Preferred Parking - $45/day

Want more tips on driving? Check out our post on using a car at Disney World.

What should I bring with me to Hollywood Studios?

Since Disney allows you to keep your bag with you on every attraction, many people find it handy to carry a bag or backpack with them into the parks.

What you pack in your backpack will vary on your age and who you are traveling with but to help you decide what you might want to bring we have an entire post dedicated to Disney World park bags.

Here are some other common questions on what to bring with you:

Can I bring food with me?

Yes! You can bring your own food items with you. The only restrictions are no glass containers (baby food is an exception) and no alcohol. Also, for the safety of the animals, no straws are allowed at Animal Kingdom.

Can I bring a cooler?

Yes, small coolers are allowed; however, the total size can't exceed 24" by 15" by 18". We recommend bringing a cooler small enough to fit into a locker or in the bottom of a stroller.

Are wagons allowed?

Items that can be pulled behind you are not allowed at Disney World, and that includes wagons.

Can I bring my selfie stick?

Sorry, but no. Selfie sticks are banned at all Disney World parks, including Hollywood Studios.

Can I bring my tripod so I can take pictures?

Tripods (and monopods) that are small enough to fit in a backpack are allowed.

I heard the lines are long. Can I bring a folding chair with me to sit in while I wait?

Folding chairs are not allowed, and we'd never want you standing in a line long enough that you'd need one! Make sure you read the touring plan information below so that you avoid standing in long lines.

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Hollywood Studios rides

hollywoodstudiosrides 1 300x300 - Complete guide to Disney's Hollywood StudiosHollywood Studios is the only place you can interact with Star Wars characters, sing-along with Anna and Elsa from Frozen, or rock out with Aerosmith. You'll also find great nighttime options.

Check out this guide for attraction details, including when to visit each one, ride videos, height requirements, and more.

Best days to visit Hollywood Studios

monthlydashboardheader - Complete guide to Disney's Hollywood StudiosFor every park at Disney World, some days are better (read: less crowded) to visit than others.

We have put together crowd calendars that use an easy-to-understand, color-coded rating system. These handy crowd calendars also include park hour and entertainment information, and they can be found on the Monthly Dashboard that corresponds to your travel dates.

Hollywood Studios touring plans and FastPass+ suggestions


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Disney's Hollywood Studios is notorious for being difficult to plan because it has so many shows that overlap.

Like Epcot, this park utilizes tiers for its FastPass+ reservations, so be sure to check out the attractions information in the section above first before you decide which one will work best for your family.

Toy Story Land


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Construction at Hollywood Studios is a reality for awhile, partly due to the new Toy Story Land that's being built.

If you want to follow the progress for the Toy Story Land, we have all the latest news, pictures, and videos released by Disney in one handy spot.

Star Wars attractions at Hollywood Studios


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With the announcement of a new Star Wars-themed land, Disney has increased the number of ways guests can get their Star Wars fix as they wait for the late 2019 opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.

If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll want to know all about the attractions, nighttime entertainment, character meets, and of course, merchandise before you go.

Hollywood Studios dining

prosconshsrestaurants 1 - Complete guide to Disney's Hollywood StudiosHollywood Studios has several of the most unique table service dining options on property with Sci-Fi Dine-In and 50's Prime Time Cafe offering families a break from the parks while immersing them in fun, retro atmospheres.

Interested in the Fantasmic Dining Package? Since it is offered at several restaurants it is good to review all your choices before you pick just one.

How to get to Hollywood Studios

howtonavigatesquare - Complete guide to Disney's Hollywood StudiosGetting around Disney World property can be intimidating if you've never visited before, but we lay out all your options for traveling to and from Disney's Hollywood Studios.

We've included information on Disney World buses and boats, Uber and Minnie Vans, and someday soon we'll get to add information on gondolas, too!
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