8 Top Things to Do at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Storm Troopers lined up at Star Wars Galaxy's Edge in Disney's Hollywood Studio

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Disney's Hollywood Studios (originally known as Disney-MGM Studios) At Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, showcases the glitz, glamour, and excitement of movie-making. Over the years, the park has expanded to nearly twice its original size and now features more shows and "reel-life" adventures that can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios incorporate a wide variety of film-making technologies that have been refined by Disney, including Animation, 3-D, and Circle Vision 360. Live shows and parades showcase star-quality talent and stunt prowess, turning them into exciting and entertaining productions. Here, thrill-seekers can find their own adventures in a one-of-a-kind coaster or drop tower ride.

While it's nearly impossible to see all the attractions at Disney's Hollywood Studios in one day, make sure to visit at least one or more of the following top eight can't-miss attractions on your next trip.

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Head for a Galaxy Far, Far Away

Star Wars
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Coming onto the Disney Hollywood Studios scene in August 2019 with great fanfare, "Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge" is an incredible section of the park with the sole intention of thrilling "Star Wars" movie fans young and old. You'll have a chance to pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy on the interactive thrill ride "Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run," and participate in an epic battle against the First Order on one of the most immersive attractions of all time, "Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance."

The "Star Wars" magic doesn't stop there. You'll have the chance to build your own custom lightsaber at Savi's Workshop and design your own droid at the Droid Depot. After you've worked up an appetite, head to Oga's Cantina or Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo for some lunch or snacks in surroundings straight from the films. You'll also be able to shop for "Star Wars" themed clothing, toys, and other collectibles, whether you're a fan of the First Order or gravitate more toward the Resistance.

02 of 08

Let It Go at the Frozen Sing-along Show

The castle set of Frozen on the stage at Disney's Hollywood Studios

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If you've been looking for a chance to belt it all out alongside fellow "Frozen" fans to "Let It Go," this is it. Watch as Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff, among other characters from the popular film, lead the crowd in a sing-along spectacular featuring all your favorite hits, with scenes from the film and words projected on screen so you can join in the fun. Shows happen hourly on the half hour (:30) from 10:30am to 7:30pm.

03 of 08

Compete in Toy Story Mania!

Toy Story Mania

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Toy Story Mania! is one of Walt Disney World's most popular rides. Inspired by the Disney·Pixar films "Toy Story," Toy Story 2" and "Toy Story 3," the attraction is set amid the "Midway Games Play Set" Andy, the little boy in the story, got for his birthday. Guests become toy-sized and immerse themselves in high-energy interactive 3-D carnival gameplay, spinning from game to game competing with fellow guests for the highest score.

Since opening in 2008, Toy Story Mania! has earned an unfortunate reputation for extremely long lines that often lead to hours-long waits. While it is a FastPass+ attraction, those tickets are limited and the limit is often reached just minutes after the park's opening. Still, the ride is well worth the wait, even if you only get to experience it once.

Have someone in your party run with all of your group's admission tickets to the FastPass+ machine located adjacent to the attraction just as soon as you enter the park. Once you find out what time you are due to ride the attraction, you can plan the rest of your day.

Although this is a family attraction with no height or age restrictions, it's probably not suitable for babies (there is no lap seating) or children small enough to topple over during the spins. Families with infants or toddlers can take advantage of Disney's Rider Switch Program that will keep them from spending too much time in this popular ride's line. Toy Story Mania! is wheelchair accessible and those who are wheelchair-bound can either stay in their wheelchair and be wheeled onto a carnival tram vehicle or step in.

04 of 08

Ride Star Tours — The Adventures Continue

Star tours at Disney

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Because Star Tours had been a popular attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios since 1990, its reopening in the spring of 2011 was met with much excitement and anticipation. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney were combined to create the revamped "Star Tours - The Adventures Continue" featuring 3-D, a dramatic musical score and motion simulator-based technology. The attraction offers guests over 50 story combinations, so you'll want to ride it over and over!

Plan to ride early in the morning to avoid a long wait or pick up a FastPass+, as this ride is quite popular. Star Tours has a height restriction of 40 inches. If you're a Star Wars' fan, visit during Disney's Star Wars weekends, when there are celebrity appearances and autograph sessions, additional characters, and more themed merchandise available.

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05 of 08

Get Your Thrills on the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster

Rock N Roller Coaster

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A concert-goer's quest to see one of the world's greatest rock and roll bands takes a few unexpected twists and turns through the Hollywood hills in Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The thrilling ride features a high-speed launch of 0 to approximately 60 m.p.h. in just 2.8 seconds, three inversions, rock-concert lighting and a specially-recorded Aerosmith soundtrack blaring from 120 onboard speakers in each 24-passenger "super stretch" limousine-themed coaster car. Coaster- and music-lovers as well as thrill-seekers will love this high-speed indoor ride and may find themselves going back again and again for this one-of-a-kind experience.

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Start Your Engines at Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy

Lightning McQueen

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Opened since March 2019, "Cars" movie fans will want to be first to get in the middle of the action to learn all about racing from Lightning McQueen, the champion racer starring in the show. There's also a state-of-the-art racing simulator with a wraparound screen where you can follow the progress, or lack thereof, during the race. After the show, have your picture taken with actual race trainer Cruz Ramirez. Because of this new addition, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is now the place to hang out for "Cars" fans.

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Become a Toy in Toy Story Land

Toy Story Mania at Toy Story Land


A new fun zone at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has something for everyone, especially fans of "Toy Story." A family-friendly slinky coaster will thrill the little ones and provide a coaster ride even coaster-adverse adults will find fun. You'll be riding in Slinky Dog as you hit the curves and hills of the ride. You'll feel like a toy alongside Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, and the rest of the "Toy Story" characters. There are giant building blocks and board games to play because you are toy-sized and everything else is larger than life.

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Ride the Rails with Minnie and Mickey

Mickie & Minnie

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On "Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway," you’ll feel like you are actually going through the movie screen to ride along with the iconic Mickey Mouse and all his friends, including Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. Prepare to be visually immersed in the cartoon on this ride, which opened in fall 2019; the twists and turns are unpredictable. No goggles are needed for this experience.