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The Complete Guide to Attractions and Rides at Hollywood Studios

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In the last few years, numerous attractions and rides at Hollywood Studios have been introduced. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is probably one of the biggest additions to the park as well as Toy Story Land. Both areas include new attractions, shops, and restaurants making Disney’s Hollywood Studios a very popular park at the moment! And we can’t forget to mention the introduction of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway in March 2020. This family-friendly attraction will appeal to all ages as you join your favorite Disney characters on a picnic that goes terribly wrong!

With all of the new attractions and rides at Hollywood Studios, this park has become one of the busiest of the four Walt Disney World theme parks. But overall, the latest additions are amazing and definitely worth seeing!


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**The reopening of Walt Disney World is an ongoing process that is constantly changing. Some of these attractions (particularly shows and character meetings) are temporarily closed. Be sure to visit our guide to visiting Disney World during the phased reopening for updated information to guide your vacation planning!


 

Welcome to Magic in the Planning’s Unofficial Guide to Attractions and Rides at Hollywood Studios!

 

**NEW** Disney has replaced FastPass and MaxPass with the brand new Disney Genie and Disney Genie+. The new system is very similar to Disneyland’s MaxPass as it is an add-on purchase allowing you to make “Lightning Lane” reservations throughout your day in the parks. There is also the option to purchase Individual Attraction reservations for select top-tier attractions. For more information, be sure to visit our guide. Happy Planning!

 

Animation Courtyard

Disney Junior Dance Party!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Dance with your favorite Disney Junior characters in this fun show designed for youngsters.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Star Wars Launch Bay

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Created for the ultimate Star Wars fan, take an immersive tour of this gallery featuring costumes, models, artwork, and even authentic movie props. This attraction gives you an opportunity to meet Chewbacca as well as Darth Vader!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Star Wars Launch Bay Theatre

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Enjoy a 10-minute film celebrating the talented group of creators and filmmakers who are responsible for bringing the Star Wars saga to life.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Voyage of the Little Mermaid

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This popular show highlights all of your favorite moments from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Walt Disney Presents

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This gallery originally opened to honor the 100th anniversary of Walt Disney’s birthday. It uses sketches, photos, costumes, and much more to showcase his life story.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Hollywood Boulevard

Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway | magicintheplanning.comMickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can ride.
  • About the Attraction: Join Minnie and Mickey for a picnic in the park only for everything to suddenly go wrong! This trackless ride will take you through multiple scenes featuring all of your favorite Disney characters. Visit a carnival, go under the sea, and even take a dance class with Daisy!
  • Genie+ Attraction: The Lightning Lane of this top-tier attraction is only available as an Individual Attraction purchase and not included as part of Genie+.

 

Commissary Lane

Mickey and Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Meet Mickey and Minnie while they work on their next big movie projects!
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Echo Lake

For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: For fans of Disney’s Frozen, this 30-minute show allows you to sing along to your favorite songs from the movie.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This very popular show gives you an inside look at how movies create action sequences as well as seemingly dangerous stunts.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Young “Skywalkers-in-training” will enjoy this show! If you sign up early in the day, your child will have the opportunity to complete their training on stage.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40″ or taller.
  • About the Attraction: This 3D simulator experience features your favorite Star Wars characters as you venture out with C-3PO as your “accidental” pilot when your flight launches prematurely. Be prepared for some simulator turbulence as your ship is intercepted by the First Order who are searching for a Rebel spy on board!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Vacation Fun – An Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: Featuring brand new, never-before-seen animation, this short movie showcases some favorite vacation memories of Mickey and Minnie.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Grand Avenue

Muppet*Vision 3D

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Attraction: This 3D show features Jim Henson’s Muppet characters in a humorous show for all ages. Be prepared for live-in-theater effects!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

Millennium Falcon Smugglers Run in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comMillennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 38 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: This brand new simulator attraction allows you to fly the Millennium Falcon, a dream come true for many Star Wars fans! There are three “jobs” onboard – pilot, gunner, and engineer. The pilot definitely has the best view yet the most difficult job. I highly recommend that younger children be gunners as it’s the easiest job. My six-year-old enjoyed it very much and felt like she was contributing to the cause. Engineers sit in the back, but unlike the gunners, they get to do more than simply hit a couple of buttons. I actually really enjoyed being the engineer on our flight.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Rise of the Resistance Ride in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comStar Wars: Rise of the Resistance

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: You don’t have to be a Star Wars fan to appreciate the level of detail on this attraction. From start to finish, this ride is quite an immersive experience. While Disney rides are known for their storylines, this ride takes it a step further. You become a prisoner of the First Order. The cast members running the ride never break character making the experience unlike any other. As far as the ride itself, be prepared for a trackless ride as you escape from the clutches of Kylo Ren and the First Order. Also, be aware that there is a small drop near the end of the ride. This ride uses a similar mechanism as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™, but it is a much smaller drop. (My young daughters, 7 and 9-years-old loved the drop!)
  • Genie+ Attraction: The Lightning Lane of this top-tier attraction is only available as an Individual Attraction purchase and not included as part of Genie+.
  • Virtual Queue: The virtual queue for this attraction is currently “paused.” But Disney has certainly left the door open for it to return at a later date.

 

Sunset Boulevard

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Ride: This live show features a shortened retelling of the entire fairy tale.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can enjoy.
  • About the Ride: This show featuring Lightning McQueen brings together animation, special effects, and animatronic technology to give you a one-of-a-kind show experience.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No

 

Rock n Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comRock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 48 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: This indoor roller coaster features music from Aerosmith as you speed through traffic jams on your way to a concert. Be prepared for a dark ride (we couldn’t see much in terms of the track) as well as three inversions (two rollover loops and one corkscrew.)
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

The Hollywood Tower Hotel in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comThe Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: Based on the famous television show, take a ride on an elevator in an abandoned hotel where a group of patrons once disappeared on a “stormy night.” Be prepared for a thrilling ride as you are unexpectedly propelled up and down the abandoned elevator shaft.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Toy Story Land

Buzz Lightyear in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comAlien Swirling Saucers

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 32 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: Take a spin in this flying saucer ride featuring the adorable aliens from Toy Story. Be prepared for some slight spinning motion, although the saucers themselves don’t spin fully on their own. (I’m not one for rides that spin, but I had a blast with my daughters on this ride!) We were able to fit one adult and two small children in our saucer. A family of four will most likely need to split up, however.
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comSlinky Dog Dash

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 38 inches or taller.
  • About the Ride: Assembled by Andy himself using a “Mega Coaster Play Kit,” this family-friendly roller coaster features some of your favorite Toy Story characters. Also, the attention to detail on this ride is truly amazing. Be sure to take notice of all the decor through the ride queue as well as the coast itself!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comToy Story Mania!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height can ride.
  • About the Ride: Shrink down to the size of one of Andy’s toys and take part in five different 3D carnival games featuring all of your favorite Toy Story characters. You will compete for the top prize (bragging rights, of course) with the person sitting to you, so be prepared to unleash your competitive side!
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes

 

**I hope you enjoyed this unofficial guide to attractions and rides at Hollywood Studios! Looking to plan your first Walt Disney World vacation? Be sure to visit my step-by-step guide to start planning!

And be sure to visit the official Walt Disney World website for more information about your favorite rides and attractions!


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