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The Complete Guide to Attractions and Rides at Hollywood Studios 2023

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

 

Animation Courtyard – 4 Attractions

Animation Courtyard offers various experiences centered around animation. At Disney Junior Play and Dance, guests can engage with beloved Disney Junior characters. Star Wars Launch Bay allows visitors to meet select Star Wars characters. And finally, at Walt Disney Presents, guests can embark on a captivating journey through the life of Walt Disney.

 

Disney Junior Play and Dance!

Dance with your favorite Disney Junior characters in this fun show designed for youngsters.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 25 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone, especially those with younger children
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: The majority of the seating for this show is on the floor, although there are some benches in the back. It’s a good idea to arrive 10-15 early if you’d like to sit closer to the stage.

 

Star Wars Launch Bay

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!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone (especially fans of Star Wars!)
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: Lines for this attraction are typically shorter in the morning.

 

Star Wars Launch Bay Theater (currently unavailable)

Enjoy a 10-minute film celebrating the talented group of creators and filmmakers who are responsible for bringing the Star Wars saga to life.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 10 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Walt Disney Presents

The museum-style attraction offers an opportunity to view memorabilia from the life of Walt Disney. Visitors can admire a variety of items, such as a model of Main Street, U.S.A., Oscar trophies, and concept art for upcoming attractions. Additionally, guests can occasionally meet characters and enjoy exclusive previews of upcoming movies.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: N/A
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Hollywood Boulevard – 1 Attraction

Located at the entrance of the park, Hollywood Boulevard offers a bustling atmosphere with a variety of shops, dining options, and character encounters. It’s also home to one of Disney’s newest attractions, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.

 

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

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!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 5 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Echo Lake – 4 Attractions

Echo Lake offers a diverse range of attractions. Visitors can enjoy a popular Frozen sing-along, a thrilling stunt show starring Indiana Jones, and an immersive Star Wars simulator.

 

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

For fans of Disney’s Frozen, this 60-minute show allows you to sing along to your favorite songs from the movie.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 25-30 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: If you don’t use Genie+ for this attraction, be sure to arrive about 20-25 minutes early to guarantee your seats.

 

Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!

This very popular show gives you an inside look at how movies create action sequences as well as seemingly dangerous stunts.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 35 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This show utilizes volunteers from the audience. So if you’d like to increase your chances of being chosen, be sure to show up early, sit near the front, and be enthusiastic!

 

Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

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!

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40″ or taller
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 7 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement and can handle simulators
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.)

 

Vacation Fun – An Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie

Featuring brand new, never-before-seen animation, this short movie showcases some favorite vacation memories of Mickey and Minnie.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 10 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Grand Avenue – 1 Attraction

Grand Avenue is renowned for its homage to The Muppets, housing popular attractions such as Muppet*Vision 3D and PizzeRizzo. Previously named “Muppets Courtyard,” it was later rebranded as “Grand Avenue.”

 

Muppet*Vision 3D

This 3D show features Jim Henson’s Muppet characters in a humorous show for all ages. Be prepared for live-in-theater effects!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 17 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge – 2 Attractions

Whether you love Star Wars or not, this area of Hollywood Studios is a must-visit. It features notable attractions like Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. These rides offer fully immersive experiences that can be enjoyed by both fans and non-fans of the franchise.

 

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

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. Engineers sit in the back, but unlike the gunners, they get to do more than simply hit a couple of buttons.

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 38 inches or taller
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 4-5 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement
  • When to Visit: First hour or last hour of the day (or anytime with Genie+)
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.) Also, this ride offers a Single Rider Line for those who don’t mind riding alone without their party.

 

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

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.

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40 inches or taller.
  • Genie+ Attraction: No. The Lightning Lane of this top-tier attraction is only available as an Individual Attraction purchase and not included as part of Genie+.
  • Attraction Length: About 18-20 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement
  • When to Visit: First hour of the day or anytime with an Individual Lightning Lane selection
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.)

 

Sunset Boulevard – 4 Attractions

Sunset Boulevard is a popular area within the park. The iconic Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, often viewed as one of Disney World’s best rides, immediately catches your eye upon entering the boulevard. There is also a live show featuring Belle and the Beast, an indoor show for Lightning McQueen fans, and an epic roller coaster that will have you singing Aerosmith for the rest of the day.

 

Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage

This 30-minute live show features a shortened retelling of the entire fairy tale.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 25 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy

This show featuring Lightning McQueen brings together animation, special effects, and animatronic technology to give you a one-of-a-kind show experience.

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: No
  • Attraction Length: About 10 minutes
  • Who Should Enjoy: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: No
  • Ride Photo: No

 

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

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.)

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 48 inches or taller
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 90 seconds
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement and loves thrills!
  • When to Visit: First hour of the day or anytime with Genie+
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: Yes (during the initial launch)
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.) Also, this ride offers a Single Rider Line for those who don’t mind riding alone without their party.

 

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

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.

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 40 inches or taller
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 5 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement and can handle big drops
  • When to Visit: First hour of the day or anytime with Genie+
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: Yes (taken during one of the drops)
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.)

 

Toy Story Land – 3 Attractions

Toy Story Land is filled with bright colors and allows guests to feel like they’re stepping into Andy’s backyard as one of his beloved toys. The attention here to detail is amazing making it one of the most popular sections of the park. Here you will find three fun Toy Story-themed attractions including the extremely popular Slinky Dog Dash.

 

Buzz Lightyear in Hollywood Studios | magicintheplanning.comAlien Swirling Saucers

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.

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 32 inches or taller
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 2 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.)

 

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

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!

  • Height Restrictions: Riders must be 38 inches or taller
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 2 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone who meets the height requirement
  • When to Visit: First hour of the day or anytime with Genie+
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: Yes (It’s located to your right after going over the four small hills, and the photo is added automatically to your My Disney Experience account after your ride.)
  • Additional Info: This ride offers Rider Switch for those who have guests in their party who can’t or don’t want to ride an attraction. Rider Switch allows one adult to wait with non-riders, while the rest enjoy the attraction. The waiting adult can then board without waiting in the regular line. (Be sure to check in with a Cast Member with your entire party if you wish to utilize this option.)

 

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

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!

  • Height Restrictions: Any height
  • Genie+ Attraction: Yes
  • Attraction Length: About 8 minutes
  • Who Should Ride: Anyone
  • When to Visit: Anytime
  • Open for Early Entry: Yes
  • Ride Photo: No

 

Free Printable Checklist

Print out our free checklist below to keep track of all your must-see attractions at Hollywood Studios! And be sure to visit our resource library for more free printables to simplify your Disney vacation planning!

Free Printable Hollywood Studios Attraction Checklist | Magic in the Planning

 

 

**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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