Hollywood Studios is currently undergoing massive changes. There are numerous building projects ongoing as well as several recent attraction closures. However; there are still plenty of fantastic attractions at the park. Currently, Hollywood Studios is probably the most relaxing of the Disney Parks but it is still important you plan your day. Once Toy Story Land & Star Wars Land open this is going to become a very busy park and planning will become even more essential. These are our Top Hollywood Studios Mistakes to Avoid so you can have a fantastic day.
Whilst there might be a lot of developments there is still plenty to see at Hollywood Studios. Skipping the park, in my opinion, would be a mistake.
There are still plenty of great attraction including Toy Story Midway Mania, Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster & Star Tours.
Plus in the summer Toy Story Land will be open.
Dedicate more than 1 day to the park
I am always reluctant to say any park is a half-day park. However; there currently really isn’t a lot of attractions at Hollywood Studios. 1 day should be plenty for the majority of guests & some repeat visitors will certainly need less.
There are a lot bigger parks to dedicate your time to.
Not using the Single Rider Line
Rock N Roller Coaster does attract some very long waits. However; it is one of the few rides in Disney World that has a single rider option.
The ride is in the dark and you will not see the person you’re sat next to.
Why wait twice as long to sit next to a friend you can’t see?
Not having a Fastpass Strategy
Hollywood Studios Fastpass selections are in tiers. Only 1 Tier A choice is allowed to be pre-booked for either Toy Story Mania, Fantasmic, Beauty & the Beast or Rock N Roller Coaster.
Although crowds are not as heavy as they used to be Toy Story Mania is usually the best choice assuming you will use Single Rider for Rock N Roller Coaster. Toy Story Mania used to attract some of the longest waits in Disney World but the addition of a 3rd track has reduced these.
NOTE Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tiers will almost certainly change with the opening of Toy Story Land.
Missing the shows
Disney World is not all about rides & kids love the shows at Hollywood Studios. Try and make sure you catch a few of them.
Beauty and the Beast, Frozen Sing-Along Celebration & Voyage of the Little Mermaid are great options.
Don’t miss Muppet*Vision 3D
This mistake is more directed at first-time visitors and big muppet fans.
This is still a great show but there are some rumours it might soon go to Theme Park Heaven.
Not bringing park essentials
Make a list of what you need e.g. camera, phone, autograph book, poncho.
Make sure you don’t forget the sunscreen & a good hat. Plus you will need access to plenty of water.
Pack your bag the night before. Remember to not take too much as you will be carrying it all day.
You can’t access the park Wi-Fi.
Online access is essential in Walt Disney World.
The My Disney Experience App is your essential guide to wait times, maps, showtimes & a lot more. Plus you can reserve Fastpass+ & make dining reservations on the App.
Don’t even consider entering a Walt Disney World Park in 2018 without access to Wi-Fi.
Arriving late for Extra Magic Hours
In fact, don’t even consider going on EMH days as parks will always be busier.
Arrive late it will be very busy.
Not planning meal and drink breaks
Make sure you have plenty of breaks and drinks when in the park. Although Hollywood Studios is smaller than other parks you will still do a lot of walking & the Orlando heat will be just as hot.
Not staying for the night.
All Disney Parks are great at night but Hollywood Studios has some fantastic nighttime shows.
Rivers of Light might be the newest night-time spectacular but Fantasmic, in my opinion, is better. Don’t miss it!
Plus you will not want to miss the new projections in Disney Movie Magic or the fireworks in Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular.
The problem you might have is that it is usually impossible to see all 3 nighttime shows.
Do you have any other Hollywood Studios Mistakes to avoid? Why not leave us a comment below?
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