Your Guide to Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Theme Park in Orlando
By Lauren Tjaden
Walt Disney World’s Hollywood Studios in Orlando brings the excitement of Hollywood’s film industry to vivid life, promising grand adventures and inspiring the imagination with entertainment, live shows and fireworks, thrilling attractions, immersive dining experiences, and special events and tours.
Star Wars invites you to voyage to far away galaxies with epic escapades; Toy Story Land offers excitement for both young and old; and Lightning McQueen's Racing Academy is sure to get you pumped with a high-octane show.
Here's how to discover some of the must-do experiences at this famed Orlando theme park, plus information about how to plan your trip.
With 17 attractions and rides from mild to wild, Hollywood Studios has range for everyone. Here are some favorites.
You don’t know what fast is until you climb into a super-stretch limo and speed across the murky highways of Los Angeles, all while rocking out to Aerosmith tunes. This roller-coaster style ride is as outrageous as the legendary band: you’ll race through signature Hollywood landmarks, scream past traffic jams and go inverted not once, not twice, but three gut-wrenching times.
Wanna-be racers of all ages and sizes can discover what it takes to win at this attraction, from none other than the legendary Lightning McQueen, a stock car that drove into fame in the animated Pixar film Cars. The show boasts a racing simulator and wraparound screen that put you in the middle of the action.
Located in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, this thrill ride beckons you to enlist with the resistance against the First Order—a perilous mission. When your transport is ensnared, a grand battle ensues, complete with legions of stormtroopers that you’ll need to escape in order to give the resistance an opportunity to rise. This enormous attraction features multiple ride systems: expect small drops, dark spaces and loud noises on all of them.
Your youngest space cadets can climb aboard the colorful saucers at this attraction, where the loveable extraterrestrials from Toy Story deliver a gentle intergalactic spin through the skies over Toy Story Land.
Families will love the Slinky Dog Dash, a coaster that rolls by giant toys; thrill seekers will be drawn to the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and its scary, dilapidated elevator; and anybody who likes to smile will want to see Muppet*Vision 3D, a laugh-out-loud film and live-action show. Here’s where you can check out all of Hollywood Studios’ attractions.
FastPass+ , which is included in the price of your ticket, can help you skip the lines. It lets you reserve access to Walt Disney World attractions, entertainment and Character Greetings in advance—up to 30 days in advance of your visit, or 60 days prior to check-in if you’re planning to stay at a Disney Resort hotel.
Make sure to download the My Disney Experience app; it gives you attraction wait times, showtimes for fireworks and parades, and finds Character Greeting locations and times.
The app offers other nifty features too, including browsing restaurant menus, making dining reservations and placing mobile orders at select quick-service restaurants.
And you’ll never get lost when you use the ‘Get Directions’ function.
Disney’s planning page can help you answer other questions.
The character experiences at Hollywood Studios theme park include rubbing elbows with familiar Disney friends like Minnie and Mickey as well as journeying to the dark side for an encounter with Star Wars’ epic villain, Darth Vader. The shows will make you giggle, gasp, and sing out loud, while fireworks and light shows will keep your eyes glued to the sky. Check out these popular offerings.
This 30-minute, uplifting tribute to Frozen – a blizzard of stories, special characters and surprises – is sure to melt your heart. Projected lyrics for beloved tunes that include “Let It Go” make it simple to sing along with Anna, Elsa and Kristoff.
State-of-the-art projection effects, inspired lighting, lasers and pyrotechnics are guaranteed to make you feel the Force in this blockbuster Star Wars fireworks spectacular. Signature movie scenes accompany John Williams’ majestic theme music to celebrate the Star Wars story for 14 glorious minutes, culminating in an epic finale.
Travel through the portal from the Dark Side Gallery in Star Wars Launch Bay to discover a fully operational battle station – just one more illustration of the staggering power of the Galactic Empire - to be interrogated by Darth Vader, the Dark Lord of the Sith.
This over-the-top outside nighttime musical celebration showcases the forces of good and evil duking it out in Mickey’s dream. The show transports viewers with more than 50 live performers, mammoth sets, exquisite effects, glittering pyrotechnics and stimulating music, set against a striking backdrop of vibrant water and light.
More pixie dust awaits: the Disney Junior Dance Party! invites your little ones to boogie down, chase bubbles and sing at a lively party featuring beloved Disney characters and music; enjoy music, live action and puppetry from the Disney classic The Little Mermaid at Voyage of The Little Mermaid; and root for Indy and Marion, demonstrating jaw-dropping stunts complete with explosive special effects at Indiana Jones™ Epic Stunt Spectacular! With 25 character experiences and shows, Hollywood Studios offers unforgettable experiences to please every taste. Here’s a list of all of the theme park’s offerings.
Check the Entertainment Schedule, My Disney Experience app or the Times Guide at Magic Kingdom park for the schedule and showtimes. Be aware that outdoor parades and events may be cancelled due to inclement weather, and that showtimes are subject to change.
Marathons! Holiday galas! Seasonal celebrations! Special tours and unique access! Check out these exciting temptations.
When the sun goes down the action heats up at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. On select nights, the theme park stays open for three extra hours for guests with special event tickets to attend Disney After Hours. The benefit for night owls is that the wait times for popular attractions and Character Greetings are short. Ice cream, popcorn and select beverages are included with admission.
The Hollywood Tower Hotel marks the holiday season by transforming into a vivid canvas for continuously running, colorful projections featuring favorite Disney characters. The immense landmark becomes a festive, illuminated work-of-art, guaranteed to inspire you with the spirit of the season.
Family fun and fitness take center stage at this four-day event. Challenge yourself with races on scenic courses that range from kid-friendly to demanding-- and make sure to stick around for the exciting post-race celebration.
Disney World turns into your personal kingdom with a guided tour, helping you make the most of your time at the parks. Choose from offerings focused on food, adventure or customize your own tour.
Hollywood Studios delivers 34 different ways to refuel across the park, including fine signature dining, casual eateries and even food stands. Here are some yummy options:
Contemporary American cuisine is the star of the show at this upscale restaurant that transports you into Hollywood’s Golden Age. The wood-paneled eatery is a faithful replica of Tinseltown’s famous Brown Derby, an iconic site rich in glamour and glitz. It promises specialties that include Faroe Island salmon, char-grilled filet of beef and its renowned Cobb salad, as well as elegant cocktails poured tableside. Save room for dessert; the chocolate mousse cake, decadent with dark chocolate and candied cherries, is worth every indulgent calorie.
A ronto is an immense creature native to the planet Tatooine from the Star Wars films - but Ronto Wraps are made from roasted pork, grilled pork sausage, peppercorn sauce and tangy slaw wrapped in pita bread. The traditional wraps, as well as the breakfast version of it, are offerings that get high marks at this exotic meat stall in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge.
You find this charming pub housed in a small brick building frothing with character. While it offers a vast variety of California craft ales, lagers and cider as well as California wines and specialty cocktails, don’t overlook its luscious small bites, like the California Cheese and Charcuterie Plate, the Bavarian Pretzel complemented by Beer-Cheese Fondue and Spicy Mustard, and the Coffee-rubbed Rib-Eye Beef Puff.
It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate-hazelnut stuffed pastry slathered in maple fondant and candied bacon. You can find this wonder, dubbed the ‘Chocolate-Hazelnut Lunch Box Tart,’ at Woody’s walk-up window, located in Toy Story Land.
You’ll find a feast of food and unique ways to dine at Hollywood Studios: you can spoil yourself at Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party at Disney's Hollywood Studios, which features reserved seating and a selection of Star Wars-themed desserts and specialty drinks; or savor a memorable mealtime conversation with one of the inventive geniuses behind Disney’s magic when you Dine with an Imagineer at The Hollywood Brown Derby. You might even take a walk on the wild side and try a cup of Batuu’s fabled blue or green milk at the Milk Stand - the possibilities are legion. Here’s a list of all of Hollywood Studios 34 restaurants and dining experiences.
In addition to a confirmed dining reservation, in-park dining at table-service restaurants requires a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date for each person in your party ages three and up. Dining reservations don’t guarantee admission to the park.
Make sure to make reservations, and make them early. Dining reservations can be booked online up to 60 days in advance.
The My Disney Experience app lets you browse restaurant menus, make dining reservations and place mobile orders at select quick-service restaurants.