Hollywood Studios FastPass : The Ultimate Guide

Slinky Dog Dash Go Sign
Get ready to GO!! on Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land.

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You can be a star at Hollywood Studios, especially if you have the best Hollywood Studios fastpass!  Hollywood Studios boasts some of the most diverse fastpasses, from amazing shows that bring you into the movies to thrilling rides like the only roller coaster that goes upside down at Walt Disney World. It’s also a park that is undergoing tremendous amounts of change, with new rides coming online almost every year. Understanding the  fastpass+ selections at Hollywood Studios can help you make the most out of your next trip.

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Hollywood Studios Fastpass Rides and Attractions

Hollywood Tower of Terror Hollywood studios

You can’t go to Hollywood Studios without a ride on the Hollywood Tower of Terror!

Fastpasses at Hollywood Studios come in similar categories to the other Walt Disney World parks. It’s a common misconception that Hollywood Studios is only a 1/2 day park. If you time your fast passes right, you can easily spend an entire fun day at Hollywood Studios:

  • Fast Rides / Motion Rides
    • Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster Starring Aerosmith
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Experiences / Non-Rides
    • Muppet Vision 3D
    • Fantasmic!
    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    • Disney Junior Dance Party!
    • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    • Indiana Jones(TM) Epic Stunt Spectacular
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  • Small Drops
    • Star Tours – The Adventure Continues
  • Spinning Rides
    • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Interactive
    • Toy Story Mania!

Hollywood Studios FastPass Tiers

Slinky Dog Dash Go Sign

Get ready to GO!! on Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land.

Hollywood Studios has seen a lot of change in their FastPass tiers and with Galaxy’s Edge, the new Star Wars land set to open in 2019, there will probably be even more to come.  Similar to Animal Kingdom fastpass tiers, there are two tiers at Hollywood Studios that focus on the newest addition to the park: Toy Story Land and Non-Toy Story Land. You can only schedule one of the three rides in Toy Story Land: Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Mania!, or Alien Swirling Saucers. You can schedule two selections from any of the other available fast passes. You also have the option to skip Toy Story Land fast passes altogether and schedule three fast passes from the lower tier.

Slinky Dog Dash is by far the most popular ride Hollywood Studios and in Toy Story Land now. If you meet the height requirements, this is definitely the ride you should pick from the top tier. You can easily get a short wait for Toy Story Mania if you head there early in the day, and we have ridden the Alien Swirling Saucers with no more than a 15 minute late in the evening.  Don’t forget to check out the best Hollywood Studios restaurants while you are in-between fast passes too! You can also show your love for your favorite Hollywood Studios Fastpass with some fun merchandise:

The Best Hollywood Studios FastPasses

Whether you want to spend a day with the best seats in the house for each show or want a day of thrills, you can come up with the perfect Hollywood Studios fastpass strategy.

First Time Visit FastPasses to Hollywood Studios

Rock N Roller Coaster Sign Hollywood Studios

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a must do for your first trip to Walt Disney World

Hollywood Studios has undergone lots of change in the past few years, but there are a few classics that remain as must-dos for your first trip. As the only roller coaster that goes upside down at Walt Disney World, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster must be on your list for your first-time fastpass. It’s unique experience as an electromagnetic rollercoaster gives it an amazing take-off experience rocketing you from 0- to 57 mph in only 2.8 seconds. You can experience up to 5 Gs during the three inversions as you race to Aerosmith’s concert. If it becomes your favorite, you can show you love with these awesome shirts:

Another classic thrill ride at Hollywood Studios worthy of your fastpass is the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. It’s quintessential old Hollywood theming helps it fit right into Hollywood Studios.

Finally, the night time jewel of Hollywood Studios is the Fantasmic! show. It takes you through years of your favorite Disney Movies and just about every character you would want to see. It’s one of the best shows at Disney World.

Hollywood Studios Thrilling FastPasses

By now you probably know that Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster tops the thrilling experiences list at Hollywood Studios. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a close second. One of the best things about this ride is that it is different every time. The ride has a series of randomized drops so that you can get a different experience if you choose to ride more than once. It is the second tallest attraction at Disney World, second to Expedition Everest at Animal Kingdom. Hollywood Tower of Terror is such an epic ride that it inspires tons of fan-art, including custom Tower of Terror t-shirts!

The final addition to your thrilling fastpass adventure at Disney’s Hollywood Studios should be Slinky Dog Dash. You will find it’s a tamed-down version of Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, but still a fun time through Toy Story Land!

Fastpasses for Toddlers at Hollywood Studios

Alien Swirling Saucers Hollywood Studios

Your toddler will love taking a ride with the Aliens in their swirling saucers!

Toddlers have a lot of options for fun shows at Hollywood Studios. For your Toy Story Land tier pick, the Alien Swirling Saucers are definitely the way to go with toddlers. This fun ride may remind you of the teacups at Magic Kingdom, but it has an extra swing added to the spinning action.  You hop in the back of a saucer and swing around the track with the aliens driving the way. 

Opening on December 22, 2018, you can also enjoy the Disney Junior Dance Party! A fastpass might not be necessary to get into this party, but it will score preferred seating for your little one. They can dance the morning/afternoon/evening away with their favorite Disney Junior characters. With toddlers, the character experiences are often the most magical and this gives you a chance to hang out with even more!

Finally, Fanstasmic! is a great way to round out your day at Hollywood Studios. The light show and characters are sure to make your toddler’s evening. It’s even a little magical for us adults!

Adults Only at Hollywood Studios

It may sound repetitive, but Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is the top pick for Disney adults as well. For your Toy Story Land tier, Toy Story Mania! will bring out your competitive side. Even with kids, you might find the adults in your group vying for the top score. Finally, Tower of Terror rounds out a fun adult day at Hollywood Studios.

Get the Best Seat in the House at Hollywood Studios

Fantasmic Sign at Hollywood Studios

Having the best view for Fantasmic is sure to be a great bet for your FastPass at Hollywood Studios.

Hollywood Studios lives up to its name with some amazing shows! The perk for a fastpass+ to a show is that you get guaranteed seating with a great view. You can usually snag a good seat without a fastpass as well if you arrive early.  The best shows at Hollywood Studios, deserving of a FastPass+, are the live-action Beauty and the Beast, Inidana Jones(TM) Epic Stunt Spectacular, and Fantasmic! Beauty and the Beast brings all of your favorite moments and songs to life on stage, and a fastpass gets you the best center view. The Indiana Jones show has adventure and comedy, sure to delight everyone!

Wasted FastPasses in Hollywood Studios

All of the true rides at Hollywood Studios end up with a little bit of a wait throughout the day as there are fewer rides in this park than others. There are still quite a few non-rides at Hollywood Studios that rarely require a fastpass and can actually be a great way to spend time in between your fast passes:

  • Experiences / Non-Rides
    • Muppet Vision 3D
    • Fantasmic!
    • Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    • Disney Junior Dance Party!
    • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    • Indiana Jones(TM) Epic Stunt Spectacular
    • Voyage of the Little Mermaid

How to Schedule Your Hollywood Studios FastPass

Now that you know what you want, you need to actually schedule it! You can schedule your FastPass from either the MyDisneyExperience App or vía the Walt Disney World website. You can find full instructions here on the mechanics of booking, and there are some tips to pick the best dates/times:

Check Your Park Hours

Make sure you double check park hours. If you are staying on-property, you might have access to Extra Magic Hours. This means you could get in early or stay late in a park after regular guests leave. These are excellent times to try to snag another popular ride. For example, since the Toy Storyland rides are all in the same tier, you can’t preschedule a FastPass for more than one in a day. If you get in to Extra Magic Hours, however, the line for Toy Story Mania and the Alien Swirling Saucers goes down considerably and you could probably still ride with minimal wait.

If you AREN’T staying on property, you should also pay attention to Extra Magic Hours. While everyone on property might stay late at a park on night, you can snag much shorter lines the next day since most on-property guests won’t revisit the same park two days in a row.

Pick the Best Times and Schedule More Fastpasses

Use every FastPass secret in our guide to snag the best times. You’ll want to have times during peak hours for your first 3 fastpasses (10a-4p in most parks) and use them as quickly as possible so you can begin scheduling additional FP+ selections one at a time. At Hollywood Studios, you have a good chance at getting the following same-day reservations:

  1. Probably a Sure Thing
    1. Muppet Vision 3D
    2. Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage
    3. Disney Junior Dance Party!
    4. For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    5. Indiana Jones(TM) Epic Stunt Spectacular
    6. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  2. During non-Peak Days:
    1. Star Tours

Don’t Let Your Phone Die at Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World FastPass+ Pro-tip : The ones you are most likely to snag same-day are listed below, but in order to book them, you can’t let your phone die! The MyDisneyEpxerience app is a renowned batter-draining app, so we always recommend taking an external battery pack with you so your phone doesn’t die right when you are ready to schedule that next fastpass. The best one we have found is the Anker Power Core 1300. It has 2 USB charger ports and can charge an iPhone up to 4 times on a single charge of itself. It’s worth the price.

Fun without a FastPass at Hollywood Studios

One of the best things about Hollywood Studios are the roaming characters! You will find Storm Troopers, aspiring “Actors” and all other kinds of character experiences throughout the park.

March of the First Order and Star Wars : A Galaxy Far, Far Away

We absolutely love this experience. If you are a Star Wars fan, nothing beats watching Captain Phasma leading storm troopers right down Hollywood Boulevard. The march runs every hour from 10am-5pm and ends in the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show at the center of Hollywood Studios. The show includes your favorite Star Wars characters recreating many of your favorite moments from the films.

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Jedi Training

This may be the best free activity at Walt Disney World! Jedi Training at Walt Disney World allows your little one to sign up and be trained with other Jedis. The lean to fight with a lightsaber and their training ends with a battle with one of the Star Wars villains. The experience also comes with tons of pictures from the Disney photo pass photographers, so it’s sure to make memories for years to come.

Spots for this experience go extremely quickly, so you will want to sign up for a time as soon as the park opens. The sign-up station is located next to the Indiana Jones experience. 

The Green Army Men of Toy Story Land

Green Army Men Band Hollywood stuios

Marching through Toy Story Land with the Green Army Man Band

One of the best character interactions in Toy Story Land are with the Green Army men! They room around the land, taking pictures and offering high-fives. They even have a band that marches through Toy Story land. Finally, they have a set of games they stop to play with fellow “toys”. You’ll love watching the fun interaction they have with guests as well as the banter between them.

Citizens of Hollywood

Citizens of Hollywood Improv Hollywood Studios

Enjoy some improv with the Citizens of Hollywood in-between your Hollywood Studios fast passes.

The Citizens of Hollywood are an improv group that travels around Hollywood Studios bringing tons of laughs! You may happen along their group throughout the park and make sure to stop and enjoy their brand of comedy.

Special Character Experiences

Chewbacca at Hollywood Studios

Check out special characters, like Chewbacca, that you can only find at Hollywood Studios.

There are several Character experiences at Hollywood Studios that you can’t get anywhere else! Star Wars Launch Bay has BB-8, Chewbacca, and Kylo Wren ready to take a picture with you.

Toy Story Land has Jessie, Buzze and Woody on stand-by for an autograph and photo. One of the best interactions is with the Green Army Patrol. Their drum core passes through Toy Story Land. If you catch one of their shows, they also let you come up for pictures at the end.

Woody and Jessie at Hollywood Studios

Get 2 for 1 with a picture with both Woody and Jessie!

Finally, you can find Mickey in his Sorcerer’s Apprentice robe and hat. Minnie is also available for autographs and pictures in her fancy Hollywood attire.

Hollywood Studios FastPass Summary

The most important things to take away from your Hollywood Studios FastPass bookings are:

  1. The first tier includes all of the Toy Story rides. You can only book one in advance each day.
  2. Slinky Dog Dash is the most popular ride at Hollywood Studios right now, so it should take your Toy Story Land tier booking.
  3. If you are of height, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is a must-do. It’s the faster rollercoaster at Walt Disney World and the only one that goes upside down.
  4. Fanstasmic! is one of the best shows at Walt Disney World. Usually fast passes for shows aren’t that valuable, but this one is worth it.
  5. Use your fast passes up as quickly as possible so you can start booking more!
  6. If you are a Star Wars fan, there is a lot to do without a fastpass. Catch the March of the First Order, Star Wars : A Galaxy Far, Far Away, or Jedi training. Jedi training is probably the best free “extra” experience at Walt Disney World.

If you need help with other parks, make sure to check out our other posts:

  1. FastPass+ Guide : Epcot
  2. Magic Kingdom Fastpass+ Guide
  3. Animal Kingdom Fastpass : Lions, Banshees, and Dinosaurs!
  4. Disney FastPass Secrets
  5. Disney FastPass+ : Skip the Lines!

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