Our Day at Disney World's Hollywood Studios, Must Do or Skip it?

Feb 14, 2017
Disney World Hollywood Studios

Day two of our Orlando vacation was at Hollywood Studios.  I bet you are wondering...should you spend a whole day at Hollywood Studios?  It can be a tough call with just a few days in Orlando.  Which parks should get a whole day, which should you skip?  It can be really challenging to plan!

Before we start, I have to tell you that Disney's California Adventure is one of my favorite parks, so I had very high expectations. Many of the same attractions listed on the Walt Disney World website looked similar, so I was expecting a comparable park.  Boy was I wrong!  As we already had our tickets, and with Ry's disability access (DAS) pass from the day before, it was really easy.  We went in and started our day! (At Disneyland, you have to get a seperate DAS pass for both parks, but the fact that it was so streamlined at Disney World was fantastic.)

Our first stop was to get a Fast Pass for the Tower of Terror.  Not for me!  The little kids (minus Belle) and my dad.  Then they had to wait an awfully long 30 minutes (ha), so we headed over to the Beauty and the Beast show.  With the movie coming up next month, we are all really excited.  The show was adorable, and the kids loved it.

Disney World Hollywood Studios Tower of Terror

Tower of Terror, my silly kids love it.  Belle and I waited at the photo exit, and I got really good about telling from the pictures which kids would come out crying.  Mine did NOT!  I took a terrible picture on my cell phone.  It cracked me up!  This is one ride that is the same at the California park, and an annual favorite of ours.

One of the cool things that Hollywood Studios has is the Storm Troopers.  All day long, at about every hour, they march through the streets and do a show.  Super fun!  My hubby and my oldest, Clara, are huge Star Wars fans.  They loved seeing all of the fan gear.

Disney World Hollywood studios

Next up was the Toy Story ride.  There are two Toy Story rides, one in the Magic Kingdom that has lasers, and this one which is our favorite.  It is the same at California Adventure and a family favorite.  SO MUCH FUN.  This is a MUST DO at Hollywood Studios.

Disney World Hollywood Studios

Because the big kids wanted to do some Star Wars stuff, we split up.  Star Tours and Jedi Knight training for the big kids.  The Little Mermaid show for Belle and grandpa.  I am not a huge fan of Star Tours as it makes me a little car sick, but the Jedi Knight training is something you must do.  Immediately upon entering the park, head to the sign up.  It fills up quickly for the whole day, so you have to do it first.  The show is so much fun and even though they were full when we got there, it was very entertaining to watch.

Here is the thing about Hollywood Studios, we were done with it before the end of the day.  As one of our party didn't have a park hopper pass, we ended up staying and it was a stretch.  We saw EVERY show that fit our schedule.  I would have left mid afternoon, if I had had my choice.  Bottom line, its a park hopper pass park.

Disney World Hollywood Studios

They did have some super fun activities like the Frozen sing a long.  The actors were very funny, and entertaining for the adults.  The show for my little girls?  Magic.  If you follow me on Instagram, you will see the most hilarious video of Clara belting out some of her favorites.  Sadly, I didn't get to ride the Aerosmith Rocking Coaster, but my hubby loved it.  (Clara loved it too!) 

What were your thoughts about Hollywood Studios?  I did think that the food options were a lot easier to access than the Magic Kingdom... the app was also very handy!  

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