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6 Best Rides at Hollywood Studios | Easily Explained

In this guide we will list out the best rides at Hollywood Studios, how each one is unique, and actual (point of view) videos of the rides!

rise of the resistance hollywood studios ride

Table of Contents

  1. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
  2. Tower of Terror
  3. Toy Story Mania
  4. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run
  5. Rock 'N' Roller Coaster
  6. Slinky Dog Dash

1. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Hands down the most popular ride at the park, and for good reason. 

This isn't your ordinary ride that you hop on, and it's over in under a minute. There's a walk-through portion, a dark ride portion, a simulator portion, and even includes a drop and a lift.

Even the cast members are dressed up, and immediately spring to action in order to transition you into the next portion of the ride. It's a full experience.

You'll initially be taken captive by a First Order Star Destroyer, until a team of Resistance fighters intervene and try to help you escape.

In this journey you'll experience the escape pod, avoiding storm trooper shots, and even see the battle going on outside in space.


18 minutes.

star wars rise of the resistance

Fun Facts

It is a trackless dark ride, it uses audio-animatronics, and projection mapping.

Rise of the Resistance is easily one of the most advanced attractions ever made.

2. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

If you've been anywhere near the Sunset Boulevard area of the park, you'll immediately hear the screams coming from the Tower of Terror.

This is one of the classics in the park, a free fall drop ride, that will give you plenty of thrills.

The story behind this ride is that the hotel was struck by lightning in 1939, and those riding the elevator, along with those in a specific area of the hotel vanished. 

Guests will be introduced to the famous Twilight Zone.


3 minutes 34 seconds.

tower of terror

Fun Facts

Prior to entering the ride, as you begin to enter the vicinity, you'll notice the overgrown gardens, collection of book and antiques.

tower of terror antique

This ride does a great job of giving guests the feeling that the hotel was truly 'stuck in time'.

3. Toy Story Mania

Imagine playing carnival games in real-time, while spinning on a vehicle, and your scores are tracked the entire time.

That's essentially what the ultra popular Toy Story mania is, and of course it's themed to Toy Story.

Riders will put on their 3D glasses, and play 6 different mini-games throughout the ride, and each mini game will test the skill of the riders.

Whether you're an adult or a kid, it's the most fun as you compete for bragging rights.


5-6 minutes.

toy story mania

Fun Facts

Toy Story Mania replaced Who Wants to be a Millionaire - Play It.

4. Millennium Falcon: Smuggler's Run

The Millennium Falcon ride is one of the most unique rides that you'll ever ride.

This is a ride that you absolutely want to ride with friends/family if you can.

millennium falcon smugglers run

Rather than your traditional ride where you just sit down, and the ride begins.. The ride splits the 6 riders into 3 different roles.

  • Front Row - Pilots
  • Second Row - Gunners
  • Third Row - Engineers

All three rows have to work together throughout the ride which leads to hilarious chaos during the adventure.


5 minutes.

Fun Facts

This is the most fun ride to ride at the park with a group that you know.

5. Rock 'N' Roller Coaster

This ride begins by launching riders from 0-57 miles per hour in 2.8 seconds.. Yeah, that sets the tone for the rest of the ride.

Riders will experience a serpent roll, a corkscrew, and 3 inversions.

Also, it happens to be a dark ride as well! Riders will travel through 3,000+ ft of high speeds, and sharp turns.

The scariest part of the ride just may be while you're waiting in line, and you're able to watch riders blast into complete darkness.


1 minute 22 seconds.

rock n roller coaster

Fun Facts

As part of the pre-show experience, guests are asked to wait outside the doors of Studio C. Different musical instruments can be heard being played in Studio B during a rehearsal. As guests enter Studio C, Aerosmith is working on an instrumental recording of "Walk This Way" with a sound engineer.

6. Slinky Dog Dash

Themed after the beloved Slinky Dog from the Toy Story films, riders will be able to ride this outdoor laid-back roller coaster on Slinky!

This ride is designed to look as if Andy himself built it using everything around his house.

Whether you're young or wise, this ride is a must-do experience at the park. Many visitors actually call this the "Cutest Ride at the park".


2 minutes.

slinky dog dash

Fun Facts

Although it's a laid back ride, this ride still reaches speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Should I Ride First at Hollywood Studios?

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is the ride that should be the first on your list when you visit the park. Not only is it one of the most complex and advanced rides ever made, but it is an ultra popular ride that brings along the crowds. By knocking this out early in the day, you can wait less, and ride more.

How Many Rides Are at Hollywood Studios?

There are 17 attractions that can provide the perfect experience for both the thrill seekers as well as those that are more laid-back. If you're looking to get an adrenaline pump, the Rock 'N' Roller coaster will easily do that. If you want a more calm experience, the Slinky Dog Dash coaster is fantastic.

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