7 Hollywood Studios Tips That You Must Know

In this page, we will cover our best Hollywood Studios tips to ensure that you arrive to the park extremely prepared, and know all of the 'hacks' to maximize your time and money.

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Table of Contents

  1. Know the Park Layout
  2. Get to the Park Early
  3. Head to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge First
  4. Know About Disney Genie and Disney Genie +
  5. Use Mobile Ordering
  6. The Best Restaurants Are Near Galaxy's Edge
  7. Watch the Shows Later in the Day

1. Know the Park Layout

Prior to visiting, something that you should know is that the park is actually split into 8 sections, where each area offers something unique.


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You should plan your visit by singling out which areas are your 'must-visit' areas, and visiting those first.

The two most popular sections include Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge and Sunset Boulevard.

Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

This is the newest area of the park, and fans were extremely excited to find out when the opening date would be.

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When it finally opened on August 29, 2019, it revealed popular rides including Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance & the Millenium Falcon: Smugglers Run, as well as dining and shopping areas.

Sunset Boulevard

Prior to the opening of Galaxy's Edge, this was the most popular area of the park. To this day, it is still a must-visit area.

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It includes the ultra popular rides Rock 'N' Roller coaster & the jaw dropping Tower of Terror.

There are dining and shopping opportunities here as well.

The Remaining Sections

Hollywood Boulevard

Echo Lake

Commisary Lane

Grand Avenue

Toy Story Land

Animation Courtyard

Disney's Hollywood Studios Map

You can see for yourself how close (or far) each area is to the other, through the Hollywood Studios map, in order to better plan your day.

2. Get to the Park Early

Arrive to the park early! The park normally opens at 9 am for the general population, and arriving 30-45 minutes prior to that is a great way to be one of the first to enter the park.

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Entering the park early and knocking out your 'must-do' activities will maximize your chances of dealing with minimal lines, less waiting, and more riding.

You should always take a look at the Disney Calendar, to double check when it opens on the day that you're planning to visit.

Early Entry for Hotel Guests

If you're staying at a Disney Resort, you should know that you are able to enter the park earlier than anyone else.

If the park normally opens at 9, Disney resort guests will be able to enter 30 minutes early at 8:30.

All that you'll need to show is a valid theme park admission, park reservation and resort ID.

3. Head to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge First

If you take a look at the map for Disney's Hollywood Studios, you'll notice that Galaxy's Edge is located in the back left of the park.

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For most parks, we'd recommend starting from the back of the park and work your way towards the front, as you spend your day at the park.

As most guests enter the park, they tend to hand around the front and work towards the back as they go through their day. You'd essentially be going in reverse, and it'll allow you to avoid a lot of the crowd.

This is no different here. However, you should know that because this area is so popular, a lot of other guests will use this strategy as well.

This tip will only work efficiently if you arrive to the park early.

4. Know About Disney Genie and Disney Genie +

is an upgrade that costs $15 that allows riders to skip the regular line and access to the 'Lightning Lane' entrance. This is essentially the new fast pass.

Lightning Lane selections must be made on the same day of your visit and can be used across several theme parks, which is extremely convenient for those with the Park Hopper options.

Disney Genie

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Disney Genie on the other hand is included with admission is essentially a live itinerary, that you can use to plan your day before arriving to the park, and while you're at the park through the My Disney Experience app or Disney app.

5. Use Mobile Ordering

Using the My Disney Experience app, guests can easily order their food as well as pay for it in seconds. The nice feature about this is that it's a very easy process, and you can order from virtually anywhere in the park.

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Once you've ordered, and you've arrived at the Quick Service location, you can signal in the app that you've arrived, and then you'll be informed when your food is ready for pick up.

When you receive the notification that your food is ready for pick up, just head over to the counter/window and pick up your food.

You'll want to keep your app open in case a castmember asks for validation to ensure that you're picking up the correct food.

You can read more about Mobile Ordering and Quick Service here.

6. The Best Restaurants Are Near Galaxy's Edge

Oga's Cantina in particular is a bar/lounge/dining area that you simply can't miss.

ogas cantina

The atmosphere in particular is:

The perfect dining location on a remote outpost like Galaxy’s Edge and serves pilots, bounty hunters, smugglers, locals, and galactic travelers alike. 

Disney says you might even “encounter a friend…or a foe” which makes me think that we will be visited by random characters from the Star Wars universe from time to time.  

When it comes to drinks, appetizers and atmosphere, nothing beats it.

You can read more about it here in the full review of Oga's Cantina.

7. Watch the Shows Later in the Day

After a long day at the park, with the Florida heat taking its toll and your legs feeling the effects of walking, you'll thank us for this tip.

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Save watching the shows for later in the day as it'll allow you to sit down and cool off inside with air conditioning.

The best part is that you won't have to make sure that you get in there as early as possible, as almost all of the seats have a decent view. 

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