The Must-Do Series: Hooray for Hollywood!
Last but not least in our Disney part of the theme park must-do series is Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Unfortunately, at the time this article is being written, Toy Story Land (June 2018) and Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge (2019) have not been opened yet. Once they do, however, definitely be sure to grab FastPasses for everything you can! In the meantime, here’s what Hollywood Studios currently has to offer in terms of what you should make sure to do.
- Tower of Terror
- Rockin Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
- Star Tours
- Toy Story Midway Mania
Honestly, even though Hollywood Studios only has a handful of rides currently in operation, it probably has the biggest thrill rides at Disney World. Tower of Terror features of 13-story drop and Rockin Rollercoaster is a roller coaster through the dark that plays a selection of Aerosmith songs. Although it does offer more family-friendly rides—Star Tours allows you to ride through a variety of scenarios taking place in the universe of Star Wars and Toy Story Midway is a virtual shooting game featuring a variety of characters from the Toy Story movies.
- 50’s Prime Time Cafe
- Sci-Fi Dine-In
Both of these are amazing throwbacks to life in the ‘50s. Prime Time Cafe features a hearty home-style menu with servers that treat you like mom and dad did back in the day. You aren’t allowed to put your elbows on the table and you have to use your manners as you dig into your meal. Sci-Fi is a drive-in themed restaurant under the stars where you can sit in a vintage car and watch a variety of thrilling sci-fi movie scenes. Both of these are sit-down style restaurants and both strongly evoke the “blast from the past” aesthetic that Hollywood Studios portrays.
- Frozen Sing-Along
- Voyage of The Little Mermaid
- Indiana Jones: Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
The Frozen Sing-Along is on here mainly because of Frozen’s continued popularity and because it’s a great show for the kids, but also because it is genuinely funny. The Little Mermaid show is also mainly for the little ones, but it’s also a good little stage show recapping major events from the film (it’s also a great way to cool off in the Florida heat). Indiana Jones offers a behind-the-scenes look at how some of the most famous scenes from the Indiana Jones films are shot. Fantasmic is Hollywood Studios’ biggest night show—a stage, musical, water-projection, and firework show that focuses on some lesser portrayed characters and villains and is performed every night. The Star Wars show is a projection and firework show that takes place on the Chinese Theatre and pulls in scenes and music from all the films. Although Fantasmic and the Star Wars Spectacular take place right after the other, if you can, I definitely do recommend checking them both out.
Hollywood Studios has big, big things coming for them over the next year. However, there are still plenty of things that you can, and should, check out if you’re spending some time there. Depending on what you plan to do, I think that this park could also be done in less than a day, but there’s also enough there to keep you and the kids interested, especially if you follow this list. Have a swell time, and remember—hooray for Hollywood!
If Disney isn’t on your list of plans, don’t worry! There will be a couple articles coming soon on Universal must-do’s, so be sure to check back!
*Did you know? Hollywood Studios was originally meant to be a look at Hollywood-style film productions, and originally featured a variety of shows that showcased things like car chases, stunt-doubles, and backdrops. The Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular is one of the only remaining behind-the-scenes shows left at the park.