The internet is filled with lists and itineraries of what you should do at Disney Parks, including the itineraries we’ve created on this blog. Many of those plans mirror each other to a degree but it can still be overwhelming to have so many factors pulling in different directions. Most itineraries (again, including ours) pack travelers park days to the brim with activities. We realize that isn’t everyone’s preferred route when it comes to going on vacation. With that in mind, we’ve started this series in which we give our top five things to do in each park. Essentially, it’s a ‘can’t miss’ guide.
If you missed any previous installments in this series, click here to catch up! Today we move on to Hollywood Studios. I was tempted to hold off on this post until September, once Galaxy’s Edge opens. Hollywood Studios will look much different in a few months with that opening as well as Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in early 2020. Both of those could feasibly (probably) end up on this list. Instead of holding off, I decided to add those items later on if deemed worthy.
For now, the best five things to do in Hollywood Studios is much harder to pin down. My top five for all of these posts can consist of attractions, shows, dining, or anything else I think of (it will mainly be in those first three categories). The main caveat is that these top five lists have to consist of tangible things to go and do. Wandering around Hollywood Studios is enjoyable, especially the Echo Lake and Sunset Boulevard areas, but that’s not quite what we’re going for in this series. Of course, I’m in control of this series so I’ll happily bend the rules to fit my picks! Along with all of this, I’m going to do my best to stay away from just naming five attractions which is harder in Hollywood Studios than other parks. Let’s get to it!
Tower of Terror
The best attraction in the park is the most obvious addition to the list. Even several decades after opening, Tower of Terror’s story and ride system still amaze. Of course, I’m still terrified of the attraction. Rising above the rest of the Hollywood Studios skyline, the building has become the park’s icon over the last few years. The walk down Sunset Boulevard towards Tower of Terror is a beautiful lead up and the attraction’s queue and pre-show are great. There isn’t a bad part of the attraction and making it one of Walt Disney World’s best.
Echo Lake Bliss
The quietest area in Hollywood Studios is around Echo Lake. We enjoy sitting around the area at dusk, with the Chinese Theater in the background and Dinosaur Gertie hanging out overhead. Grab a drink from the Tune-In Lounge or dinner from 50’s Prime Time Cafe and then enjoy the area’s ambiance. Earlier in the day, Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular plays in the area and is one of the better shows at the park. Mainly though, we just like the area and a few of the surrounding things you can do there.
Toy Story Land
Toy Story Land has three attractions that are all a decent amount of fun – Alien Swirling Saucers, Toy Story Mania and Slinky Dog Dash. The former is a kid’s ride that isn’t worth a long wait but is very fun once you get on the attraction. Toy Story Mania and Slinky Dog Dash draw longer waits and are both solid attractions for the whole family. I’m not a big fan of the land as a whole, to be honest, but I’ve included more than just the attractions here because we really enjoy the food at Woody’s Lunchbox. It’s the best counter-service restaurant in the park, despite a lack of seating and shade. Overall, the land offers three fun attractions and a good place to eat.
I often overlook Fantasmic! at Hollywood Studios due to it being the worst incarnation of the show (compared to Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.) That said, the nighttime spectacular is still a spectacle. Sitting in the giant amphitheater brings a lot of excitement and there are plenty of ‘wow’ moments throughout the show. We especially recommend Fantasmic! if you haven’t seen it at a different park.
Muppet Vision 3D
My last addition to the list is a bit of a personal choice. I adore the Muppets and this 3D show is Jim Henson’s last work with his beloved characters before he passed away. Muppet Vision does show it’s age in spots but the comedy still plays and the 3D movie feels organically Muppets. The pre-show is one of the best of any attraction, as well. If none of that sounds appealing to you then Muppet Vision is one of the few places you can sit inside for a while at Hollywood Studios.
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