There comes a point in a full theme park day where you just don’t want to wait anymore. Feet are throbbing, the sweat has had time to dry twice over and all of the phone games have become half as interesting as they were when the day started. Usually this happens in mid-afternoon when the sun is the hottest and the lines are the longest but the longing for no lines can strike at anytime! In this new series, we’ll talk about our favorite attractions that have next to no line regardless of the time. After starting with Magic Kingdom and Epcot, we’ll move on to Hollywood Studios today!
Not to confuse anyone, this series isn’t about the best time to go on popular rides. Refer to our itineraries for that! This post is dedicated to attractions that don’t really ever have a line, outside of waiting for loading or the next show to start. Does that mean there will be a few listed that aren’t exactly the highest quality? You betcha! But others are certainly hidden gems. I’ll be putting my favorites of what’s listed at the top before working our way down to ‘rides that have no lines because they are terrible’.
That said, even the worst rides provide a time to sit in some air conditioning. Your mileage may vary on what’s a good attraction and what’s not, don’t just take our word for it. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure even when we’re talking about a Frozen Sing Along, while the fake snow freezes my cold heart, others find it magical.
Turning our attention to Hollywood Studios makes this iteration of the post far more difficult than the previous two. Frankly, there aren’t nearly as many attractions or shows to do in DHS. The park has made improvements over the last few years but remains top heavy in their attraction lineup. Because of that, there are very few actual rides that have no wait at the park. Some of those attractions won’t have lines late at night or first thing in the morning but that’s not the point of this post.
There are a number of shows and short films though and that’s what the majority of this post will be. DHS does a nice job of having different types of short films that would interest all ages. Now, they just need to add 4 attractions, 2 more short films and a few new stage shows. No problem, right? Let’s get to it!
I’m one of the biggest Muppets fans around and I’ll readily admit that this needs a refresh. The 3D short film is a little tired and there are parts that don’t work as well as they used to. That said, Muppet*Vision remains is one of the last things Jim Henson ever worked on, is very funny and the preshow is one of the best any attraction has. When Sweetums runs out to extinguish the fire in the penguin orchestra pit, we’re at peak Muppet mayhem. There will always be room for that!
Walt Disney Presents
This exhibit that leads into a short film about Walt Disney is really well done. The exhibit contains artifacts from the company’s history, focusing on Disney’s start to the current day. In that way, Walt Disney Presents feels like a small museum that theme park fans will eat up. The short film is stirring and emotional, tugging at the heartstrings. While none of it is especially memorable, it does showcase a part of the company in a thoughtful manner.
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
If one of these attractions was going to have a line, it’d be this one. This short film features an impressive Lightning McQueen animatronic that makes the rest of the show worth seeing. Capacity is quite high here so there shouldn’t be much of a problem getting in but this is more popular than anything else on the list. Come for the animatronic, stay for the air-conditioning and Mater doing… Mater things!
Vacation Fun – An Original Animated Short with Mickey & Minnie
The Mickey Mouse short films are good, zany fun! Using a large theater in a theme park to showcase them isn’t my favorite thing but at least this one’s original. Sitting next to Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, this doesn’t get nearly the foot traffic that ride does and you should be able to get in without much trouble. Points here for the seats being comfortable and in the AC. It’s not great, but there’s no wait!
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