Walt Disney World diaries: Hollywood Studios

Beginning with Hollywood Studios

To start my Walt Disney World diaries series I’ve decided to begin with the first park I visited on my May 2019 trip to Florida, Hollywood Studios. The last time I came here was in 2013 and A LOT has changed since then.

Toy Story Land

Entrance to Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios, Orlando.
Entrance to Toy Story Land, Hollywood Studios

The first and most recent change to the Hollywood Studios park was the opening of Toy Story Land in 2018. On my previous visits to the park, I’ve ridden Toy Story Mania but this part of the park was non-existent. We began at Toy Story Land to see if we could get on Slinky Dog Dash as we were unable to get a FastPass for it but at park opening the queue was already 120 minutes long. We also had a look at the swirling saucers which was a 60-minute wait. Although both rides did look fun, the wait time was too long to wait in 35-degree heat as for my family they were not necessarily must-do attractions. The theming of the land was amazing but this was the busiest part of the park by a mile off.

Pixar Place

Photo pass photographer spot at Pixar Place, Hollywood Studios in Florida.
Photo pass opportunity at Pixar Place, Hollywood Studios

Another new addition to Hollywood Studios was the Pixar Place area. Although this area wasn’t big in terms of attractions this was a great spot for photo opportunities. There was plenty of photo pass photographers and the option to take photos with props as well as a Character Meet with Edna Mode which was a must-do for me. The queue was less than 5 minutes long. This part of Hollywood Studios was mainly home to The Incredibles and they also have a dance party with all of the characters.

Meet and Greet photo pass spot with Edna Mode at Hollywood Studios.
Meet and Greet with Edna Mode at Hollywood Studios

Meeting Mike and Sulley

Mike and Sulley photo pass meet and greet at Hollywood Studios
Mike and Sulley meet and greet, Hollywood Studios

After exploring Pixar Place we wanted to stay close as had a Toy Story Mania FastPass within the hour so we headed over to meet Mike and Sulley at Walt Disney Presents in Animation Courtyard. This was a museum which had a lot of information on Hollywood Studios. It also featured the expansion of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge which is coming later this year on August 29th. They also gave a first look at the Aladdin live-action movie which was due to be released. The line for the meet up was very long – a lot longer than advertised! We then watched The Little Mermaid show which was right next door.

Star Tours and meeting Chewbacca

Chewbacca meet and greet, Hollywood Studios
Chewbacca meet and greet, Hollywood Studios

After our FastPass for Toy Story Mania, we then had to head over to Star Tours for our next FastPass. This has been at the park since 1987 but was revamped in 2010 and is a virtual reality ride. After Star Tours, we then watched my Dad’s favourite – Indiana Jones. This is a stunt show involving the audience and is worth a watch. I really wanted to meet Olaf who was quite close to Star Tours but the queue was quite a wait and my final FastPass was at the other side of the park. We instead decided to go to the Star Wars Launch Bay and meet Chewbacca which was only a 10-minute wait. We then ended the day with my favourite ride Rock’n’Rollercoaster.

Other things to do in Hollywood Studios

This was how we spent our day in Hollywood Studios but there are other things there which we did not do but have done previously. I’d recommend the Beauty and The Beast stage show, we would have watched it but the times clashed with our plans. I’d have liked to have tried the Toy Story rides but the waits were just too long and another popular attraction is the Tower Of Terror. Although this is a staple attraction at Hollywood Studios and I have been on it before it’s not really a must-do for me. I prefer the rollercoasters and again this gets quite busy. If you’re visiting Hollywood Studios you can always have a look at the Walt Disney World website for more details. I’d also recommend the Fantasmic! show especially if it’s your first time.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my time in Hollywood Studios. I’ll be continuing my Walt Disney World Diaries series next week with the second park I visited – Magic Kingdom.