WDW Magazine - - Helping Hands - BY DAVE SHUTE

First-time visi­tors to Dis­ney’s Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios will find a dozen rides and shows, all of them well worth see­ing, al­though there are a cou­ple of points to keep in mind.

One at­trac­tion, Dis­ney Ju­nior Live on Stage, is re­ally best suited to Dis­ney Ju­nior fans. Older kids may not en­joy it as much.

Three at­trac­tions are thrill rides: Tower of Ter­ror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and Star Tours. Tower of Ter­ror fea­tures scary drops; Rock ‘n’ Roller is a no-holds-barred roller coaster, and Star Tours sim­u­lates crashes and bat­tles. All three may be rough on those sub­ject to mo­tion sick­ness, and all three have min­i­mum height re­quire­ments—40 inches at Tower of Ter­ror and Star Tours, and 48 inches at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster

The night­time spec­tac­u­lar Fan­tas­mic! is one of the best of­fer­ings at Walt Dis­ney World. It de­picts a strug­gle be­tween Mickey and a host of Dis­ney vil­lains, and the vil­lains may be a lit­tle too scary for young chil­dren. Fam­i­lies avoid­ing Fan­tas­mic! will still have an evening show to see as the new Star Wars fire­works dis­play, Sym­phony in the Stars: A Ga­lac­tic Spec­tac­u­lar, soars nightly.

That said, if your group is old enough and tall enough for the thrill rides and Fan­tas­mic!, there’s noth­ing at DHS ex­cept Dis­ney Ju­nior that I’d rec­om­mend skip­ping. Fit­ting all of the rides and shows into a sin­gle day can be hard, partly be­cause of show sched­ules, and partly be­cause of the Fast­pass+ tier­ing you’ll find at the Stu­dios. Three rides in Tier One—from which you can only book one—build lines quickly, Toy Story Mid­way Ma­nia, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, and the Great Movie Ride.

Most folks will do best if they pick Toy Story Mid­way Ma­nia! as their “Tier One” Fast­pass+ pick, head straight for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at park open­ing, and then The Great Movie Ride. Any two of Tower of Ter­ror, Voy­age of the Lit­tle Mer­maid, Star Tours and the Frozen Sing-along would make good Tier Two Fast­pass+ choices.

So with young­sters, see Dis­ney Ju­nior and avoid the thrill rides and Fan­tas­mic!; with older kids, fol­low my Fast­pass+ and park-open sug­ges­tions and see ev­ery­thing ex­cept Dis­ney Ju­nior—then you’ll have a won­der­ful day!

Great Movie Ride UL­TI­MATE Full Pandavision Ex­pe­ri­ence - Dis­ney's Hol­ly­wood Stu­dios with End Movie


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