Hollywood Studios Quick Guide – Walt Disney World

Hollywood Studios Quick Guide

Hollywood Studios has always been the Disney park I was least interested in. There are less attractions compared to the other parks and it’s just not as magical.  However, with that being said it still has a few attractions that HAVE to be experienced!  Read to find out about all the NEW attractions coming to Hollywood Studios soon!

Hollywood Studios confuses me to the point where I’m struggling to write this Quick Guide!

Hollywood Studios is themed to make you feel like you are part of the crowd in Hollywood.  When you first enter you are in Hollywood Boulevard.  There are random “movie stars” walking around the park and most of the park itself is meant to make you feel like you are on a set (think Universal Studios).  Sadly over the years attractions have come and gone, but Hollywood Studios still has three of the best attractions in all of Disney World!

Coming in 2019 to Hollywood Boulevard…

Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway will be a Mickey Mouse theater themed attraction.  It’s going to be 2 1/2 D (whatever that means) and will not require special glasses for the special effects!  It’s based off of the new Mickey Mouse shorts…  you know, the ones with the creepy goofy.  Should be interesting!

ECHO LAKE

Take a left off of Hollywood Boulevard and you are in Echo Lake.  Echo Lake is situated around… Echo Lake!  The last time we were there the “lake” was drained (does anyone know if this has been refilled yet?).  This area of the park seems like a mismatched section of thrown together restaurants and attractions.  I’m not really sure what the “theme” is supposed to be!

Some attractions you will find:

  • A “Frozen” Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Multiple Star Wars Related Shows

Time to eat!

I’ll be honest.  We haven’t really ventured outside of character dining (unless it’s quick service).  Hollywood & Vine was one of our son’s favorite character meals because he LOVED Disney Junior!

Disney Junior's Play 'n Dine

However, if you are looking for a unique (non character) dining experience you might want to try out 50’s Prime Time Cafe.  The wait staff here basically are “characters” so to speak.  I’ve heard this place is a hoot!

GRAND AVENUE

Grand Avenue will be where the entrance to the new Star Wars Land is, but other than that I’m confused.  It’s a new area that was meant to be themed around L.A. but it’s currently the home of the refurbished Muppets fountain.  The only attraction in this section of Hollywood Studios is Muppet Vision 3D.  There are TWO options for dining though:  PizzeRizzo or Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano.

STAR WARS:  GALAXY EDGE (COMING 2019)

This new and exciting land is set to open SOMETIME in 2019.  So far we have gotten drawings and a few blog posts from Disney about this area, but nothing REALLY concrete yet.  Check out the 9 Things We Know About Galaxy Edge at Walt Disney World from the Disney Parks Blog for more information!

COMMISSARY LANE

Commissary Lane is another little walk through area of Hollywood Studios.  You can meet Mickey & Minnie Starring in Red Carpet Dreams (not sure why they named it this way, it’s just a character meet & greet) or you can grab something to eat.  Yep, that’s all.

This area of the park does house one of the most iconic restaurants in Hollywood Studios however.  Sci-Fi Dine In Theater Restaurant is one we’ve never done before, but it does look like a VERY unique dining experience!  Or you can grab some quick grub at ABC Commissary.

TOY STORY LAND

Toy Story Land opened at the end of June and now Pixar Place is no more!  There are TWO new attractions for family fun:  Alien Swirling Saucers and Slinky Dog Dash!  I have heard such great things about both of these attractions and we can’t wait to try them out ourselves!

If you are looking for a bite to eat here you only have one choice!  Woody’s Lunch Box is open for breakfast, lunch, & dinner with limited seating available.  I’ve heard good things about the food there and I’m happy that Hollywood Studios has some more options now for quick dining that’s more than just burgers!

Pixar Place

ANIMATION COURTYARD

Yet another little small area of Hollywood Studios.  Although it’s a small area there is still a lot to do…  if this is the kind of stuff you are going to Disney World for.  Stop and check out Disney Junior – Live on Stage or the Voyage of the Little Mermaid if you are into shows.  If you’d like to meet some Star Wars characters or just take your time looking at movie props stop by Star Wars Launch Bay.  You can also go for a self guided tour of a “mini Disney museum” at Walt Disney Presents!

Chewbacca meet n greet

SUNSET BOULEVARD

Oh Sunset Boulevard.  This is probably my favorite area of Hollywood Studios because it has two of my favorite attractions and it’s the home to FANTASMIC!  I love walking up and down Sunset Boulevard in the evening as the lights are turning on and the sun is setting.  I also enjoy looking in the little shops along the way!

Some of the best attractions are here!

  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage

Terrifying or fun on Rock 'N Rollercoaster?

NIGHT-TIME ATTRACTIONS AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

There are two night-time attractions at Hollywood Studios.  We have only experienced Fantasmic and it is a favorite of ours (because of the memories we have while watching it)!  If you haven’t read my blog post about Fantasmic then you should do that now!

There is also the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular which is a STAR WARS night-time projection show with fireworks!  We have not seen this one, but I’m sure if you are a Star Wars fan you’ll love it!

I’d love to hear what you love (or don’t) about Hollywood Studios!  Comment below and tell me what I’m missing out on!  Are you looking forward to the expansions?  

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7 thoughts on “Hollywood Studios Quick Guide – Walt Disney World”

  1. Im actually the oddball more excited for Toy Story Land than Star Wars!
    Ps you’ve gotta try Mama Melrose sometime. It’s one of our absolute favorites.

  2. Wow, Hollywood Studios has so much more than people realize, and we absolutely enjoy our time there! Have you seen the Indiana Jones show? It is thrilling, for sure. Prime Time Cafe is a hoot if you are a good sport. Our server actually made our son eat his vegetables by picking up his fork and feeding him. Good times at HS. 😀

    1. We haven’t seen that yet, however it is on the list for next time! And so funny about Prime Time Cafe! I have heard that those servers are hilarious!

  3. I agree about it being a confusing park. I like a lot of the stuff in it but it can feel like several mini parks. It will be exciting to see it when it’s finished. Great quick guide!

  4. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is my favourite Park at Walt Disney World! I love Star Wars, Indiana Jones, the classic Hollywood vibe, and that they honour Walt with Walt Disney Presents!

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