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Hollywood Studios is currently a park in transition. Even though Toy Story Land and some smaller improvements have opened, there is still a lot of construction at the park. Even though some areas are currently closed off, there are still some great attractions to enjoy during the transformation. Here are 10 Magical Must-Do’s at Hollywood Studios. (Updated September 29, 2018.)
Fantasmic! is one of two nightly fireworks shows at Hollywood Studios. It is much more than just fireworks, though. It combines characters, lasers, projections, fire, water, and music into a unique show. This is my favorite nighttime show on property. It is dramatic and beautiful with a wonderful musical score. Unlike the other nighttime shows, here you are able to sit in an amphitheater, which hold approximately 7000 people. You will want to get there at least 30-45 minutes early in order to get a decent seat. There is a moat of water separating you from the stage, but a good deal of the show takes place in that water. Fantasmic! is worth seeing at least once.
2. Toy Story Mania
This is one of the best rides ever created! It is one of those rides you will want to ride again and again. It makes you feel like you are inside of a video game. Throughout the ride, you play a series of carnival style games hosted by the characters of Toy Story. Your ride vehicle tracks your score. If you are competitive, this ride is for you! It is a great family-friendly ride which is a must-do for everyone in the family!
3. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster is one of the biggest thrills at Disney World. The entire ride is set to the music of Aerosmith. It has a rocket launch that will send you flying in a matter of seconds. It also includes multiple inversions. The entire environment, from the music to the sights around you, is very immersive. You must be at least 48″ tall to ride this one. And it is not for the faint of heart. But if you love roller coasters, this will be at the top of your list of magical must-do’s at Hollywood Studios!
4. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
The old television show The Twilight Zone serves as the backstory for this thrilling experience. Throughout the ride, you will see props from the show sitting about. Tower of Terror has a rich environment, and the cast members who work here really play up their roles. It does have a height requirement of 40′, so the smallest members of your family will not be able to ride. This is a favorite of most thrill seekers.
5. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
The second fireworks show currently playing in Hollywood Studios is Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular. As you would expect, the focus here is on Star Wars. It includes both fireworks and projections on the sides of the surrounding buildings. It borrows the soundtrack from the Star Wars movies. My husband, who doesn’t like firework shows, was blown away by this show. It is simply amazing. Many nights, this show will start either at the same time as or half an hour after Fantasmic!, which makes it difficult to see them both in the same night. Both shows are very good, so you should plan to spend two nights in Hollywood Studios. Watch one show your fist night and the other on the second night.
6. Star Tours
Star Tours was the first of the Star Wars attractions to be included in Hollywood Studios. It is a 3D simulator with multiple variations to the story. This means that, most of the time, you will get a different ride experience each time you ride. It includes all of your favorite Star Wars characters and locations. This ride is fun, even if you are not a Star Wars fan. It does have a height requirement of 40″. This ride can also be hard to ride if you are prone to motion sickness or if simulators bother you. If you are not bothered by those things, then you should definitely experience this ride.
7. Star Wars Launch Bay
The Launch Bay was added to Hollywood Studios in December 2015. It includes a few different things. Inside, you will find a short movie about the making of the new movies, meet and greets with some of the Star Wars characters, and many props and replicas from the various Star Wars movies. The characters you can meet periodically change, but we have met Chewbacca, Kylo Ren, Jawas, and BB-8. Star Wars fans can spend hours exploring here.
8. MuppetVision 3D
Who doesn’t love the Muppets? They are awesome! MuppetVision 3D will take you back to your childhood with all of your favorite Muppets in tow. It is a fun way to introduce your children to these beloved characters. The queue and preshow are filled with many funny and clever Muppet-style jokes. In the preshow room, be sure to look up at the net! This show is cute and humorous. It is also a great place to give your feet a break and cool off.
9. Alien Swirling Saucers
One of two new rides in the recently added Toy Story Land is Alien Swirling Saucers. This is a cute ride which can be enjoyed by everyone in the family over 32 inches tall. In this Pizza Planet-inspired ride, you board a flying saucer. One of the little green aliens then whips you around as you pass by The Claw. The ride is set to catchy techno versions of popular songs from the Toy Story movies. Your little ones will love this ride.
10. Slinky Dog Dash
Last, but certainly not least, on this list of magical must-do’s at Hollywood Studios is Slinky Dog Dash. It is the second new ride added in Toy Story Land. It is a family-friendly rollercoaster with a 38 inch height requirement. This fun little coaster zips all through the land passing statues of Jessie and Rex along the way. Adults and kids alike will love this one!
For a park that is currently undergoing some growing pains, there are still several wonderful things to experience. These 10 Magical Must-Do’s at Hollywood Studios will help you to enjoy the park while avoiding the remaining construction. This list will be updated once the new areas are opened. For more magical must-do’s at the other parks, check out Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot’s World Showcase, and Future World too. For more on Hollywood Studios, see details of Toy Story Land, and Magical must-do’s for Star Wars fans. Happy travels!