A lot of people are asking what to see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, since so much of the park is closed right now. Rides and entertainment that were once favorites for many are no longer around. In fact, nowadays a lot of people tend to skip Hollywood Studios completely. It’s understandable, since it’s in an in between stage right now. The park is currently gearing up for a huge Star Wars expansion, among other things. A lot of great things are no longer here, like the backlot tour and animation studio to name a few. However, that doesn’t mean there’s still not a lot to see and do, because there is! In this post I’ll detail what to see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios as of late.
I think Hollywood Studios is a solid half day park right now, and I see this as a total gem! I think it’s great to embrace it for what it is. It’s wonderful to not have to spend a whole day at a park, and amazing to be able to utilize our time elsewhere in the same day. For instance, I love relaxing by the pool, and can still head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios later in the day.
I can see for those who regularly visit how the park may seem a little bland right now. For us, visiting about once a year or so, we usually trade off on the shows. We did Lights, Motor, Action and Fantasmic last year, so this year we hit Beauty & The Beast, and Indiana Jones. The shows don’t change much (if at all), so going every single time can be monotonous, unless you LOVE them.
So, what to see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? What’s still here?
- The wonderful streets of Hollywood, which are full of fantastic shops, great street performers, and entertainment.
- Characters. There are still plenty of them roaming about! We met Goofy and Daisy Duck right outside The Great Movie ride. The lines aren’t as long as they are in the other parks, which makes for a great experience. I love how you still get some of that “old Disney,” where the characters “just show up,” without worrying about cast members turning you away for too long, and soon-to-be-closed, lines.
- The Great Movie Ride. It’s simply a classic, and the updates they’ve made over the years are wonderful. It blends old Hollywood with the new, and is definitely worth going on.
- Stage Shows. Voyage Of The Little Mermaid is no more, but you’ll still find the Beauty and the Beast stage show, which is located on one of my favorite Disney stages. I still remember watching Mickey and Minnie up there as a kid.
- Indiana Jones and the Lights, Motor, Action Stunt Show. As I said above, we alternate between these. Personally, I wish they would increase the Indiana Jones presence in the park. Disneyland California has an Indiana Jones ride that’s not to be missed!
- Star Wars. If you’re a fanatic like my husband, this is the park for you. And, lucky for you, in the upcoming years the Star Wars presence is only going to increase. I’m not a big fan (I always say I prefer Harrison Ford in the form of Indianan Jones), but even I’m excited to see what they’re going to come up with!
- Toy Story Midway Mania is hands down my favorite ride at Hollywood Studios. Actually, I think it makes my top ten list. It’s so popular that they’re adding on more tracks in order to fit more people. That goodness too! The line is always insane and is definitely a FastPass. Also, like Star Wars, Toy Story is another presence that will be increasing in the park in the coming years. I can’t help but wonder if they’re going to do anything similar to what’s in Disneyland Hong Kong!
- Iconic Hollywood Studios. A major occurrence this year was the removal of Mickey’s hat. Some people loved it’s demise, while others hate it. However, this piece (below) of Disney’s MGM history still remains, which makes me happy. Take a picture below it, of it, whatever, it’s just pretty.
- Thrill Rides. Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some of the best thrill rides in all of the parks (re: Tower of Terror and Aerosmith’s Rock and Roll Roller Coaster).
- Fantasmic. While we skipped on this nostalgic nighttime entertainment this time around, since we just saw it last year, it’s still worth noting. It’s iconic.
- The addition of Disney’s Hollywood Studios Frozen Summer Of Fun is worth mentioning as well. Disney does fireworks well, period, and this show was no exception! I mean, it SNOWED. Disney snow, of course, but STILL.
Bottom line, while this park is a half day for us, it could still easily be a full day for you. No matter the case, it’s such a leisurely day. There’s something so different about this park, compared to, say, Magic Kingdom. There’s far less hustle and bustle, and it’s a much more laid back experience.