1. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Even if you have no familiarity with any of the Twilight Zone references that are abundant on the ride, it’s still something you must-do during your day at Hollywood Studios. The ride is massive, allowing you to walk the deserted property that’s overrun with weeds before going into the hotel that’s been lost in time. The attraction itself encompasses this whole story line before you even get on the ride and that’s what I love about it. It’s a thrill ride that’ll leave you and your guests screaming your head off. It is without a doubt, my favorite ride in all of Walt Disney World, but especially in Hollywood Studios.
2. Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
Again, even if you aren’t familiar with any Aerosmith songs, you won’t care because this spiraling rollercoaster puts the pedal to the metal, driving passengers at a nice 60 mphs in three seconds. This rollercoaster has it all: loops, corkscrews, loud music and best of all, is completely in the dark with nothing but iconic Hollywood landmarks glowing beside you. It is one of the most thrilling experiences you’ll encounter in the park. Like the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, this rollercoaster tells a story and you become fully immersed in before you even buckle your seatbelt.
Capping off each night in Hollywood Studios is Fantasmic! Here, you have the opportunity to kick back and get lost in the story as Mickey Mouse fights off villian after villian. The show ends with a slew of your favorite Disney characters singing and dancing on boats as they travel around the island. What I love about this performance is that, even though I’ve watched it a million times, the effects never get old. It’s a unique show that’s perfect for the whole family.
4. Dine at the Hollywood Brown Derby
This iconic restaurant is molded after the real Brown Derby in California. The restaurant just has an old-timey feel and the food, while a little bit on the pricier side, is worth every penny. Last time I was there I ordered Duck Two Ways, and I felt bad running into Donald Duck at the parks later on in my vacation…
5. Star Tours - The Adventure Continues
Star Tours is such a neat ride that, again, takes you through a story before you get on the ride (I’m sensing a theme here, Hollywood Studios!) What’s really cool about Star Tours is that each ride is different due to a variety of simulated stories they offer guests. Sometimes I’m touring the world of Crait, and others I’m on the dreaded Death Star. This ride really get me excited about the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opening in 2019.
6. ABC Commissary
I know this may seem weird, but I actually really like the ABC Commissary. It’s quick service, and there’s usually no problem snagging a seat to take a rest for a little bit. I’m a huge fan of ABC sitcoms and what’s cool about eating here is that you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with show memorabilia or posters with the entire casts’ autographs on them. Everytime I go I find something new and always take a picture next to it.
7. Star Wars Launch Bay
If you like meeting Kylo Ren, Chewbacca or BB-8, then this is the place for you! Here, you can not only meet some of your favorite characters, but can catch a glimpse of all the lightsabers used by your favorite jedi’s (here’s looking at you, Obi Wan), watch trailers and immerse yourself in Star Wars culture.
8. Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
It’s a tale as old as time - and it’s told even better on stage! This performance takes you through the classic story of Beauty and the Beast with catchy songs, exciting dance numbers and is a unique way to cool off, relax and listen to your favorite songs. Is there anybody out there who can’t not sing when ‘Be Our Guest’ comes on? I think not.
9. Shop the Unique Stores lining Hollywood Blvd.
I personally really love the shops that are available in Hollywood Studios. They offer a little bit of a different selection from the other parks and are lined up in rapid succession so you can go from store to store. It’s always a fun place to try on some hats, take some funny pictures and buy Hollywood-related souvenirs, including those of your favorite characters.
10. Find the Stitches
If you’ve ever gotten off of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror you may have walked right by Bellhop Stitch on your way to the gift shop. The first time I seen it I thought it was the cutest thing. But - where are the others? Guess you'll have to visit Hollywood Studios for yourself to try and find out!
11. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular
Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular literally displays parts of the iconic movie across the sky. Not only are there fireworks, but there’s actual bursts of fire, lightsabers and so much more. If you’re looking to try out a unique experience for you and your family, this is definitely the way to go. I was in awe the first time I seen it.
12. Toy Story Mania
The line for Toy Story Mania is always out the door, and it’s no surprise why: the ride brings you down to the size of the toy as you navigate Andy’s bedroom before hopping on your tram to take a spin through countless 3d games. Rack up your points to try and beat your other family members. It’s so much fun, guys! I guess you could say it’s a rootin’ tootin’ good time!
13. Slinky Dog Dash
Alright, so I’ve yet to ride this, but I’m just going to go out there and say a definite Disney Must-Do at Hollywood Studios is hitching a ride with ol’ Slinky Dog in this new adventure. Toy Story-anything is going to be amazing. Have any of you ridden it yet?
14. Get a Picture with Mickey and Minnie!
Even though there’s a few places to get pictures of Mickey and Minnie, it’s surprisingly hard to get a picture of them both together. This is the iconic souvenir for you and your family. Don’t miss out on meeting the famed duo on Commissary Lane.
15. Walt Disney Presents
While it’s not a ride, it’s just as adventurous. This walking tour not only gets you and your family out of the Florida heat, but it takes you through Walt Disney’s childhood, showing you the desk he used during school, to the first Disney products, prototypes and much more. It’s breathtaking to see the kind of thought and imagination that Walt Disney had and even greater, it showcases what big changes are continuously coming to the parks. It’s a neat experience and I catch something new each time I visit.
Well there you have it, the 15 things you must do at Disney World’s Hollywood Studios Park. While there’s still so much left to be seen and do, the most unique thing about Hollywood Studios is its ability to take guests into the story. Every attraction does this flawlessly. It’s has something for everyone, no matter your age or interest level. I really can’t wait to go back.