Currently guests wishing to experience the newest attraction at Disney World, Rise of the Resistance, must get to the park in time for park opening (hours change, but recently that has been 7 AM). To handle the popularity of this attraction, guests must use their My Disney Experience app to join a boarding group for the ride. The virtual queue system only allows you to join a group if you are inside the park and have scanned your ticket or MagicBand at the touchpoints coming into the park. It is not unusual for the allotments for boarding groups to be gone within the first 30 to 45 minutes that the park is open. But, once you are in a boarding group, you can go explore the rest of the park and do whatever you choose to do — once you boarding group is called, you have one hour to return to the attraction!
The spectacle offered at Hollywood Studios at night is Fantasmic which continues to draw crowds and wow guests young and old every night. If you want to experience this show, we recommend either arriving 45 minutes prior to show time to grab a good seat (don’t worry, there are refreshments and entertainment while you wait) or try and book one of the Fantasmic Dining Packages at select restaurants (Mama Melrose, Hollywood and Vine, and Hollywood Brown Derby) that guarantee you a spot for the show along with a great view! Hollywood Studios also is home to some fantastic projection shows that rotate based on the time of the year — consult your Times Guide when you are planning your trip to see what is going to be shown.
Characters Inside and Out
Hollywood Studios offers a bevy of opportunities to greet some of your favorite characters. In addition to the characters that appear in Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy and Disney Junior Dance Party, guests can have their photos taken with Sorcerer Mickey, Hollywood Minnie, Olaf, Chewbacca, BB-8, Darth Vader, Sulley and Mike Wazowski, Buzz, Woody, Bo Peep, Jessie, Mr. and Mrs. Incredible, Frozone, Edna Mode, and Chip and Dale. Additionally, in Galaxy’s Edge, guests will also witness Stormtrooper, as well as Rey and Kylo Ren walking around Black Spire Outpost. Lastly, guests walking around the Hollywood and Sunset area of the park are in for a treat when interacting with the Citizens of Hollywood!
Whatever you plan to do for your day at Hollywood Studios, you are guaranteed to have fun. Use these tips to make the best day possible! What does your perfect day at Hollywood Studios look like?