TouringPlans.com is reporting that lines and wait times at Disney's Hollywood Studios are up 20% over last year. This is largely due to the attractions that have been closed (American Idol Experience, Magic of Disney Animation, Backlot Tour and Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow) to create room for the new Toy Story and Star Wars themed areas that are being added to the park. Recent mechanical issues at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride have also had an impact. Fewer attractions mean more people at any given time at the attractions that remain.
How to Minimize Lines at Disney's Hollywood Studios
How can you best manage the crowds when wait times are on the increase? We have a few tips that will really help.
1) Before you arrive, try to get a FastPass+ reservation for Toy Story Midway Mania. Disney's Hollywood Studios features a lot of shows but doesn't have a lot of rides and Toy Story Midway Mania is the only ride that is truly appropriate for all ages; not only that, it's really fun! As a result, it gets crazy long lines; sometimes measured in hours, not minutes. When you purchase your theme park admission tickets prior to arrival, you can book your FastPass+ reservations in advance: 30 days prior to arrival if you're not staying at a Disney World hotel, 60 days prior to arrival if you are staying at a Disney World hotel. Securing your Toy Story Midway Mania FastPass+ reservation will go a long way towards helping you have a great experience and you'll be able to get two more FastPass+ reservations for other attractions at the same time.
2) Get to the park at least 20 minutes prior to park opening because the first hour or so of the day is the least crowded. When you book your FastPass+ reservations, you'll have to choose between Toy Story Midway Mania and Rock 'n Roller Coaster. If you want to ride both, your best strategy is to get a Toy Story Midway Mania FastPass+ for sometime after 10:00AM and then be at Disney's Hollywood Studios before it is open so that you can walk right over to Rock 'n Roller Coaster right away. Position yourself on the right side of the crowd at the entrance, if this is your plan. If you didn't get a Toy Story FastPass+ or you know you want to ride this twice, you'll want to head right over to that attraction instead.
3) Use a good Touring Plan that gets updated regularly. We recommend TouringPlans.com because their plans get updated all of the time using both computerized data and daily, first-hand human experience so they do a fantastic job of adjusting for these changes and situations. We're so impressed with their plans that we purchase a subscription for everyone who books their trip through us. Click here for more information.