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ABC Commissary Now Accepting Reservations - Disney's Hollywood Studios

Up to this point, Be Our Guest (Magic Kingdom – Breakfast & Lunch only) has been the only quick-service location to accept advance reservations but you can now book dinner reservations at ABC Commissary in Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  I love this for a few reasons:

  1. ABC Commissary is one of the few indoor quick-service locations at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

  2. Reservations ensure guaranteed seating which is wonderful for weary guests and families with small children.

  3. They have a new and much improved menu

  4. Fantasmic and Fireworks make it difficult to fit in dinner at this park; reservations will help you fit everything into your evening.

Book dining through your MyDisneyExperience account or by calling 407-WDW-DINE

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New Disney Policies for Strollers, Smoking & Ice

STROLLERS:

2019 Updated Disney Policies concerning Strollers, Wagons, Smoking, and Ice.

2019 Updated Disney Policies concerning Strollers, Wagons, Smoking, and Ice.

Beginning May 1, Disney is adjusting guidelines on stroller sizes, which will require them to be no larger than 31" (79cm) wide and 52" (132cm) long or smaller. The good news – many of the strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. Also, just a reminder that wagons are not permitted in the Disney parks. Beginning May 1, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted. These updates are designed to help guest flow and ease congestion, making the parks more enjoyable for everyone.

TIP: The smaller your stroller, the easier it is to navigate and maneuver the parks. At Walt Disney World Resort, you can rent a single or double stroller once you arrive, and they can be rented each day. Or, they can choose a Length of Stay Rental, which will save them time and money. While Walt Disney World already offers a double stroller rental, Disneyland Resort will soon offer one too.

SMOKING:

Also beginning May 1, smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California.

TIP: Designated smoking areas will be available outside the entrances to the areas listed above, and at Disney Springs in Florida. For guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas are also available at Disney Resort hotels.

LOOSE ICE

Beginning today, if you plan to bring a cooler or cooler bag to store snacks and drinks for theme park or water park adventures, it’s important to know that loose or dry ice are no longer permitted.

TIP: We recommend you use re-useable ice packs instead. Complimentary cups of ice are available at Food & Beverage locations inside the parks if needed.

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Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Opening Dates Announced

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31st at Disneyland and August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31st at Disneyland and August 29th at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida

Disneyland California – Phase 1 opening on May 31, 2019

Disney’s Hollywood Studios – Phase 1 opening on August 29, 2019

Hey, Star Wars Fans -

Today Disney announced opening dates for the first phase of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland in California and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.   In this first phase, the shops, restaurants, and the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run attraction will be open.  For an extra cost, you can create your own lightsaber or purchase your own droid modeled on R2-D2 or BB-8.  Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance will not open until later this year (dates not yet announced).   This is going to be an amazing, immersive Star Wars experience!

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will put you in the seat of the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon as either a pilon, engineer, or gunner where you will blast off, jump into hyperspace and face danger at every turn.  This thrill ride features small drops, darkness and loud noises so guests must be at least 38-inches (97cm) to ride.   Guests age 7 years or younger must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older and it comes with all the usual warnings that riders should be in good health without high blood pressure, heart troubles, back or neck problems or other conditions that could be problematic.  Expectant mothers should not ride.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is the first land designed to interact with the Play Disney parks app. Click here to learn more.

Important Information

Disneyland (California) – This is going to popular because it opens during summer vacation.  

  • Reservations required May 31 – June 23.   The no-cost reservation system has not been implemented yet but guests visiting Disneyland from May 31 to June 23, 2019 will need to purchase theme park admission prior to booking a no-cost reservation (one per ticket) to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Guests staying at one of the 3 Official Disneyland Hotels will get a designated reservation during their stay.   Book your trip now so that you make your reservation to enter at the earliest opportunity.

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will not be included in the Disneyland Extra Magic Hour or Magic Morning at Disneyland

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will not initially be included in either FastPass or MaxPass.

  • Capacity is limited.

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney World:

  • Reservations are not being offered to enter Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Entry will be first come/first served and capacity is limited.

  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run will not initially be included FastPass+

  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be included in Extra Magic Hours which is a great benefit of staying at one of the official Walt Disney World Resort hotels or the select group of Good Neighbor hotels that qualify for Extra Magic Hour benefits.

WARNING: Availability at the official Disney World hotels is already EXTREMELY limited in early December – around Dec. 6-14 – because of the Pop Warner Super Bowl and Cheer & Dance National Events taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. Most of the value resorts and several room categories at the moderate resorts are already booked to capacity.Good Neighbor hotels might be a good option.Contact us as soon as possible if this is when you want to visit.

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Early Morning Magic at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Review of Early Morning Magic at in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios / Walt Disney World Resort - Florida

Review of Early Morning Magic at in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios / Walt Disney World Resort - Florida

My daughter and I just spent got back from our Mother-Daughter trip to Disney World and I highly recommend the Disney’s Hollywood Studios Early Morning Magic.We had a blast!! Yes, I know you can arrive at the park early to get back to ride Slinky Dog Dash, but we rode it 9 or 10 times, plus did Alien Swirling Saucers (not as fun) and Toy Story Mania. We just rode the rides and walked around before the park opened and once the floodgates were opened. I’m not kidding when I say floodgates, hat’s exactly what it looked like! We could see the crowds coming back while we were on Slinky Dog! Once it was 9am and the park opened to the general public, the wait time almost immediately went to 85-minutes and the line stretched back to the Star Wars Launch Bay area outside of Toy Story Land. It was CRAZY! For the record, Slinky Dog Dash is now my 2nd favorite ride at Disney World.

Breakfast: The breakfast was at the ABC Commissary (one of the park’s quick service restaurants) and had some delicious choices. It was nice that they kept serving the breakfast until 10:00am so we didn’t have to waste any of the pre-park opening time eating. You could order whatever you wanted from the menu and they had a continental type buffet. We ordered a couple of the different menu items so we could see if they were good or not. I loved the charcuterie plate! This was Emily’s favorite day so well worth the money I paid for it.

Early Morning Magic is a separately ticketed event that is different from Extra Magic Hours, which are open to all guests at the official Disney World hotels (admission required). This is offered on select Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 to 8:45AM. There are a limited number of tickets sold and only the Toy Story Land attractions are open. You must have valid theme park admission ticket in addition to the Early Morning Magic ticket.

Cost:

  • $79+ tax per person age 10 and older

  • $69+ tax per person age 3 to 9

  • You must also have valid theme park tickets

Disney World has a similar Early Morning Magic Event on select mornings in the Fantasyland area of the Magic Kingdom.

Note about the author:  Monica is our most experienced travel agent and has been to the most training events of anyone in our office.  She is a whiz at helping people plan fantastic Disney vacations. 

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Tips For Riding Slinky Dog Dash Without Spending Hours In Line

Disney World Tips & Secrets: How to ride Slinky Dog Dash without spending hours in line / Toy Story Land - Disney’s Hollywood Studios - Walt Disney World Resort - Florida.

Slinky Dog Dash is definitely the most popular attraction in the new Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park; it is currently seeing mid-day waits of 60-80 minutes, even though crowds are moderate now that the kids are back in school. Here’s the good news: we can probably help you get onto both of the new attractions without long lines but it is going to mean waking up early!

Avoiding Long Lines at Slinky Dog Dash With FastPass+

You can book FastPass+ reservation up 60-days prior to arrival when you have a reservation at an official Disney World hotel and at select "Good Neighbor" hotels when you have a vacation package that includes tickets or you purchase your tickets prior to your trip and register them on your MyDisneyExperience account. If you’re not staying at a Disney World resort, you can still book your FastPass+ reservations up to 30-days prior to arrival by purchasing your tickets prior to your trip and registering them on your MyDisneyExperience account. You can make up to three (3) FastPass+ reservations prior to arrival but Disney has a tiered system for FastPass selection that only allows you to select one of the new Toy Story Land attractions. If you plan to ride Slinky Dog Dash, you’ll definitely want to make this your FastPass+ choice because it is the more popular ride and gets the longest lines. The challenge here is that there are a limited number of FastPasses available for this attraction and you might not get one.

Stand-by lines are much, much shorter for the new Alien Swirling Saucers ride though Toy Story Mania! remains popular with the second longest waits in the area by virtue of it being a fun ride and the only ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios that does not have a height restriction so that it is my second choice for a Toy Story Land FastPass if Slinky Dog is not available.

Avoiding Long Lines at Slinky Dog Dash When You Don’t Have FastPass+

Here’s what we did on our recent visit to Disney’s Hollywood Studios on a morning that did not have an Extra Magic Hour, the park was opening at 9:00AM and where we did not have a FastPass for Slinky Dog Dash. TouringPlans predicted low to moderate crowds but we would say that Disney’s Hollywood Studios felt much closer to moderate than low. We were able to get 9:45am FastPasses for Toy Story Mania:

8:10AM - We arrived at the park got through security quickly and lined up close fairly the front gates.

Tip for getting through security: Ideally, you should avoid taking any bags with you so that you can just sail through the "no bags" entrance. If that just isn't possible, do a quick scan of the available security lines to see if one appears to be moving faster or have people who don't appear to be bringing all of their earthly belongings into the park. Be sure you have all compartments of your bags open and ready.

8:35AM (25-minutes prior to the posted opening time) – We were allowed through the gates and down Hollywood Boulevard to where it intersects with Sunset Boulevard. If you don’t already have a park map and Times Guide, you can get those on the rack at the Crossroads kiosk that has Mickey Mouse on the top.

This tip will only work if your group is small and able and willing to move quickly: When you get in line, if all of the gates are not open, try to get in the leftmost line unless there is a compelling reason to avoid it because they may open additional lines as crowds are forming. Watch for that to happen and quickly move over when they do if it gets you closer to the gates. Once they let people in, start moving to the right side of the crowd.

Tip: When they let you through, you can usually move farther forward if you are on the edges of the crowd than if you are in the middle of the road. Try to be on the right side of the street, if at all possible but the left side is fine too - just go as far forward as possible.

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At 8:45AM (15-minutes prior to posted opening time) – They opened the park and began leading guests at a very brisk walk to Toy Story Land. There were also people headed to the registration for Jedi Training Academy and there were others who were headed to Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. Some people headed to Toy Story Mania! which is close to the front of Toy Story Land and doesn’t have a height restriction but most people were lining up for Slinky Dog Dash.

Tip: We lost time in the bottleneck of the smaller hole through the arch. It may make sense to aim for the larger entrance unless you’re stuck behind a convoy of strollers and scooters.

9:02AM – We rode Slinky Dog Dash after waiting less than 10-minutes. We weren’t at the very front of the line but we were fairly far forward in the crowd.

Disney World Tips for Riding Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

In this 10-minute video, Steve and Brian of TouringPlans.com checked out Slinky Dog Dash at park opening in Disney's Hollywood Studios and came out with a pretty good plan. So you know, this was filmed Saturday, September 15 with a crowd level of 4.

Ride Something Else if the Park Is already open when you arrive

The thing about this recommendation is that it only works if you arrive BEFORE the park opens and you are in the first wave of riders. The lines and waits for this ride get long quickly so, if you arrive after the park opens and you don’t get that first wave, early arrival advantage, you’re better off taking advantage of shorter lines at other rides early in the day and riding Slinky Dog Dash later.

The Rest of Our Morning

Alien Swirling Saucers at Toy Story Land in Disney’s Hollywood Studios / Walt Disney World Resort - Florida.

9:10AM – We rode Alien Swirling Saucers with no line. This is the farthest ride back in Toy Story Land so it takes a little longer to get busy. We would’ve ridden Toy Story Mania! next if we didn’t have a FastPass for it because it’s position near the front of Toy Story Land which causes the lines to get longer earlier and then ride Alien Swirling Saucers after that.

The lines were posted at over one hour for Slinky Dog Dash by now but we could’ve easily gotten onto Alien Swirling Saucers in a timely fashion for a second ride if we’d gone back into the line. Instead, we decided to get a Raspberry Lunchbox Tart at Woody’s Lunch Box and to visit restrooms before using our 9:45am Toy Story Mania! FastPasses. We also took time to watch the Green Army Men stop and train some young recruits.

Toy Story Land Tips for avoiding long lines on Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and Toy Story Mania! / Disney World

By 10:00AM, we had seen and done everything Toy Story Land has to offer. The day was getting hot and the people who don’t know to arrive early were coming in droves. The lines for both Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers are outside, with only some patio style umbrellas along the route to provide shade so we were happy to be done and to head towards some indoor, air conditioned shows and attractions during the heat of the day.

Tips for avoiding long lines for Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios / Disney World.

Tips: Watch the weather; Slinky Dog shuts down for lightning - For research purposes, we went back in the afternoon and got into the line which had a 65-minute posted wait. We had gotten far enough forward to be under the covered area close to the ride when a lightning storm and heavy rain caused them to temporarily shut down the ride. Those waiting in the open were told to leave and take shelter and those of us under the covered area were given the option of leaving or staying. With no estimate of when the ride would reopen, some of the people in the covered area opted to leave but most, like us stayed. we ended up waiting 89-minutes to ride.

Slinky Dog Dash at Night / Toy Story Land / Disney’s Hollywood Studios park / Walt Disney World Resort

The park was scheduled to close at 8PM so we returned to Toy Story Land at about 7:00PM to see what it was like after dark. It is delightful! We puttered around taking pictures and headed back to Slinky Dog Dash at about 7:40pm to check out the lines at that time. The posted wait was 60-minutes but we got through and rode in about 20-minutes but you should probably keep in mind that the earlier downpour had caused some people to leave early. Slinky Dog Dash usually stays pretty busy all day long.

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Toy Story Land To Open June 30, 2018 At Disney's Hollywood Studios

Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios will open on June 30, 2018 / Walt Disney World news.

Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios will open on June 30, 2018 / Walt Disney World news.

Disney announced today that the new Toy Story Land in Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort will open on June 20, 2018. Disney has not given a date when FastPass+ reservations will be available for the new attractions but, based on normal FastPass+ availability, we suspect it might be right around April 20 - 22 for guests whose trips will include June 30th.

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The new Toy Story Land will include: 

As I have mentioned before, being there for the opening of a new attraction or land is exciting if you get to Disney World on a fairly regular basis and you don't mind spending hours in line just for the excitement of being one of the first to experience a new ride or attraction but it can actually be a bit of a bummer if this is a once-in-a-lifetime type trip or if you don't get to Disney often because park hours may get modified as Disney hosts media and travel trade events to build up buzz about the new area.   When Pandora opened last year, there were technical glitches with the new rides that had to be worked out in the days immediately following the opening.  For some people, it makes sense to give it a little time before you visit.

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In other related news, Disney has also announced that they will not be changing the name of Disney's Hollywood Studios in the foreseeable future.  Back in 2015, Bob Iger said that a new name might be in the works for the park that has already had one name change back on January 7, 2008 when the name was changed from Disney-MGM Studios to Disney's Hollywood Studios.  

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The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame is Being Removed at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Exhibit has permanently closed at Disney's Hollywood Studios and is being replaced with a food and beverage marketplace.  Walt Disney World Resort - October 2016

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame Exhibit has permanently closed at Disney's Hollywood Studios and is being replaced with a food and beverage marketplace.  Walt Disney World Resort - October 2016

The Orlando Sentinel has announced that the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame in the Echo Lake area of Disney's Hollywood Studios is being replaced with a food and beverage marketplace.   The exhibit featuring busts of TV stars has been behind construction walls since September 2016 and will be completely cleared by Thanksgiving.   The busts will returned to the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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New Disney World Christmas show: Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM! to Debut on November 14, 2016

Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM! A New Christmas show at Disney World to debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 14, 2016 and will be offered nightly through December 31st.

Jingle Bells, Jingle BAM! A New Christmas show at Disney World to debut at Disney's Hollywood Studios on November 14, 2016 and will be offered nightly through December 31st.

The Walt Disney World Resort in Florida has just announced a new nighttime holiday show called “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” which will debut at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on Nov. 14th and run through December 31st.  The show will feature a seasonal musical score along with state of the art projections on the façade of The Great Movie Ride / Chinese Theater, special effects and fireworks.    Elves Wayne & Lanny from “Prep & Landing” lead this yuletide adventure to that includes favorite holiday moments from Mickey’s Christmas Carol, Beauty & the Beast, Pluto’s Christmas Tree, Bambi, and Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.   It all builds to a festive finale and we here that there will be snow!  This experience is included with park admission and replaces the Osborn Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights which was retired in 2015.

For those wanting a little more,  Disney is also offering a  Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! Holiday Dessert Party, which includes reserved viewing, desserts, specialty beverages and more. Each dessert party guest will get a pair of 3D HoloSpex® glasses to use while watching the show. The glasses create spectacular holographic illusions of gingerbread men, candy canes, snowflakes and ornaments on any bright point of light.   The Dessert Party will occur one hour prior to each performance of Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! and costs $69 for adults (ages 10 and up) and $39 for children (ages 3-9). This price includes taxes and gratuities.  Reservations can be booked now and will probably sell out quickly.

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No More Turkey Legs at Disney's Hollywood Studios

As of August 2, 2016, turkey legs will no longer be available at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  Toluca Legs Turkey Company will become the Sunshine Day Cafe and will have a new menu.  

Toluca Legs Turkey Company is closing on August 2, 2016 and turkey legs will no longer be available at Disney's Hollywood Studios park.  The space will become the Sunshine Day Cafe and will have a new menu.

Toluca Legs Turkey Company is closing on August 2, 2016 and turkey legs will no longer be available at Disney's Hollywood Studios park.  The space will become the Sunshine Day Cafe and will have a new menu.

Fairfax Fare is also getting a menu change with new items like the One Pound Baked Potato with tri-tip beef, gravy and, cheddar and the Loaded Fairfax Potato with sour cream, cheddar, and bacon.

Fairfax Fare, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, will be adding new baked potato selections to its menu beginning August 2, 2016.

Fairfax Fare, at Disney's Hollywood Studios, will be adding new baked potato selections to its menu beginning August 2, 2016.

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Anna-the-Anxious Rides Rock 'n Roller Coaster

Anna, who has an anxiety disorder, recounts her experience riding Rock 'n Roller Coaster at Disney World.

Rock’N’Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios holds a special place in my heart for many reasons. For one, it is no ordinary Roller Coaster (but we’ll get back to that in a minute). For two, it was my very first real (by real I mean, you go upside down on it) roller coaster. Finally, my family has a heart for Classic Rock and adores making fun of one line in particular of the pre­-show.

So what is the coaster like? Well, terrifying.

You see, since it was my very first grown­up coaster, I was already super nervous. To make matters worse, my mother made me spit out my gum beforehand because, and I quote, “I really don’t want you choking on your gum from this.” My little sister (who had been on it many times) held my hand and told me I probably wouldn’t die. I had a nice little hyperventilating fit in the pre-­show, managed to calm down, got in the second line, and told myself "there is no turning back now." This of course is not true; you can turn back all the way up to the point that you strap into your seat. As I mentioned before you can turn back up to the moment they strap you in.  I hopped in the seat while forcing myself to take deep calming breaths, yanked the harness down as tight as I could physically make it, and waited... I waited for what felt like an eternity, until I heard Steven Tyler's voice shout, "5" (Oh gosh, my heart!),  "4" (I CAN'T DO THIS!), "3" (I'M STUCK!!!), "2" (I held my breath) and "1!!!" Off like a rocket! 0­-to-60mph in 3-­point­ something seconds, and after that three seconds the worst was over. I laughed hysterically! In retrospect I think I was having a minor breakdown. I laughed and laughed and laughed and tears rolled across my face. Then in an instant, it was over... I was so pumped I rode it twice more, and then I never got back on it again.

 I conquered my fear and decided I didn't like the feeling in my stomach whilst accelerating at an unreasonable rate. I don't like being forced to listen to loud noises while my body is being thrown about. If this sounds terrifying to you, you should probably sit this one out. If you get motion sick, enjoy the super cool Aerosmith themed gift shop, where you can watch all the excited riders look at photos of their scrunched up faces as they exit the ride. There is plenty to do while the others ride, and please don't feel bad, or dumb for not wanting to ride. There are so many reasons not to go! My go-­to reason is "I'm nauseous, and who of you wants to sit next to a nauseous person on a roller coaster?" Your reason can be as simple as "I want to enjoy my visit to Disney World, and look back at it fondly, I don't want you to remember me crying in line."

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I'm going to leave you with quote from my dad. "If you don't ride because you don't want to, that's fine. Just don't let fear stop you from something you truly want to do." I wanted to conquer my fear of Roller Coasters, so I went of the most extreme one at Disney World in a moment of peer pressure, and I'm glad I did. If you really don't want to go, just don't.  That's okay! 

About the author:  Anna was always a cautious child and was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder in her teens.  She works hard to keep it from running her life.

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Courage quote by Malcolm Gladwell.

Star Wars Weekends Discontinued at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

Disney World announces that they have discontinued Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios.  

Sad news - there will be no more Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios park. Disney announced this on their blog today, "work begins next year on the 14-acre Star Wars-themed land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. With construction underway, unfortunately, we won’t be able to offer Star Wars Weekends. While Star Wars Weekends has been a great way to enjoy the saga for a few days every year, now the Force will be with Disney’s Hollywood Studios every day.  

Take heart, Star Wars fans, because Disney is currently developing a 14-acre Star Wars themed land in Disney's Hollywood Studios and you can still ride Star Tours and enjoy other Star Wars themed experiences while you wait for the new land to open. 

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Disney's Hollywood Studios Wait Times Are Up 20% Over Last Year.

Disney's Hollywood Studios lines & wait times are up 20% over last year so here are some tips for keeping lines to a minimum.   

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. 

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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.

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