Those planning a trip to Disney World will want to make sure that they understand how the Hollywood Studios Fastpass system works. Like Epcot, Fastpass rides & attractions are divided into tiers, forcing guests into choosing between some of the parks most popular rides. Here is what you need to know about Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tiers.
First, if you aren’t familiar with the Disney FastPass system, you should first know what it is and how it works.
Hollywood Studios Fastpass Rules
Disney issues 3 Fastpasses to park guests (per day) in advance of their trip to allow guests to bypass the line for some of Disney World’s more popular rides and attractions.
It is free for all Disney guests to use, but has rules.
- Park guests get to book three Fastpasses per day in advance of their trip. These Fastpasses can be made using the My Disney Experience App.
- Disney resort guests can book FastPasses for their entire stay 60 days in advance of the first day of their stay. Those not staying at a Disney resort, can book Disney Fastpasses 30 days in advance.
- Hollywood Studios uses what is called a Fastpass Tier system where you get to choose rides & attractions based on their popularity. When choosing Fastpasses for Hollywood Studios, guests can only make selections based on where the rides fall within the tiers.
Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tiers
Guests can pick only ONE ride or attraction from Tier 1
Hollywood Studios Tier 1
- Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
- Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
- Slinky Dog Dash
How to Ride all three Rides on Hollywood Studios Tier One
Most park guests are going to want to ride all of the rides in Tier 1.
If you find that to be true for the people in your party, you are going to have to do some careful planning to fit them all in without having to spend the entire day in lines.
The best way to be able to book the most popular Hollywood Studios rides it to stay at a Disney World Resort.
Disney resort guests can book FastPasses for their entire stay 60 days in advance of the first day of their stay.
This means that those staying at a Disney Resort get first picks and will most likely get their choice of the Epcot Fastpass Tiers.
If you are able to book any of the three Hollywood Studios fastpasses that you want, we suggest you book Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run in the new Star Wars Galaxy Edge.
This ride seems to be the hardest to book and has the longest line of any of the three Hollywood Studio Fastpass Tiers.
Next, get to Hollywood Studios ahead of their opening to line up.
You should plan to make Slinky Dog Dash the first ride you head to once the park opens.
Head straight to that ride to line up. Many people will be doing this as well, so make sure you know where to go by looking at a map.
While there will be a line, it should move pretty fast as this is a continual moving ride where guests are being loaded and unloaded simultaneously.
The last ride from tier 1 should be Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
Yes, it is a brand new ride and yes, there will be a huge line because it is brand new.
BUT, it too has a line that loads simultaneously and it should move quicker than either Smuggler’s Run or Slinky Dog Dash.
Hollywood Studios Tier 2
Guests can pick TWO rides & attractions from Tier 2
- Toy Story Mania
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
- Tower of Terror
- Star Tours
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Disney Junior Dance Party!
- Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Muppet Vision 3D
- Beauty and the Beast
Which Rides to Choose From Hollywood Studios Tier 2
Since guests get to pick 2 rides from Tier 2, you will want to choose the rides that suit your family.
The most popular of Hollywood Studios Tier 2 rides are: Toy Story Mania, Tower of Terror, Star Tours and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
When you are looking at which rides to get Fastpasses for, I would consider those first.
Without a doubt, you do not need to get Fastpasses for Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, Muppet Vision 3D, Beauty and the Beast LIVE or Fantasmic!
Those shows NEVER have a line.
Yes, you have to line up before show time for Fantasmic! but you will have no problem getting a seat once they open the theater.
Have you been to Hollywood Studios and used the Disney Fastpass system? What rides do you book Fastpasses for?