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Best Hollywood Studios Rides & Attractions

With so many different attractions at Hollywood Studios, it can be hard to decide which ones are must-visit rides and experiences. That’s why we’ve taken out the guesswork and are sharing the best Hollywood Studios rides & attractions!

If there is one Disney park you must visit on your next trip to Disney World, it should be Hollywood Studios.

If you aren’t familiar with Hollywood Studios, it is Disney’s third theme park in Walt Disney World.

From classic attractions like Tower of Terror to amazing shows like Fantasmic, Hollywood Studios has something for everyone.

Grauman's Theater at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios

Originally named MGM Studios when it opened in 1989, it changed its name to Hollywood Studios in 2008.

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Within Hollywood Studios theme park, you will find all of the rides, attractions and shows taking on an old Hollywood theme.

2023 Hollywood Studios Map

Hollywood Studios is not divided into lands like Magic Kingdom & Animal Kingdom; instead, the park is divided into sections.

Each section has its own attractions, shows, shops and restaurants.

  • Hollywood Boulevard
  • Echo Lake
  • Grand Avenue
  • Commissary Lane
  • Toy Story Land
  • Animation Courtyard
  • Sunset Boulevard

Hollywood Studios is a great park to visit with your entire family because there is something for everyone.

Meet Minnie Mouse at Hollywood Studios
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Small children will love seeing their favorite Disney Junior characters in person, while teens will appreciate the areas dedicated to Star Wars and thrill rides like Hollywood Tower of Terror & Aerosmith’s Rockin Roller coaster.

Those who don’t like rides can enjoy Broadway-style theater performances and dining experiences where you can venture back into a bygone era.

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Types of Hollywood Studios Rides & Attractions

Thrill Rides

Hollywood Tower of Terror

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Of all the Hollywood Studio rides, this is one is probably the most likely to leave you filled with terror!

The ride begins when visitors board a decrepit hotel freight elevator that takes guests on quite a journey.

It passes through mysterious passageways where guests might see ghostly images of lost guests.

Soon, guests will find that the elevator travels into the “fifth dimension” where it seems to fall endlessly.

Rockin Roller Coaster in Hollywood Studios

Rock n Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith

The ride begins with a tour of a record company, where you see Aerosmith finishing up a studio recording session.

After being invited by the band to see their concert, guests climb aboard a 24-passenger “super-stretch limo” and take a high-speed ride through Southern California.

Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance

Star Wars: Rise Of The Resistance

One of the most popular Hollywood Studios rides, Rise of Resistance places guests right in the middle of a fight between good and evilI

It begins with guests being launched into space aboard a transport shuttle, only to later be captured by a Star Destroyer.

They know they are in trouble when they are pursued by Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and have to escape the clutches of the First Order.

Inside the Millennium Falcon at Disneyland Galaxy Edge

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

Another great Star Wars ride at Hollywood Studios, Millennium Falcon has guests working as a team to complete a mission.

After being given their orders, guests get to climb aboard the Millennium Falcon to operate “the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.”

Each person in the group is given a task to complete while on their journey and they will have to work together to get it all done!

Family Rides

New at Hollywood Studios

Slinky Dog Dash Roller Coaster

One of my favorite Hollywood Studios rides is in Toy Story Land.

This family-friendly roller coaster takes turns and goes over bumps, but nothing too scary! 

The most fun is when Slinky seems to stop, only to reverse a few yards before shooting through multiple rings pulsing with sounds, spinners and flashing lights.

Alien Swirling Saucers in Toy Story Land
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Alien Swirling Saucers

Little kids visiting Hollywood Studios will enjoy riding along with these swirling aliens.

These little Aliens from Toy Story have hitched their flying saucers to the 22 rocket ships on this ride.

Together, they spin through the Pizza Planet galaxy.

Toy Story Mania

Toy Story Mania

One of the most popular Hollywood Studios rides for the family is Toy Story Mania.

Midway Mania Disneyland

Built to look like a playset in Andy’s room, guests get to play all different types of Carnival Midway games while battling for the highest score!

Star Tours ride in Hollywood Studios
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Star Tours

Based on films in the Star Wars franchise, Star Tours takes guests to several different Star Wars destinations with the help of C3PO and R2D2.

During the adventure, you never know who you will see or where you will go next.

Mickey & Minnies Runaway Railway
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Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway

This Disney ride-through attraction features Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who invite guests inside a Mickey cartoon for a fun-filled adventure where “Mouse rules apply” and anything can happen!

Family Shows

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular at Hollywood Studios

Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular

Inspired by the blockbuster film “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” the show recreates scenes with stunt performers! 

You will learn how the scenes are staged & how much work goes into making the scariest parts of the film.

Fantasmic at Hollywood Studios

Fantasmic!

The nightly show takes guests inside the dreams of Mickey Mouse.

When Disney villains take over his dream, he has to harness the power of goodness to triumph over evil.

Muppets 3D at Hollywood Studios

Muppet Vision 3D

The innovative “Muppet Vision 3-D” film puts Disney guests smack in the middle of the Muppets’ knee-slapping adventure, thanks to an astonishing array of special effects.

Theatrical Performances

Frozen Sing Along Celebration at Hollywood Studios

Frozen Sing-along Celebration

If your kids love Frozen, you won’t want to miss this Hollywood Studios show.

You can watch as thrilling moments from the movie play on-screen, characters make appearances & sing along with your favorite characters from Frozen.

Don’t worry if you don’t know the words, they will be projected on the screen so you have no reason not to sing along!

Voyage of the Little Mermaid: Hollywood Studios

Voyage of the Little Mermaid (CURRENTLY CLOSED)

Watch scenes from The Little Mermaid come to life with Ariel and the rest of the cast under the sea in “Voyage of the Little Mermaid,” a unique live performance show.

Costumes in the Live Beauty and Beast show at Hollywood Studios

Beauty & the Beast Live on Stage

One of the best live shows at Hollywood Studios is Beauty & the Beast LIVE.

This show will make you feel as if you are watching a Broadway Performance with amazing costumes, dance numbers, and of course, your favorite songs from the movie!

Hollywood Studios Rides & Attractions

BEST Hollywood Studios Rides & Attractions

When visiting Hollywood Studios, these are the rides & attractions to put on the top of your list:

  • Rise of the Resistance (Galaxy’s Edge)
  • Slinky Dog Dash (Toy Story Land)
  • Hollywood Tower of Terror (Sunset Boulevard)
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (Galaxy’s Edge)
  • Fantasmic! (Hollywood Hills Amphitheater)
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway (Grauman’s Theater)
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Using Genie+ Lighting Lane at Hollywood Studios

In order to ride the best Hollywood Studios rides & attractions, you may need to purchase Genie+ Lightning Lane.

The Genie+ Lighting Lane System allows you to book times for rides one at a time and gives you the best chance to ride everything you want to ride at the park.

This is an extra cost, but some feel like it is worth it to be able to ride some of the more popular rides.

Hollywood Studios Lightning Lane Entrances

  • Alien Swirling Saucers
  • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
  • Disney Junior Play & Dance!
  • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  • Meet Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight
  • Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
  • Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
  • Muppet*Vision 3D
  • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
  • Slinky Dog Dash
  • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™
  • Toy Story Mania!

Lightning Lane Entrances for Individual Purchase (Must be purchased separately)

  • Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance
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As you can see, Hollywood Studios has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Make sure you give yourself a full day to experience all the fun!

What Hollywood Studios rides are you most excited about?

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