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Hollywood Studios tips

Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios theme park offers a variety of movie and entertainment-themed thrill rides, and some great Hollywood attractions like stunt shows, simulators, and behind the scenes action. Check out these tips to help you get the most from your visit to Hollywood Studios as part of your Disney & Orlando vacation!

Disney Hollywood Studios vacation tipsVisiting Hollywood Studios

  • Although there is a short opening show at Hollywood Studios, we found it a little hokey and not very entertaining. By the time they finished the show, we were more than ready to get moving!
  • The entrance to Hollywood StudiosThe Tower of Terror may be too scary for younger kids. It's not so much the ride itself, as it is the pre-ride atmosphere. Just being in line was enough to send our 9-year-old to the exit.
  • There is no place to store valuables during the ride at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster. Since you exit in a different spot than where you board, you'll have to hold your things between your feet on the ride, or leave them with a non-rider in your party. There are also lockers near the park entrance if you prefer.
  • Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt ShowThe Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show is a great attraction definitely worth seeing, but it's a loooong walk from the rest of the rest of the park. Also, if you sit close you'll see better, but you'll bake in the sun throughout the show. The seats that are higher up offer a good view too, and the short overhang will provide some shade during the show.
  • If you ride Star Tours and you're worried about motion sickness, ask to sit in the front when you get to the head of the line. There's less movement than in the back seats.
  • C3PO at the Hollywood Studios Star Tours Star Wars simulatorIf you begin to get motion sick during the Star Tours ride (or any other motion simulator) you'll be tempted to close your eyes. DON'T! It will make it worse. You're better off focusing on a fixed point straight ahead that's NOT on the video screen. Look at a spot on the wall or anything that's straight ahead and NOT moving!
  • Don't miss the Animation Academy at the end of the "Magic of Disney Animation" attraction. You'll get to learn to draw a Disney character during a short step-by-stop drawing lesson, and you get to keep your drawing when you're done. It makes a great souvenir! You can even go back again to draw different characters throughout the day.

  • If you go see "Muppet Vision 3-D" (or any 3-D feature at Walt Disney World) be sure to sit near the center of the theater toward the back. You'll get a more convincing 3-D effect.
  • There is a brand new American Idol attraction at Hollywood Studios where guests will get a chance to perform in front of other theme park guests. You'll be judged by other guests and if you're one of the best, you'll get to compete in a grand finale at the end of the day!
  • Fantasmic fireworks show at Hollywood StudiosSome of the restaurants at Hollywood Studios participate in a "Fantasmic" (Hollywood Studios' closing show) dinner package. You can have dinner and still have a seat reserved for you at the show.



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