FastPass+ Tiers for Disney’s Hollywood Studios Change as Park Prepares for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

As Hollywood Studios prepares to welcome Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on August 29, we are seeing some changes to the park’s FastPass+ tiers.

Grand Ave. Construction Wall to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

The changes do not take effect until August 29.  Guests with Disney resort reservations during Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge‘s opening are now within their 60-day window to book FastPasses and are seeing the changes as they make their selections for August 29 and later.

Before August 29 Hollywood Studios’ FastPass tiers are as follows:

  • Tier 1 — Guests can only select one Tier 1 attraction
    • Alien Swirling Saucers
    • Slinky Dog Dash
    • Toy Story Mania!
  • Tier 2 — Guests can select two Tier 2 attractions
    • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
    • Disney Junior Dance Party
    • Fantasmic!
    • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
    • Muppet*Vision 3D
    • Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
    • Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
    • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    • Voyage of The Little Mermaid
Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage

On August 29 and later Hollywood Studios’ FastPass tiers are as follows:

  • Tier 1 — Guests can only select one Tier 1 attraction
    • Alien Swirling Saucers
    • NEW! Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith
    • Slinky Dog Dash
    • NEW! The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
    • Toy Story Mania!
  • Tier 2 — Guests can select 2 Tier 2 attractions
    • Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage
    • Disney Junior Dance Party
    • For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
    • Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
    • Muppet*Vision 3D
    • Voyage of The Little Mermaid
Disney’s Hollywood Studios FastPass tiers as of August 29, 2019 (click to enlarge)

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror will move to Tier 1 on August 29, effectively putting all the rides in the park except Star Tours in Tier 1, and the shows in Tier 2.

Hollywood Studios Star Tours – The Adventures Continue

Of note, the Tier 1 attractions are showing FastPass+ options as early as 6 a.m. When Galaxy’s Edge first opens, Aug. 29-31, Disney’s Hollywood Studios will open at 6 a.m. for ALL guests. With the exception of Star Tours, the attractions (the shows) in Tier 2 do not show starting times until standard park opening on each day.

Every morning from September 1 to November 2, the park will have Extra, Extra Magic Hours perk for Disney resort guests from 6 to 9 a.m.  Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, plus Toy Story Land attractions and select other attractions will be open during this time.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios opens at 6 a.m. starting August 29!

Don’t forget: Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run will NOT use FastPass+. 

What do you think of these new changes to the FastPass+ tiers in Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments.

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30 Replies to “FastPass+ Tiers for Disney’s Hollywood Studios Change as Park Prepares for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

  1. This has been a half day park for a couple of years. This new system and the addition of the Star Wars land won’t change that. Lines will be unreasonably long and not worth the wait. If we are lucky, will get 1 FastPass for tier 1. Look around the new land and leave all before lunch.

  2. True, but since Disney was given a sweetheart deal where they pay no local (and I believe state) taxes, Many Kissimmee residents complain that the huge flow of Disney visitors keeps the roads in constant disrepair resulting in abhorrently high taxes to pay for the upkeep. And there are other burdens the community bears without compensation. Is there any truth to this? I’m sure there are good point on both sides

  3. It is ridiculous. Most importantly, locals, who suffer through Disney traffic and other Disney generated inconveniences get significantly higher annual pass costs with nothing to show for it. Well there is always Universal and revenge when yet another Disney perk comes up at the ballot box. Time to join local anti Disney activists!

    1. Why does there have to be Universal? Just revenge, or Does there have to be an amusement park in your life? And tell me more about these local anti-Disney activists. That interests me.

    2. “Nothing to show for it”? Disney built the value into the entire area, central Florida and Florida to a lesser extent exist with some level of prosperity because of Disney. 7% of the states gdp is attributed to what you claim is nothing to be seen.

  4. Wow! Just in time for our trip the first week of September. We are so disappointed in the new tier system. We go to WDW often, but we may be rethinking that. We just don’t get the rationale. I’m getting tired anyway of dragging myself out of bed at the crack of dawn to compete for Fast Passes anyway. We need to go somewhere more relaxing and WDW is getting too hectic.

      1. Yes, just told my husband WDW planning is no longer fun and it’s work that doesn’t always pay off. And Disney gets greedier. Going to bed early, gotta get up to plan our Fast Passes tomorrow.

  5. Ugh! They have essentially destroyed fast pass in this park. One fast pass for the park with arguably the most rides. Whereas the other two fast passes are thrown away on shows that you can see without passes. If anything, they should allow 2 tier 1s and 1 tier 2. The result is going to be a lot of lines throughout the park as people use their 1 tier 1, then spend the rest of the day riding the “line rides”.

    1. The truth is that FastPass itself destroyed the attraction line process. The whole premise of FastPass was a deliberate farce from the get go. And ignorant and naive Disney fans were too blinded by the hollow promise of shorter wait times to see that they were getting played for fools. I too, loved the early days of FastPass before most visitors even knew what it was. But as anyone could figure out, it didn’t take a genius to see that something was very very wrong with this system. Anyone who still thinks that FastPass, in any form, has any positive value just has their head in the sand.

  6. Oh, how I recall, not to very long ago getting ripped here by everyone singing the praises of FastPass. When I pointed out why FastPass was started in the first place (keep people in the shops and restaurants spending money), that it did nothing to move one more person through a ride in a day, and it would soon be used as its own tool to generate more money, I was called a “Disney Downer”. “So, Like, FastPass is, like, the greatest thing ever”, I was told. Soooooooo, how you all liking your Precious FastPass now?

    Don’t ever doubt me. I’m never wrong. I thought I was wrong once, but I was mistaken.

  7. I’m trying to figure out why is everyone upset over not being able to get a FP for SW!! In my opinion, It’s better without one. You won’t have to fight to get one just get in line! You will have to wait for something anyway!!

    1. No one is complaining about not getting a Fastpass for Star Wars. People are complaining because EVERY good ride is on Tier 1, and all of Tier 2 are stupid shows that dont even need a Fastpass. So you are essentially waiting at every ride, making Fastpass mostly useless at Hollywood Studios.

  8. This is beyond dumb. I loved it this last visit being able to have 3 good fast passes for the day – Slinky Dog, Rockin Roller Coaster, and Tower of Terror. Especially since once you use your Tier 1 Fastpass you can’t get any more from Tier 1 even if they are available. So effectively you get to ride 1 ride and go to unlimited shows and spend the rest of your day in line. It would be better if they had the shows as non-fastpass experiences and left the older rides (Tower of Terror, Star Tours, Rockin Roller Coaster in Tier 2. This solidifies my opinion that it is now a half day park. Especially since I couldn’t care less about Star Wars land.

  9. This is awful. Now it’s kind of like EPCOT, where any decent attraction is in Tier 1 and it’s hard to pick any in Tier 2 that you’d actually need a Fastpass for. Star Tours will be one of the toughest Fastpasses to get just because it’s the only ride left in Tier 2.

  10. Wow, they just keep messing things up more. I’ve never in my life had a time until about the last year or so where I just didn’t care about going to Disney World. There was a time when we’d go at least twice a year. Haven’t been in almost 4 years now, with no plans on the horizon. And we’re DVC members. We just use our points now for other things. They advertise so heavily, and then act like they didn’t realize so many people would show up and come up with things like FastPass+ which to me diminish the experience. In the not too distant future, I’ll bet the things that are in Tier 1 move to a paid FastPass. This is just a first step.

  11. I think this well & truly stinks. This park will be much busier with the opening of SW and they’ve just taken away the one thing that may help funnel the crowds through. I can see standby lines for the Tier 1 attractions reaching ridiculous proportions as you can only set up ONE FP ahead of time & they will “sell out” early in the day. So unless I plan on doing FP’s every day at this ONE park for our 6 day Sept trip i’ll be lucky to get through 2-3 attractions in a day. I had planned on skipping Star Wars, just doing the FP attractions & then getting out of Dodge, as my momma used to say but I may have to scratch this park from my plans all together. Hey, maybe that was Disney’s intention all along???

  12. Typo. Your keep saying tier 1 and tier 2 instead of tear 1 and tear 2. I mean, doesn’t everyone else start crying when trying to figure out the FastPass system?

  13. This is epicly disappointing. How can they do this and not believe it’s absolutely going to make for a disproportionately negative customer experience.

    1. Really dumb: thanks Disney for messing with a program that “basically” worked for park guests and making it more difficult to enjoy your time at the park. I don’t enjoy standing in line in the heat–who does? And now, your whole day will be spent in line/makes me want to avoid this park completely!

  14. is it okay if you only choose two fastpasses in advance? Then use them up and then you can start getting just single fast passes on the day you’re in the park?

    1. Yes. But you’ll need another tier 2 for your 3rd, the rule about only 1 tier 1 in your first 3 will still apply.

  15. I set up fast passes for 8/25-8/29 and ran into the above “tier”restrictions! Tier1 you can choose one, then wait in regular lines for every other Tier1!!! Ugh!!! Looks like a run-up for pay for play,i.e. Universal express $$$?!🤑

  16. Off topic, but I would love to see a character dinner at Hollywood & Vine with Minnie Leia and her Star Wars pals. Perfect fit for spring and Star Wars Day instead of the usual seasonal dining with Minnie.

    1. I don’t think so considering everyone staying on grounds will be in the parks Early to check it out. Plus that week is the beginning of a holiday weekend. Two major things going on star wars and the Food and Wine Festival.

    2. Based on reports I was reading from other areas, the 6am fast passes are only available for opening weekend. You have to remember that August 29- September 1, the park is open at 6am for everyone. That’s a misprint Allears.