After closing in March, the Disney World theme parks have started welcoming guests back again to the parks!
Last week we brought you with us to both the Previews and official reopening days of Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom to see the new character experiences, health and safety precautions, and ride processes. Today, the remaining two Disney World parks open! We’re taking you along with us to see what you can expect from visiting a reopened Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
We will continue to update this post throughout the week, so make sure to check back for updates!
Similar to what we’ve seen at the other parks, cars were slowly let in through the booths into the parking lot.
Temperature Checks and Security Screening
This process matched what we’ve seen at other parks. Temperature checks were quick and straightforward. They were conducted byAdventHealth.
Security signs were displayed in the area informing guests how to quickly navigate security.
Rise of the Resistance Modified Virtual Queue
Last week, it was announced that Rise of the Resistance would be using a modified virtual queue when the park reopened, with new boarding groups available for booking at 10AM, 1PM, and 4PM.
10AM on the dot we tried to grab a pass — and got one easily! The process of obtaining a pass was the same steps we were familiar with prior to the closures.
We managed to get a pass quickly but within minutes, the first round of passes were gone.
There are two relaxation stations in Hollywood Studios. The first we checked out was near Rise of the Resistance in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
Tables and umbrellas are scattered around the area for guests to safely remove their masks for a bit.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Over in Galaxy’s Edge we started scoping out what is the same and what is new since the closure. We noted that while water fountains are still operational…
…bottle filling stations were also working here as well.
By an hour after the park opened, we noticed the line for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run was all the way back to Oga’s Cantina and at a 55-minute wait.
The line got significantly shorter as we waited around, so keep an eye on those lines. They may not be as long as you think!
Quick Service Dining
At Ronto Roasters in Galaxy’s Edge, they have a Cast Member stationed out front instructing guests to Mobile Order.
We swung by Baseline Tap House to get a pretzel because all that walking means we needed some carbs and cheese to power on…
There are plexiglass barriers between the bar and guests.
Table Service Dining
We made a reservation at Oga’s Cantina to check out what a distanced version of the (normally quite crowded) bar would be like.
We were told they’re being very strict about the 45 minute time limits right now and we were not permitted to roam around the restaurant. We did have time to grab a Carbon Freeze though!
We stopped for a quick bite at Prime Time Cafe. This spot is using Mobile Check-in like other table service spots.
The servers here CAN still heckle you a bit, which is one of the hallmarks of this location. And the servings are still huge, so it’ll take determination to join the “Clean Plate Club!”
Just be sure to wash your hands after (and note what color that soap is!).
In Galaxy’s Edge’s Marketplace area, the section is currently roped off and guests are allowed into the shops one at a time.
In Dok Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, we spotted distancing markers throughout the shop.
Droid Depot looked largely unchanged with the exception of distancing markers on the ground.
Over at Savi’s Workshop, the interactive Lightsaber experience is currently NOT happening, but guests can enter to view and purchase “legacy” lightsabers (meaning ones you know from the films).
We, of course, scoped out Rise of the Resistance as soon as we had a chance.
The ride is functioning very much like it did pre-closure, but with distancing markers spaced throughout the queue.
The strange (and honestly kind of cool) part? We had a ride vehicle ALL to ourselves! One party is loaded per car.
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run has distancing markers throughout the queue, and are skipping the preshow with Hondo Ohnaka.
Guests are loaded one party per cockpit, so if you have a small party, you can choose your role! We picked pilot, of course!
In line at Slinky Dog Dash, the heat of the day was creeping up on us. This queue is very much still exposed to the elements, meaning brace for a wait in the heat and sun. This ride’s wait times have shifted a lot throughout the day but in general, you can still expect at least a brief wait.
There are distancing markers and plexiglass barriers throughout the queue.
And don’t worry, Wheezy is still singin’ the hits!
Over up on Sunset Blvd we checked out how things were different at Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. The preshow IS still happening, but with markers spaced around the preshow room.
Plexiglass shields are up between loading areas…
…and the cars are being loaded 2 parties per coaster.
Tower of Terror is skipping the preshow at this time and loading parties very spaced out in the car.
Star Tours is spacing out the vehicles with dividers between each party.
We will be updating throughout the day, so follow along for more updates from a reopened Hollywood Studios!
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