How to Make A Full Day Out of Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has often been relegated to a “half-day park” by guests planning their Walt Disney World vacations. And with most of its shows currently suspended, it may be easier than ever to make this claim.

It’s time for a day at Hollywood Studios!

We’re showing you how to make a full day out of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, even without the full slate of entertainment offerings!

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

First, we have to talk about the massive elephant in the theme park: Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge! You can easily spend several hours in this one land alone.

Rise of the Resistance

Rise of the Resistance is a behemoth of an attraction and actually takes up a fair bit of your time. The attraction, which consists of multiple parts, takes up over twenty minutes, and that’s not even counting the queue (or the wait for your modified boarding pass to be called).

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge

You can also get multiple rides in on Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run if you’re wanting to try out all three roles on the ride. This ride is unique in that riders receive different “jobs” to do while on the ride, so you’ll have to go back a few more times to experience the ride from every position!

Click here to see what it was like to ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run when Hollywood Studios reopened on July 15. 

Droid Depot

There are also experiences like Droid Depot that you can sign up for in advance, giving you even more time to spend in Galaxy’s Edge. Note that as of this writing, Savi’s Workshop is currently unavailable, but Droid Depot is ready for builders!

Droid Depot after the Park’s reopening

Other Rides and Attractions

Outside of Galaxy’s Edge, there are plenty of other rides and attractions to see that will fill up your day! There’s something for EVERYONE in Hollywood Studios. Got kiddos? Check out the new Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and Alien Swirling Saucers! (Note: Runaway Railway has been posting some of the longest waits we’ve seen anywhere at Walt Disney World since its reopening!)

Runaway Railway has proved very popular since the Park’s reopening on July 15.

Have some thrill seekers in your family? Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror are among the most thrilling attractions in all of Disney World — and you probably haven’t seen wait times this low for these popular rides!

Distancing in the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Preshow

Toy Story fanatics will want to spend time in Toy Story Land. With three attractions, including Toy Story Mania and Slinky Dog Dash, your time will be well spent with Woody and the gang! Plus, you can plan on several Toy Story Mania rides to see if you can boost your score!

Toy Story Mania


Hungry? There are some great dining options inside Hollywood Studios! If you want some food that’s “out of this world,” Galaxy’s Edge offers Docking Bay 7 for Quick Service with a great seating area and Ronto Roasters with its convenient counter service. There’s also, of course, Oga’s Cantina, that you have to see to believe.

Note: Oga’s is requiring Advance Dining Reservations, and capacity is VERY limited, so this is one you’ll want to plan for in advance.

Oga’s Cantina

Looking for food that seems a little closer to “home?” There are some great Table Service restaurants in the Park, including  The Hollywood Brown Derby, the Park’s standout Signature restaurant! If you want to keep it a bit more casual, enjoy 50’s Prime Time Cafe, Sci Fi Dine-In Theater, or Mama Melrose. Just remember that you need an ADR to dine Table Service in any of the Parks during the initial reopening phase.

Hollywood Brown Derby

Beat the Heat

If you’re spending all day in Hollywood Studios, you’ll inevitably feel that Florida heat from time to time. Some of our favorite spots to cool off include Walt Disney Presents, which is a really neat exhibit that you can walk through at your own pace. There’s also the new Mickey Shorts Theater, which opened alongside Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway!

Mickey Shorts Theatre Fisheye 2A
Inside Mickey Shorts Theatre at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/20s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

If you’ve got some Disney merch on your list, plan to chill out in some of the gift shops. In general, shops are a quick and easy way to get a cool blast of AC.

Mickey Shorts Theatre Gift Shop

Do remember that the only places to remove your mask — if you need a break from it — is a Relaxation Station or seated dining.

Character Cavalcades

There are three new character cavalcades in Hollywood Studios as a temporary replacement to traditional character meet and greets. Be sure to catch them all! There’s the Disney Junior Stars Motorcade, Mickey & Friends Motorcade, and Pixar Motorcade! All three take place throughout the day!

Edna Mode in the Motorcade

What’s your favorite thing to do at Disney’s Hollywood Studios? Let us know in the comments!

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