Disney’s Hollywood Studios Is Having A ROUGH Day Today

Wow. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is having a ROUGH day today.

Hollywood Studios Crowds

The week between Christmas and the New Year is one of the busiest of the whole year for Disney World and those crowds are wreaking havoc on Disney World’s most stressful park today. Let’s take a look at how messy Hollywood Studios is!

It’s crowded.

First of all, Hollywood Studios is crowded today! This doesn’t come as too much of a surprise, it being the busiest time of the year and all, but there are still a lot of people. In fact, even with guests needing Disney Park Pass reservations, this park is totally slammed!

Hollywood Studios Crowds

Of course, high crowds also have an effect on Genie+ Lightning Lane availability. At the time of writing, most Genie+ windows are booked at least two hours in advance and several are sold out including Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Slinky Dog Dash, Toy Story Mania, and Tower of Terror.

Tower of Terror

Additionally, at the time of writing, there are no remaining Individual Attraction Selection time slots for Rise of the Resistance.

Rides keep going down.

On top of the wild crowds, rides keep going down too. Today, we’ve already seen Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Rise of the Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, and Tower of Terror go down for extended periods.

Rise of the Resistance

These rides are all back up at the time of writing except for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, but they had significant downtime.

Waits are LONG. 

Between the crowds and the downtime, waits are extremely long. As of 2:30PM, half of the park’s 14 attractions had waits of an hour or longer — some much longer.

Slinky Dog Dash

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run had a 95-minute standby wait and Slinky Dog Dash had almost hit three hours with a 160-minute standby wait.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

But the real shocker is Rise of the Resistance with a whopping 245-minute standby wait. That’s four hours — practically a third of your entire Hollywood Studios day!


Later in the day, we got a glimpse of why the Rise of the Resistance standby is so long. Due to downtime earlier in the day, the wait for the Rise Lightning Lane was up to an hour. Those guests who’ve paid have to be prioritized, which leaves the standby line moving a lot slower. Yikes!

Rise of the Resistance Lightning Lane

As you can see, Hollywood Studios is struggling today. Hopefully, guests are still having a good time in the park! As always, keep an eye on AllEars for the latest Disney updates!

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26 Replies to “Disney’s Hollywood Studios Is Having A ROUGH Day Today”

  1. We were there five days ago. The lines were very long like hour forty five minutes wait time. Not to mention that it was very difficult to reserve rides from your phone.
    If you are a military family you can visit Shades of Green desk to check for hop passes and genie passes. On our last day we hopped four parks and started with Hollywood Studios and ended at Animal Kingdom. So Awesome. Enjoy.

  2. Disney’s needs to start limiting how many people they let in everyday. We had to get our tickets and reservations almost 2 months ago and we still saw people buying tickets the day of. Seems like Disney’s letting greed get in the way of people having a good experience which is ridiculous give it how expensive are.

  3. we were at Hollywood Studios beginning of November and paid $15.00 (plus tax) to ride Rise….160 minutes stand by…we waited 45 minutes on lightening lane to gain entry. After the ride went directly to Guest Experience and voiced my opinion about my $15.00 (plus tax)investment. We were given (2) lightening passes for the following day…

  4. I would say that Hollywood Studios and Disney is having a great day. If a guest experience is rough-perhaps they need to come back at any other time than the busiest week of the year.

    1. I was there yesterday and it was brutal. However I did get Falcon on my first lightning lane res, paid for rise originally back to back. When rise was down most of the day we waited for Runaway train, ate lunch and then waited on what looked like a long return line for lightning rise but it was only 30 mins. After Rise we left because all the other rides were slammed and couldn’t snag a decent genie+ res.

  5. They should have left the old fast pass alone. It wasn’t broken. You pay enough just to get in the park and that should include rides. My happiest place on earth is becoming all about money.

    1. I agree! I want to share this experience with my family that has never been but it’s just becoming all about money. I k ow its expensive to run and trying to recover from covid closures… but this is getting ridiculous!

  6. We were there the beginning of December, many rides were closed. This is the first time I’ve experienced so many rides issues. It’s a shame they keep raising the prices, doing away with free services and charging for services that were previously free. This is supposed to be a family vacation, soon families will not be able to visit ” the most magical place on earth”

  7. The rides ROTR broke down everyday along with Mickeys Runaway Train zNavi River and Ratatouille. Disney needs to take them out of service and do a more permanent fix. They need to keep crowds lower to keep lines lower. It’s a miserable experience at WDW now and I for one will never go back there after being a life long visitor since it opened!

  8. Just got back from Disney World. I enjoyed it although the wait time was long for most rides. Didn’t bother standing in any line that was over an hour wait. Spent a day at Hollywood Studio’s and I thought last week was crowded but it sounds like it actually got worse!!!! Geez what time of year is actually not crowded?

  9. It’s no surprise that the rides keep going down bob paycheck is more concerned with Disney+ than the parks check the other parks I can almost guarantee rides are down in the other parks as well fire bob chapek change.org

  10. They also dumped the queue this morning and gave everyone a ride redemption for later in the day as most of the standby at the dump time waited a few hours. That packed the ILL line for later in the day.

  11. we were there in November and it was horrible! You couldn’t get to any of the kid rides unless you wanted to wait 1 1/2 to 2hrs! And lightning lane and genie are no help whatsoever. I thought with covid and having to make reservations for the park it would not be so crowded you can’t move.

  12. We’re headed to Hollywood studios tomorrow. I know it will be busy, but I sure hope tomorrow is better than today was. We’re super excited and we had a rough day in Universal studios today. Also, tomorrow is my hubby’s birthday so 🤞🏼 we have an awesome time tomorrow. He deserves it and so much more.

  13. I was there at Hollywood Studios FL WDW the week of December 12th, 2021. ROR standby was about 160 to 180 minutes, and broke down at least 2 or three times while I was there. Thanks Brian Voye 😂

  14. I’m saving my $15 by getting in Line for rise just before park close. I’ll take the chance that it doesn’t break down.

  15. Wasn’t the point of the reservation system to help with crowd control – e.g. overly crowded parks with really long lines?

  16. My wife and I are in the park today and are having a successful day. We started early and admittedly have had some luck with lightning lane stacking. Along with pre-planning and research this week has not been bad at all.

  17. A new standby service for a fee. Hiring a place holder in lines with more than a 120 min wait.

    A gratuity of 15% is included in the fee for holding your place in line. However if you choose ! You can hire up three placeholders to stand in line for you as you enjoy your day at the gift shops and french fry stands.

    Fireworks placeholders fees have just announced a fee increase for their service. Now as you know that $25 an hour is steep but the additional $4.95 is for inclement weather and loss of consortium, per your 6000 word rental agreement.

    Park customer service castmembers can be texted for assistance for your convenience for $10 per minute, to resolve any issues you may have.