Disney’s Hollywood Studios doesn’t have a ton of attractions, but it has some great ones. This guide to Disney’s Hollywood Studios attractions contains short reviews of our top picks, as well as numerical scores for every attraction. If you’re planning a trip to Walt Disney World, it’s a great place to start when making a rough roadmap for what you want to do during your visit. Everyone’s preferences will vary, so we’ll also provide a brief description of every attraction to give you an idea of whether particular attractions will appeal to your group.
Our list of recommended attractions for Disney’s Hollywood Studios includes headliners and less well-known attractions that people overlook, but that are worth checking out. We don’t recommend skipping any attractions based upon the advice of others if you have the time to experience them all, and if you plan well and maximize your time in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you should be able to come close to doing it all in a single day. If you go at a slower pace or stop for table service meals, this guide will help give you an idea of which Disney’s Hollywood Studios rides and attractions are must-see for you, and which ones you won’t have time to do.
Unlike our Magic Kingdom Attraction Guide and Epcot Attraction Guide, you’ll notice that this one is fairly top heavy. While this might seem like a good thing, unless you’re a party of only adults, it’s not. These attractions are rated based upon their target demographic (see below) and most of Disney’s Hollywood Studios’ attractions–particularly the rides–are aimed at an older audience. In addition to that, it doesn’t have as many attractions, so by virtue of needing enough attractions to fill a whole day, more needs to be in our “top” list.
Even still, Disney’s Hollywood Studios looks fairly good on paper. When comparing the top of its lineup to other parks, it stacks up surprisingly well. Unfortunately, in addition to the low attraction-count, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is more a collection of attractions than it is a theme park. The other parks have great rides and wonderfully themed environments, whereas Disney’s Hollywood Studios is sort of a hodgepodge once you get past Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards. If the parks are only about attractions to you and you don’t have kids, Disney’s Hollywood Studios might be a great park for you. However, I present this caveat for those of you who care about a sense of place and a balance of attractions…Disney’s Hollywood Studios isn’t nearly as good as it looks on paper. To the contrary, we consider it the weakest Walt Disney World theme park. (In its defense, many people consider Disney’s Hollywood Studios a “half-day park,” which it’s not, either, at least for first time guests. Those who have been several times will probably skip the long stage shows that never seem to be rotated out, which is where that half-day reputation originates.) (more…)