In this post, we discuss the best rides (and attractions) for toddlers at Hollywood Studios. Hollywood Studios doesn’t have a deep ride lineup, particularly for toddlers. But after we discuss ride options, we move onto other offerings at Hollywood Studios that might be good for small children.
None of the commentary on this page has to do with how we personally feel about the overall quality of the rides—keep any commentary focused on whether attractions are suitable for toddlers. We have a ranking of all the rides at Disney World if you’d like to see our personal assessments.
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Best Rides for Toddlers at Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios has only one ride without a height requirement, along with one ride requiring 32” and two requiring 38”. We’ll cover these briefly before discussing other options at Hollywood Studios for small children. If you’d like to read more about these (and all the other) attractions, check out our Hollywood Studios Rides and Entertainment Guide.
Here are the best rides for toddlers at Hollywood Studios:
Toy Story Midway Mania!
Alien Swirling Saucers (32” height requirement)
Slinky Dog Dash (38” height requirement)
Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (38” height requirement) (opening August 29, 2019)
1. Toy Story Midway Mania!
Hollywood Studios has literally one ride without a height requirement—Toy Story Midway Mania! The ride is a 3D carnival game ride, where your vehicle rides past different screens with carnival games. Each guest uses a pull-string “shooter” to shoot/throw/toss digital objects at the on-screen targets.
It’s a fantastic ride, and even kids who might be too young to appreciate the gameplay aspect of it should enjoy some of the scenes (though they are basically entirely game-focused).
2. Alien Swirling Saucers (32 inch height requirement)
Alien Swirling Saucers, another Toy Story Land ride, is a spinner ride—sort of like a Mad Tea Party light—themed to the green aliens from Toy Story. It’s a fun ride without as much nauseating potential as Mad Tea Party and with a fun soundtrack that kids should enjoy.
3. Slinky Dog Dash (38 inch height requirement)
Well, we want this list to have at least a few more items, so we’re forced to include Slinky Dog Dash and its 38” height requirement. Disney World’s newest kiddie coaster is a fun ride and justifiably among the most popular at the park.
Slinky Dog Dash is a great ride for kids who meet the height requirement. Particularly at night, the lighting of Hollywood Studios and Toy Story Land in particular transform it into one of the best rides in Disney World.
4. Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (38 inch height requirement) (opens August 29, 2019)
The other ride with a 38 inch height requirement will be Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, which opens on August 29. In this ride, kids will have the change to either pilot the Millennium Falcon or act as gunners or engineers hitting buttons to help the mission. (We’ve ridden it at Disneyland, so we’re in a find position to talk about the ride.)
Piloting might put a lot of pressure on the child, because yea—all six of you on the ride will feel it when the pilot crashes into things. That said, it’s also the most interactive of the positions. For kids who are gunners or engineers, consider telling them just to focus on the ride experience, it might not be worth their attention attempting to figure out what buttons to hit.
Coming 2020: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway
Expected to open in spring 2020 will be a much needed addition to the Hollywood Studios lineup—Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This ride will be a dark ride without a heigh requirement and themed to a Mickey and Minnie story. It’s likely it will instantly take over the top spot on this list.
Other Attractions for Toddlers at Hollywood Studios
Okay—things were a little thin on the rides front, particularly for kids under 38”. But Hollywood Studios has a few elements that are tailor made for small kids, too. (These descriptions are mostly replicated from our Hollywood Studios rides and entertainment guide.)
We have a soft spot for Muppet*Vision 3D, but we're definitely not alone. This 15-minute show is premised around the Muppets showing off some new 3D technology, complete with a few “cheap 3D tricks.” It’s Muppet humor at its finest, and kids will love the 3D effects.
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a ten-minute show centered on Lightning McQueen and his race simulator. It’s a fun show with a pretty good Lightning McQueen animatronic and a very impressive theater.
Disney Junior Dance Party!
The Disney Junior Dance Party! has replaced Disney Junior: Live on Stage. This singing and dancing party has showings throughout the day and is geared toward younger kids who will enjoy dancing to the lead of their favorite characters. You can check out a video of the attraction at this link.
For The First Time In Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
The Frozen Sing-Along is a roughly 30-minute long sing-along to Frozen songs and featuring your favorite Frozen characters. This is a fun experience for kids and adults alike.
Voyage Of The Little Mermaid
Voyage of The Little Mermaid is a 17-minute long stage show telling the story of The Little Mermaid. While we don’t think it’s a must-see, if you have a full day with a toddler it will definitely fit into your schedule, and it has frequent performances.
Beauty And The Beast - Live On Stage
Beauty and the Beast - Live on Stage is a 30-minute stage performance of songs from Beauty and the Beast. There are a few standout moments in the performance, but for the most part the show is going to tug at the heartstrings of Beauty and the Beast fans. There are usually about five performances a day.
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
The Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! might not impress your little ones as much as older kids, but there’s no point in leaving it off the list. The stunt show takes you “behind the scenes” of some Indiana Jones stunts. There are loud noises and explosions.
Jedi Training: Trials Of The Temple (Ages 4 to 12)
Even though this is technically for kids just older than toddlers, we just want to make sure we cover all our bases. Guests aged 4 to 12 can sign up to be a part of Jedi Training for this 20-minute show occurring throughout the day. It’s a fun experience where they learn to swing a lightsaber and encounter a Star Wars villain.
You can just watch it, but it’s really mostly for the kids who get to participate (though other kids may enjoy watching). Showtimes often fill up quickly, so it’s important you sign up for this at Indiana Jones Outpost early in the day.
Other Activities for Toddlers at Hollywood Studios
Character greetings aren’t as big a thing at the other parks as they are at Magic Kingdom, but there are still a few to be found in Hollywood Studios. Use the My Disney Experience app to see what characters will be greeting (and where) today.
Check the Times Guide or Entertainment section of the My Disney Experience app to find less popular entertainment offerings, like DJ’s Ready! Set! Party Time! dance party.
Hang out in Toy Story Land to catch the Green Army Drum Corps or Green Army Patrol, these aren’t on a set schedule, but toddlers should enjoy some time in Toy Story Land while you wait.
The nighttime shows, Wonderful World of Animation and Fantasmic! are cornerstones of any visit to Hollywood Studios, including with toddlers.
BOOKING FASTPASS+ WITH TODDLERS AT Hollywood Studios
Keep in mind that this section only applies if you’re not planning on using rider switch for adults to ride the rides with height requirements. If you are planning to rider swap, then we still recommend the adults stick to our regular FastPass+ plan (links above).
Given that there is only one ride without a height requirement, and it’s a Tier 1 FastPass+ ride, we obviously recommend families with small children target a Toy Story Mania FastPass+. Slinky Dog Dash is preferred if your child meets that height requirement.
After that, you’re sort of left with a bunch of shows. Truthfully, it’s a matter of personal preference. Most of you will probably want to watch Fantasmic!, so that’s a good option. After that—Beauty and the Beast is probably the best option.
What are your favorite Hollywood Studios activities with a toddler?
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