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In this post we discuss how to use Fastpass+ successfully at Hollywood Studios in 2018, including the Hollywood Studios Fastpass tiers and the best rides to Fastpass at Hollywood Studios. We also cover Toy Story Land Fastpass strategy.
Hollywood Studios Has Had A Weird 2018
For the first half of the year, there were only four true rides at Hollywood Studios – Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania!, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours. For the first half of the year, we weren't even sure you needed to schedule a Fastpass+ day at Hollywood Studios.
That has all changed. Toy Story Land is opening June 30, 2018, and most Disney crowd calendars will tell you that Hollywood Studios will probably be packed for most of the summer. More on what we expect from Toy Story Land Fastpass in a bit.
Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tiers
As of the opening of Toy Story Land, there are still two Hollywood Studios Fastpass tiers, but they have changed a lot from the good ol' days. Tier 1 has three attractions, and Tier 2 has ten attractions.
Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 Attractions
The new three Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 attractions are:
- Slinky Dog Dash
- Alien Swirling Saucers
- Toy Story Mania!
Toy Story Mania! is the only attraction that is a Tier 1 attraction prior to Toy Story Land opening that remains a Tier 1 attraction. The other three former Tier 1 attractions moved to Tier 2.
Best Hollywood Studios Rides To Fastpass (Tier 1)
The obvious Tier 1 choice for best Hollywood Studios ride to Fastpass is Slinky Dog Dash, the more popular of the two new Toy Story Land rides.
There are some...complications to this. We've heard good things about Slinky Dog Dash, but not enough to make us think the ride will be better than Toy Story Mania! Will the novelty be enough to sustain huge lines all the way into the holiday season? We don't know.
Slinky Dog Dash also has the highest height requirement of the Toy Story Land rides. Typically, we'd expect to see Fastpass+ reservations split between a ride with a height requirement and a ride without one. So, again, Toy Story Mania! might not lose its spot as top ride at Hollywood Studios.
As far as Alien Swirling Saucers, it doesn't look like that ride is going to command much of a wait. Only a few days into Toy Story Land being open, we're regularly seeing sub-30 minute waits for this one. Don't use your Tier 1 Fastpass+ there.
Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2 Attractions
There are ten Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2 attractions (three rides, seven shows) as of the opening of Toy Story Land. When making your advance reservations, you can reserve two of these (or three if you don't reserve a Tier 1 attraction). The ten attractions are:
- Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
- Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
- The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
- Voyage of the Little Mermaid
- Disney Junior Live on Stage
- Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
- Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
- Muppet Vision
- Beauty and the Beast
Best Hollywood Studios Rides To Fastpass (Tier 2)
There are only three rides you really need consider for your Tier 2 Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ reservations: Tower of Terror, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, and Star Tours.
We personally don't care for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, but it is extremely popular and has an abysmal queue you should skip at all costs. So it's an obvious choice for one of your two Tier 2 attractions.
Between Tower of Terror and Star Tours, Tower of Terror is more popular, and thus we suggest that it is the best Hollywood Studios ride to Fastpass with your last reservation.
We've got one final note about these attractions once Toy Story Land opens. If you visited Animal Kingdom in the weeks and months after Pandora opened, you might have noticed the rest of the park was almost eerily quiet in the morning hours because everyone was at Pandora.
You'll probably be able to grab short waits at most rides other than the Toy Story Land rides if you visit early in the weeks and months after Toy Story Land opens. Everyone is going to be handling the new rides, leaving the rest of the park to you.
Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ Planning
Now that we've covered the Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ tiers, we need to talk about how to plan two other aspects of Fastpass+. First, we talk about where in your overall trip planning you should try and fit Hollywood Studios. Then we talk about how to handle Fastpass+ at Hollywood Studios beyond your initial set of reservations.
Hollywood Studios Is Still Only A Mid-Priority Park for Fastpass+ Planning
Remember, you can only book Fastpass+ in advance at a single park each day. This means on shorter trips you're going to be walking in to some parks without Fastpass+ reservations. Here's how we suggest you fit Hollywood Studios into the mix.
As far as Toy Story Land Fastpass strategy goes: Slinky Dog Dash could be the most popular Fastpass+ in Disney World for the rest of 2018. Typically, this would mean you should try to grab a Fastpass+ for Slinky Dog Dash as soon as you're able to book it. But there's a huge hiccup here...
The waits for Slinky Dog Dash actually haven't been that bad. While we all heard about the crazy, six-hour waits on the first day, that didn't become a trend. As early as the second day the park was open, people were reporting that the 120 minute posted wait was actually less than an hour.
Given that Avatar Flight of Passage regularly has waits over two hours, it is a more important ride to grab a Fastpass+ for than Slinky Dog Dash. If you have even half a day at Hollywood Studios, it's hard to see you needing a Fastpass+ for Slinky Dog Dash to get all the rides in.
What this boils down to is that you don't need to freak out if you don't get a Slinky Dog Dash Fastpass+. Getting any three of the six rides is probably going to be enough to get you through the day.
How To Spend One Full Day At Hollywood Studios
Even with the addition of Toy Story Land, we don't think Hollywood Studios is more than a one-day park. If you arrive at rope drop, you can easily finish the rides in half of a day, leaving your entire afternoon for the shows or another park.
You'll want to try to do the following:
- Get a Fastpass+ reservation for Slinky Dog Dash at least one, preferably two to four hours after park open
- Rope drop Toy Story Mania!
- Head to Alien Swirling Saucers or Rock 'n' Roller Coaster if you don't have a Fastpass+ for it
- Head to Alien Swirling Saucers or whichever popular Tier 2 ride you don't have a Fastpass+ for
You can swap Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania! in this example, if necessary.
Once you use your Tier 1 reservation, you'll want to pull out your My Disney Experience app and see about moving your Tier 2 reservations up. With some tinkering, you may be able to get on your first three rides in near succession.
Tap, Grab, and Modify Fastpass+ While In Hollywood Studios
Tap, Grab, and Modify isn't entirely necessary at Hollywood Studios. If Tier 1 Fastpass+ rides are available, then obviously this is a good way to get extra rides or avoid waiting in any lines.
So far, it's looking like Slinky Dog Dash is going to be the toughest ride to tap, grab, and modify onto. Having checked a few days, we were pretty easily able to find space on Toy Story Mania! and Alien Swirling Saucers.
As for the Tier 2 attractions, well we already point out that there are only three of any real interest. Sure, you can tab and grab into Fantasmic!, but beyond that you don't really need to worry too much about the Tier 2 attractions.
While we always recommend using Disney's official, free My Disney Experience app to snag Fastpass+ reservations, the physical kiosks are located at:
- At Hollywood Blvd. and Sunset Blvd. (across from the Starbucks)
- Between Tower of Terror and Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
- Next to Toy Story Mania!
We suggest checking the Walt Disney World website to confirm kiosk locations in case they change before we update this post.
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