Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tiers And Strategy 2018 [With Toy Story Land!]

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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.

We also suggest reading our Walt Disney World Fastpass+ strategy for a complete understanding of the Fastpass+ system.

Big Changes Coming to Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios is going to be a mixed bag in 2018. For the first half of the year, there will be only four true rides at Hollywood Studios – Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Toy Story Mania!, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours. This opens up your Fastpass+ options greatly, especially if you get to the park for rope drop.  For the first half of the year, we're not even sure you need to schedule a Fastpass+ day at Hollywood Studios.

Once the second half of the year rolls around, Toy Story Land is going to open (June 30, 2018) and things are going to change. You probably don't need to consult a Disney crowd calendar to tell you that Hollywood Studios will be packed for most of the summer. More on what we expect from Toy Story Land Fastpass in a bit.

With Toy Story Land opening June 30, rides are changing Fastpass tiers at Hollywood Studios, and that means that the tiers are going to depend on what date you're booking for. We're going to start with those booking for June 29 and earlier.

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tiers Through June 29

Remember, these tiers are relevant only for visits to the park through June 29. On June 30, Toy Story Land opens and the tiers are different.

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 Attractions (Through June 29)

There are two Hollywood Studios Fastpass tiers. Tier 1 has four attractions, and Tier 2 has seven attractions. We'll start by discussing the Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 attractions.

When selecting your three advance reservations for Hollywood Studios, you can only pick one of these attractions. The four Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 attractions are:

  1. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
  2. Toy Story Mania!
  3. Beauty and the Beast
  4. Fantasmic

Hollywood Studios has two Tier 1 rides — Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and Toy Story Mania! — and two Group A Shows.

 Want to know how to handle Fastpass+ when Toy Story Land arrives? We've got you covered with our Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ guide!

Want to know how to handle Fastpass+ when Toy Story Land arrives? We've got you covered with our Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ guide!

Best Hollywood Studios Rides To Fastpass (Tier 1)

We don't suggest using an advance reservation for either of the shows. Picking between the two rides is largely a matter of preference. For the most part, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is likely to have more day-of availability than Toy Story Mania!

If you can visit one of them at rope drop, we suggest grabbing a Fastpass for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and heading to Toy Story Mania! at rope drop.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster is arguably one of the best Hollywood Studios Fastpasses because the ride itself is short and nothing about the queue is memorable. Lines at Toy Story Mania! are much more tolerable (indoors, in a room with fun design) than lines at Rock 'n' Roller Coaster (mostly outdoor, minimal theming), in our opinion. And at rope drop, the wait will be minimal regardless.

If you're not going to be at the park at rope drop, maybe because you're coming from another park, we suggest using an advance reservation for Toy Story Mania! and hoping to grab a reservation for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster later in the day. If this isn't working out, then you could utilize the single rider line at the coaster, skip it altogether, or (if you must) wait in line.

Whichever of these you choose, it should be your first Fastpass of the day. Once you use it, you'll want to start adjusting your next two and moving forward with your day.

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2 Attractions (Through June 29)

Again, this section only applies to park visits through June 29.

 Tower of Terror is a shoe-in for a Fastpass+ reservation!

Tower of Terror is a shoe-in for a Fastpass+ reservation!

There are seven Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2 attractions (two rides, five shows). When making your advance reservations, you can reserve two of these (or three if you don't reserve a Tier 1 attraction). The seven attractions are:

  1. Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
  2. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  3. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  4. Disney Junior Live on Stage
  5. Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  6. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  7. Muppet Vision

Best Hollywood Studios Rides To Fastpass (Tier 2)

Almost all advance reservations pick the same two Tier 2 rides — Tower of Terror and Star Tours. There's no reason to go against the grain on this. Tower of Terror, in our opinion, is one of the best Hollywood Studios rides to Fastpass simply because it is a steal as a Tier 2 attraction.

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tiers June 30...And Beyond!

Remember, these tiers are relevant only for visits to the park on June 30 and after, when Toy Story Land will be open.

 The opening of Toy Story Land will shift Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ strategy!

The opening of Toy Story Land will shift Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ strategy!

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 Attractions (June 30 and Beyond)

Once Toy Story Land opens, there will still be two Hollywood Studios Fastpass tiers, but they will look quite different. Tier 1 will have three attractions, and Tier 2 will have ten attractions.

The new three Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 1 attractions will be:

  1. Slinky Dog Dash
  2. Alien Swirling Saucers
  3. Toy Story Mania!

Toy Story Mania! is the only attraction that is a Tier 1 attraction prior to Toy Story Land opening that will remain a Tier 1 attraction. The other three former Tier 1 attractions are moving 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, expected to be the more popular of the two new Toy Story Land rides.

Either way, you're going to need to rope drop one of the two new rides and Fastpass the other to get them comfortably in. Unfortunately, we won't know more about wait times, queue quality, or other details until Toy Story Land actually opens. 

Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2 Attractions (June 30 and Beyond)

Again, this section only applies to park visits June 30 and after.

There will be ten Hollywood Studios Fastpass Tier 2 attractions (three rides, seven shows) once Toy Story Land opens. 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:

  1. Rock 'n' Roller Coaster
  2. Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
  3. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
  4. Voyage of the Little Mermaid
  5. Disney Junior Live on Stage
  6. Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
  7. Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
  8. Muppet Vision
  9. Fantasmic!
  10. Beauty and the Beast

Best Hollywood Studios Rides To Fastpass (Tier 2)

Picking the best Hollywood Studios rides to Fastpass in Tier 2 following the opening of Toy Story Land is where the real fun lies.

We personally don't care for Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, but it is 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 or 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+ After Your First Three Reservations

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.

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'll probably be able to get on your first three rides in near succession.

Prior to June 30, Fastpass+ and rope drop should have you easily on the best attractions.

Once you've used your first three reservations, you'll want to look into adding whichever Tier 1 ride you didn't book in advance. You can also look into grabbing reservations for the shows to save yourself some time waiting in line, but we suggest only going this once you've gotten all the rides in. If you must, you can probably grab a Fantasmic Fastpass in the afternoon.

We cover Toy Story Land in-park strategy in just a few paragraphs.

How Hollywood Studios Should Fit Into Your Fastpass Plans

Remember, you can only book Fastpass+ in advance at a single park. 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.

Hollywood Studios Is Low Fastpass+ Priority Through June 29

Prior to June 30, Hollywood Studios is the third or fourth most important park to schedule Fastpass+ for. If you only have two days, do not waste one of them booking Fastpass at Hollywood Studios, unless you're skipping Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.

If you have three days prior to June 30 (like we do), and you want to do all four parks including the major rides, we suggest splitting one day between Hollywood Studios and Epcot while using a Fastpass for Frozen. Rope drop whichever park opens earlier. Visit Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom on your other two days.

If you have four days, it's okay to use a Fastpass+ day for each of Hollywood Studios and Epcot, but you may want to double up on Magic Kingdom instead.

Hollywood Studios is High Fastpass+ Priority June 30 and Beyond

We discuss this in more details below, but it's pretty obvious that if you want to enjoy the new Toy Story Land in full, you'll want to dedicate a Fastpass+ day to it. This could make it the most essential day of your planing.

Toy Story Land Fastpass & Park Strategy

When Toy Story Land opens on June 30, 2018, we're going to have some new complexity in Hollywood Studios and Walt Disney World as a whole. This paragraph is just to supplement our above strategy with a few more thoughts about Toy Story Land Fastpass.

As far as Toy Story Land Fastpass strategy goes: Slinky Dog Coaster could become the most sought after Fastpass in Walt Disney World (though we really don't think so). This means if you're booking Fastpass+ 60 days in advance of the start of your trip, you'll want to go straight to your later days to see if Slinky Dog Coaster is available.

Either way, you'll need to dedicate at least one day of Fastpass+ reservations to Hollywood Studios if you want to ride the new rides without spending all day in line.

Even with the addition of Toy Story Land, we don't think Hollywood Studios will be more than a one-day park. Alien Swirling Saucers makes this a little tricky, though. The ride will almost definitely have a line that is far longer than the quality of the ride justifies (this is true of almost all new rides, though Flight of Passage arguably truly deserves its enormous line). You should plan to spend an entire day at Hollywood Studios to fit both the new rides and the best old rides in.

Our expectation is that you'll want to try to do the following:

  1. Get a Fastpass reservation for Slinky Dog Dash at least one, preferably two to four hours after park open
  2. Rope drop Alien Swirling Saucers
  3. Head to Toy Story Mania, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Tower of Terror, and Star Tours while everyone is at the new Toy Story Land rides

You can swap Slinky Dog Dash and Alien Swirling Saucers, if necessary.

We plan to update this post when the land opens and we have a more thorough Toy Story Land Fastpass strategy.

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