Hollywood Studios Fastpass+ Tips and Strategies
FastPass+ (FP+) is a great system that lets you reserve up to 3 attractions or entertainment experiences in advance for each day of your Walt Disney World vacation. You can find out more details about the FP+ system, including when and how you can make your reservations, in our FastPass+ Guide.
Currently, FP+ is available for the following Disney’s Hollywood Studios rides, shows, and experiences :
Group 1 (select one)
Group 2 (select two)
Disney Junior – Live on Stage!
For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular!
Star Tours – The Adventures Continue
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Note: Many seasonal or limited time events, such as The Comedy Warehouse Holiday Special and some of the special Star Wars events have historically offered Fastpass+ when they occur.
FP+ Tips for Disney’s Hollywood Studios
You may have noted above, Fastpasses for Disney’s Hollywood Studios come in two groups, or tiers. When you make your initial reservations, you can select a maximum of one attraction from group one, and then two selections from group two. Here are a few tips to help you decide which three experiences you will choose.
If you and your group are up for anything and just want to experience all that the park has to offer, the attractions for which FP+ will save you the most time are generally Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, Toy Story Midway Mania!, and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Toy Story Midway Mania! is historically one of the most popular attractions across all of Walt Disney World, and lines can easily reach an hour long within a few minutes of the park opening. For most groups, getting a Fastpass for Toy Story Midway Mania! is a definite must.
Groups with Small Children
When visiting Disney’s Hollywood Studios with small children, Toy Story Midway should still be your first priority. After that, however, you have a few choices, mostly involving shows. Some of these decisions will, of course, be made based on the interests of your family, but in general the two shows where you are likely to save the most time by using Fastpass+ are Disney Junior – Live on Stage! and For the First Time in Forever – A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration.
While the current total number of attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios might seem a little small, this park is often a favorite for the thrill seekers visiting Walt Disney World. To maximize your time as a thrill seeker, your should use your reservation from the first group for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster instead of Toy Story Midway Mania! However, if you really want to ride both or this attractions, you might consider still reserving a FP+ for Toy Story Midway Mania! and trying the single rider line for Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
For your thrill seeking selections from the second group, the obvious choices are Star Tours – The Adventures Continue and the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios features several fantastic shows, and you may choose to schedule one with a FP+ reservation. If you do so, there are a few things you need to know as you are planning the rest of the day.
First, the FP+ time listed for the show will be your arrival time, not the show time. For example, you may have FP+ time of 10:35am-10:50am for Beauty and the Beast – Live on Stage. This means you need to arrive between those times and will get seating for the 11am show. The show then lasts 25 minutes, so even though your FP+ time ends at 10:50, you will be busy until almost 11:30am.
Second, this shorter FP+ time allows you to schedule your FP+ closer to each other, or finish your third FP+ earlier, thus allowing you to schedule additional FastPasses more quickly. Especially with the number of shows available in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, you need to be careful not to accidentally book Faspasses on top of each other.
Fantasmic! is kind of a special case for FP+ planning. This “30-minute fireworks and water extravaganza” occurs once or twice on select nights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. If you select Fantasmic! as a FP+ in your initial booking, that takes your group one selection, thus eliminating your ability to reserve Toy Story Midway Mania! or Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster (among others). Moreover, having a FP+ that you would not use until the very end of the night means that you would not have the opportunity to add additional Fastpasses after using your original three.
Some situations where this still might make sense, however include:
- You are arriving to the park late in the day and Fantasmic! is one of your top priorities.
- Fantasmic! is an important part of your day, but your family is not able to wait in line for extended periods of time.
- You don’t want to ride any rides, just see shows.
If you don’t fall into any of those categories, but still would really like to gain access to Fantasmic! with less of a wait, there is still one more option for you – the Fantasmic! Dinner Package, where you can buy a meal in the park and gain seating for Fantasmic! Visit our page for more details.