The best FastPass and ride strategy for Hollywood Studios at Disney World

Managing your FastPass selections is one of the most important parts of planning a Disney World vacation. The ability to skip lengthy waits for the most popular attractions is a power that should be used strategically.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios currently has their FastPass choices broken down into two tiers, limiting guests to one selection from the top tier. The top tier is currently made up of just Toy Story Land attractions, but this will likely change with the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in 2019.

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Book FastPass selections ASAP

The most obvious tip is to book your FastPass selections as soon as you can. It’s amazing how many trips are booked where guests wait too long and are then surprised a FastPass for a popular ride is no longer available.

Book as soon as your FastPass window opens.

Tier 1 Choices

Hollywood Studios placed all of the attractions within Toy Story Land in the first tier.

These attractions are:

Slinky Dog Dash
Alien Swirling Saucers
Toy Story Mania!

Pick Slinky Dog Dash in Tier 1

Slinky Dog Dash has the longest average wait times of the three Tier 1 options, and is a great family-friendly coaster. A chunk of the queue for Slinky Dog Dash is uncovered, meaning you’ll be exposed to the hot Florida sun for an extended period as you wait.

Use a FastPass (if you can get one) to experience this fun coaster.

Tier 2 Choices

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster
Star Tours: The Adventure Continues
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
Voyage of the Little Mermaid
Frozen Sing-Along Celebration
Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular
Muppet Vision 3D
Beauty and the Beast

Pick Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster in Tier 2

Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster are the most popular rides with the longest wait times in Tier 2. Select these attractions as you either won’t need a FastPass or can find a same-day FastPass for the other options at Hollywood Studios.

Your plans may vary depending on your interests, but this strategy ensures you’ll be able to visit the most popular attractions with minimal waits.

Don’t Use a FastPass on a Show

The shows at Hollywood Studios are worth seeing during your trip. However, don’t waste a FastPass in order to see them. You shouldn’t have any issues watching any of the shows, including Fantasmic!, by going through the Standby entrance.

Book Same-Day FastPass Picks

After you’ve used your first three FastPass selections, you can book a fourth. After the fourth, you can pick a fifth and so on. Use this strategy to get a FastPass for other Tier 2 experiences such as Star Tours.

Changes in 2019

Note that 2019 is a time of major change at Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is expected to open in very late 2019, bringing with it two new attractions that will alter the current FastPass system. In addition, Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway is another big project coming up in 2019, which should carry a Tier 1 label.

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David is a Disney travel expert who created Notes from Neverland in 2018 after visiting Disney theme parks countless times. Previously, David spent way too much time writing about sports, and was featured in Sports Illustrated, MSN, Yahoo!, and in many other publications. Learn more or contact us.

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