The Hollywood Studios Itinerary is designed to help you get the most out of your trip to Walt Disney World. Famous for having so much to do, see and experience it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start.
We decided to break down the day into time slots so help you break up your day and see everything you want to. Making your Hollywood Studios Itinerary work for you. Hollywood Studios is an amazing park with a little bit of everything for everyone to enjoy.
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- 08:00 – 09:00: Arrive At Ticket & Transport Centre
- 09:00 – 10:00: Arrive At Hollywood Studios
- 10:00 – 11.30: Hollywood Boulevard
- 11:30 – 13:30: Galaxy’s Edge
- 13:30 – 15:30: Toy Story Land/ Pixar Place
- 15:30 – 17:00: Animation Courtyard
- 17:00 – 19:00: Echo Lake
- 19:00 – 20:00: Sunset Boulevard
- 20:30+: Fireworks
08:00 – 09:00: Arrive At Ticket & Transport Centre
Personally, we’ve always skipped rope drop. We’re not morning people, and despite being British I hate queueing. You seem to do enough of it at the Walt Disney World as it is.
That said if you struggle to get fast passes in advance, don’t mind super large crowds then, by all means, go for it. You’ll want to arrive at TTC around 1.5 hours before rope drop for enough time to pass through security and get over to the Hollywood Studios.
There’s no right or wrong way to get from TTC to the Hollywood Studios. Although personally, for first-timers, I’d always suggest taking the ferry boat across the manmade lake. Once you are over at Magic Kingdom hop on one of the shuttle buses to the right to take you to Hollywood Studios.
Again, you’re only going to be arriving at TTC if you’re coming from outside the Walt Disney World Resort. If you are staying on sight you can get a direct shuttle from your resort to Hollywood Studios.
Alternatively, if you are driving or getting a taxi to the park this will help you optimise your Hollywood Studios itinerary and get more out of your day.
09:00 – 10:00: Arrive At Hollywood Studios
Depending on the crowd levels you should pull into Hollywood Studios somewhere between 9am and 10am. Here you’ll go through the second set of security and also be required to scan your ticket / magic band for access to the park.
If you need to collect tickets from Guest Relations I’d estimate approximately 30 minutes to this section of your day.
Immediately having past the entrance gate you’ll be walking into Main Street USA. Which is (at least in our opinion) the heart and soul of the park.
For first time visitors on this Hollywood Studios itinerary, I’d expect this to be the moment you have your breath taken away by the beauty that is the park’s design.
10:00 – 11.30: Hollywood Boulevard
This is the main street in which you walk down to get to everything else. Don’t just zoom through though as you enter the part to the left is a small house in which you can meet Donald and Daisy Duck.
The queue can often be quite short for this character meet as many people rush in and go straight to the busiest rides, it could have the possibility to be even quieter now many people will be rushing to Galaxy’s Edge.
Walking down Hollywood Boulevard there are plenty of places to buy your Disney merch, Pixar merchandise and Hollywood Studios specific if you are looking for some. There are also places you can go in a pin trade, there is board in the bakery along with staff too!
There aren’t any rides or shows to see on Hollywood Boulevard so you can speed up your time there to make more time for the rest of the park.
11:30 – 13:30: Galaxy’s Edge
As you head off from Hollywood Boulevard to your left will be echo lake, for now we are going to go past all that in the middle and head to Galaxy’s Edge.
Galaxy’s edge is recently opened and still bringing in massive crowds to the park. There are so much new and exciting things to do, see and try. There is a place you can go to build and buy your own droid and lightsaber.
There is also plenty of amazing places to eat, this is a great area to try new snacks and pick up a drink to keep your energy up for the rest of you Hollywood Studios itinerary.
If you are a super Star Wars fan and want to do and see everything there is to see I would suggest altering your time. By altering your Hollywood Studios Itinerary you can scrape some time from your walk down Hollywood Boulevard and extend you stay in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge.
13:30 – 15:30: Toy Story Land/ Pixar Place
After getting your Star Wars fix, head on into Toy Storyland next door. Here you can immerse yourself if the human world from a toy’s perspective. There are 3 rides in this area, Alien Swirling Saucers, Slinky Dog Dash and Toy Story Mania.
I suggest you booking a Fast Pass for one of these rides as they are still very popular and wait times can be anything from 60-120 minutes. If you plan to get on the majority of the rides, we have a post all about the tier system to help you plan your Fast Passes.
If you aren’t overly keen on hopping on all the rides there are some super amazing character meets in the area. You can meet Woody, Jessie, Buzz and even some of the Green Army men. They are stationed around the land and in Pixar Place just on the outskirts of Toy Story Land.
There are also great places to stop for lunch or snacks in the area, sitting in lunchboxes on giant cubes and eating some of Andy’s favourite foods. This is probably my favourite area to spend some extra time on the Hollywood Studios itinerary.
15:30 – 17:00: Animation Courtyard
Animation courtyard is back into the main area around Echo Lake but has a separate section. This area is super fun for younger children and families. There is a Disney Juniors Dance Party that is super fun and exciting, the air conditioning is also a welcome break from the heat outside.
Once you have been in the dance party come out and meet some of the Disney TV characters. Here you can meet Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Pluto and Sofia The First. This is a great area to chill out on the Hollywood Studios itinerary as there are plenty of characters to meet and see.
There are some shops for any older kids along with toilets at the back of the lot. It’s a great space to go and regroup while water bottles can be filled and toilet breaks can be made.
17:00 – 19:00: Echo Lake
Echo Lake is the area in which you can visit the Chinese Theatre, Watch the Star Wars show and find some great places to eat. Some of the restaurants will require bookings in advance. These can be done before you set off on your trip or while you are there on the mobile app.
Personally take this time to have a break, find a place to enjoy a nice meal and relax. Re-charge your batteries before heading back out for the final parts of the park and fireworks.
If you want to keep the children entertained while you sit and have dinner head to Hollywood & Vine. There you can meet Daisy Duck, Donald, Goofy, Mickey and sometimes Minnie.
If you have time after your dinner head around the lake to watch one or both of the shows. There is Frozen Sing Along which is one of my favourites or you can head to Indiana Jones which is thrilling, fun and a little different.
19:00 – 20:00: Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard is a great place to wander when the sun is setting. At the very end is the Tower of Terror, this ride can have quite long lines so I would suggest getting a Fast Pass if you wish to ride it.
Otherwise, the area is mostly lined with places to dine, find a quick snack and drink. There are also some shops on one side with more unique merchandise to buy. Also, be prepared to find a beautiful ice cream parlour up towards Hollywood Tower of Terror, here you can get sundaes and cones to die for.
If you feel there was anywhere you missed out or want to explore more before the fireworks use this time. This is a great time to check out anything you want to see again, go on or explore further on the Hollywood Studios itinerary.
Stick around int Sunset Boulevard for the amazing fireworks display. This is one of the best parts of the Hollywood Studios itinerary. You can watch the fireworks as they end and take a slow walk out of the park back to the transport area.
If the park is open later and you don’t have little ones, I would suggest looking at having a final look around the park to let the bulk of the crowd disperse. This will make it easier to leave later and save you trying to walk in the crowds out of the park.
That is everything on our Hollywood Studios itinerary. I hope you have found this useful and helped you plan out your day at Hollywood Studios. If you are looking for more information on Walt Disney World itinerary check out our other posts.