Disney’s Hollywood Studios

“Welcome to the Hollywood that always was and never will be,” Disney’s Hollywood Studios! Here, you get to re-live the atmosphere, sights and sounds of classic Hollywood—but also travel to a galaxy far, far away or even Andy’s backyard.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios is home to some of the most cutting-edge attractions and best themed lands of any park in the world (not just Walt Disney World)! There is something here for everyone in your group to enjoy—from the Disney Junior Dance Party! for your little ones to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith for the thrill seekers in your party.

Disney's Hollywood Studios Entrance
Photo by Danny McBride

As we run through a full list of attractions, restaurants, entertainment offerings, and shops at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, keep track of the experiences you’d like to keep on your must-do list!

To help you perfect your planning process, I highly recommend using the Get Down to Disness Daily Agenda Book. There, you can keep track of all your must-dos, build your vacation’s day-by-day plan, and acquire useful tips ahead of your next visit.

Hollywood Boulevard at Disney's Hollywood Studios
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Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway: Exterior and Marquee
Photo by Danny McBride

Hollywood Boulevard

When I think of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, before I think of the park’s recent expansions and newly developed experiences, I think of entering the park and stepping into “classic Hollywood” on Hollywood Boulevard. To me, Disney’s Hollywood Studios is all about hearing jazz tunes and seeing Hollywood references (through architecture and signage) in such a peaceful yet exciting way—and Hollywood Boulevard encapsulates all of that.

Just passed all of the shops on Hollywood Boulevard, across from The Hollywood Brown Derby, you can find one of the very few remaining references of the park’s original name, Disney MGM Studios. Off to the left, in a circular garden featuring a cameraman statue, you’ll find the park’s dedication plaque. There, along with a reference to Michael Eisner, Disney CEO at the time of the park’s opening, you’ll find the original Disney MGM Studios name and logo. 

As you browse all Hollywood Boulevard experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Hollywood Boulevard Attractions

Hollywood Boulevard Dining

Hollywood Boulevard Entertainment

Hollywood Boulevard Shopping

  • Celebrity 5 & 10 🐭
  • Crossroads of the World
  • The Darkroom 🐭
  • Keystone Clothiers 🐭
  • Mickey’s of Hollywood 🐭
  • Movieland Memorabilia
  • Oscar’s Super Service
  • Sid Cahuenga’s One-of-a-Kind
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Fantasmic - Maleficent Dragon
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Sunset Boulevard

The 2 most (arguably) thrilling attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, if not in all of Walt Disney World, can be found in Sunset Boulevard. Those attractions would be none other than The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith.

One of the shops on Sunset Boulevard, “Once Upon a Time,” has exterior signage that reads “Carthay Circle,” which is very significant in Disney history. This building is a replica of the Los Angeles-based Carthay Circle Theatre, which hosted the premiere of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs back in 1937.

As you browse all Sunset Boulevard experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Sunset Boulevard Attractions

Sunset Boulevard Dining

  • Anaheim Produce
  • Sunset Ranch Market
    • Catalina Eddie’s
    • Fairfax Fare
    • Hollywood Scoops
    • Rosie’s All-American Café 🐭
  • KRNR The Rock Station

Sunset Boulevard Entertainment

Sunset Boulevard Shopping

  • Beverly Sunset Boutique
  • Legends of Hollywood
  • Once Upon a Time 🐭
  • Rock Around the Shop
  • Sunset Ranch Pins and Souvenirs 🐭
  • Tower Hotel Gifts 🐭
  • Tower Photo
Photo by Danny McBride
Photo by Marisa Alvarado | Instagram: @behindtheearswdw

Echo Lake

A blend of vintage Disney’s Hollywood Studios and present day Disney make Echo Lake such a unique area of the park. While you might be able to journey on a StarSpeeder to a galaxy far, far away, you also have the chance to dine with your favorite pals from Disney Junior at Hollywood and Vine.

Just outside Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular, you’ll see a rope that leads into the ground (almost through a type of well). Take note of the accompanying sign that reads “Warning: Do Not Pull the Rope,” and go ahead—give it a pull and watch (or listen) to what happens next.

As you browse all Echo Lake experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Echo Lake Attractions

Echo Lake Dining

Echo Lake Entertainment

Echo Lake Shopping

  • Frozen Fractal Gifts
  • Indiana Jones™ Adventure Outpost
  • Tattooine Traders 🐭
Muppet*Vision 3D
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ABC Commissary
Photo by Danny McBride

Grand Avenue and Commissary lane

Grand Avenue and Commissary Lane are 2 very similar lands in terms of their aesthetic and atmosphere.  While the latter is quite small and doesn’t have many experiences, it feels like more of an extension of Grand Avenue than it does feel like its own land.

If you happen to be in the Muppets Courtyard section of Grand Avenue at night, be sure to look at the sign above PizzeRizzo… Hangout there for a moment or two and take note of the special message that appears when the sign’s neon lights flicker!

As you browse all Grand Avenue experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Grand Avenue Attractions

Grand Avenue Dining

Grand Avenue Shopping

  • It’s a Wonderful Shop 🐭
  • Stage 1 Company Store 🐭

As you browse all Commissary Lane experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Commissary Lane Dining

Commissary Lane Entertainment

  • Red Carpet Dreams – Mickey and Minnie Meet-and-Greet 🐭
Photo by Danny McBride
Photo by Marisa Alvarado | Instagram: @behindtheearswdw

Toy Story Land

This here’s the rootinest tootinest land in all of Walt Disney World! In Toy Story Land, we get to enter Andy’s Backyard and join Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the whole gang for the ultimate playtime.

In the midst of gazing at the vibrant, colorful sights around this area, don’t forget to look down at the ground.  You just might find some of Andy’s (very large, given we’re toy-sized, of course) footprints!

As you browse all Toy Story Land experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Toy Story Land Attractions

Toy Story Land Dining

Toy Story Land Entertainment

  • Buzz Lightyear Meet-and-Greet 🐭
  • Jessie Meet-and-Greet 🐭
  • Woody and Bo Peep Meet-and-Greet 🐭

Toy Story Land Shopping

  • Toy Story Mania! Gift Shop 🐭
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Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run
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Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge

Hold it right there! If you’re a Star Wars fan (or even if Star Wars isn’t exactly “your thing”), and you haven’t yet traveled to a galaxy far, far away (specifically, the planet Batuu), please promise me that visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be at the top of your next trip’s must-do list. Trust me when I say this land is the most ambitious and impressive that has ever been built in a Disney park.

Filled with an infinite amount of hidden details (or, “Easter eggs”), one of my ultimate favorites can be spotted very high up… While you’re walking around the entrance/exit area for Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run (or even around Docking Bay 7 and Ronto Roasters), take a look up at a transport shuttle with 3 large numbers painted on it. Those numbers, 77, 80, and 83, refer to the release years for each of the 3 films in the original Star Wars trilogy.

As you browse all Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Attractions

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Dining

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Entertainment

  • Roaming character encounters 🐭
    • Chewbacca
    • Kylo Ren
    • Rey
    • Stormtroopers
    • Vi Moradi

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge Shopping

  • Black Spire Outfitters
  • Creature Stall 🐭
  • Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities 🐭
  • Droid Depot 🐭
  • First Order Cargo
  • Resistance Supply
  • Savi’s Workshop 🐭
  • Toydarian Toymaker 🐭

See more about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge here.

Voyage of The Little Mermaid
Photo by Danny McBride
Walt Disney Presents
Photo by Danny McBride

Animation Courtyard

Animation Courtyard might be small in size, but the experiences it does have are truly special. If you’re a life-long fan of Disney history, Walt Disney Presents is nearly guaranteed to make you (at least) tear up… Or, if your little ones watch Disney Junior shows, they’re sure to have a ball at Disney Junior Dance Party!

Subject to availability, you can become an Honorary Disney Historian at Walt Disney Presents. Inquire with a Cast Member there and ask if this experience is currently available—if it is, all you have to do is answer a short 3-question written quiz. If you pass the test, you’ll receive a certificate naming you an Honorary Disney Historian!

As you browse all Animation Courtyard experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Animation Courtyard Attractions

Animation Courtyard Entertainment

Animation Courtyard Shopping

  • Disney Studio Store
  • In Character
  • Launch Bay Cargo 🐭
Jack Jack Num Nums Cookie
Photo by Danny McBride
The Incredibles at Pixar Place
Photo by Danny McBride

Pixar Place

While this area was the former home of Toy Story Midway Mania!, it now allows us to be transported to the home of The Incredibles, Municiberg!

Designed to resemble the headquarters campus of Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, California, Pixar Place (in one way or another) continues the California-based setting that’s prevalent throughout the park. But, with a special twist—the inclusion of themed elements based on The Incredibles—this small land is so pleasant to visit. While you’re here, keep looking for silhouettes of Jack Jack on many walls throughout the area—it seems his powers might have been in full use!

As you browse all Pixar Place experiences below, please note that 🐭 indicates Danny’s top choices.

Pixar Place Dining

  • Market
  • Neighborhood Eatery

NOTE: The 🐭 belongs to whichever of the 2 quick-service dining locations above is currently offering the Jack Jack Num Num Cookie!

Pixar Place Entertainment

  • The Edna Mode Experience – Edna Moda Meet-and-Greet 🐭

Crowds at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge in its entirety, Slinky Dog Dash in Toy Story Land, and Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway all have consistently heavy crowds. Plus, the Tower of Terror and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster are quite popular themselves… Without many high-volume, moderately popular attractions at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the crowds at this park can be difficult to navigate.

To help you navigate through the Disney World Crowds on your visit, we’ve compiled our WDW Crowd Calendars and the best tips and tricks out there.

If you choose the right time to visit, know which times of the day are the best to arrive at the park, and remember some of our key strategies, you can make the most out of your time at Disney’s Hollywood Studios like a pro!

See our Disney’s Hollywood Studios crowds page here.

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