It’s time for Gwen and I to share what we think is the the best use for FastPass+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
(Check out our other “Best Use for FastPass+” Posts, too!)
Previously, we’ve brought you our recommendations for the best use for Fastpass+ at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, but this week, we’re turning to the park that offers a little bit of studio magic, thrilling fun, and out of this world adventures.
We do have to offer one caveat: With the opening of Toy Story Land on June 30, the line-ups for some of their new rides may be long, and if they are a priority, you may want to prioritize those first.
You’ll notice some of our recommendations below are ‘nice to use’ vs ‘must use’ in a few cases.
Gwen’s Recommendations: The Best Use for FastPass+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
On our first trip to Disney, as a family, we did not get to experience this attraction. FastPass+ was not a thing yet, so we had to rely on getting to the FastPass area and printing out a paper ticket (that’s how the FastPass system was run at the time).
Each time we tried to get one, the FastPasses were maxed out for the day or the timing was way too late.
On our next trip, we made sure this didn’t happen again. We finally got to take in Toy Story Mania!, a 4D video game, and realized how much we missed out on during that first trip and exactly why it was so popular.
The popularity has not died down in any way, and you’re going to have to be up early to snag a FastPass+, but I promise, this is one of the best fast passes for Hollywood Studios. It’s an experience the entire family will love because it’s so much fun and a little different than what you’re used to.
The first time I visited Disney, it was a with a college friend and one of the first rides we hit when we entered the park was this one.
We must have been visiting at a really off peak time (it was in October) because I remember us walking right up, going on the ride, and then walking around the building and entering the ride again with no wait (we did this about four times!)
Unfortunately, things are not like this any longer which makes this one of the hottest and best fast passes for Hollywood Studios.
If you want to get yourself a seat on this thrill ride, you will need a FastPass+ or you’ll be waiting in a very long line.
Bonus: There was a fictional Disney Sunday night movie made many years ago that explained the history of the Tower of Terror and why it became haunted. My kids watched it recently and liked it. It’s very old and a little dated, though, so fair warning 🙂
Technically, you don’t NEED a FastPass+ for this simulator ride, the queue moves quickly and there are multiple pods, but there are times when we have been in Hollywood Studios and the wait time was quite long. So to be on the safe side, we always get a FastPass+ and if the wait time isn’t too long, we’ll hop right back on.
Fun Fact: Did you know there are close to 50 different stories that will take you to different destinations and endings? No two rides are the same (although, you could get the same story combination twice!).
Rebecca’s Recommendations: The Best Use for FastPass+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
This ride always seems to have a long wait, and we understand why. It’s a fun, family-friendly ride that transports participates into an arcade video game with their favourite Toy Story characters.
Toy Story Mania! will still be around when the new Toy Story Land opens on June 30, and I can’t see it being any less popular than it already is and will continue to be one of the best fastpasses for Hollywood Studios.
There is a bit of a spinny motion, and you wear 3D glasses for this ride, so know ahead of time. But even as someone who gets motion sickness, the excitement of the ride is enough to distract me.
Plus, I just want to score the most points for bragging rights.
This is a little bit like Star Tours that Gwen recommended (and I also love!). Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular is a stage show with some audience participation (they ask for volunteers to be involved in the show) and goes through what it’s like to be a stunt double on an Indiana Jones movie set.
For those sensitive to sound and jumpy scenes, know that there is gun fire, car chases, explosions and moments of intensity. However, if you love a great action sequence (with a little humour tossed in) it may be worth getting a Fastpass+ to get early access to the show and enjoy better seats.
It also means that if you are trying to plan out your day and have a preferred show time, you won’t be disappointed if it fills up.
Disney knows how to put on a stage show and this one is no different.
I usually would say to use my final Fastpass+ in Hollywood Studios at Star Tours, but my husband highly suggested that instead, I recommend this ride.
No one else in our family is brave enough to do the more intense rides, but if you love thrill rides, this may be for you, and since it often has a very long line up, he’s right: it should be included on the list for the best fastpasses for Hollywood Studios.
You have to take his word for it, but he loves the music, the scene, and the loops as this speedy coaster takes the audience on a rockin’ ride. I may skip this Fastpass+, but I suspect many of you will be adding it to your list!
TIP: Didn’t use the Fastpass+ for this ride and one of the people in your party wants to try it? Use Disney’s Single Rider line! Read more about it on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and find out which other rides also has this feature!
These were our suggestions for the best use for FastPass+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
What do you think the best use for FastPass+ at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is? Let us know in the comments below!
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